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NCJ Number: 122664 Find in a Library
Title: Asbestos Mining at Baryulgil: A Case of Corporate Neglect? (From Stains on a White Collar: Fourteen Studies in Corporate Crime or Corporate Harm, P 208-236, 1989, Peter Grabosky and Adam Sutton, eds. -- See NCJ-122651)
Author(s): N Cunningham
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia
Sale Source: Federation Press (Distributed by Gaunt)
71 Johnson Street
P.O. Box 45
Annandale, NSW 2038,
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The inquiry into worker health and safety at the asbestos mine at Baryulgil in New South Wales, Australia revealed many serious deficiencies in existing approaches to ensuring the health and safety of the workforce not only in this case but also in other workplaces.
Abstract: The situation at Baryulgil came to public attention in 1977 when a radio journalist visited the mine. His programs noted that unrecorded disease related to asbestos appeared to be widespread among the Baryulgil Aboriginal community. Subsequent investigations found both that the owners had not met their responsibilities as reasonable employers and that the governmental regulatory agencies did not monitor the dust levels adequately or respond effectively to problems. In addition, protective legislation was introduced long after the asbestos hazard was recognized. Thus, the government's response to the problem has not been strong or effective. Moreover, the deficiencies found in the asbestos inquiry are common to other regulatory bodies. Thus, it is not yet clear whether regulatory reforms in 1983 will produce improved enforcement. 79 reference notes.
Main Term(s): Occupational safety and health
Index Term(s): Australia; Corporate criminal liability; Corporate self-regulation; Employer-employee relations; Hazardous substances or materials
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