The White Death Elaine Katz

ISBN: 9781868142606

Published: January 1st 1994

Paperback

120 pages


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The White Death  by  Elaine Katz

The White Death by Elaine Katz
January 1st 1994 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 120 pages | ISBN: 9781868142606 | 4.16 Mb

Silicosis, or miners phthisis, is an incurable, often fatal occupational disease caused by prolonged exposure to dust containing microscopic silica particles. It can be prevented by effective dust controls and, once contracted, the disease can beMoreSilicosis, or miners phthisis, is an incurable, often fatal occupational disease caused by prolonged exposure to dust containing microscopic silica particles. It can be prevented by effective dust controls and, once contracted, the disease can be halted, but not cured, by eliminating the workers exposure to silica dust.

At the beginning of the 20th century, in the absence of dust prevention measures, chronic silicosis was taken for granted as one of the occupational hazards of mining. In fact, the huge prevalence of silicosis on the Witwatersrand was caused by the way in which management manipulated the employees in charge of the mining equipment and neglected the conditions under which they were forced to work.

In this highly original work, Elaine Katz deals with the lives of ordinary working people, explores the extent to which the Randlords who owned the mines were responsible for the cavalier manner in which the health of their employees was treated, and builds a chilling picture of the devastation wrought by The White Death.



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