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					Risks
issue no 202 – 16 April 2005




Editor: Rory O'Neill of Hazards magazine. Comments to the TUC at
healthandsafety@tuc.org.uk.


CONTENTS
   • Union news: Accidents must be a real early warning system * All
   employees with cancer need protection * Train drivers struggle to
   keep their shorts on
   • Other news: £50,000 fine after horror death * Police probe
   latest Corus fatality * Bankrupt firm escapes large death fine *
   Water-damaged buildings tied to workers' asthma * Injury firms
   “targeting” patients * Union alarm as Jarvis boss gets Tube job *
   More ex-BR staff die of asbestos cancer
   • International news: Bangladesh: Factory collapse tantamount
   “to murder” * China: Tin smelting poisons 31 members of a family
   * Global: IFBWW urges site unions to organise for safety * New
   Zealand: Company fined for worker’s stress * USA: Major site’s
   safety record too good to be true * USA: Workplace safety tops
   voters concerns
   • Resources: Amicus safety rep website
   • Action: Health and safety and the DDA
   • Events and courses: TUC courses for safety reps * More unions
   get organised for 28 April * TUC/CCA corporate manslaughter bill
   conference, London, 13 June

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UNION NEWS
Accidents must be a real early warning system

The TUC wants the official rules on the reporting of work accidents,
diseases and dangerous occurrences clarified, enforced and turned into
an effective early warning system. The TUC call comes as The Health
and Safety Commission considers changes to the reporting regulations,
RIDDOR. “TUC wants to ensure that all the information required to
gauge the level of occupational injury and illness can be obtained
easily and that any new trends can be identified at the earliest possible
opportunity,” said TUC head of safety Hugh Robertson. “The current
scheme is both confusing and has some glaring omissions. It is also
widely ignored by many employers and not enforced by the HSE.” He
said the reporting system should be revised so it is “comprehensive,
understandable and adhered to.” He added that “whatever changes are
made, under-reporting must also be addressed.” The revised scheme
should be compatible with the ILO protocol on reporting injuries and ill-
health, so that proper international comparisons can be made, he said.

•   HSC news release. Discussion - The Review of The
    Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous
    Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). The
    discussion ends on 30 June 2005. HSE says it would
    prefer responses on the online Discussion
    Document questionnaire form. The address to
    obtain a hard copy of the form or to provide a
    formal written response is: Maureen Disson, HSE,
    Policy Group - Cross Cutting Interventions Division,
    9th Floor South Wing, Rose Court, 2 Southwark
    Bridge, London SE1 9HS. Tel: 020 7717 6399.


All employees with cancer need protection

New workplace rules to come into effect later this year and that will
protect people with cancer from discrimination must not have any
loopholes, say campaigners. The updated Disability Discrimination Act
2005 was passed last week and, among other changes, will make it an
offence to discriminate against an employee from the moment they
receive a diagnosis of cancer. But some MPs had wanted “easily
treatable” cancers to be exempted from the list of conditions. Union
and cancer organisations say this is a mistake, as it’s not the specific
condition that causes potential problems for the employee but the
word “cancer” itself. As a compromise the government says it will wait
until later in the year before drawing up the actual regulations, with
the Department of Work and Pensions asking for groups to present
evidence on the problem, especially any specific workplace issues.
“We’re very concerned the government has failed to understand the
significant impact that ‘minor’ cancer can have on someone,” says
UNISON’s Gloria Foran. “If the government fails to recognise the
discrimination people with 'minor' cancers face, we will continue to
have to take people though the tortuous process of proving they meet
the complicated definition before we can represent the issue of
discrimination.” UNISON is calling on members to provide case
histories of any problems they have encountered “so that we can arm
the TUC and the Disability Rights Commission with evidence to win
new rights for these workers.”

•   UNISON news release. DWP news release. DRC
    news release.
•   DWP webpage on the Disability Discrimination Act.


