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Dusty mining conditions trap Indian workers with deadly lung disease

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Yesterday, special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro brought us a report on how big city street vendors are being left behind in India’s booming economy.

Today, we travel to stone quarries in the rural northern part of the country, where a deadly disease has trapped workers there in poverty for generations.

This report is part of our Agents for Change series. Read more

Courtesy: PBS Newshour

जांच प्रशिक्षण शिविर का आयोजन

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सिरोही| राष्ट्रीयक्षय नियंत्रण कार्यक्रम के तहत आबूरोड में एक दिवसीय सिलिकोसिस जांच प्रशिक्षण कार्यशाला आयोजित की गई। केंद्र प्रभारी के अनुसार पिंडवाड़ा आबूरोड ब्लॉक में पत्थर घढाई तराशने का काम करने वाले खान एवं निर्माण श्रमिकों की पिछले 4 महिने में की गई जांच के दौरान एक सौ से अधिक श्रमिकों को सिलिकोसिस बीमारी होने की पुष्टि हुई थी। उनकी न्यूमोकोनिओसिस बोर्ड से प्रमाण पत्र जारी कर दिए गए है। इसको ध्यान में रखते हुए राजस्थान मजदूर पंचायत संघ एवं आरएनटीसीपी के संयुक्त तत्वावधान में डॉक्टरों का एक दिवसीय सिलिकोसिस जांच प्रशिक्षण कार्यशाला का आयोजन किया गया। इसमें बोर्ड के डॉक्टर संजय गहलोत, डॉ वीरेंद्र महात्मा डॉ अम्बादान राव समेत अन्य डॉक्टर्स मौजूद थे।

सौजन्य से: दैनिक भास्कर

Anglo American and AngloGold reach $30m silicosis settlement with miners

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Published by MAC on 2016-03-07
For decades the miners affected with debilitating silicosis were left to fend for themselves, after their hard labour made a fortune for Anglo American and AngloGold. Now, even if the settlement is somewhat late and not necessarily just, they may have secured some sense of financial security.

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Victory at last for South African gold miners as Anglo American and AngloGold agree landmark silicosis compensation scheme

Leigh Day press statement Read more

Courtesy: MAC: Mines and Communities

New Rules Aim to Reduce Silica Exposure at Work Sites

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The Labor Department plans to announce on Thursday new rules that sharply reduce workplace exposure to silica, a potentially deadly mineral found in materials commonly used in construction and hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Safety experts have urged a tightening of silica exposure standards since the 1970s because research shows that particles of the mineral, when inhaled, can cause silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal lung disease. However, progress was stymied for decades by resistance from affected companies and regulatory inaction.

The new rules are the second major action taken by the Obama administration in recent months to address a long-known workplace hazard. In August, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed lowering exposure to beryllium, an industrial metal, to one-tenth their current levels. Read more

Courtesy: The New York Times

Asbestos: Ignominy, Corruption and Retribution

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by Laurie Kazan-Allen

A paper published some weeks ago in the American Journal of Public Heath detailed the commercial strategy deployed during the 20th century by US vested interests to control the national asbestos debate and forestall regulations which would adversely affect sales of asbestos-containing materials.1 Reflecting on the deadly impact of their lobbying efforts, Matthew Swetonic, the first executive director of the Asbestos Information Association/North America (AIA/NA), noted that:

“During a relatively short period of time from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, the ‘magic mineral’ was exposed for what it really was – probably the most hazardous industrial material ever unleashed on an unsuspecting world.”

Although domestic sales dramatically decreased, the use of asbestos remains legal in the US and the AIA/NA continues to collaborate with others to sell asbestos around the world. Read more

Courtesy: IBAS