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Greater Manchester Hazards Centre
Asbestos Support Group Worker
Part-time – 3 days per week (21 Hours);
£16,230 per annum (pro rata of full-time gross salary of £27,052 from 1st April 2012, Local Authority scale point 32).
Based in Manchester

To provide support and advice on benefits to asbestos victims and their families and to campaign on asbestos issues. Welfare benefits background essential.

Closing date: Monday 11th March 2013
Interview date: Tuesday 19th March 2013
For Application Form, Job Description & Person Specification and Notes Tel: 0161 636 7555 or download here, right click and open in new window:
Notes to Applicants February 2013
ASG Worker Job Description February 2013
Application Form ASG Worker February 2013
February 2013

 

ANSWERS to Workers Memorial Day 28 April 2012 Quiz

 

1. How many workers were killed in work-related incidents at work 2010/11?

Answer: c) over 1,000

171 workers killed at work and reported to the HSE and Local Authorities under RIDDOR, are NOT the total. The UK Statistics Authority in its assessment of the HSE’s compliance with the code of practice for official statistics, May 2010, states that the ‘HSE does not produce an overall figure for work-related fatalities in Great Britain.’ and makes recommendations that they ‘investigate the feasibility of producing statistics on the total number of work-related injuries and fatalities’.

 Hazards Magazine/Campaign estimates based on authoritative sources are:

171 workers reported to HSE & L.A. under RIDDOR + 51 workers killed at sea (31) and in the air +

Minimum 778 in work-related road traffic incidents + about 100-250 suicides due to the pressures of work. 1,100 to 1,350.

 

2. What percentage of deaths and major injuries are due to poor management of health and safety?

Answer: d) over 70%

This is the HSE estimate.

 

3. How many workers die each year from work-related illnesses caused by, for example, exposure to chemicals, dusts, and carcinogens such as asbestos, stress from long hours of work, overwork bullying and harassment?

Answers we will accept: b) 20,000  and  c) 50,000

The TUC estimates a minimum of 20,000, the Hazards Magazine/Campaign estimate based on authoritative sources is 50,000 made up of 18,000 work-related cancer deaths (12% of all cancer deaths) including at least 5,000 due to asbestos cancers, plus 20,000 work-related deaths from heart disease (20% of deaths) due to stress, long hours, shift work and dust exposure, plus 12,000 from work-related respiratory Illnesses.  Safety & Health Practitioner, December 2008: ‘The Whole Story’ : https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/the-whole-story-shp-december-20081.doc

4. Where wouldGreat Britaincome in a league table on occupational health and safety performance amongst OECD countries?

Answer:  20/34

Maplecroft Risk Index Report published in 2010 put Britain20th out of 34 countries in the OECD for occupational health and safety performance.  http://www.hazards.org/votetodie

5. DWP Minister Chris Grayling published ‘Good Health and Safety: Good for Everyone’ in March 2011 banning 33% of proactive inspections in ‘low risk’ workplaces.  What sort of workplaces are now classified as ‘low risk’?

Answer: ALL OF THEM:  

 

Despite their high rates of major and fatal injury a) Agriculture b) Quarries c) Docks c)Manufacturing are all now in the low risk category and proactive inspection are banned.

Sectors also in the low risk category are: the whole of the public sector hospitals, school colleges, emergency services; road and air transport, electrical engineering, office and shops. Despite the fact that occupational ill-health such as stress and musculo-skeletal disorders are at epidemic levels in these sectors, and workers still face physical injury from exposure to asbestos and other chemicals, violence, slips trips and falls and manual handling, preventative, advisory inspections are now banned.

6. The HSE average death rate for all workplaces is 0.5 per 100,000, what is the death rate in the Docks (now classified as low hazard) ?

Answer: a) over 5 x the average

This is a minimum as it depends on the total number of workers included which is a hard figure to pin down. The range  is form 5 times the national average to 20x the national average deaths.  Proactive inspections are banned but HSE inspectors on their way to investigate the a fatal injury to a workr in Immingham docks, noticed something so dangerous that they put an immediate probibition notice on it, which may have prevented injury or death, but the inspectors were only there because someone had already been killed as proactive inspection are banned in the ‘low risk’ Docks.