Train drivers struggle to keep their shorts on

Thousands of rail passengers could face delays because a rail company
has angered its drivers by banning the wearing of shorts, on the
grounds that they look unprofessional. Drivers working for the train
company One are refusing to work overtime in protest at rules
requiring them to wear shirts and ties, which they say will force them
to dress up like “little tin soldiers.” They say elderly suburban trains
used by One have poorly ventilated cabs which become unbearably
sweaty in spring and summer. Andy Cotogno, district organiser for the
rail union ASLEF, said: “The units the drivers are working on are older
units which have no air conditioning.” ASLEF said the dispute was
unofficial and that certain staff were refusing to work on rest days in
line with their rights. The network used to be part of WAGN but was
subsumed into the One rail franchise last year. Drivers said their dark
blue polo shirts and shorts had been issued by WAGN and had never
before been considered “unprofessional.” Rail companies have a
history of instigating baffling dress codes. A disciplinary rule against
bulging pockets was withdrawn after it prompted widespread ridicule.

•   The Guardian.


OTHER NEWS
£50,000 fine after horror death

The boss of a scrap metal yard has been fined £50,000 after one of his
employees was sliced in half. Worker Simon Teece was killed in a box
shearer strong enough to crush cars while working at Briggs Metal in
Newark. The 45-year-old was standing inside the machine when he
pressed the wrong button on a remote control. The emergency stop
button on the remote control had broken off three days earlier, leaving
him helpless. Bill Briggs-Price, joint partner at Briggs Metal, Newark,
knew the button was broken, but still allowed workers to climb into the
machine, Nottingham Crown Court heard. He also knew some
employees climbed into the equipment with the power on - though he
told them not to. The machinery had no instruction manual, and the
words on the control panel and remote control were written in Dutch.
Briggs-Price, 37, admitted failing to carry out a sufficient risk
assessment of the machinery, and failing to ensure the safety of his
employees. He was fined £10,000 for the first offence and £40,000 for
the second, and ordered to pay £6,749.90 costs. Work to make the
machine safe would have been easy and cheap, Recorder Colin Goodier
said. Mr Teece remained conscious as co-workers fought to free him
from the machine's jaws, but was pronounced dead at the scene by
paramedics. HSE inspector Giles Hyder said: “Mr Briggs-Price had
fallen well short of taking adequate measures to ensure employees'
safety when working and operating the box shearer at his premises.”
He added: “We are happy with the fine.”

•   HSE news release. Nottingham Evening Post. BBC
    News Online.


Police probe latest Corus fatality

A 52-year-old man has been killed in an incident at a Corus plant in
south Wales. Father-of-two Hywel Thomas, who was from the
Pontarddulais area, died on 8 April at the Corus-owned Aluminised
Products Plant plant in the town. Police and the Health and Safety
Executive have launched an investigation. Production was halted at the
plant, which employs around 75 people, after the accident. A Corus
spokesperson said: “The workforce is in a state of shock. There is a
very strong sense of community.” The tragedy is the latest in a series
of fatalities at the company. Corus UK Ltd was fined £150,000 and
£50,000 costs in December 2003 following the death at the company’s
Scunthorpe steel plant of locomotive driver Michael McGovern (Risks
135). Gary Birkett died at the Scunthorpe plant on 5 November 2002.
In February 2003, Corus was fined £10,000 and costs of £1,286 for
safety offences related to the death of Bob Powlay, 54, at its plant in
Portrack, Stockton (Risks 93). In January 2003, Francis Coles, a 42-
year-old maintenance engineer, was killed at the Corus tin plate works
in Llanelli, Wales (Risks 88). In November 2001, three workers died in
an explosion at the Corus steelworks in Port Talbot (Risks 29). On 26
March this year, a steelworker at Corus’s Scunthorpe plant was
seriously burnt after falling into a pit of effluent and remains in a
“poorly but stable” condition. In September last year, Corus chief
executive Philippe Varin expressed his concern over the company's
safety record, particularly the high number of what he called
“contractor incidents.”

•   BBC News Online. Evening Post. Scunthorpe
    Telegraph.
•   More on the Corus safety record.


Bankrupt firm escapes large death fine

A construction firm has escaped a heavy fine over the death of a
Grimsby worker because it had already gone bust. Tony Abbott, 35,
was killed when he fell 8 feet from a scaffolding platform. The panel
fitter suffered a fatal head injury which could have been avoided if
safety regulations had been met, the Old Bailey heard. Company boss
John Gibbons, owner of JMPI Ltd, admitted health and safety breaches
along with contractor TSL Hygienics Ltd. JMPI had been subcontracted
by TSL to fit panelling at a Dairy Crest factory in Dagenham, Essex. A
Health and Safety Executive investigation found the ladder leading up
to the scaffolding platform did not reach high enough above it to
provide a handhold and was not properly secured. JMPI was fined
£8,000 and was ordered to pay £5,000 costs. But TSL was fined an
“unusually low” £5,000 by Judge Richard Hawkins QC because it has
gone into liquidation since Mr Abbott’s death on 3 September 2001.
The judge said: “The fine needs to be large enough to bring home the
message that a safe environment should be achieved for workers, but
it should not be so large as to imperil the company. I must remember
there are creditors.”

