London Asbestos Support and Awareness Group (LASAG)
Oct19

London Asbestos Support and Awareness Group (LASAG)

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Read the latest London Hazards Magazine
Mar01

Read the latest London Hazards Magazine

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Want free and confidential advice on health & safety?
Dec16

Want free and confidential advice on health & safety?

Are you worried about a health and safety issue at work or at home? If you are, give the London Hazards Centre a call on our confidential telephone advice line for up-to-date information to help you sort out your problem. Call 0207 527 5107 on a Monday or Tuesday between 10:30 am – 3:30 pm. If the advisers are busy, please leave a message and they will call you back....

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London fire service cuts and longer response times will cost lives

On the same day that Parliament was debating the Conservative government’s proposal to launch air strikes in Syria, across the Thames in City Hall, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) were discussing cutting the London Fire Brigade budget by £6.4 million. On the 2nd December 2015, around 250 people – over half of which were fire-fighters – turned out to protest at the cuts being imposed by Conservative Mayor Boris...

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Migrant domestic workers take campaign to end ‘tied visa’ slavery to Commons
Dec09

Migrant domestic workers take campaign to end ‘tied visa’ slavery to Commons

Over 70 supporters of the Justice for Domestic Workers (J4DW) campaign packed into a House of Commons committee room on 1st December 2015 to hear the latest news on what is being done to establish proper rights for migrant domestic workers. The meeting was sponsored by Fiona Mactaggart MP and organised by J4DW, Kalayaan and Unite the Union. Despite the Modern Slavery Act introduced in March 2015, around 16,000 migrant domestic workers...

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Read the latest edition of our magazine
Nov05

Read the latest edition of our magazine

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More than just a formality!

The London Hazards Centre AGM is being held on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at the offices of Leigh day Solicitors in Farringdon. Aside from the necessary business of the AGM there will be one or two keynote speakers addressing issues on health and safety important to Londoners. You are invited to attend to take part in what is expected to be a lively agenda setting meeting. The London Hazards Centre will be also be launching a citizen’s...

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Mesothelioma Action Day 3 July 2015
Jun24

Mesothelioma Action Day 3 July 2015

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Fire service cutbacks increase risks
Mar25

Fire service cutbacks increase risks

Just how dangerous things are getting when it comes to being able to call on the fire and rescue service for help in an emergency has been highlighted in a report by the Local Government Association (LGA). The LGA, which represents all the fire and rescue services in England and Wales, has mapped the impact that an expected further 10% cut in funding will have in 2015 – 2016 on a typical fire and rescue service.  Despite “driving out...

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HOPE and Mesothelioma can stand side by side
Jul06

HOPE and Mesothelioma can stand side by side

Friday 5th July 2013: report by John Gray, Councillor for West Ham ward, Newham Borough, London. In the court yard people had gathered to mark the release of white doves as”tributes of love and embrace” to the relatives of all those who have died from asbestos related diseases. I was asked by London Hazards as a local Newham Councillor to say a few words to the ceremony.  I said that I was a Labour Councillor but also an...

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on 5th July – Action Mesothelioma Day – we remember
Jul03

on 5th July – Action Mesothelioma Day – we remember

London Commemoration Service for all those who have died from asbestos 12: 30 mid day, Stratford Old Town Hall, Newham Remembering   Bob Gordon and Peter Turner The Construction Safety Campaign on this days Mesothelioma Day would like to pay tribute to two founding members of the Construction Safety Campaign, these are Bob Gordon and Peter Turner both who had worked in the construction industry as Carpenter Joiners and who had...

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The history bit: Stratford Old Town Hall
Jul03

The history bit: Stratford Old Town Hall

Stratford Old Town Hall This Grade II listed building was designed by Lewis Angell and John Giles and completed in 1869.   It is the place where, on 4th July 1892, the votes were counted and Kier Hardy became one of the first socialist MPs in the UK parliament.   Standing as an independent labour candidate (although he had yet to form the Independent Labour Party) he beat the Conservative candidate by 5,268 to 4,036 votes....

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Action Mesothelioma Day Friday 5th July
Jul01

Action Mesothelioma Day Friday 5th July

London Commemoration Service for all those who have died from asbestos 12: 30 mid day, Stratford Old Town Hall, Newham. See our leaflet LONDON AMD 2013   “Standing as one, for those we remember, and those who suffer Broadening the knowledge, asbestos more than man is tougher As tears fall like raindrops our symbols of hope are placed With doves of white released, tributes of love and embrace.” Pauline Bonney, 2011...

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Mesothelioma: the British disease
Jun22

Mesothelioma: the British disease

By the end of 2013 more than 60,000 people in the UK will have died from asbestos-related diseases this century.  Mesothelioma deaths have risen since 2000, with 2,347 deaths reported in 2010. Worse is to come DWP expects roughly 28,000 deaths from mesothelioma between July 2012 and March 2024. Mesothelioma: the British disease.  by Laurie Kazan-Allen, International Ban Asbestos Secretariat. Friday 5th July -Action Mesothelioma Day...

