Who Cares About Apparel Factory Workers Burned To Death? Apparently, Not You

Who Cares About Apparel Factory Workers Burned To Death? Apparently, Not You: One of the first experiments testing whether consumers care about the working conditions of the people who make the clothing they buy took place in a department store in Detroit’s blue-collar suburb of Lincoln Park 10 years ago.

A University of Michigan team of researchers wanted to find out if consumers would pay extra for a pair of socks made in a factory that was free of child labor, offered workers a relatively decent wage, and met adequate safety standards. When faced with the choice, only about 30 percent of the shoppers surveyed opted for the more expensive socks made in worker-friendly environments.

That’s a far cry from the results of more general surveys conducted around the same time that indicated about 85 percent of the respondents who were not actively shopping at the time said they would gladly pony up more money for sweatshop-free products.

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Chemical spill aboard container ship in Hong Kong waters | South China Morning Post

Chemical spill aboard container ship in Hong Kong waters | South China Morning Post: More than 100 emergency worker responded to a chemical spill on board a container ship on Monday morning.
The accident happened at about 6.40am, as the 92,000-tonne Maersk vessel was entering Hong Kong waters coming from Shanghai.
It was directed to an anchoring area south of Lamma Island, reserved for dangerous cargos, at about 7.30am.

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Health and Safety Whistle-blower PC James Griffin takes on West Midlands Police in employment tribunal – Birmingham Mail

Whistle-blower PC James Griffin takes on West Midlands Police in employment tribunal – Birmingham Mail: A police constable is taking West Midlands Police to an employment tribunal claiming he was victimised for blowing the whistle about health and safety concerns.

James Griffin will tell the hearing that severe budgetary cuts had resulted in lax safety procedures at the force which put the lives of members of the public at risk.

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Bridge crashes down, five injured – Mumbai – DNA

Bridge crashes down, five injured – Mumbai – DNA: A part of the Valdhuni bridge between Kalyan and Vithalwadi railway station collapsed on Friday evening, leaving five people seriously injured.

The 540m bridge, which was to be inaugurated by mid-January next year had been proposed to ease out traffic congestion at the parallel Patriphul bridge, where more than 5000 vehicles ply daily.

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Sydney Harbour’s toxic legacy shows value of green safety net

 The NSW Government recommends not eating fish caught west of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The story of dioxin contamination of Sydney Harbour shows us the great value of the green safety net of environmental law.

The laws that form this green safety net, particularly federal laws, have recently been under attack as “green tape”.

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Close shave for couple as lift malfunctions in Indirapuram – The Times of India

Close shave for couple as lift malfunctions in Indirapuram – The Times of India: GHAZIABAD: A software engineer and his wife narrowly escaped death when they got trapped inside a lift at the Jaipuria Sunrise Greens society in Indirapuram on Saturday. The two were going up to their flat on the 16th floor when the lift malfunctioned and its door got jammed. From the ground floor, the lift plunged two floors down — minus two — and then hurtled towards the 18th floor. The ordeal lasted 45 minutes till other residents managed to rescue them.

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Lieutenant ordered to pay family for soldier’s suicide – Taipei Times

Lieutenant ordered to pay family for soldier’s suicide – Taipei Times: An Army first lieutenant has been ordered to pay a soldier’s family NT$2.7 million (US$93,000) in compensation because his harsh punishment of the soldier led to his suicide, the Taoyuan District Court said in a ruling yesterday.

The district court said that on April 19, 2010, First Lieutenant Kuo Ching-chih (郭景志), who served in an army missile unit in Taoyuan County, was upset that Su Yung-sheng (蘇詠聖) had not saluted him.

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£4,000 in fines for 32 hygiene breaches at service station – Local – Lurgan Mail

BREACHES of the food hygiene regulations at a Lurgan service station were punished with fines totalling £4,000 last week at Craigavon court.

An inspection by Craigavon Borough Council’s environmental health department was carried out on July 5 this year at Silverwood Service Station Ltd, Silverwood Road, Lurgan.

As a result 32 summonses were issued against the premises under the Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) and the Food Labelling Regulations.

A fine of £125 was imposed on each of the 32 charges and the defendant was also ordered to pay costs of £328 and an offender’s levy of £15.

Some of the charges related to the hot food counter where the inspection revealed that the floor covering was dirty, there was a floor tile missing below the counter, the paint was flaking on the wall covering beside the counter, the door seal on the small fridge unit in the counter area was damaged and that there were a large number of wires on the ground below the grill and hobs at the counter which were found to be dirty and made the area difficult to clean.

It was also noted that a food item stored in the small fridge at the counter was found to be past its use by date, this being fresh cream with a ‘use-by’ date of July 3, 2012.

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