•   HSE news release. Grimsby Telegraph.


Water-damaged buildings tied to workers' asthma

A water-damaged workplace may lead to a dramatic increase in the
rate of asthma and other breathing problems in employees, and could
be a substantial source of sick days, new research suggests. In a study
of workers at one leaky, mould-contaminated office building, scientists
from the US government’s workplace safety research body NIOSH
found that the rate of adult-onset asthma among employees was more
than three times that for the general population. Two-thirds of these
cases were diagnosed after the employees had started working in the
building. The researchers estimate that up to 12 per cent of employee
sick days in a year could be attributed to the health effects of the
building. “We feel our study adds to the evidence that asthma can
develop in damp indoor environments,” said NIOSH researcher Dr Jean
M Cox-Ganser. The exact triggers of the workers' breathing problems
were not clear, said the researchers. Allergic reaction to mould is one
possibility, Cox-Ganser said, but damp environments can create a
number of exposures potentially irritating to the airways. Writing in the
journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the researchers conclude:
“This investigation documents the considerable respiratory illness,
adverse effects on quality of life, and absenteeism that have placed
personal, social, and economic burdens on many employees and their
employers. Building-related respiratory disease warrants increased
public health, medical research, and policy attention.”

•   Jean M. Cox-Ganser and others. Respiratory
    morbidity in office workers in a water-damaged
    building. Environmental Health Perspectives
    volume 113, number 4, pages 485-490, April 2005
    [abstract and full paper]. Reuters Health.


Injury firms “targeting” patients

Compensation companies have been caught touting for business at an
accident and emergency department in Derbyshire. The “no win, no
fee” salespeople were spotted handing out leaflets and business cards
to patients at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Managers said the
ambulance chasers had harassed vulnerable people in casualty and
damaged hospital property. One sales representative was escorted
from the premises by an off-duty police officer and security. Sarah
Turner-Saint, from the hospital, said: “We realise obviously that people
have accidents and there are occasions when they may be entitled to
claim compensation. But from our point of view we feel that targeting
patients in A&E when they've actually had the accident and are waiting
to be treated is not the right way to go about marketing and touting
for this kind of business.” The TUC and unions have warned repeatedly
that even workers winning claims through no-win, no fee firms can end
up out of pocket. Last month, Tony Woodley, TGWU general secretary,
said: “People need to know that if they have an accident at work or
suffer an injustice that there is someone to fight back for them, win
and not charge them. There's a sharp contrast here with some of the
so-called 'no-win, no-fee' firms who sometimes make substantial
deductions from settlements” (Risks 200).

•   BBC News Online.


Union alarm as Jarvis boss gets Tube job

Rail union RMT has expressed concern at a top Jarvis boss taking the
helm of Tube maintenance firm Metronet. The RMT statement came
after it was announced John Weight, the chief executive of Metronet, a
private firm criticised for its performance in modernising London
Underground (LU), had resigned, to be replaced by Andrew Lezala, the
chief operating officer of engineering group Jarvis. RMT general
secretary Bob Crow said: “The profit-hungry ethics of Jarvis has
already led to them being kicked off maintenance contracts on the
mainline following disasters like Potter's Bar and Hatfield.” He added:
“It is unbelievable that Jarvis are now being handed control of the
Tube.” In August last year, RMT called for Metronet to be suspended
and its maintenance work taken back in-house, after the company was
found to have been the principal cause of an 11 May White City
derailment (Risks 171). A report concluded the company had failed to
comply fully with safety measures laid down by London Underground
following an earlier accident at Camden Town. RMT had also criticised
Metronet for firing six workers under its zero tolerance alcohol and
drug policy, despite company tests confirming none of the workers had
consumed either (Risks 163).

•   BBC News Online.


