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Deadly consequences of buyers’ choices in the building sector. Case study of vitreous china

Abstract : This paper considers the city as a set of materials implemented as a result of choices made by public and private contractors. These largely unconscious choices can have lethal consequences on workers f ar from the building sites themselves, particularly in the mining sector. This research aims to expand the choice of options available to contractors in the construction sector by proposing an ethical criterion based on fatal injuries at work. Two kinds of information were gathered: geographical data on the location of the main extraction sites for the minerals studied; and international legislation on the existing figures and ratified conventions allowing assessment of the risk of fatal injuries by sector of activity and country. The results paint an optimistic picture for the future of such work. On the one hand, several countries can supply and process minerals under excellent conditions of health and safety for workers. On the other hand, the stakeholders interviewed seem open to further commitments in the process towards an ecologically and ethically sustainable city that respects everyone’s rights.
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Lise Serra. Deadly consequences of buyers’ choices in the building sector. Case study of vitreous china. Kultur : revista interdisciplinària sobre la cultura de la ciutat, Universitat Jaume I, 2019, 6 (12), pp.177 - 200. ⟨10.6035/kult-ur.2019.6.12.7⟩. ⟨hal-03239206⟩



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