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Another Fatal Accident Hits A Samsung Plant

Another Fatal Accident Hits A Samsung Plant | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Three workers were killed and 12 injured on the late afternoon of July 26 when a huge water tank burst during a stress test at the Samsung Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd. plant in Ulsan, South Korea.
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OSH Legal Resources Handbook

The Legal Resources Handbook is intended to serve as a practical reference handbook for those legal practitioners and activists involved in the struggle to seek compensation and justice for victims of occupational injuries and diseases. It aims to be a hands-on manual and provide an overview of the working of the law and its implementation. It is supplemented with case studies that give the reader an insight into the working of the laws in the region. It will also serve as a tool to aid cross-border alliances and build strong solidarity among victims’ support groups across the region.

This practical handbook has country reports from 10 countries: From South Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan and India; from East Asia: China, Japan, and Hong Kong; and from Southeast Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand. Each chapter focuses on a single country and reports on actual cases/ incidents in terms of the existing structures and mechanisms, showing the core of the system and how it works and elucidating the requirements and challenges facing  a worker or victim seeking compensation. Many of these cases clearly demonstrate the issues and obstacles encountered by the worker, and some strategies and interventions used by legal practitioners to assist the victims.

AMRC will update the information in this handbook periodically with the aim of providing a more powerful tool to the network and to other workers and victims in the Asia region.

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Front pageForewordIntroductionBangladeshCambodiaChinaHong KongIndiaIndonesiaJapanPakistanPhilippinesThailandNotes on Contributors
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In China, 1,600 People Die Every Day From Working Too Hard

In China, 1,600 People Die Every Day From Working Too Hard | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
White-collar workers are dying from overwork
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Brittany Yates's curator insight, July 17, 4:21 AM

This article was fascinating. It is interesting to see how different cultures respond to the work environment and that in China people believe they die from working too hard. We should all work less and enjoy life more so we can live a longer and happier life.

OHS OHS's curator insight, July 18, 3:32 AM

When thinking about occupational deaths and injuries many only think about the terrible accidents where people break bones, electrocuted, crushed, cut and burnt etc. Most of the time conditions like RSI, depression, fatigue and the like receive little attention.

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Who Pays the Price? The Human Cost of Electronics

This short documentary reveals the hazards of the electronics industry in China profiling workers poisoned by chemicals and their struggle for compensation. 

Thousands of young people in China enter export factories to make the West's favorite electronic gadgets, only to find they have contracted occupational diseases or worse, leukemia, by the age of 25.

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Jamis Brooks's curator insight, March 14, 4:40 AM

I look differently now at what technology I purchase and I will do better homework to ensure that employee safety is paramount. I won't be buying a Samsung phone again!

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Seoul Court Rules In Favor Of A Samsung Leukemia Victim

Seoul Court Rules In Favor Of A Samsung Leukemia Victim | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
The Seoul administrative court ordered KCOMWEL, the quasi-government entity responsible for workers compensation, on October 18 to withdraw its earlier decision and to pay industrial-accident payouts to the bereaved family of a former Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd employee who died in 2009 of leukemia. --- Posthumous Victory The ruling is a posthumous victory for Kim Kyung-mi, who had waged a long fight until her death four years ago. Kim began work as a wafer etcher at the Giheung plant of Samsung in 1999, after graduating high school. Until 2004 when she got married, Kim has worked at the same plant where Hwang Yu-mi, the first publicly known victim of Samsung’s blood disorder cluster, developed leukemia. ---Marriage, Miscarriage, And Acute Leukemia In 2005, she had a miscarriage—probably the first sign of physical anomalies because there was no family history of miscarriage. After a regimen of fertility medications and treatment, in 2007, Kim gave birth to a child. However, in 2008, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia after she suffered bruise-like rashes on her body. The following year, she died, aged 29, after failed marrow transplants.
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10 killed in Bangladesh garment factory fire

At least 10 garment workers including some of the factory’s officials were killed and many injured by a devastating fire at a garment factory in Sreepur upazila, Gazipur on the outskirts of Dhaka, on Tuesday.

The fire originated in the dyeing section of Aswad Composite Mills owned by the Palmal Group.

The cause of the blaze is yet to be ascertained. However, eyewitnesses said, the flame spread to a nearby chemical store on the first floor and in no time engulfed the two floors.

Firemen recovered seven bodies from the ground floor and two from the second floor of the two-storey factory. Police said most of the bodies were charred beyond recognition.

At least 170 workers were on duty on the two floors when the fire broke out.

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A Father's Protest against Samsung

A Father's Protest against Samsung | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it

http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/viewfinder/asia/2013/07/201371211640256607.html

 

One man turns his grief for his daughter's death into a protest against a corporation, linking the tragedy to her work.

