Asbestos regulations under attack by the government minister
Jul04

Asbestos regulations under attack by the government minister

New Brexit minister Steve Baker has lobbied the government to weaken asbestos laws, Unite has revealed. The union says it is concerned by the minister’s ‘alarming’ position and is demanding that the government now provide ‘cast-iron guarantees’ that asbestos regulations won’t be watered down. Much of the existing legislation, which bans the use of asbestos and controls how the substance is removed, is based on European Union...

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London hazards  magazine Mesothelioma day
Jun26

London hazards magazine Mesothelioma day

  London Hazards Mesothelioma Edition June July 2017    ...

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Grenfell Tower  London Hazards statement updated
Jun15

Grenfell Tower London Hazards statement updated

Grenfell Tower Fire 14 June 2017  Following the recent London Bridge attacks, Londoners were assured they would be protected on a night out. As trustees of the London Hazards Centre, we demand the same assurances for people’s homes and workplaces. Sadly, the warnings by the tenants and residents of Grenfell Tower were patronisingly dismissed by their landlords and contractors with tragic consequences.   This attitude...

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London action Mesothelioma day 7 July
May25

London action Mesothelioma day 7 July

London Action Mesothelioma Day Programme...

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Death and destruction in shipbreaking yards
May18

Death and destruction in shipbreaking yards

A keynote discussion took place on the 15th May 2017 at the London Offices of Law firm Leigh Day. An invited audience listened to a panel of specialists including speakers from the ‘Shipbreaking Platform’¹ who are involved in trying to end the shocking damage to the lives of workers and catastrophic environmental impact of shipbreaking. You have probably seen images of shipbreaking in places like India and Bangladesh: barefoot men in...

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Cross rail case moves to the Southwark Crown Court May 10 from 10 AM picket
Apr12

Cross rail case moves to the Southwark Crown Court May 10 from 10 AM picket

It was a very good turnout for the vigil outside Westminster magistrates court seeking justice for crossrail the construction safety campaign also London Hazards also had placards and banners we also had Placards placards of FACK and also a statement from there supporting the families #iwmd special thanks to construction safety campaign the national shop stewards network also Family against corporate killing  We now need to...

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Free ‘Health and safety essentials training’ at Voluntary Action Camden 21 March 2017
Mar16

Free ‘Health and safety essentials training’ at Voluntary Action Camden 21 March 2017

Free ‘Health and safety essentials training’ at Voluntary Action Camden 21 March 2017. Here is the link: http://advicelocal.org.uk/noticeboard/details/london/training/118738    ...

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No justice no peace 
Mar09

No justice no peace 

ORGREAVE DEMO OUTSIDE THE HOME OFFICE LONDON we would like to see a Mass Demonstration outside the Home Office in London, unit 2, Marsham street london SW1P 4DF. Can you please ask your members to bring anything that will make a noise, whistles horns and anyone who can shout loud. I would urge anyone of us, whom have connections with other groups to please encourage them to attend too. We really do need to give this a good go. It is...

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London Hazards magazine January 2017
Mar04

London Hazards magazine January 2017

London-Hazards-Mag-Jan-2017   PDF file London Hazards Mag Jan 2017  ...

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RED CARD FOR SERVICES PASSPORT?
Mar01

RED CARD FOR SERVICES PASSPORT?

RED CARD FOR SERVICES PASSPORT? Will an “EU Services Card” (previously known as ‘Services Passport’) be included in an ‘Internal Market Package’, due to be unveiled by the European Commission next week? The idea is supposed to make it easier for businesses to provide services across borders, but is opposed by trade unions and employers. Trade unions say it  – is a support programme for undeclared work, letter box companies and...

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Over 55s braced to work until 70 to ‘stay mentally fit’
Feb28

Over 55s braced to work until 70 to ‘stay mentally fit’

Almost half of over 55s believe they will work past retirement age, but three quarters of employees don’t think employers are doing enough to support older workers Older workers (55+) in the UK are bracing themselves to continue working until they are 70 years old, according to new research by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development. In a survey of more than 1,600 UK employees, more than a third (37%) of all...

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FACK Families against corporate killers Press statement
Feb22

FACK Families against corporate killers Press statement

c/o Hazards Campaign, Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, Manchester M16 7WD Tel 0161 636 7557 mail@gmhazards.org.uk www.fack.org.uk Press Statement for use 23.2.17 Anniversary of the deaths of Mick Collings, Chris Huxtable, Ken Cresswell, and John Shaw in the collapse of Didcot boiler house on 23.2.16 Families Against Corporate Killers (FACK) would like to mark the first anniversary of the deaths of four workers Mick...

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Europe finally recognises four phthalates as human endocrine disruptors
Feb21

Europe finally recognises four phthalates as human endocrine disruptors

Brussels, 17 February 2017 – In a historic development, four synthetic chemicals – DEHP, DIBP, DBP and BBP – have been identified as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) for human health. The news was first released by an official source in Denmark. (1) http://env-health.org/resources/press-releases/article/europe-finally-recognises-four...

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Staff Our Stations Emergency Public Rally In support of Tube workers
Jan23

Staff Our Stations Emergency Public Rally In support of Tube workers

Wednesday, 1 February 630 please support...