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Whitechapel Tube Station: RMT steps up fight to keep Whitechapel ticket office

RMT is strongly opposed to plans to remove the ticket office at Whitechapel station as the Crossrail project progresses. The plans totally ignore the fact that the station serves an area with a busy market and a major hospital and is known for its diverse local population, many of whom need staff support at an open ticket office rather than rely on ticket-issuing machines – machines that are vulnerable to vandalism. RMT says  the...

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Fighting for the living – London Hazard 107 out now!
Jun17

Fighting for the living – London Hazard 107 out now!

Stories include: Workers Memorial Day Report       Russia Keep your deadly asbestos in the ground. Protest at the Russian Embassy 26th April.     Pleural plaques New developments show that pleural plaques may be a factor in the development of mesothelioma. Asbestos Bill Watered down Mesothelioma Bill disappoints campaigners. Londoners will wait twice as long for an engine if cuts go ahead Things to do...

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Blacklist Support Group: June events in London

Panorama Blacklist Britain Monday 10th June – 8:30pm BBC1 30 minute prime time TV on blacklisting past and present – Blacklist Support Group were heavily involved in the programme, supplying many of the interviewees and background information. GMB launch High Court claim against Carillion BBC Business News Blacklisted workers seek compensation. BBC interview with Dirk McPherson, GMB, blacklisted welder from Redhills,...

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Monday 24th June: Book Launch and Health & Safety meeting

Health & Safety and the Cuts plus launch of “Ramazzini versus the attack on health & safety” by PCS rep Dave Putson   Speakers (in addition to Dave Putson) Tony O’Brien – Construction Safety Campaign Simon Hester – Prospect Rep and HSE Inspector Frank Morris – Blacklist Support Group Ian Leahair – FBU – Executive Council  (London Region member) This is a meeting and networking...

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Report: National Health & Safety lobby of Parliament 11th June

End attacks on workplace health and safety. A meeting will be held in the House of Commons from 1pm to 3pm in Committee Room 14. Report from the Morning Star: ‘More mums will have to bury their kids like I did’   Our leaflet: National Health & Safety Lobby 11th June 2013...

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Action outside UEFA on Friday 24 May

The TUC and International Trade Union Confederation will be taking part in a protest action outside the UEFA Congress: Friday 24 May 8-9am Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane London, W1K 7TN UEFA delegates from European football associations meet in London for their annual congress. The international trade union movement is campaigning for FIFA to rerun the vote for the Qatar 2022 World Cup because of serious abuses of workers’ rights,...

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Bangladesh: trade union deal on factory safety

  IndustriALL global Accord with clothing retailers on fire and building safety.   On 15th May an agreement was reached committing retail companies to a binding programme of fire and building safety reforms based on independent inspections, worker-led health and safety committees and union access to factories.   All signatories commit to underwrite improvements in dangerous factories and properly confront fire safety and...

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No to deregulation of safety: Meeting Friday 17th May

6.30pm Friday 17th May The Club Room Conway Hall Red Lion Square WC1R 4RL (directions)   Not an Albatross! No deregulation of safety laws! no cuts to HSE! Why we must step up the fight for protection at work! Called by Construction Safety Campaign & London Hazards to look at ways we can maximise turnout for the lobby of MPs on 11th June and step up campaigning against all the attacks on health & safety....

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Latest: Bangladesh garment workers death toll is 1127*
May06

Latest: Bangladesh garment workers death toll is 1127*

*On 13th May 2013. Reshma survived and saved after 16 days; CNN report Report from IndustriALL Global Union the day after the collapse: “The mass industrial manslaughter occurred at 9am, 24 April. The collapsed building, illegally constructed, contained five garment factories with 2,500 workers. Those five factories are Ether Tex, New Wave Bottoms, New Wave Style, Phantom Apparels and Phantom-TAC. These factories are believed to...

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Asbestos: “7 Facts for 7 Days” Global Asbestos Awareness Week April 1 – 7, 2013
Apr01

Asbestos: “7 Facts for 7 Days” Global Asbestos Awareness Week April 1 – 7, 2013

  1) Asbestos is a known human carcinogen and there is no safe level of asbestos exposure. 2) 55 countries have banned asbestos, but the U.S. and Canada have not. USGS reports in 2012, the U.S. imported over 1,060 tons of asbestos. 3) Asbestos fibers can cause asbestosis, lung, and gastrointestinal cancers, and an aggressive cancer called mesothelioma. The average life expectancy of a mesothelioma patient is six – twelve months....