 

Mr Hwang, a South Korean taxi driver, has been protesting against the government and a giant multinational corporation for more than five years, to find out why his daughter died of a rare form of leukaemia at the age of 23.

There was no family history of the disease and Mr Hwang believes that his daughter died because she was exposed to deadly toxic chemicals at the semiconductor factory where she worked for nearly 2 years.

The film follows a very emotional journey of a grieving father, who is dealing with the loss of his daughter, and is determined to find out why his daughter died.

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Two Indonesian workers crushed to death at JB site

Two Indonesian workers crushed to death at JB site | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Two Indonesian workers were crushed to death when a slab of wet cement floor collapsed on them at a supermarket construction site at Taman Gaya, Ulu Tiram here. Known only as Asmawi, 27, and Aripen, 24, they were working on a cracked cemented floor at about 3.30pm on Saturday when tragedy struck. Johor Baru South OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Yaacob said the site supervisor had instructed the two workers to repair a cracked beam on the first floor of the building. “While repairing the crack, the wet concrete ceiling above the beam collapsed on top of them,” he said, adding that they died at the scene of the incident.
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OHS OHS's curator insight, July 18, 7:00 AM

Many unfortunate deaths while at work are completely avoidable. While many deaths and injuries come down to profit driven company leaders a lot are simply because of lack of knowledge or carelessness.

 

In poorer countries in particular many work related injuries and deaths could have easily been avoided had the workers have had briefings, induction and basic safety training.

 

Continual maintenance and the supply of correct equipment especially PPE would go a long way to reducing the injury and death tolls in many countries around the world.

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Fire at Ashulia RMG unit

10 people were injured when they were running for safety after a fire broke out at a garment factory in Ashulia Thursday morning.
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Bangladesh police open fire at collapsed garment factory protest

Bangladesh police open fire at collapsed garment factory protest | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Hundreds of Rana Plaza workers and their families take to the streets to demand back pay and compensation
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亞洲專訊資料研究中心就中國吉林大火的聲明 | Asia Monitor Resource Centre

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亞洲專訊資料研究中心對中國吉林省家禽飼養場工人的死亡感到震驚,直到目前為止,已經有一百二十二個工人死亡,受傷的不計其數。這起事件是中國最嚴重的工業火災,超越了二十年前,奪去八十八名年輕工人生命的深圳致麗大火。非常諷刺的是,當我們在紀念致麗大火二十周年時,還以為緊鎖走火出口只有發生在過去的中國,現實卻違反著一切邏輯,緊鎖的大門令工作場地成了死亡陷阱,工人的血和生命沒有成為教訓,工人依舊遭受著沒有尊嚴的對待。跟最近發生在巴基斯坦和孟加拉的事件比較,人們以為中國至少在防火方面已經有所進步,但吉林大火警醒了人們中國執法不嚴的問題。此時此刻,我們與受害者和家屬團結在一起,要求當局向他們提供即時援助,以及彰顯公義。

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AMRC statement against the Jilin fire, China | Asia Monitor Resource Centre

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Asia Monitor Resource Centre is appalled at the death of the Chinese workers in the poultry farm of Jilin, China. By now more than 122 workers have died and many more injured. This is by now the worst industrial fire in China with death toll surpassing the Zhili fire in Shenzen that killed 88 young workers almost two decades ago. It is ironic when we are observing the 20th anniversary year of Zhili fire and thought the locked fire exits were a thing of the past in China - reality evades all logic. Doors continue to be locked making workplaces death traps. It seems there are no lessons learnt from the past and workers continue to be treated with no dignity. With the recent happenings in Pakistan and Bangladesh, many have expressed China that evolved at least in terms of fire safety, yet the Jilin fire shows problems in enforcement. At this moment AMRC expresses its solidarity with the victims and their families and urges the government to provide immediate relief and justice to the injured and dead workers and their families.

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BGMEA evades paying wages of dead victims

The readymade garment factory owners have said they would not pay the wages of the dead victims of the Savar Rana Plaza collapse.
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Second Cambodian factory collapse injures 23 workers who produce clothes for H&M

Second Cambodian factory collapse injures 23 workers who produce clothes for H&M | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
A COLLAPSING structure injured 23 workers Monday at a Cambodian factory producing garments for fashion brand H&M, police said, the latest incident to raise concerns about regional industrial safety.
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Amelia's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:46 AM

Again, safety really matters. Following the incident in Bangladesh, now there is another factory collapse in Cambodia. It raises a concern of the safety of garment workers, especially in Asia. I think H&M should reconsider its factory safety system. 

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Seven miners killed in landslide in Indonesia

Seven miners were killed and five were unaccounted for following a landslide that occurred at a traditional gold mining site in Baya Biru, Paniai regency, Papua, on Tuesday at around 11 p.m. local time. Two other miners survived the incident.