More ex-BR staff die of asbestos cancer

A former British Rail employee died of cancer caused by asbestos, an
inquest has heard. Derby Coroner's Court was told that Derek Trelfa
(66), died on 4 January of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma. Dr
Rahul Deb, a consultant pathologist at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary,
carried out the post-mortem examination. He told the court that there
was evidence of asbestos. Deputy coroner Dr Turlough Farnan read a
statement written by Mr Trelfa in September 2003. It stated that he
worked for British Rail between 1954 and 1964 before working for
various other firms. The statement said that he was of the firm
conviction that he was exposed to asbestos while working for British
Rail. Dr Farnan recorded a verdict of death from the industrial disease
malignant mesothelioma. In a second case, this week a widow who
emigrated to Australia more than 40 years ago won substantial
damages from British Rail following the death of her husband from
exposure to asbestos. Rosemary Panting, who emigrated with her
husband Christopher in 1963, brought the claim against British Rail
after he died from mesothelioma in 2002. She has received £157,000
in an out-of-court settlement. Mr Panting worked as a coach finisher
for British Rail as its Swindon works from 1954 until he emigrated in
1963 - the only period he was exposed to asbestos in his working life.
The deadly condition is now so common in railworkers it is sometimes
referred to as “Swindon Disease”, after the Wiltshire rail town.
Swindon has an asbestos memorial garden to commemorate victims
(Risks 96).

•   Derby Evening Telegraph. Evening Advertiser.


INTERNATIONAL
Bangladesh: Factory collapse tantamount “to murder”

Thirty people are known to have died and hundreds are believed to be
trapped in the debris of a nine-storey garment factory in Bangladesh
that collapsed on 11 April after what was believed to be a boiler
explosion. Nurul Islam, a police official supervising rescue work, said
200 people were feared trapped beneath the mangled Spectrum
Sweaters factory near Savar, an industrial town 20 miles north-west of
the capital Dhaka. Neil Kearney, general secretary of global textile
unions’ federation ITGLWF, said the cause of the tragedy was a
combination of a desperate race for competitive advantage in a
liberalised trade environment and the inaction of the public authorities
in ensuring safe working conditions. “Some would say this is the
inevitable consequence of the race to the bottom now underway as a
result of unregulated trade in textiles and clothing,” he said. “It is
difficult to consider this as anything less than the murder of the
workers involved.” Lutfozzaman Babar, a junior home minister who
visited the site, said the government had ordered an investigation.
Officials said that the factory had been built illegally on marshland; five
floors had been added on top of the original four. Spectrum Sweaters
produced nearly 80,000 pieces of clothing a day for export, mainly to
the United States, Belgium and Germany, an employee, Kaiser Ahmed,
said. ITGLWF has also asked the government urgently to examine
whether the newly-introduced 72-hour work week was not the direct
cause of the tragedy. Among those still missing is a 15-year-old
worker who was working overtime at 1 am.

•   ITGLWF news releases on the tragedy and the 72-
    hour week. The Independent. BBC News Online.


China: Tin smelting poisons 31 members of a family

Thirty-one members of a family have been poisoned, leaving one man
dead, in a tin smelting accident in Hebei Province, China. The family
members suffered from arsenic poisoning when one of them poured
water over slag left over from the smelting process. Eleven people,
including a five-year-old boy and a pregnant women, were taken to
Chaoyang Hospital in Beijing in a serious condition after the incident
last week, but they are now out of danger. Family member Zang
Shoutang had sprinkled water over the tin slag. He died of poisoning
the same day. Reports say poisonous hydrogen arsenide gas, which
can cause renal and heart failure, was produced when the water hit the
slag. In Xidi village where the accident occurred, many rural residents
make money from smelting tin, copper and silver. The slag created is
sometimes stored in their own homes.

•   China Daily.


Global: IFBWW urges site unions to organise for safety
                      Over 100 construction unions on five continents
                      are to organise for safety on 28 April. The
                      Workers’ Memorial Day activity comes in response
                      to a call from the global building and wood unions’
                      federation IFBWW, which is coordinating activities
                      worldwide under the banner “Strong unions = safe
                      jobs.” IFBWW says: “Each year about 100,000
                      building workers are killed on site, and thousands
                      more are injured or made ill because of bad and
                      illegal working conditions.” It adds that tropical
                      loggers have about a 1 in 10 chance of being killed
at work over a working lifetime. “You can help to change things for the
better by joining us in the IFBWW campaign for good, safe jobs,” it
says. Over 100 of IFBWW’s affiliates have indicated they will
participate in events on 28 April. IFBWW has a highly active global
health and safety project, providing support and training for affiliates.
Fiona Murie, the coordinator of the IFBWW global project, said: “This
year, 2005, the trade union movement has made corporate
accountability for workers' health and safety our theme for April 28th,
reflecting the increasing interest being shown in issues of corporate
governance and corporate social responsibility. The IFBWW wants to
see more leadership from both private and public sector companies,
and, if that leadership is not in evidence or has failed, unions want to
see the punishment fitting the crime.”