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FBU response to the Lakanal fire inquest

FBU Press release 28th March 2013  Lessons Need to Be Learned from the Lakanal House Fire The Fire Brigades Union is urging fire authorities and the government to learn the lessons of the Lakanal House fire, while warning that cuts to the fire service will undermine efforts to prevent similar tragedies in the future. Andy Dark, FBU assistant general secretary said: “I would like to express our condolences to the families and...

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Jubilee Line tube drivers to strike over bullying and disgusting working conditions

TUBE UNION RMT confirmed on 27th March that tube drivers on the Jubilee Line, working out of the Stratford and Greenwich depots, have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action and are to strike on 2nd April and 2nd May in a dispute over bullying of staff through the misuse of procedures and an appalling decline in the standard of working conditions which have led to a total breakdown in industrial relations. A catalogue of unresolved...

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Construction companies using the blacklist

London Hazards has been asked for the names of all the construction contractors using the Consulting Association blacklist. We are printing the list but there is more here: Information Commissioners Office – information about the Consulting Association Which companies used The Consulting Association? The list below shows the companies that subscribed to The Consulting Association. The use of brackets indicates where companies...

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London Hazard 106 out now!
Mar22

London Hazard 106 out now!

  Main story: stop victimisation on Crossrail Unite is supporting sacked safety representative Frank Morris dismissed by Crossrail contractor BFK. Unite general secretary LenMcCluskey said: “Unite does not subscribe to the view that blacklisting ended when shady blacklister the Consulting Association was finally uncovered in 2009. There is significant evidence blacklisting continued, even on Crossrail – …Frank...

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Climate Change: keep it in the national curriculum

Over 12,000 people have signed a petition started by 15-year-old girl Esha Marwaha from Hounslow to keep climate change in the national curriculum for under 14-year-olds. Guardian article: thousands sign petition, The petition is here: petition to keep global warming in primary schools curriculum. “Geography lessons taught me that climate change is unjust and affects people in an inhumane way. I also learned that it’s...

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Blacklist Support Group AGM
Mar03

Blacklist Support Group AGM

    For more see: Blacklist Support Group – a year of blacklisting Blacklisting Motion at the London Assembly Chuka Umunna secures debate in parliament    ...

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In-house General Health and Safety Workshop in Ealing borough

The centre is running an in-house General Health and Safety workshop in Ealing borough: Monday, 3’rd March – 11am to 1pm at St John’s Over 60’s Club, St John’s Church Southall Green, Church Avenue, Southall, UB2 4DH The course will focus on the following areas:  General health and safety regulation Slips, trips and falls and how to avoid them Risks, hazards and people at risk Analysing and evaluating risks Controlling risks If...

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UPDATE: Future of London Hazards

THE GRANT MEETING WAS A FORMALITY & LONDON HAZARDS WAS NOT SUPPORTED – THE TRUSTEES WILL HAVE TO CONSIDER WINDING UP THE CENTRE. London Council officers are not recommending support for London Hazards Migrant Workers Health and Safety Project at the Grant Committee Meeting on 20th February. If we don’t get a grant from London Councils there is a strong possibility we will close. Please e-mail your own local grant...

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London Deaths 2012/13 from HSE database

London Deaths 2012/13 from HSE database 10/04/2012 David Heath 66 The deceased fell from height Hillingdon Extractive/Utility Other mining and quarrying Employee 14/04/2012 Maria Michel 90 The deceased died following a fall Barnet Service Social work activities without accommodation Member of the Public 21/04/2012 Dhah Tasleem 40 The deceased was trapped by a falling vehicle Croydon Service Maintenance and repair of motor vehicles...

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Health and Safety workshops in Lambeth

The Centre is running  2  Health and Safety workshops in Lambeth: Monday, 25’th March – General Health and Safety and Risk Assessment; Tuesday, 26’th March  –   Stress at work and How to tackle it. These are half a day workshops (10 am to 2pm) at: RedR UK, Waterhouse Room, 250a Kennington Lane, SE11 5RD. The workshops are suitable for workers, no matter their employment status, managers or members of the public...

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Save our fire service – latest from London FBU

FBU called a demo outside emergency LFEPA meeting on Monday 11th February at 12.30, Brigade HQ, Union St SE1. Say NO to Boris Johnson’s cuts. FBU leaflet He slashes You burn – Cuts Cost Lives FBU Campaign Report...

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REPORT: Organising Event: Workers Memorial Day

London International Workers Memorial Day 2013 A small meeting on 5th February decided that since Workers Memorial Day falls on a Sunday we will concentrate on building for the annual UCATT event at the statue of the building worker, Tower Hill. There will be leafleting the week before. Als0 there will be a protest march and lobby of parliament against all the attacks on health & safety by the current government sometime in May....