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The EDC-Free Europe 
Dec23

The EDC-Free Europe 

NGOs urge Member States to reject Commission’s 3rd revised proposal on EDC criteria see link http://www.edc-free-europe.org/edcs-and-me/what-are-edcs/EDC FREE EU To Health, Environment and Agricultural Ministers Dear Minister, The EDC-Free Europe NGO coalition urges your country to reject the European Commission’s 3rd revised proposal for identifying endocrine disrupting chemicals during the December 21st meeting of the Standing...

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Join the ‘Action for Rail’ day of action 3 January 2017 at a station near you
Dec23

Join the ‘Action for Rail’ day of action 3 January 2017 at a station near you

UK commuters spend up to 6 times as much of their salary on rail fares as other European passengers Rail fares have shot up twice as much as wages and inflation over the past decade  Campaigners point to “failed privatisation” as key driver of high fares   ‘Action for Rail’ is the TUC and rail union led campaign that fights cuts to jobs and services and campaigns for a national integrated railway under public ownership, and opposes...

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Health and Safety Training

Free health and safety training The London Hazards Centre is a registered charity funded to deliver health and safety training for community groups that provide services for migrant communities. The training is free for the staff, volunteers and service users of these community groups. The half-day training sessions cover the legal framework of health and safety, risk assessment and right to work in a safe environment. If you want to...

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Message from Greater Manchester Hazards
Dec20

Message from Greater Manchester Hazards

John Bamford Greater Manchester Hazards Centre/ Hazards Campaign comments on the ‘Strike Wave’     I’m not sure what you mean by the term “strike wave”. You must be aware that the Office for National Statistics recorded 170,000 working days lost for 2015, the second lowest number since records began in 1891 – the only year lower was 2005 with 157,000 days lost. Calls for even further restrictions on industrial action seem particularly...

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The HSE have announced they will prosecute construction firms on crossrail
Dec07

The HSE have announced they will prosecute construction firms on crossrail

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today informed BAM Nuttall Limited, Ferrovial Agroman (UK) Ltd, and Keir Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd that they will be prosecuted in relation to three incidents that took place during the construction of the new Crossrail railway tunnel construction, which runs east to west across London. All three companies will appear at Westminster’s Magistrates Court in January 2017 to face four...

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Christmas starts early for London Hazards & LASAG 
Dec07
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End victimisation London Hazards supports this strike and please can everyone contribute as much as possible
Dec05

End victimisation London Hazards supports this strike and please can everyone contribute as much as possible

London Hazards supports this strike and please can everyone contribute as much as possible Strike fund for Tottenham Court Road electricians out in support of victimised shop steward Terry Wilson  Account name: Unite London Construction LE/0555 Branch. Account number: 20276649, sort code: 608301  Unity trust bank  Please share this far and wide and post any donations...

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Precarious “gigs” are a perfect storm for occupational health 
Nov15

Precarious “gigs” are a perfect storm for occupational health 

Psychologist Dr Joanna Wilde, a member of the board of directors of the Council for Work and Health, on the toxic combination of stress and occupational health risks in the “gig economy”.  The “gig economy” covers many different arrangements, but the key fact underpinning the use of this term is that there are growing numbers of people working on limited term projects and placements and in what used to be described as a piece...

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Mesothelioma day 2016
Apr30

Mesothelioma day 2016

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SERTUC AGM
Apr26

SERTUC AGM

London Hazards  Stall at the SERTUC AGM 2016.  We were there promoting the London  hazards  workers memorial day event and also encouraging TU’s to join our campaign we had a very positive reception from delegates at the AGM...

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Mesothelioma Day 2016 A date for your diary
Apr17
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Read the latest London Hazards Magazine
Mar01

Read the latest London Hazards Magazine

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Happy Christmas from the London Hazards Centre Team
Dec12
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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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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 2015
Jul06

Mesothelioma Action Day 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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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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Urgent Action: Stand up for health and safety at work – no more cuts to HSE

PCS and Prospect members who work for the HSE will be staging a lunchtime protest on Thursday against further cuts to be announced by George Osborne in his Comprehensive Spending Review. HSE is braced for another round of cuts on top of the 35% cut already being implemented – further hollowing out the organisation. The relentless attacks by government ministers, most famously David Cameron’s ‘kill off the health and...

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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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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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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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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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Me coming home is not guaranteed anymore

In the UK two companies SEH Commercial and NMH Property Services have been fined – £15,000 and £5,000 – plus costs, after a worker suffered life-changing injuries when he plunged 10 metres through a perspex rooflight on to a concrete floor. Regulation 13 (2) of Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and Regulation 9 (2) (b) of the Work at Height Regulations were breached. Report by Eve Reed  in Health and Safety...

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Blacklist Support Group Update: Unite declares war on Crossrail

Protest outside Building Magazine award dinner on 19th April   Join Blacklist Support Group on FACEBOOK Join Facebook here (it’s free) Justice campaign and support network for anyone caught up in UK construction industry blacklisting scandal. Trade unionists, safety campaigners, lawyers, journalists, academics and environmental activists were all blacklisted by big business. Multi-national building contractors have for...

