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Lives in Peril

Profit or Safety in the Global Maritime Industry?


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction: The Health, Safety and Well-Being of Seafarers – Understanding the Challenges

  3. The Hazards of Work at Sea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-16
    2. David Walters, Nick Bailey
      Pages 43-68
  4. The Structure and Operation of the Maritime Industry and Its Approach to Regulating the Work Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-70
    2. David Walters, Nick Bailey
      Pages 71-97
    3. David Walters, Nick Bailey
      Pages 98-128
    4. David Walters, Nick Bailey
      Pages 129-148
  5. Understanding Vulnerability in a Globalised Industry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 149-150
    2. David Walters, Nick Bailey
      Pages 167-186
    3. David Walters, Nick Bailey
      Pages 216-234
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 235-262

About this book


Lives in Peril demonstrates how and why seafarers are a vulnerable group of workers. It argues they are made so by the organisation and structure of their employment; the prioritisation of profit over safety by the actors that engage and control their labour; the limits of enforcement of the regulatory framework that is in place to protect them; and by their weakness as collective actors in relation to capital. The consequences of this vulnerability are seen in data on their occupationally-related morbidity and mortality - evidence that probably only represents a partial picture of the actual extent of the physical, mental and emotional harm resulting from work at sea. This volume's central argument is that this situation is likely to remain broadly unchanged as long as global maritime governance and regulation remains in thrall to the neo-liberal economic and political arguments that drive globalisation, and fails to enforce regulatory standards more robustly.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cardiff Work Environment Research Centre, School of Social SciencesCardiff UniversityUK
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesCardiff UniversityUK

About the authors

David Walters is Professor of Work Environment at Cardiff University, UK. He has written extensively on various aspects of the work environment, including employee representation and consultation on health and safety, the politics of health and safety at work, governance and regulation of health and safety, and chemical risks and health and safety in small firms.
Nick Bailey is a lecturer in Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. As a former ship's officer and with ten years research experience in the Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC), his work has focused on issues of health, safety and risk in this highly globalised industry.

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