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In-house Health and Safety Workshop for Shpresa Programme in Redbridge

General Health and Safety and Risk Assessment Workshop Sunday, 3rd February 2013, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm At Shpresa Programme, Mayfield school, Peddly Road, RM8  1XE. This is an in-house one-day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in General health and safety regulations and how to design a Risk Assessment following practical exercises. If interested in organising an in-house Health and Safety Workshop for your...

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FBU protest against cuts to London fire service 21st January
Jan28
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Early day motion 871: PLEURAL PLAQUES AND ACCESS TO COMPENSATION

Date tabled: 19.12.2012: proposed by Paul Burstow, Sutton & Cheam  That this House considers that pleural plaques caused by negligent exposure to asbestos constitute actual harm; calls on the Government to reassess its stance on access to compensation for people suffering pleural plaques caused by exposure to asbestos and allow sufferers to sue their employers where there is proven negligence; and further calls on the Government...

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Blacklisting update: Chuka Umunna secures debate in parliament
Jan24

Blacklisting update: Chuka Umunna secures debate in parliament

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has described the blacklisting of workers as a ‘national scandal’. Balfour Beatty admitted checking the names of prospective workers against the Consulting Association blacklist on the Olympics project. Sir Robert McAlpine Limited (Olympic Stadium) and Skanska (Media Centre) both continue to deny any blacklisting on the Olympics. UCATT has sent out letters to hundreds of members whose...

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Snow! don’t work outside unless its essential; if you do take these precautions

Sheffield  Occupational Health Advisory Service has produced a factsheet for workers who have to work outside when its cold which you can download here: SOHAS Guide to Cold Work In wet, windy or extremely cold conditions all but emergency outdoor work should be stopped. Look out for  frostbite freezing of tissue: especially for ears, nose, fingers and toes. Hypothermia- drop in core body temperature this can lead to coma or death if...

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London firefighters to protest against savage cuts

from: http://www.fbu.org.uk/ London firefighters will be attending a mass lobby of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) meeting on Monday to protest at plans to close 12 fire stations, remove 18 fire engines and slash 520 firefighter posts. The lobby has been called by the London region of the Fire Brigades Union. This follows a decision by the mayor of London, Boris Johnson to drive through £45m of cuts in the...

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Crane safety: Vauxhall
Jan16

Crane safety: Vauxhall

      Our thoughts are with the two people killed on Wednesday morning in Battersea, one a member of the public in the wrong place, the other the helicopter pilot actively trying to avoid an accident in conditions of low visibility. 12 people are also reported injured. Reports are saying that there were no clearly visible lights on the crane. It will be some time before there is a full report on this dreadful incident...

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Blacklisting Motion being discussed at the Greater London Assembly

sent to us by Blacklist Support Group: Blacklisting debate on Wednesday 16th January Mover: John Biggs AM Seconder: Tom Copley AM                                         This Assembly notes that links between the shameful and unlawful practice of blacklisting and Crossrail’s industrial relations manager, Ron Barron, risk tarnishing the integrity of this taxpayer-funded project. To illustrate just how widespread blacklisting in the...

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THREE HEALTH & SAFETY WORKSHOPS at RIPPLE CENTRE BARKING
Jan05

THREE HEALTH & SAFETY WORKSHOPS at RIPPLE CENTRE BARKING

The London Hazards Centre is running a 3-Day linked training workshops on 14th, 21st and 28th of February 2013.   Day 1 – Basic Health and Safety (includes stress at work, manual handling, DSE and slips/trips/falls) Day 2 – Fire Safety and Emergency Procedures Day 3 – Control Of Substances Hazardous to Health From 10:00am – 2pm at Ripple Centre, 121 – 125 Ripple Road, Barking  IG11 7FN We now charge a small fee for training but we...

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HEALTH & SAFETY WORKSHOP at BERNIE GRANT ARTS CENTRE

General Health and Safety and Risk Assessment Workshop Friday, 25th January 2013, 10am to 1pm at Bernie Grant Arts Centre, 2’nd Floor Meeting Room, Town Hall Approach Road, Tottenham Green, N15 4RX This is a FREE one-day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in General health and safety regulations and how to design a  Risk Assessment following practical exercises. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers,...

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TRAINING for CARIS Haringey

Thursday 2nd January This is a workshop for CARIS Haringey staff who help support  the over 6,000 homeless families in Haringey @St Ann’s Church Hall, Tottenham, N15 5JH.   covering: basic safety law, risk assessments (fire, manual handling, etc), safety inspections. Contact London Hazards 020 7794 5999 if you are interested in in-house training for your charity (London only)....

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Blacklist Support Group: 2012 – a year in blacklisting

January Electricians take industrial action in Scotland, Wales, North East, North West and London to make blacklisting a central issue of the ongoing BESNA dispute. Reel News release Blacklisted 2012 video Smith v Carillion Employment Tribunal – 400 pages of unredacted documents come into the public domain after being used as evidence in the court case. The company provide a written statement admitting that their managers supplied the...

