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Canada: 1000 mesothelioomslachtoffers zonder vergoeding

24-08-2007 00:00

Van de 1500 mensen die in de Canadese provincie Ontario tussen 1980 en 2002 mesothelioom hebben gekregen, hebben er 1000 geen schadevergoeding wegens beroepsziekte gehad. Dit zijn de resultaten van een onderzoek dat kort geleden werd gepubliceerd in de International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health. Volgens de regionale 'Workplace Safety and Insurance Board' vragen de meeste slachtoffers geen schadevergoeding aan. Van diegenen die dat wel doen ontvangt ca. 90% een vergoeding. Bron: The Globe and Mail, 14 juli 2007. Brophy, J.T., et al. (2007). Canada's asbestos legacy at home and abroad. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 13, 2, april/may 2007.
Brophy, J.T., et al. (2007). Canada's asbestos legacy at home and abroad. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 13, 2, april/may 2007.
Abstract
Despite international efforts to block Canada&rsquo.s export of asbestos, the Canadian federal government continues to defend the economic interests of the asbestos industry. Ironically, Canadian asbestos miners, mill workers, and those engaged in a wide range of other
occupations continue to suffer asbestos-related disease and premature death. Although there is an employerfunded compensation system in each province, many workers with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases remain uncompensated. The export of Canadian asbestos to developing countries sets the stage for another preventable occupational disease epidemic that will manifest over the coming decades. There is growing support from the Canadian labor movement
for an end to asbestos exportation and for a just transition strategy for the asbestos workers and their communities.