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“The Telegraph” reported the following story in March 2016; «two dead and five missing after wall collapse at Glencore Katanga mine in DRC”.

Unfortunately, these type of mine accidents happen relatively often in different countries.

Profile picture of lead educator Bente E. Moen © University of Bergen Bente Elisabeth Moen: -My wish is that this MOOC can be an inspiration for better health and safety at all work places, and that the course can contribute to reducing the occurrence of mine accidents like this.

BBC News reports 5 April 2016; “India’s sewer workers risking their lives”

The Mumbai correspondent reports that two workers suffocated to death while cleaning drainpipes. Unions claim they are among dozens of sewer workers who die in India every year because they are not given any safety equipment. While the city’s civic authority directly employs around 30,000 people to keep Mumbai clean, the more difficult and dangerous job of unblocking sewer lines is usually done by casual workers who are hired on a day-by-day basis through contractors, and so they’re not eligible for medical or life insurance benefits. One of the contractors who hire sewer cleaners was asked why they don’t provide safety gear. “We do give them gloves and rubber boots sometimes,” he says. “But it’s a very unorganised sector

Profile picture of educator Magne Bråtveit © University of Bergen Magne Bråtveit: -Our course has focused on occupational exposures in traditional industries in developing countries. This knowledge will make you prepared to look out for occupational risks in newer sectors like the recycling industry.

The Straits Times reports in september 2016; “Workplace accidents up in first half of 2016, death toll 40% more than same period last year”

Number of workplace accidents and illnesses are still increasing, many from noisy workplaces such as construction sites. It is also very important to remember that the official reported numbers always are underreported and only displays the tip of the iceberg. Health personnel and others need to be aware of this to be able to work with prevention.

Profile picture of educator Ole Jacob Møllerløkken © University of Bergen Ole Jacob Møllerløkken -I hope that you in this course have learned about the physical factors that may be encountered at workplaces and how it is possible to achieve a safe workplace in spite of different risk factors for health.

AlJazeera reports 10 August 2016; “Samsung endangered workers health in S Korea”

A worker-safety group has documented more than 200 cases of serious illnesses, including leukaemia, lupus, lymphoma and multiple sclerosis, among former Samsung semiconductor and LCD workers. South Korean authorities let Samsung withhold from sick workers and their families crucial information about the chemicals they are exposed to at its computer chip and display factories, an Associated Press investigation has found.

Profile picture of educator Gro Tjalvin © University of Bergen Gro Tjalvin: -Having a job make people feel useful, and promote health. Unfortunately, several kinds of work pose a risk for worker health, and workers sometimes develop diseases due to their work. Health personnel should be educated to recognize work-related diseases, and be able to suggest preventive measures. This is where I hope this course will make a major contribution. Because, - no one should be harmed at work!

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