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London Hazards Migrant Worker Project

Are you interested in working with us on this project? If you are please take a few minutes – less than 5 – to fill out our questionnaire: Migrant Worker Project Survey Thank you. The need for the project Newly arrived migrants, are known to work in dangerous sectors — such as construction; and also in contract cleaning, hotels and catering, care services (HSE 2006 ) which have high percentages of women workers...

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Factsheet: Air Pollution

The full text of our factsheet is here: Factsheet_Air Pollution Tweet

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Asbestos exported from Canada killing people in India

This video produced by Journeyman Pictures Australia must be watched by asbestos campaigners: Toxic Trade – India   It is about 25 minutes – if you are short of time round about 18 minutes shows conditions in an asbestos factory. The film interviews environmental activist Madhumita Data  who talks about the criminal negligence involved.  ...

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Blacklisting Support Group: The Parliamentary hearing

Information in this post from Blacklist Support Group and Site Worker The Parliamentary hearing Blacklister Ian Kerr broke his silence and gave nearly nearly four hours of evidence to the Scottish Affairs Select Committee investigation into blacklisting. Among the more jaw dropping evidence: Kerr has been a full-time blacklister since 1969 – previously employed by the Economic League before he became the Chief Executive of the...

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Report: London Hazards 2012 AGM

Guest speakers: Greg Edwards, Fire Brigades Union,   talked about the FBU campaign against the threatened closure of 17 London Fire Stations and  other cuts and safety matters.  Kingsley Abrams, UNITE National Executive Council member,   talked about the importance of the not-for-profit sector in London and the effects of the cuts to services such as ours. Elections Chair: Peter Farell, Construction Safety Campaign Treasurer: Jennie...

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Blacklist Support Group – Thank you from Shami Chakrabarti

The Blacklist Support Group were nominated for Human Rights Campaigners of the Year Award at  Liberty Awards Ceremony. They say: “Dear all   Please see below message from Shami Chakrabarti  The Liberty nomination was for everyone who has participated in the campaign over the years. Building workers, investigative journalists, lawyers, academics, politicians, trade unionists, safety campaigners and of course mainly blacklisted...

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Kings Cross Fire – Never Again
Nov19

Kings Cross Fire – Never Again

Kings Cross fire – never forget   The Speeches Photos from 25th Anniversary Memorial 18th November 2012          ...

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Save London Fire Stations

Simon Chapman, Fire Brigades Union secretary, London Borough of Southwark, has posted an excellent detailed report of what the proposed £65 million cuts to frontline fire services will mean for community fire services in London in the blog here. Seventeen London fire stations – Acton, Belsize, Bow, Clapham, Clerkenwell, Downham, Islington, Kensington, Kingsland, Knightsbridge, New Cross, Peckham, Silvertown, Southwark,...

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Lung cancer awareness month

Latest UK figures for mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and other asbestos illnesses from the HSE. Good article from America Unraveling the Stigma Surrounding Lung Cancer It says : The stereotype that lung cancer is a “smoking cancer” contributes to an assumption that lung cancer sufferers should have known better and are somehow at fault. This stereotype is not true but is so strong that  environmental factors for lung cancer are...

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Workers in Croydon put at risk

Two HSE improvement notices were ignored at Rubbish Express, Beddington Lane Croydon. The company has now been prosecuted – 14th November – at Westminster Magistrates Court. A JCB lift truck had not been thoroughly examined and was operated by staff who had not received adequate training. HSE inspector Clare Hawkes, said: “Rubbish Express Limited was given sufficient time to provide suitable training to employees...

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Don’t let Government amend the Health & Safety at Work Act

The amendment to Section 47 of the Health and Safety Work Act 1974, has been added to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill at the eleventh hour.  The amendment would mean: – Employers would no longer have a strict liability for the health and safety of their workers, for the first time since 1898. – Workers could not rely on an employer’s breach of health and safety law to win a personal injury claim, they would...

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17 London fire stations are under threat

We demand that the Government holds true to its election pledge that no front line services will be cut and they halt the closure of any London Fire Station and any job cuts within the London Fire Brigade being imposed by London Mayor Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. Petition to stop closure of 17 London fire stations...

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Crossrail safety dispute update

Crossrail – workers sacked for raising safety concerns – the dispute continues: Crossrail update on youtube   Published on Nov 3, 2012 by ReelNews The dispute over the sacking of 28 union members on the Crossrail project over health and safety concerns is now costing British taxpayers £30 million a DAY in missed targets and delays to the tunnel – that’s how much BFK (Bam,Ferrovial and Kier) are prepared to...

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For a future that works – safely
Nov02

For a future that works – safely

  October saw a massive TUC march against austerity and for work when unemployment is running very high. At the same time health and safety is under attack as never before.  Following from the Löfstedt Review recommendations last year, HSE are now consulting about removing regulations and the timetable to respond is very tight, some deadlines have passed. TUC calls for action In September the TUC passed a motion which said...

