Danish Workers at Siemens Chronically Ill

siemensMay  2nd, 2016 8:50 am| by Shifa Rahaman

DR reports that up to 64 workers at Siemens Wind Power in Denmark have developed chronic illnesses after prolonged exposure to dangerous chemicals over the last decade.

Scandal
As part of its 21 Søndag series, DR yesterday revealed it has access to reports from the National Board of Industrial Injuries in Denmark dealing with 64 compensation cases brought by employees against the company.

According to DR, the National Board of Industrial Injuries has reached the decision that the illnesses developed by the employees in question, including asthma and eczema, are a direct result of exposure to the toxic chemicals epoxy and isocyanates.  The chemicals are known allergens, and they are on the EU’s list of carcinogenic substances.

According to the Danish Working Environment Act, workers can seek compensation if they have been exposed to such chemicals for prolonged periods of time.

64 too many
According to experts, 64 is a high number – even for a company as large as Siemens.

[The numbers are] shockingly high and very serious. When someone becomes sick as a result of these substances, they remain sick for life,” Hans Jørgen Limborg, a workplace researcher and manager at TeamArbejdsliv, told DR.

Rasmus Windfeld, a public relations officer at Siemens Wind Power, stated that Siemens was committed to improving working conditions and called the current situation “totally unacceptable”.

Sixty-four people injured working for us is 64 too many. We’re committed to working at it, and the number will soon be down to zero,” he told DR.

According to DR, Siemens has confirmed it illegally used isocyanates during the manufacturing process for wind turbines from 2003 to 2011.

 

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2 thoughts on “Danish Workers at Siemens Chronically Ill”

  1. Precedence of this practice is everywhere.

    Since the early 1900s many governments throughout the world knew that exposure to asbestos manifested into deadly cancer while enabling the mining, production, and widespread use of asbestos.

    When the truth finally caught up to asbestos profiteers such as Johns Manville Corp many years later, the former Chairman of the New Jersey Industrial Commission testified during bankruptcy proceedings:

    “I turned to Mr. Brown…and I said, ‘Mr. Brown, do you mean to tell me you would let people work until they dropped dead?’ He said, ‘Yes. We save a lot of money that way.’”

    Corporations are not the only profiteers who should be held accountable for this most recent matter of industrial wind.

    It is also the governments who look the other way.

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