•   IFBWW news release. Hazards news and resources
    on Workers’ Memorial Day.


New Zealand: Company fined for worker’s stress

A marine engineering firm has become the first in New Zealand to
receive a safety conviction for work-related stress. Nalder and Biddle
admitted the charge and was fined $8,000 (£3,060), and ordered to
pay reparation of $1,300 (£497) to the employee. It is the first
prosecution of its type under the Health and Safety in Employment
Act, for which the maximum fine is $250,000 (£95,640). The
Department of Labour's Occupational Safety and Heath (OSH) service
charged the company after the female employee was diagnosed as
suffering depression and hypertension as a result of work-related
stress. OSH national operations manager Mike Cosman said the mental
and physical harm the woman suffered was the direct result of work
pressures and poor work organisation, which the company failed to
deal with despite numerous complaints. “She was working in an
environment where poor communication was the norm, and the work
culture was non-supportive,” Mr Cosman said after the conviction.
Amendments to New Zealand safety law in 2002 clarified the definition
of harm to include any mental or physical harm caused by work-
related stress.

•   New Zealand Herald. Scoop News. One News.


USA: Major site’s safety record too good to be true

The “immaculate” safety record of a massive San Francisco
construction project has been challenged after evidence of an
accidents and occupational disease cover-up came to light. Reports in
the Oakland Tribune suggest the excellent health and safety record on
the new Bay Bridge construction project has more to do with bullying,
bribes and other “behavioural safety” initiatives than good practice.
The newspaper says the official accident reports from KFM Joint
Venture and their lead contractor Kiewit Pacific Co suggest the site is
“even safer than your average flower shop,” a record which could save
it millions in workers’ compensation insurance. In fact, the site
operates a “Foreman Safety Incentive Programme” in which they dole
out $100 to $2,500 (£53-£1,320) bonuses, depending on the number
of worker hours logged without a recordable injury. Workers report an
injury at their peril. At least three of the eight workers who suffered
injuries requiring more than basic first aid in 2004 were suspended for
up to a few days without pay. In one case, the worker's 16-member
crew was suspended for a day after the man sliced his ear on a ladder.
Bob Whitmore, a top official with national safety watchdog OSHA, said
punishing injured workers, especially an entire crew, “is outrageous.”
It sounds like “behaviour-based safety out of control,” he added. And
workers’ health is suffering too. As well as the more usual strain
injuries, back pain and heat exhaustion, there are also reports of “KFM
flu” – debilitating manganese poisoning caused by inhalation of welding
fume. The low injury rate reported by KFM on the Bay Bridge project
could save the joint venture as much as $7 million (£3.7m) a year on
its compensation insurance bill, according to industry experts, because
insurers discount premiums on companies with safe track records.

•   Confined Space. Oakland Tribune on behavioural
    safety and on the manganese poisoning cases.
•   Union guidance on behavioural safety schemes.


USA: Workplace safety tops voters concerns

Workplace health and safety is the top political concern of US voters,
new research has found. The Wall St Journal-NBC News poll found the
most important issue Americans think Congress should be involved in
is “rules in the workplace that deal with health and safety issues,”
identified by 84 per cent of those polled. It pipped “environmental laws
that involve restricting development to protect endangered species” at
80 per cent and “discrimination and affirmative action” at 76 per cent.
However, Jordan Barab, editor of US safety news service Confined
Space, warns there is a danger that safety is not only failing to claim
the political priority it deserves, it is also risks dropping down the union
agenda, particularly at the national union federation AFL-CIO. Amid
animated debate over the future direction of US unions, some union
leaders have suggested curtailing safety activities or even abolishing
the federation’s highly respected safety department. Writing in the
April issue of top US union activists’ journal Labor Notes, he says: “The
department plays a crucial strategic coordinating role with the
federation’s various unions, particularly focused on legislation,
standards, and enforcement activities.” He adds: “Forcing OSHA [the
official US safety enforcement agency] to issue health and safety
standards or to enforce the law is no longer a simple administrative
process. To be successful, unions need to organise massive grassroots
political action campaigns. It takes coordination from the AFL-CIO and
national unions, organising the victims of health and safety problems
on the local and national levels, and political action in Washington and
in the states.”