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Kings Cross Fire 25th Anniversary Memorial on 18th November

BBC report on the Kings Cross Fire 25th anniversary event Background The fire which began on the wooden Piccadilly line escalator on 18th October 1987 killed 31 people. Watch BBC footage from 1987. The public enquiry the following year lead to resignations of the senior management of both London Underground and London Regional Transport.  Wooden panelling was removed from escalators, heat detectors and sprinklers were fitted beneath...

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Two building workers killed in same week in Putney and Tottenham
Oct30

Two building workers killed in same week in Putney and Tottenham

  Putney: The man who was killed was Justinas Kopickas, a Lithuanian and father of three. Report in the Construction Enquirer. A 25 year old was injured when part of the old Cannon Rubber Ltd building which was being demolished collapsed on Monday 29th October. He died in the Royal London Hospital two days later. Report in Tottenham & Wood Green Journal.   More on both deaths in Safety and Health Practitioner London...

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Exempting some self-employed from health & safety laws: our response

Response: CD242-Public consultation on proposals to exempt some self-employed people from health and safety legislation   The London Hazards Centre is against the proposal to exempt some self- employed from the Health and Safety at Work Act and all other health and safety legislation because:   It will continue to be easier to understand the law and to follow it if it applies to everyone. There is no onerous burden of...

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RIDDOR our response to proposed changes

Sunday, 28 October 2012 Response: CD243 – Public consultation on proposals to simplify and clarify RIDDOR reporting requirements  The London Hazards Centre is against the proposal to remove the following reporting requirements:   Cases of occupational disease, other than those resulting from a work related exposure to a biological agent. Non-fatal accidents to people not at work. Dangerous occurrences outside of higher risk...

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Oppose the Repeal of the Adventure Activities Licensing Act

Keeping Our Young People Safe On 22 March 1993 Claire Langley, Simon Dunne, Rachel Walker and Dean Sayer, pupils from Southway Comprehensive, Plymouth, tragically lost their lives whilst kayaking on a school trip organised by the St Alban’s Activity Centre. Their parents and other campaigners are now trying to stop the repeal of the legislation brought in to ensure such a disaster never happened again. There is an e-petition to sign...

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Financial appeal: help us make it to 30

London Hazards provides an indispensible service for Londoners.  The Centre is bidding for a commission from London Councils to take us into 2013/2015.  If successful it will mean we will have some core funding to keep it open in its 30th anniversary years – 2014 when it opened, 2015 when it became incorporated. The historic document signed and witnessed by some (now) old men and one old woman is here  LHC Memorandum of...

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Asbestos in Streatham Street

Report in the Streatham Guardian by Alice  Foster Asbestos left in Streatham Street for four weeks Tweet

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Office Inspections/ Reviews of Health and Safety Policies

The Centre provides support for charities and not for profit organisations to monitor and maintain the health and safety standards under the current legislation, through: –          Office Inspections – £50; –          Reviewing Health and Safety policies and Risk Assessments – £20. Our tailored advice and information are designed to assist community groups in meeting their legal obligations in a cost effective...

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General Health and Safety Workshop in Bromley borough

General Health and Safety and Risk Assessment Workshop  Friday, 16’th November 2012, 10am to 2pm At Education Development Centre, Room 10A, Church Lane, Princes Plain, Bromley, BR2 8LD This is a FREE one-day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in General health and safety regulations and how to design a Risk Assessment following practical exercises. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers, managers or...

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Mesothelioma research

Dr Sally Lansley speaking at the iMig 2012 conference in Boston (International Mesothelioma Interest Group) about her research which involves looking at using the body’s immune system to target tumours.   You tube video:  Dr Sally Lansley Lung Institute Western Australia research looking at gene FGF9 in mesothelioma   This video was tweeted by Kazan Law. Follow @KazanLaw Laurie Kazan-Allen speaking about the need for a...

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Community Health and Safety training autumn 2012

The Centre runs one-day courses aimed at community groups and trade union safety representatives at a variety of venues throughout London.  The training is free.  The topics we offer include: Introduction to risk assessment COSHH – Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Fire Risk Assessment Health and Safety Law the basics Infection Control Introduction to Food Hygiene Women’s Health and Safety at Work Stress at work and how to...

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Pakistan: over 300 workers killed in factory fires

The fire at Karachi garment factory Ali Enterprises on 11th September is believed to have killed  at least 289 Another fire the same day at an illegal shoe factory in Lahore killed 25. At Ali Enterprises, Karachi, reports suggest: some doors were locked so workers could not escape others blocked by piles of finished clothing no emergency exits iron bars on upstairs windows had to be smashed so workers could jump out fire started by...