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Jason Grybaitis's curator insight, July 10, 11:56 PM

Tragic accident in India on the 1st of July. Several miners have been killed due to a landslide. I don't believe this is the first occurrence of a landslide in India. Moving an entire goldmine seems quite impossible, something must be done to prevent these horrific events.

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Catalysts for Change - Asia Health

ANROEV and AMRC is the focus in the Solidarity Center Book Series " Catalyst for Change - Asia Health'

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India Says NO to Asbestos

December 2, 2013.

Over 300 scientists and health defenders from 36 countries condemn dangerous misinformation being disseminated in India by asbestos industry organisations

In a letter released today, over 200 scientists and over 100 labour and health organizations from 36 countries strongly condemned efforts by asbestos industry organisations to promote use of chrysotile asbestos in India. The letter, sent to Health Minister Sh Gulam Nabi Azad, Labour Minister Sh Sis Ram Ola and Environment Minister Ms Jayanthi Natarajan, noted that the asbestos industry is on a mission to enhance its profits and urged the National Government of India to put the health of the Indian population ahead of the vested interests of the asbestos industry.

“The International Chrysotile Association and the Asbestos Cement Products Manufacturers’ Association of India (ACPMA) are disseminating deadly, deceptive misinformation about chrysotile asbestos, that will cause suffering and loss of life for years to come,” said Dr. Joseph LaDou, Emeritus Chair, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of California School of Medicine, USA.

“These organisations claim that scientific research shows that chrysotile asbestos can be safely used,” said Professor Luiz Augusto Facchini, Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universidade Federal de Pelotas, Brazil. “This claim is utterly false. The International Agency for Research on Cancer and the World Health Organization, as well as numerous other scientific organisations, have all called for an end to the use of chrysotile asbestos in order to prevent further tragic epidemics of asbestos-related diseases.”

“While a handful of scientists financed by and allied to the asbestos industry, deny the health risks of chrysotile asbestos and promote its continued used, not a single reputable scientific body in the world supports this position,” said Dr. Fernand Turcotte, Professor Emeritus of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Laval University, Québec, Canada.

In the face of the public health disaster caused by asbestos, 54 countries have banned any use of asbestos. The asbestos industry, in order to ensure its continued profits, is aggressively targeting Asian countries for sales. Just six Asian countries – China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and Sri Lanka – now represent 70% of world asbestos consumption.

India imports more asbestos than any other country in the world, with imports having risen from 253,382 tons in 2006 to 473,240 tons in 2012, an increase of 186%. “These vast amounts of asbestos, being placed in homes and schools across India, are a deadly time bomb that will go on causing suffering and deaths for decades to come,” said Dr V. Murlidhar, Pneumoconiosis compensation board, TN Trust, UK and Trauma surgeon, Mumbai, India.

As a result of increased use of asbestos in Asia, asbestos experts, Dr. G.V. Le and Dr. K. Takahashi have warned: “A surge of Asbestos Related Disorders (ARD) in Asia should be anticipated in the coming decades. Asian countries should not only cease asbestos use but also prepare themselves for an impending epidemic of ARD.”

One of the ‘eminent’ speakers at the forthcoming industry conference, Dr David Bernstein was found by a New York court early this year to have committed potential crime-fraud by billing per hour to publish papers in the scientific literature that were financed and controlled by an asbestos products company.[1]

The independence of a 2012 study conducted by the National Institute of Occupational Health titled ‘Health hazards/ environmental hazards resulting from use of Chrysotile variety of asbestos in the country’ commissioned by the Ministry of Chemicals and Petrochemicals was tarnished by the participation of the asbestos industry behind the scenes.

Commenting on the study, Dr Arthur Frank, Professor of Public Health, Drexel University, USA stated: “There are so many things wrong with this study it is hard to know where to begin. Perhaps the single most damning statement in the whole document is to be found on page 106 - All workers were using personal protective equipment device such as a piece of cloth as mask. Who could possibly believe that a piece of cloth acts as a piece of protective equipment for microscopic Asbestos dust?”

“It shows cynical indifference on the part of the asbestos industry that they are holding their event to promote a toxic product on the anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy,” said Pralhad Malvadkar, Occupational Health and Safety Centre, Mumbai.  “The millions of tons of asbestos that are being placed in homes and schools in India will create thousands of innocent victims, while this irresponsible industry reaps the profits. A slow motion Bhopal is being created. It may be reliably predicted that the toll of death and disease from asbestos in India will be at least 10 to 100 times as great as that from the disaster in Bhopal.  The corporate mentality that is the cause is the same in both cases”.

We call on the three government ministers to reject the discredited propaganda of a tainted, irresponsible industry and instead show leadership that respects reputable science and protection of health.

