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Occupational Conditions in Brazilian Modern Rural Slave Labour

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Department of Occupational Safety and Hygiene, Federal Institute of Maranhão, São Luís 65030-005, Brazil
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Associated Laboratory for Energy, Transports and Aeronautics, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
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Department of History, Federal University of Maranhão, São Luis 65080-805, Brazil
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Academic Editor: Raphael Grzebieta
Received: 27 December 2020 / Revised: 4 March 2021 / Accepted: 22 March 2021 / Published: 2 April 2021
Work in rural properties in conditions similar to slavery remains a reality in many countries, including Brazil. The Brazilian State characterises contemporary slave labour as a condition of freedom restriction for paying off debt, served by intensive working hours or inadequate working conditions related to Occupational Safety and Health. This study highlights the working conditions in rural slavery in Brazil, based on the Occupational Safety and Health perspective. The study was carried out based on a sample of Inspection Reports of the Governmental Authority to Combat Modern Slavery. A random sample of 42 reports was collected and analysed, describing the working conditions of 392 rural workers characterised as labour analogous to slavery. The analysis strategy was carried out from an Occupational Safety and Health standpoint. Data sets were identified and selected, grouped into five categories: Work routine; General health conditions; Manual machines and tools; Environmental conditions. Widespread exposure of Neo-enslaved workers to stressful working hours was found, in addition to severe Occupational Safety and Health problems. The occurrence of all these characteristics simultaneously was the most observed phenomenon among the sample, which demonstrates that it is possible to identify cases of modern slavery from an Occupational Safety and Health perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: agricultural activities; contemporary slavery; human rights; Occupational Safety and Health; occupational risks agricultural activities; contemporary slavery; human rights; Occupational Safety and Health; occupational risks
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Garreto, G.; Baptista, J.S.; Mota, A. Occupational Conditions in Brazilian Modern Rural Slave Labour. Safety 2021, 7, 28. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7020028

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Garreto G, Baptista JS, Mota A. Occupational Conditions in Brazilian Modern Rural Slave Labour. Safety. 2021; 7(2):28. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7020028

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Garreto, Gairo, J. S. Baptista, and Antônia Mota. 2021. "Occupational Conditions in Brazilian Modern Rural Slave Labour" Safety 7, no. 2: 28. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety7020028

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