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Hillsborough: 96 reasons why health & safety is not an albatross

The independent report reveals 41 of the victims could have survived. Full report here: The Report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel In the foreword the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool says: “The fourth-century philosopher, Lactantius, wrote: The whole point of justice consists precisely in our providing for others through humanity what we provide for our own family through affection. The disclosed documents...

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Last Chance to respond to a whole load of HSE consultations about scrapping regulations

The consultations end on 14th September and are here: HSE consultations It is obvious from how they have dealt with the “consultation” on the Crane MOT and Hard Hat Regs, that a low response will be taken to mean approval for deregulation. For the Tower Crane Register of 86 responses, HSE say “there was no overall clear majority either in favour, or against, the proposal to revoke the Regulations.” For the Hard Hat...

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PROSPECT trade union for HSE staff describe cuts to their safety services

More than 2 million British people suffer some form of occupational ill health, with estimates of between 12,000-18,000 deaths a year from workplace hazards. Yet Prospect’s research shows: there are now only three occupational physicians left in HSE and 18 occupational health inspectors, down from 60 of each in the early 1990s. HSE’s Corporate Medical Unit is so depleted that it can no longer provide basic cover on...

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Stress at work workshop for LAWA

Stress at work and how to tackle it Workshop  13’th September 2012, 10am to 2pm At Latin American Women’s Aid in Hackney Borough This is a FREE one-day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in general health and safety regulations when it comes to stress at work and how to tackle it. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers, managers or members of the public interested in creating a safer working environment....

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Public Meeting: What next for Health & Safety? Thursday 20th September

What Next for Health and Safety? Thursday 20th September 7:30pm at Bread & Roses Clapham. Called by Battersea and Wandsworth TUC, London Hazards Centre, Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group, Construction Safety Campaign. This meeting has been called because of the urgent need to co-ordinate a campaign to stop the government tearing up vital health and safety legislation. The follow up to the Löfstedt Review has so far resulted in...

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Working Class Heros: Workers Memorial Day 2012

ArtZone is  a media co-operative  involved with developing the “Working Class Heroes” website (which includes two other main documentary sections: “May Day” and “Common Good”).  Artzone attended the Workers Memorial Day commemorations in Tower Hamlets (Tower Hill and Watney Market) and produced a short video + photos: Workers Memorial Day 2012 Photos from Tower Hill More on the ArtZone Working Class...

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Top marks for our training

The Centre for Armenian Information & Advice say: We have worked several times with the London Hazard Centre over the past year and found them to be an excellent organisation. They came and spoke with Ealing Advice Forum Network members and organised a very professional training as a follow up for BMER groups in the borough this year. Community groups such as ours need and welcome such organisations to provide advice and support...

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Shift work is linked to heart attacks and strokes

Shift work is associated with increased risk for heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events. Employers should have health screening programs in the workplace, if at all possible & give their employees breaks where they can relax and de-stress, and should rationalize their shift scheduling systems “so that they are more ergonomically designed and more aligned with the human body clock or circadian rhythm”....

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Hazards calls for a workers enquiry to fight cancer

Responding to an HSE intervention paper on occupational cancer presented to an HSE Board meeting on 22nd August in Bootle,  Simon Pickvance of Hazards says: “We are sick to death of being treated as second class workers in Europe, who can wait for preventative action till research is carried out, for example on shiftwork, when other member states have adopted a precautionary, pro active approach.  It is not more science that is...

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Health and Safety training at PHL Management

London Hazards Centre is delivering a health and safety training/workshop on 18th September 2012 from 10am – 2pm at Palingswick House Limited, Office A, Norland House, London, W11 4TL . If you are interested in attending this training please contact Ike on ikeaigbogun@lhc.org.uk...

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Training at Goldsmiths Community Centre

London Hazards Centre is delivering a 3-Day training/workshop on the 14th, 21st and 28th September 2012 on Fire Safety,  Food hygiene and Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) respectively at Goldsmiths Community Centre, Castillon Road. London SE6 1QD.  Each session will run from 12:30pm – 4pm. If you are interested in joining any of the sessions please contact Ike on ikeaigbogun@lhc.org.uk...

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Y J Lovell Plant Hire Limited

Does anyone have any information relating to EL insurance for the above company for the period 1969-1979? It is possible that it is Builders Accident Insurers. [requested by Diane HASAG]  ...

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Asbestos – insurance industry avoids payments to victims

 Asbestos cancer compensation scheme is ‘too limited and too late’ A scheme to pay mesothelioma victims compensation where the employers’ liability insurance cannot be traced will not come into play for two years and does not cover asbestosis, pleural thickening and asbestos-related lung cancer – half of those suffering an asbestos related disease. Campaigners say many cancer sufferers will be dead before...

