In China, losing battle against lung disease and workers' rights

A migrant worker diagnosed with pneumoconiosis shows his chest X-ray. Photo: SCMP Pictures

A migrant worker shocked China in 2009, when he volunteered for an operation to open up his chest to prove he was suffering from a fatal lung disease. The case has highlighted the challenges workers face as they seek compensation for occupational illness on the mainland.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Slow killer takes thousands of miners' lives

10,000 new cases of black lung disease discovered each year

Even if a coal miner is lucky enough not to become one of an average of 13 workers killed in explosions every day, he may still face a crueler death - pneumoconiosis.

28 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Dust disease victims to receive $188m in compensation

A Zhejiang court has awarded more than 200 million yuan (HK$188 million) in compensation in the nation's largest settle ment for disability and death caused by silicosis, China's most prevalent and deadly occupational illness.

Silicosis is an incurable disease that occurs when large numbers of silica particles are inhaled into the lungs.

26 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Lung illness pay victory

PNEUMOCONIOSIS sufferers won a long-running battle yesterday for compensation.

The Labour Advisory Board decided all sufferers of the crippling lung disease should get $2,100 a month.

25 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Monthly compensations

PNEUMOCONIOSIS sufferers would get better protection following the enactment of the pneumoconiosis (compensation) (Amendment) ordinance 1993 last month, said the Commissioner for Labour Katherine Fok yesterday. She said the new arrangement ensured sufferers of the lung disorder would be be taken care of as their health deteriorated.

8 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Cash for disease victims

ABOUT 600 people suffering from a crippling lung disease are expected to benefit from new ex-gratia payments proposed in the 1993/94 Budget.

The beneficiaries will be those diagnosed as having work-related silicosis or asbestosis before the Pneumoconiosis Compensation Fund was set up in 1981.

16 Mar 1993 - 12:00am