DuraLabel's Weekly Safety News

Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Safety News From Around The World - 27,700 Workplace Fatalities In Six Months

A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.

China Reports 27,700 Workplace Fatalities For The First Half of 2013

Bernama, the official news agency of Malaysia, reports that, "More than 27,700 workplace deaths or missing cases in the first half of the year were reported by the China's State Administration of Work Safety Tuesday."  This is over a 13% decrease compared with last year.

Read the article here.

Bridge Ramp Collapse in Seoul

A bridge ramp, under construction since 2005, collapsed killing two Chinese workers and injuring a third.  The Yonhap News Agency reports that:

"A 47-meter-long and 190-ton steel structure, and heavy equipment fell from the entrance ramp onto Banghwa Bridge in western Seoul shortly after 1 p.m., crushing the ill-fated workers, according to Seoul's Gangseo Police Station and the Seoul Metropolitan Government."

Read the story here.

U.K. Unions Claim Health Ministry Trying To Brainwash Workers

Few workers in the U.K. are compensated for work related illnesses.  An article in the Huffington Post UK reports that unions are claiming that:

"David Cameron and his fellow ministers are trying to "brainwash" the public into backing cuts that undermine health and safety protections at work as part of a crackdown on the UK's "rife compensation culture", the chief of Britain's trade unions has warned."

However, the article reports that these reductions come to a system that currently only compensates 1 in 52 workers suffering from occupational cancers, and 1 in 754 workers suffering from stress, anxiety or depression.

Read the story here.

Related past posts:
Why Apprenticeship Ratios Matter
Safety News From Around The World
Injured Workers Rights In The U.K.

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