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  1. Scheme penalises site contractors for safety breaches

    Posted Jun 21st 2005, 12:00am by Elaine Wu

    ... Elaine Wu Developers are looking to reduce the number of work injuries on building sites by withholding a small percentage of contractors' pay if they fail to abide by safety ... withheld if it fails to meet criteria such as placing a safety officer on site and having a safety plan. The voluntary scheme mimics one by the government, which has lower accident rates at its ...

  2. Australia leads way on safety standards

    Posted Mar 10th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Kammerer

    ... Peter Kammerer Australia has an enviable record on coal mine safety and is often cited as an example for other countries to follow. Strict regulations implemented after an inquiry ... million-tonne annual coal production is exported and output has risen steadily to cope with increased international demand as oil prices rise. The director of the government's Brisbane-based Safety ...

  3. ILO concerned about plight of home workers in Mongolia

    Posted Feb 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Celine Sun

    ... The importance of these issues is increasing in Mongolia as women and children form a growing proportion of labourers in many home-based businesses. ILO occupational safety and health specialist Tsuyoshi ... evident in the construction sector and with small enterprises. On Thursday and Friday, the ILO would organise a meeting to examine Mongolia's progress in occupational safety and health ...

  4. Experts say pit safety steps are not enough

    Posted Oct 01st 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... enough. Li Yizhong, director of the State Administration of Work Safety Supervision, said the government would close unlicensed mines, step up government supervision and bar officials from holding stakes in coal mines. Xinhua news agency quoted Mr Li as saying those who refused to withdraw their investment faced dismissal. Many of these officials are responsible for enforcing the safety ...

  5. Doctors see arsenic as new hope for cancer

    Posted Oct 09th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... 'fix'. Professor Sham estimated that it would take at least three years before the therapy could be used on humans. According to the Department of Health, nasopharyngeal cancer caused 366 deaths ... factor. So it will be a long time before the cancer is no longer a health threat to us,' he said. ...

  6. A father's cry

    Posted Aug 17th 2005, 12:00am by Peter Goff

    ... ago. Only a few weeks ago, Sun Jing was driven to despair by a disintegrating mainland health-care system that was prepared to sit back and watch his son die because he was poor. Liangliang, ... together was never going to be even nearly enough. Up until 20 years ago, China provided free basic health care to all its citizens but, as the country embraced market reforms, most medical ...

  7. Miners ready to strike over workplace-safety dispute

    Posted Apr 02nd 2005, 12:00am by Lachlan Colquhoun

    ... occupational health and safety laws. Xstrata bought the mine from its previous owners, who were fined A$1.46 million over the accident in which four miners drowned after drilling into a flooded shaft. While Xstrata has appealed the judgment, New South Wales coal miners have threatened an extended strike if the bid to overturn workplace safety laws is successful. Xstrata and miner Centennial ...

  8. Stretched to limit?

    Posted Oct 14th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Aid is failing to reach many victims of the devastating earthquake in Pakistan and India. The emergency relief operation is said to be overstretched and needs better co-ordination. What should be done? Share your views: write to us ...

  9. Chlorine leak blamed on tyres, drivers, overloading

    Posted Apr 13th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... worn-out tyres that were no longer serviceable and had substandard safety equipment. When the chlorine fumes wafted into nearby villages, about 10,500 residents were evacuated for several days. ...

  10. Food poisoning rise

    Posted Jun 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The number of food poisoning cases has risen 77 per cent in the first half of this year compared to last year, giving rise to a warning on hygiene in the city. Almost 1,600 people have fallen ill. What is your solution? Write to us ...




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