Archive for: October 2016

UK Occupations That Involve Heavy Risk of Work Accidents

During the end of the year workers on oil rigs, factories and mines are wary of their safety much more than they do for the rest of the year. Their families depend on them for livelihood and they need to concentrate immensely on their task further.

But the end of the year deadlines haunt them further to meet quotas and put in more time to work than rest in turn increasing the likelihood of work accidents from happening.

Listed here are three UK occupations that have a huge health risk among workers.

Construction

UK’s construction crews are well-trained, protected and equipped compared to the rest of the world. But contractors themselves could not protect their employees from the high likelihood of any accident at work as it is part of job’s nature.

Toiling day and night into constructing, repairing and improving infrastructures or roads would mean the frequent use of heavy-duty equipment. With a minor mistake, workers could have themselves faced with possible accidents, which is why it is important that training and equipment employers provide efficiently to them.

Chemical Research and Development

One might think that pharmaceutical companies or any chemical research and development centre is an easy job.

It is never easy. Chemists are well-trained in their subject and understand the volatility and relationships of certain chemicals. While they have health insurance for most possible accidents that can happen to them, the harm is consistent.

Chemical research also involves understanding relationships between chemicals discovering their possible volatility point. Deliberately inducing an unstable event will always result in undesirable and possibly harmful situations for everyone involved.

Mining

From being part of an underground team to operating heavy machinery and purifying elements on the surface, mining is a dirty business. It’s not because of the eponymous mines, but the risk of being endangered and even die on the job.

Deceased employees must inform their families regarding the methods on how they could claim benefits upon any possible unfortunate circumstance encountered.

Further Protests Shut Down South African Universities

Student protesters and police continue skirmishes outside school grounds continue this week as universities shut down during a critical time of the semester.

South Africa’s Wits and Cape Town universities suspended classes on Wednesday for a second time the previous month.

The student protests root from the higher cost of education. According to many black students, the costs have become a symbol of the inequalities that endure in South Africa more than two decades after the lifting of the apartheid system.

A spokeswoman for the University of the Witwatersrand, known as Wits, and which reopened on Monday after protests last month forced a shutdown, said late on Tuesday that classes would be canceled until Oct. 10.

“We have agreed to suspend the academic program,” Shirona Patel said.

Wits, which has been the epicenter of the protests, conducted a poll last week asking students if they wanted go back to class.

Police had come in riot equipment. They had fired stun grenades and used rubber bullets and tear gas after students calling for free education in Wits.

The protesters threw stones at police and even flipped one vehicle over.

UCT spokeswoman Pat Lucas said that protesters had in the early hours of Wednesday attacked private security guards, broken into some buildings and started fires. Eight students had been arrested in the preceding day’s violence.