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Occupational Hazard

It was near dusk, and he stood in toxic smoke and light, glancing at an old manual weighing scale. He and other men had been using open pit fires to melt waste plastic lined blister foils from the pharmaceutical industry into molten metal. The sun’s rays came through the sides, wafted through the smoke-filled area, […]

August 9, 2020

August 9, 2020

14 Min read time

Occupational hazard: An urban poor man uses a manual weighing scale in a hazardous environment. Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

It was near dusk, and he stood in toxic smoke and light, glancing at an old manual weighing scale. He and other men had been using open pit fires to melt waste plastic lined blister foils from the pharmaceutical industry into molten metal. The sun’s rays came through the sides, wafted through the smoke-filled area, […]

It was near dusk, and he stood in toxic smoke and light, glancing at an old manual weighing scale.

He and other men had been using open pit fires to melt waste plastic lined blister foils from the pharmaceutical industry into molten metal.

The sun’s rays came through the sides, wafted through the smoke-filled area, and splashed around his body.

Thousands of young people in Ghana are drawn to high-risk jobs due to extreme poverty.

Copyright © 2020 Muntaka Chasant

August 9, 2020

14 Min read time

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