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28 February 2013

Dockers organize to stay healthy

As well as the standard hazards of dock work (noise, heavy lifting, falls, etc.), dockers also handle a cocktail of toxic chemicals from the ships they unload. An association formed by French dockers found a high incidence of cancer among active and retired workers. Action-oriented research was launched in late 2012. It’s a problem that is also exercising unions in the Netherlands and Belgium.

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