See Hazards Magazine ‘Safety in the Dock’:  http://www.hazards.org/sfaetyinthedock

7. What is the real risk of a worker dying because of work (illness and incident)?

Answer: b) 1 in 100

Far more than the public is made aware as government and HSE do not publicise the real figures; the press and media prefer to publicise apocryphal stories rather than the real risks workers face daily; and the business lobby promotes the falsehoods of health and safety being a ‘burden on business’.

8. How many workers in were suffering work-related ill-health in 2010/11

Answer: a) 1.9 million

According to the HSE Statistics for 2010/11 from the Labour Force Survey.

 

9. How much does poor workplace health and safety cost society each year?

Answer: b) £20-40 billion

 

The HSE’s most recent estimate is £14 billion (£20 billion in Parliamentary answer to Ian Lavery MP) with the proviso that this excludes long latency diseases like cancer. As each occupational cancer is estimated by HSE to cost society £1.5 million, this giver a total estimate of at least £40 billion per year- a bank bailout every year!  See HSE Annual Statistics Report 2010/11

10. What percentage of that cost is borne by employers?

a) less than 25%

 

HSE latest estimates for 2009/10 are that over half of the cost burden (55%) falls on individuals, workers and their families, and the state bears 24% leaving employers picking up only 22% of the total cost of harm caused by work.  See HSE Annual Statistics Report 2010/11

11 Who bears the biggest cost burden of poor health and safety?

a) workers & their families

Workers bear the burden twice!  Once as individuals who are harmed (and our families), and again as tax payers.  Employers, despite lobbying for cuts in regulation and enforcement as a ‘burden on business’, pay less than a quarter of the cost of  breaking health and safety law and mistreating workers. See HSE Annual Statistics Report 2010/11.

I would like to ask you what you will do to oppose the attacks on good health and safety,  its regulation and enforcement , that protects your constituents from death, injury and ill-health, and to promote and support better health and safety. The cost of poorly managed health and safety is shattered lives and an immense burden on workers and their families which can never be acceptable or tolerated. But the massive annual cost to the state and society is unaffordable in his time of austerity.

GreaterManchesterHazards Centre April 2012

Workers Memorial Day 28th April 2012

 

Workers Memorial Day was made an official day by the government in 2010.  Will you be attending a local event on 28th April?

 

How much do you know about Workplace Health and Safety in Great Britain?

 

1. How many workers were killed in work-related incidents at work 2010/11?

a) 171                             b) 12,000                        c) over 1,000                            d) 250

 

2. What percentage of deaths and major injuries are due to poor management of health and safety?

a) 2%                                       b)10%                            c) 100%                         d) over 70%

 

3. How many workers die each year from work-related illnesses caused by, for example,  exposure to chemicals, dusts, carcinogens such as asbestos, stress from long hours of work, overwork bullying and harassment ?

a) 10,000                        b) 20,000                        c) 50,000                        e) 171

 

4. Where does Great Britain come in a league table on occupational health and safety performance amongst OECD countries?

a) 30/34                         b) 1/34                           c) 10/34                d) 20/34

5. DWP Minister Chris Grayling published ‘Good Health and Safety: Good for Everyone’ in March 2011, banning 33% of proactive inspections in ‘low risk’ workplaces.  What sort of workplaces are now classified as ‘low risk’?

 a) Agriculture                  b) Quarries                      Docks                    c) Manufacturing

6. The HSE average death rate for all workplaces is 0.5 per 100,000, what is the death rate in the Docks (now classified as low hazard)?

a) over 5 x the average   b) the average       c) 2 x the average     d) well below average

7. What is the real risk of a worker dying because of work (illness and incident)?

a) Less than winning the lottery     b) 1 in 100        c) 1 in a million      d) 1 in 200,000

8. How many workers in were suffering work-related ill-health in 2010/11

a) 1.9 million                   b) 15 million          c) 50,000              d) 500,000

9. How much does poor workplace health and safety cost society?

a) £20- £40 million                    b) £20-40 billion              c) £20,000-40,000         d) £1 million

10. What percentage of that cost is borne by employers?

a) less than 25%             b) over 75%                             c) 100%                d) about 5%

11 Who bears the biggest cost burden of poor health and safety?

a) workers & their families       b) the state  c) taxpayers d) employers?