•   Labor Notes. Confined Space. Wall St Journal-NBC
    News poll [pdf].
•   Hazards union effect webpages, including an
    “Organise!” factsheet [pdf].
•   AFL-CIO health and safety department webpages.


RESOURCES
Amicus safety rep website

Amicus has revamped its health and safety resources webpages,
following the merger with print union GPMU and banking union UNIFI.
Latest additions include an accident investigation form and hazards
and inspection checklists.

•   Amicus safety resources.


ACTION
Health and safety and the DDA

The Disability Rights Commission (DRC) is investigating how health
and safety law and the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) interact and
wants to hear your views. DRC’s Michelle Valentine says: “We think
that employers really need some good quality, practical advice on how
to make adjustments whilst meeting their duties under the Health and
Safety at Work Act. However, we want to develop this with people who
have to deal with health and safety issues on a day-to-day basis in
their workplace.” DRC has prepared a short questionnaire it would like
Risks readers and other interested parties to complete and return,
identifying examples of problems and good practice.

•   The questionnaire can be obtained by emailing
    DRC. Further details or paper copies of the
    questionnaire and freepost reply envelopes (stating
    numbers required) from Michelle Valentine, Health
    and Safety Project, PD Team, DRC Manchester, 2nd
    Floor, Arndale House, Arndale Centre, Manchester
    M4 3AQ. More on the work of DRC.


EVENTS AND COURSES
TUC courses for safety reps
COURSES FOR APRIL TO JULY 2005
Midlands, North, North West, Scotland, South East, South West,
Wales, Yorkshire and Humberside


More unions get organised for 28 April

                   More unions are getting organised for Workers’
                   Memorial Day, the 28 April health and safety event
                   when unions worldwide “remember the dead, and
                   fight for the living.” A new UNISON webpage
                   includes lots of campaign ideas and resources,
                   including the union’s 2005 poster. And CWU’s
                   website includes details of the union’s activities
                   countrywide on 28 April, as well as the union’s
                   poster. Several unions, including Amicus,
Community, TSSA, Napo and UCATT, have now produced their own
posters and resources for the day. Early signs are that this will be far
and away the biggest Workers’ Memorial Day event ever held in the
UK, with the TUC’s national events list already packed with
information. Make sure you participate in an event near you.

•   UNISON and CWU Workers’ Memorial Day
    webpages.
•   Hazards Campaign resources: Get your free posters
    and forget-me-knot ribbons (£25 per 100). The
    ‘Safe work is a right not a privilege’ posters are
    available in A4 and A3 versions – specify the
    number and size you require. Posters and ribbons
    are available from Greater Manchester Hazards
    Centre, 23 New Mount Street, Manchester, M4 4DE.
    Tel: 0161 953 4037. ‘Forget-me-knot’ ribbons print-
    off-and-use order form [word].
•   TUC guide to Workers’ Memorial Day 2005 news
    and events.
•   Hazards Workers’ Memorial Day resources
    webpage. Done something? Send us your
    photographs for our gallery – email to Hazards or
    post to Hazards, PO Box 199, Sheffield, S1 4YL.


TUC/CCA corporate manslaughter bill conference, London, 13
June

The Centre for Corporate Accountability (CCA) and the TUC are holding
a major conference on the government's draft bill creating a new
offence of corporate manslaughter. Speakers include TUC general
secretary Brendan Barber, government ministers, campaigners and
union and legal experts.

•   TUC/CCA conference, Monday 13 June 2005, TUC
    Congress House, Great Russell St, London.
    Standard fee £40 (more for public bodies, lawyers
    and businesses); £10 unwaged. Conference
    registration form. Further details online or from
    Anna Marie at CCA, tel: 0207 490 4494.


USEFUL LINKS
Visit the TUC http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/ website pages
on health and safety. See what’s on offer from TUC Publications
and What’s On in health and safety.
Subscribe to Hazards magazine, supported by the TUC as a key
source of information for union safety reps.
What’s new in the HSC/E and the European Agency.
HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA. Tel:
01787 881165; fax: 01787 313995.

				
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