Occupational Diseases

Make asbestos list public, say lawmakers

Legislators are urging the government to name buildings known to contain asbestos, after a report revealed that the cancer-causing dust may have been released following the improper demolition of a Mid-Levels block in Borrett Road.

Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am

Asbestos scare halts work

Asbestos may have been released into the air near schools and homes after a consultant wrongly claimed the carcinogenic substance was not present in a government building before demolition work began.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Mid-Levels suits over asbestos weighed

A Cheung Kong subsidiary or its demolition contractor could face legal claims from residents and schools in Mid-Levels, where tiny particles of cancer-causing asbestos dust may have been released during improper demolition of its buildings.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Migrant worker won't stand for dirty tricks

Xiong Mengwen, 47, is one of thousands of migrant workers from Hunan province who moved to Shenzhen and took jobs as demolition workers. Unfortunately, he is also among hundreds of such workers who have been diagnosed with pneumoconiosis, a potentially fatal occupational lung disease that results from breathing in dust over a long period of time.

1 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Mainland faces explosive rise in asbestos-related lung disease

The mainland faces an explosive outbreak of asbestos-related lung diseases as it enters its fourth and biggest decade in the production and use of asbestos, which some call 'that other deadly white powder'.

14 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Dirty jobs may be death sentence for million workers

It is the number one work-related disease in China, with an estimated more than one million cases. It is contracted by inhaling mineral dust, most common among coal miners and those who work on building sites, sand-blasting, welding and gem and jade processing. It has no cure and in nearly all cases, is fatal.

27 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Sai Kung residents complain about careless removal of asbestos ledges

Sai Kung residents are worried about the unlawful removal of asbestos from a four-storey building in the main square in Man Nin Street.

6 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

High risk of occupational cancer: WHO

About half the deaths from occupational cancer are caused by exposure to asbestos, the World Health Organisation says.

About 125 million people worldwide are exposed to asbestos in the workplace. At least 90,000 people die each year from asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis resulting from occupational exposure, according to the WHO.

7 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Occupational ailments on decline

The incidence of occupational diseases has decreased 72 per cent over the past nine years, according to Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. The number of cases of occupational diseases dropped from 948 in 1998 to 264 in 2006. The first three-quarters of last year saw 134 cases, compared with 215 for the same period in 2006.

7 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Mouse traps

FOR YEARS, repetitivestrain injury (RSI) was dismissed as an imaginary or exaggerated condition created by disgruntled office workers. Nowadays, although it may go by different names, there's no doubt it's a real problem - and so is the pain.

26 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Of life and breath

Their employer is called 'Lucky Gems and Jewelry', but for Wu Houhua and a group of his gem-processing colleagues the job has turned out to be anything but.

21 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Workplace woes

WORKPLACE injuries used to mean tumbles from scaffolding, collisions with trucks, accidents with machinery and the like. But these days, most injuries are sustained working on computers and talking on telephones.

Repetitive stress or strain injury (RSI) is becoming more common in Hong Kong as office workers are tied to their desks in what are often cramped conditions.

20 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Black-lung victim grateful for breath of life

Coal miner Zheng Dakai , 57, was excited as he held up a bottle of black liquid - darkened by coal dust and washed from his lungs.

The miner from Sichuan province said he could breathe without difficulty again, as his children borrowed money from friends to pay for his pneumoconiosis treatment.

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Coal miners face long, painful death

There are an estimated 440,000 sufferers of the debilitating pneumoconiosis lung disease but most can't afford treatment

Tian Yongsheng from Shanxi province is desperate to find a way to relieve the chest pain which has haunted him for years.

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

600,000 fall victim to workplace illnesses

Small factories, mines and quarries lack basic health protection, says official

More than 600,000 mainland workers suffer from chronic vocational diseases, with a further 20,000 getting sick at work every year, officials said yesterday.

21 Jul 2004 - 12:00am