 

RESOURCES

International Workers Memorial Day Saturday 28th April 2012

TUC  Day of Action to Defend Health and Safety against

government attack on regulation, enforcement & compensation

International Workers Memorial Day is to

Remember the Dead – all those killed at and by work almost always by avoidable incidents or illnesses

And

Fight like hell for the Living – all workers and everyone affected by work activities, against this government attacks that will inevitably kill, injure, and make many more of us ill.

 

In 2012 the TUC is calling on health and safety representatives, trades councils, all trade unionists and workers, to make 28th April a Day of Action to defend health and safety from this government’s attacks on regulation, enforcement and compensation which will make workers less safe, less healthy, and will mean more are killed, injured and made ill by their work.  Our health and our safety is under attack like never before.  All that we have now that was won by the collective action of generations of workers and trade unions over the last 50 to 100 years, is under threat, standards will be driven backwards.  We are in a fight for our lives – deaths at work and ill-health are already rising –  and must defend health and safety for our own sake and that of future generations.  As 28th April is a Saturday this year, we want to be out there in public, in our towns and cities, making the case that workers health and safety is public health and safety too, that it isn’t a joke, but is about everyone’s lives and health.  Lobby your MP, and take part in the closest event  with union banners, placards and wreaths.

 

TUC Day of Action Resources: See TUC Workers Memorial Day pages http://www.tuc.org.uk/wmd

Poster: http://www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/196/FightingforourlivesPoster.pdf

Leaflet: http://www.tuc.org.uk/tucfiles/197/FightingforourlivesLeaflet.pdf

Bulletin 1: Defending Regulations: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-20513-f0.pdf

Bulletin 2. The need for Enforcement:  http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-20522-f0.pdf

Bulletin 3: Compensation under threat: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-20636-f0.pdf

Bulletin 4:Occupational disease a time bomb government ignores: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-20780-f0.pdf  A list of events across the country, plus more on lobbying and using press, keep checking this webpage.

 

For more information, resources, images, ideas, and a global listing of activities see: ITUC, Hazards WMD pages: http://www.hazards.org/wmd/

 

For background to Workers Memorial Day https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/wmd-2012-leaflet1.pdf

 

For Safety Reps Guide to Workers Memorial Day  https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/safety-reps-guide-to-wmd-2012.pdf

 

Events: Find one near you by checking TUC listing:  http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-20489-f0.cfm

 

North West Events

Blackburn: Blackburn and district Trades Union Council event on Saturday 28th April

Assemble 13.00 at the Town Hall step, speakers; 13.45 march to WMD Tree at Northgate led by lone piper. 14.00 2 mins silence and laying of wreaths. Contact Sec. Ian Gallagher, ig@eyegal.demon.co.uk

 

Bolton – to be confirmed

 

Chorley: Chorley Trades Council event on Friday 27th of April, service & speakers meet at Park Gates, Astley Park, Chorley 17.45, bring flags and banners.  Contact Sec. Steve Turner, secretarycdtc@hotmail.co.uk

 

Liverpool: UCATT event on Saturday 28th April    UCATT Memorial,Hunter Street at 11.45 a.m. Speakers:  Luciana Berger, MP; Councillor Frank Prendergast, Lord Mayor ofLiverpool and Bill Parry, UCATT Regional Council Chairman.  Contact UCATT Tel: 0151 228 8455

 

Liverpool: Merseyside District joint union event on Saturday 28th April  at 12 noon, at South Piazza of Georges Dock Building (Corner of Mann Island and the Strand) Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DD, Speakers including Len McCluskey Gen Sec UNITE, local trade union and business community, Merseyside Asbestos Victims Group, Maria Eagle MP, solicitors. Contact John Sheridan 07814 197734

 

Manchester: Joint Union event on Saturday 28th April  March & Rally. Assemble at 12 noon at CIS Building, corner of Corporation St/ Miller St. with banners; march off at 12.30 led by Lantern Band to Albert Square. 13.00 Minutes silence, speakers include union safety representatives, families of people killed by work (FACK), G.M. Asbestos Victims Support Group, Tony Lloyd MP, music by Claire Mooney. Contact mail@gmhazards.org.uk  Flyer: https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/wmd-2012-final-manchester-flyer2.pdf

 

Preston: WMD Committee event Saturday 28th April  gather at 11.30am in Flag Market, minutes silence at 12 noon, service and speakers, more information from http:// www.lancashiretradeunions.org.uk

 

Lobby your MP : see list of Greater Manchester MPs with contact details, make an appointment to lobby in the two weeks before 28th April, https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/g-mr-mp-contact-details-2012-final.doc

 

 

Statistics:

Globally Every year more people are killed at work than in wars – 2.3 million worldwide the International Labour Organisation estimates.

