Category Archive: Occupational Safety and Health

Peru: School kids intoxicated by aerial spraying on insecticide at San Jacinto

Close to one hundred children at the Institución Educativa San José in the Nepeña valley (Ancash region) suffered severe intoxication when the Agroindustrias San Jacinto ordered on 17 May the aerial spraying of insecticides in a sugarcane field next to the school. Students suffered head and stomach aches, throat burning sensation and body tremors. Three …

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Working in the boilers section of a sugar factory in Kenya

Video and information by Miriam Wanyama, KUSPAW

After hearing some workers’ complains, I visited the boilers and power house sections of the sugar estate in Kenya where I work. This video is of one boiler attendant.

The boilers, where heat is generated to produce steam, are old fashioned, and workers have to manually …

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OSH and the use of hard helmets in factories. An example from Fiji

A personal protective equipment (PPE) par excellence is a hard helmet in a factory because of the building configuration and the fact that it is very common to have equipment and machinery as well as other employees working above you.

In a recent visit to a sugar factory, there was a moment when the visiting …

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Fiji: Behind the deterioration of OSH conditions in sugar

After the incidents at the Rarawai sugar mill, as reported in “Fiji: Death and Burnings at FSC Rarawai mill – in less than a week,” the IUF Sugar got in contact with Felix Anthony, general secretary of the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU), to ask about the workers’ safety situation in the sugar …

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Fiji: Death and Burnings at FSC Rarawai mill – in less than a week

By the second week of August, the Fijian police and the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations are investigating the death of a sugar worker at the Rarawai Sugar Mill, owned by the government-owned Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC). The investigation follows a case filed by the Fiji Sugar and General Workers Union (FSGWU) to …

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Kenya: Impact of the IUF Sugar work on the OSH conditions in the sugar subsector

Under the IUF Sugar project in Kenya and South Africa, the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Workers Union (KUSPAW) further developed an in-depth work on Occupational Safety and Health conditions in the country’s sugar subsector.

As the Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) of South Africa organised their first-ever Sugar Conference and was also a …

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Kenya: IUF Global Sugar Program successfully ends two-year project with KUSPAW

On 20-22 August a workshop held by the IUF Global Sugar Program successfully finalise a two-year project on Occupational Safety and Health with the Kenya Union of Sugar Plantation Agricultural Workers Union (KUSPAW), which focused on the policy and political aspects of safety and health, moving the union towards a meaningful engagement with management on …

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Pakistan: Ten died because of untreated distillery effluents at Chashma Sugar

Reports of this Pakistani sugar tragedy are depressingly graphic. On 2 May, a girl walks over a wooden board to cross a drain through which the untreated effluents from an ethanol distillery run. She slipped and fell in the drain, probably because of inhaling the toxic vapors emaniting from the effluents. Her mother and a friend jumped to …

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Kenya: IUF Sugar/KUSPAW Mobilising for Safety and Health in the Sugar Sector

April 28  International Workers’ Memorial Day!

A week-long program of activities in five sugar estates in Kenya ended successfully on April 28 with a march along the main road leading to the Nzoia Sugar factory in Bungoma, Western Province. The march, greeted warmly by the local population, was the closing act of an Occupational Health …

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IUF Global Sugar Program and KUSPAW: Workers’ Memorial Day in the Sugar Industry of Kenya: 22-28 April 2014

We remember the dead. We fight for the living.

On Workers’ Memorial Day unions mourn those who died in preventable accidents and those who are injured or disabled at work or suffer ill health because of their work. Workers’ Memorial Day is also to mobilise for improvements to protect the living.

The IUF Global Sugar …

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