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letter to Jane Ellison MP Battersea, Balham & Wandsworth

  “Dear Jane, London Hazards Centre has worked with the Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group, BCDAG, since it was set up in 2006 following the deaths of Michael Alexa and Jonathan Cloke after the Falcon Crane collapsed and killed them in Thessaly Road. Our research found London has had the most tower crane crash incidents in the world & the most fatalities from crane incidents in the UK. The recent inquest into the...

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Early Day Motion 259 LOFSTEDT REPORT AND CRANE SAFETY

That this House recalls that after a series of serious accidents and fatalities caused by tower crane collapses a campaign was undertaken by the Battersea Crane Disaster Action Group comprising the relatives of the victims of the accidents, the Construction Safety Campaign and the health and safety campaign, Hazards, which led to new safety legislation related to crane operations being introduced in 2010; but expresses strong concern...

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Mesothelioma Action Day: Friday 6th July, Stratford Town Hall, Newham

London Commemoration Service for all those who have died from asbestos 12 mid day, Stratford Town Hall, Newham “Standing as one, for those we remember, and those who suffer Broadening the knowledge, asbestos more than man is tougher As tears fall like raindrops our symbols of hope are placed With doves of white released, tributes of love and embrace.” Pauline Bonney, 2011  Speakers: Allan Graveson, Nautilus, the...

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Happy Fathers Day – which started in America as a workers memorial day

Did you know that the first Father’s Day has workplace origins?  On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event to explicitly honor fathers[i].  The Sunday sermon was held in memory of the 362 men who were killed in explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, West Virginia the previous December.  These explosions remain the worst mine disaster[ii] and the worst industrial catastrophe of any...

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Cranes Bill – a poem for 3rd July lobby of DWP, Tothill St, Westminster

By Graham Shepherd  Cranes “Bill” – for flowers, not funerals ! There’s not a lot more magnificent than tower cranes manouvering on high; (as long as safety measures aren’t as impracticable as pie in the sky….!) Once assembled, all cranes should be LOLER examined – (not just registered) to receive their “MOT” – by independent, third-party, licenced engineers, allowing HSE inspectors to better police crane safety. All crane...

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FREE Fire Safety Training @ Hayes

FIRE SAFETY TRAINING 4TH July 2012, 10am to 2pm Barra Hall, Wood End Green Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 2SA This is a FREE one-day course which will focus on the following areas: –          The Chemistry of fire –          Fire prevention –          Legal Requirements –          Evacuation procedures –          Duties of Fire Warden If interested in this course, please send the full names and contact...

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Free Health and Safety Workshop in Newham

11’th July 2012, 10am to 3pm At Theodora Room, Durning Hall Community Centre, Earlham Grove, Forest Gate, E7 9AB. This is a FREE one-day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in general health and safety regulations while working with display screen equipment, involved in manual handling and how to avoid slips, trips or falls. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers, managers or members of the public...

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KEEP THE CRANE MOT: Latest News

PROTEST ORGANISED TUESDAY 3rd JULY 2012 12.00 pm OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT OF WORK AND PENSIONS, TOTHILL  STREET LONDON SW1H 9NA 2.00 pm LOBBY AND PUBLIC MEETING,  HOUSE of COMMONS CAMPAIGN UPDATE A resolution to support a campaign against the Löfsted proposals on the Crane Register, Hard Hat  & Work at Height Regs, was passed at the UCATT conference held in Scarborough the last week of May. Tony O Brien and Liliana Alexa had a 2...

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Legionella advice from HSE trade union PROSPECT

PROSPECT SAYS PROACTIVE INSPECTION PREVENTS INFECTION Prospect, the union for 1,400 health and safety professionals, today (Friday) said the Legionella outbreak in Edinburgh is a stark reminder that cuts to public services can create dangerous and ultimately expensive health-related issues in the longer term. The union says that as a result of a ministerial instruction, the government’s safety regulator – the Health and Safety...

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Training session at LAWA – Islington borough

13st September, 10 am to 2 pm At Latin American Women’s Aid in Islington borough This is a Free – day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in health and safety regulations and how to tackle violence at work. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers and managers interested in creating a safe working environment. For more information contact Dana Ion at danaion@lhc.org.uk...

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Training session at LAWA – Islington borough

21’st June, 10 am to 2 pm At Latin American Women’s Aid in Islington borough This is a Free – day course aimed at those looking to gain further knowledge in health and safety regulations and how to tackle stress at work. The course is suitable for employees, volunteers and managers interested in creating a safe working environment.   For more information contact Dana Ion at danaion@lhc.org.uk...

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Self-employed builder killed after a roof fall

Small fine for Hounslow landlord re death of Mr Sanghera self-employed builder in fall 2009.  “It is not known whether Mr Sanghera had any experience in carrying out roof work, but the three workers he employed had no training in this type of work or in any aspects of health and safety associated with construction.” http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-ldn-8612.htm...

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