Surviving Blue Asbestos: Mining and Occupational Disease in South Africa and Australia

McCulloch, J 2007, 'Surviving Blue Asbestos: Mining and Occupational Disease in South Africa and Australia', Transformation, vol. x, no. 65, pp. 68-93.


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Title Surviving Blue Asbestos: Mining and Occupational Disease in South Africa and Australia
Author(s) McCulloch, J
Year 2007
Journal name Transformation
Volume number x
Issue number 65
Start page 68
End page 93
Total pages 26
Publisher University of KwaZulu-Natal
Abstract Australia and South Africa are the only countries to have mined crocidolite or blue asbestos. Crocidolite was mined in the Northern Cape for one hundred years and at Wittenoom in Western Australia from 1944 until 1966. Mining has left a pandemic of asbestos disease in the Northern Cape and although production levels were modest Wittenoom has become the site of Australia's worst occupational health disaster. The labour regimes in South Africa and Australia were very different, yet the rates of asbestos disease among miners and their families were probably similar. The hazards facing miners arose from the nature of the labour process, the technologies of production, the rapacity of employers, and the limitations of state regulation.
Subject Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Southern Africa
politics
ISSN 0258-7696
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