 

Hazards Campaign real numbers killed at & by work in G.B,  Safety & Health Practitioner, December 2008: ‘The Whole Story’ : https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/the-whole-story-shp-december-20081.doc

 

Great BritainandNorth WestStatistics for 2010/11:

https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/gmhc-stats-updated-february-2012.doc

 

Great graphics on the numbers from TUC: http://www.tuc.org.uk/workplace/tuc-20771-f0.cfm

 

Ribbons: Purple Forget-me-knot ribbons £30 per hundred inc. p&p, order form https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/wmd-order-form-20121.doc

 

‘Union Workplaces are Safer Workplaces’ car sticker  price  £25 per hundred, order form: https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/wmd-car-sticker-order-form.doc

Stationery/lapel stickers for use at events or mailings: sheets of 12 labels  60p plus p&p

https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/wmd-sticker-order-form.pdf

 

‘We didn’t vote to die at Work’ T-shirts available for £6 including postage sizes s,m,l,.xl,xxl,xxxl and limited number of children’s sizes. http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/docs/wdvtaw_tshirts.pdf Great for those organising and speaking at events, staffing stalls, stewarding marches.

 

The 2012 Workers’ Memorial Day poster from Hazards/ITUChttp://www.hazards.org/gallery/workkills.htm

is available in A 3 and A4. We still have some stocks of  ‘We didn’t vote to die at Work’ and ‘Job Killer’ see images at http://www.hazards.org/wmd/images.htm#hazards  For free posters available in A3 & A4 sizes – send your postal address and the number of each size you want to mail@gmhazards.org.uk 

We would appreciate donations or sponsorship of Hazards 2012 Conference which keeps the price down for delegates and supports our campaign work throughout the year

 

Hazards Campaign set up THE ‘We Didn’t Vote to Die at Work’ in July 2010 against government attacks:  keep up to date: http://www.hazards.org/votetodie/; and join us on Face Book: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=123746101003963

 

We Didn’t Vote to Die at Work leaflet outlining government lies and our truths: https://gmhazards.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/updated-wdvtdaw-leaflet-february-2012.pdf

 

Families Against Corporate Killers DVD ‘Face the FACKS; the human cost of workplace killing’ £10 see http://www.hazardscampaign.org.uk/fack/resources/facethefacks.pdf

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Support Groups

Support Groups

 

The Hazards Centre runs three support groups:

  1. Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG) which gives advice and information to sufferers from asbestos related diseases and their families.
  2. Manchester Area RSI Support and Action Group (MARSAG) which helps people suffering musculo-skeletal problems related to work.
  3. Bereaved by Work (BbW) which helps the families of those killed by work activities.
Contact us for more information.
Hilda

http://www.gmhazards.org.uk/hazcamp.htm

Hazards magazine campaign against occupational cancer:

Occupational Cancer/Zero Cancer has excellent Work cancer prevention kit

Hazards Centre slams ‘Work Foundation Report on MSDs 7.9.07

Hazards Centre response to Professor Plamer ‘RSI overestimated paper’ 4.12.07

FACK Stories: Andrew Herbertson,

Samuel Adams, Craig Whelan, Steven Burke

Campaigning for better Health and Safety at Work – GMHC is part of the national Hazards Campaign, which produces the Hazards Charter and runs HazardsConferences. Morecambe Bay deaths of 19 workers click here for Hazards article

Government recognition of IWMD 2009!

Contact us for more info!

Hilda

GM Hazards Centre

 

Welcome to our new blog!

At the Greater Manchester Hazards Centre, we provide free information and advice on health and safety in the workplace:

-learn about the law and your rights, check scientific and technical details
-get clear, concrete solutions to your health and safety issues
-free for workers, safety reps and community groups in the NorthWest

We’re here to help!

Visit our website:      ww.gmhazards.org.uk

Call us:                    0161 636 7557

Email us:                 mail@gmhazards.org.uk