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Health & Safety at TUC 2012

C16 Health and safety at work General background text: TUC 2012 Health& Safety at Work Congress therefore calls on the General Council to: i) mount a vigorous political, public and industrial campaign to prevent the weakening of health and safety laws and to support the right of all workers to enjoy effective health and safety protection, regardless of their employment status or workplace ii) support a lobby of the government to...

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petition to Primark, Matalan, Mango
Apr26

petition to Primark, Matalan, Mango

Demand justice for victims of Bangladesh building collapse Take Action and sign the petition now: War on Want petition   This petition to: Paul Marchant Chief Executive, Primark Isak Andic Chief Executive, Mango Darren Blackhurst Chief Executive, Matalan .@Primarkjobs @Mango @Matalan: ensure safety for workers in Bangladesh & compensate victims of building collapse Petition by Amirul Haque Amin, President National Garment...

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Over 440 of Bangladeshi garment workers die
Apr25

Over 440 of Bangladeshi garment workers die

Report from IndustriALL Global Union: “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 have produced for several well-known western brands including Mango, Primark, C&A, KIK,...

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Driverless Tubes by 1990

Driverless Trains by 1990!East London Line the testing ground! 3000 less jobs! @eveningstandard front page 1977 twitter.com/RMTLondon/stat… — RMT London Calling (@RMTLondon) April 25, 2013  ...

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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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Blacklisting: Smith “grinning like a raver”

The Employment Appeals Tribunal in Blackfriars  (Tues 26th Feb) decided that construction giant Carillion must face human rights claims over its role in the construction industry blacklisting scandal. Justice Singh ordered that a High Court judge should hear a 2 day hearing at the Employment Appeal Tribunal in the case of Dave Smith v Carillion. Mr Smith, an engineer from Essex, was repeatedly dismissed and refused work once his name...

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Blacklisting BFK & Crossrail

This week it emerged that Pat Swift, previously the human resources contact for the blacklisting organisation The Consulting Association boss Ian Kerr at Bam Nuttall, is now human resources manager for Crossrail’s western tunnels contractor BFK – a joint venture comprising Bam Nuttall, Ferrovial and Kier. The revelation emerged as former Crossrail electrician and Unite union shop steward Frank Morris began employment tribunal...

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Fire Services to be Cut by 25% – Unless we Stop It!

The Government is seeking to implement  “a fairer funding settlement across Fire and Rescue Services” for the period 2013 – 17. In 2010 the government reduced  funding for Fire and Rescue Authorities by 5.8 per cent in 2010-11 and a further 0.7 per cent in 2012-13. It intends to implement very much larger reductions in 2013-14 and the three subsequent years, in total, making a 25 per cent reduction in funding. That is not ‘fair...

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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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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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FBU protest against cuts to London fire service 21st January
Jan28
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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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Massive cuts to London Fire Service announced
Jan11

Massive cuts to London Fire Service announced

London FBU say the Mayor of London has announced 12 fire stations to close, 18 engines to go and over 400 jobs. The  BBC report about the station closures says 520 jobs will be lost. It is bad news and ridiculous and dangerous when the London population is rising all the time. FBU says the plans are reckless and wrong. Paul Embery, London FBU Regional Secretary, says the fire stations earmarked for closure are: Belsize Bow Clapham...

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London International Workers Memorial Day 2013

Public Meeting & Organising Event 6pm Tuesday 5th February London Hazards Centre Hampstead Town Hall 213 Haverstock Hill NW3 4QP (Nearest Tube: Belsize Park) Dear Friends We are holding an organising meeting for Workers Memorial Day and request you support this by attending our meeting. We would also like to get feedback from supporters as to the possibility of having an international meeting and demonstration over  the attacks...

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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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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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Latest: asbestos statistics & info on lung cancer

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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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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Is this asbestos? Update! it is rockwool!
Oct05

Is this asbestos? Update! it is rockwool!

We have been advised by Council Safety Officers that it was not asbestos; that it was rockwool & it has been dealt with. You can’t tell if material is asbestos by looking. We have advised the neighbour who is worried because she “recently returned home after several days absence to find several blocks of fibrous material, around 10cm thick, piled up outside our block of flats in an area where children play and...

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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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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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What next for health and safety? Public Meeting

What Next for Health and Safety? Thursday 20th September 7:30pm at Bread & Roses Clapham. HSE Consultations so far:  on the Tower Crane Register (crane MOT) & the Hard Hat Regulation has resulted in the HSE Board recommending that they be scrapped despite protests from ourselves, a low response and evidently a 50:50 split on the board. on removing/revising 15 ACOPs including the ACOP which goes with the Management of Health...

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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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A shocking case of pregnancy discrimination and bad health and safety

From Maternity Action A recent call to the Maternity Action advice line came from a woman earning just under £100 per week from a part time job in a bakery. When Laura announced her pregnancy, her employer refused to provide paid time off for antenatal appointments during her regular shifts. She was given early shifts despite her morning sickness and her manager insisted on her carrying heavy trays throughout her pregnancy. Her...

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