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Hkia Baggage Handlers Raise Radiation Alarm

Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:24 am

Alarmed by signs of potential radiation effects, baggage handlers at Hong Kong International Airport are demanding annual health checkups and a full investigation to ensure their work environment is free of radiation hazards.

The handlers, who work below the baggage carousels, have complained of increasing headaches, hair loss and sick days since the airport began using a radio frequency identification (RFID) system to direct baggage in 2005.

The workers, citing anecdotal evidence, fear that prolonged exposure to radiation on a daily basis could increase their susceptibility to cancer.

Chow Siu-sung, general secretary of the Airport Air Freight Employees' Association, says he has nearly 1,000 signatures on a petition demanding that the Airport Authority Hong Kong pay more attention to worker safety.

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[Edited 2007-01-29 01:29:24]