We call on the national government to adopt an enlightened policy and to support the WHO’s recommendation to end all use of asbestos in India.

CONTACT:

Mohit Gupta, OEHNI: oehni.del@gmail.com

Krishnendu Mukherjee, Barrister: tublumukherjee@yahoo.co.uk

Madhumita Dutta, OEHNI: madhudutta.new@gmail.com

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Jamis Brooks's curator insight, March 8, 3:59 AM

To think that Asbestos is still being used in this day and age after all the law suits and the health risks it has presented. It is essential for the UN to step in and stop this injustice. 

OHS OHS's curator insight, July 18, 6:55 AM

It is hard to understand that there would even be any reason in todays world to continue to use asbestos. 

 

It goes to show that there is still a long way to come in OHS in a lot of poorer nations around the world.

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Samsung Contract Worker Dies After Working An Average of 60 Hours A week

Samsung Contract Worker Dies After Working An Average of 60 Hours A week | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
A young contractor of Samsung Electronics’ customer service arm died of what appears to be overwork, after putting in an average 60 hours a week in the past four months since May.Deadly Peak Season...
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Ja-Ela Prone To Cancer Due To Illegal Asbestos Plant

In true Board of Investment (BOI) style, an asbestos sheet manufacturing company in Ekala, Ja-Ela has been allowed to bypass the pre-conditions laid down by the BOI in the investment approval and to commence its production without any restriction. Rhino Products Limited of No. 111, Maithri Mawatha, Ekala, Ja Ela, a subsidiary of Rhino Roofing Products of No. 30, Minuwangoda Road, Ekala, Ja Ela entered into an agreement with the BOI on May 29, 2008 to manufacture asbestos roofing sheets for the local market. As per the investment approval, all statutory requirements/ regulations stipulated under relevant legal enactments including the Factories Ordinance, and the National Environmental Act should be adhered to when improvements are made to the selected site and also during the operational period of the project. The investment approval further states that the site approval is valid only for the specific project referred to and all conditions stipulated in the BOI approval letter under reference should be complied with. It further states that an Environmental Protection Licence (EPL) should be obtained from the BOI prior to commencement of operations at the site. A completed application form should be submitted to the Director Environment Management of the BOI one month prior to commencement of trial operations.
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Another Fatal Accident Hits A Samsung Plant

Another Fatal Accident Hits A Samsung Plant | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Three workers were killed and 12 injured on the late afternoon of July 26 when a huge water tank burst during a stress test at the Samsung Fine Chemicals Co., Ltd. plant in Ulsan, South Korea.
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Seven workers trapped in coal mine accident in China

Seven people remain trapped while 266 others escaped after a coal mine accident in southwest China's Sichuan Province today, local officials said.
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UK's £18m aid for Bangladesh workers

UK's £18m aid for Bangladesh workers | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
The UK is to donate £18m to help train Bangladeshi garment workers, following the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Dhaka that killed more than 1,100.
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Global health and justice groups demand that TCO withdraw its sustainability certification award for Samsung’s S4 Smartphone | Asia Monitor Resource Centre

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Occupational and Environmental health and justice and workers’ rights groups from Asia, Europe and North America today issued a joint statement condemning TCO Development – the Swedish certification organization – for awarding its first “Sustainability Certification” to Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Smartphone, in spite of the fact that Samsung has been severely criticized in South Korea and elsewhere for its dismal occupational safety and health record.   More than 180 young Samsung workers have developed occupational diseases such as cancer and 70 of them have already died after having been exposed to hazardous chemicals on the job.  In addition, a recent leakage of hydrogen fluoride in a Samsung semiconductor factory in Hwaseong killed another worker.

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Relatives scuffle with police after Jilin fire kills 120

Relatives scuffle with police after Jilin fire kills 120 | Occupational Safety and Health | Scoop.it
Family of workers killed in deadly fire demand answers after plant official detained
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All the steel workers want are safe work conditions

Labor rights advocates questioned today May 23 the glaring “collusion” of employers and the police against striking workers in Quezon City. The Center for Trade Union and Human Rights condemned the Quezon City police and the Pentagon Steel Corporation management whom they said evidently worked in cahoots with each other to demolish the picket of more than a hundred workers in Apolonio Samson village, Kaingin Road, Quezon City.

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Jamis Brooks's curator insight, March 14, 4:17 AM

To think that workers are still faced with risk within their work environment. I think the only we can fix this is by ensuring that we are not purchasing steel from China until they provide safe work conditions. 

 

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Indonesia mine death toll reaches 21

The death toll at Indonesia's Freeport gold and copper mine rises to 21 after another four bodies are recovered, the mine operator says.
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Amelia's comment, May 21, 2013 6:42 PM
I really hope that our President can examine carefully about safety in any industry, not only in mining companies.