Dying to earn a living: the truth about occupational health risks in France

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In 1985, French publishing house La Découverte published a study on health and safety hazards at the workplace in France, entitled Les Risques du travail : Pour ne pas perdre sa vie à la gagner (‘The risks of work: to not lose life while earning a living’). Compiled with the help of dozens of contributors – including scientific researchers, lawyers and trades union officials – it set a milestone in bringing to the fore an issue that had been largely ignored until then in public debate.