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Shipbreaking in Gaddani Beach, Pakistan

GADDANI, Pakistan — Gaddani is three dimensional maze of hazards, as chaotic as a major industrial site can get. Steel assaults the senses: the shrieking of metal saws, the ferocious, unnerving thump of massive slabs falling to the sand. And the whole place smells of a four car pileup. Which is essentially what it is. 

Death on a beach

GADDANI, Pakistan — Gaddani is a three dimensional maze of hazards, as chaotic as a major industrial site can get. Steel assaults the senses: the shrieking of metal saws, the ferocious, unnerving thump of massive slabs falling to the sand. And the whole place smells of a four car pileup. Which is essentially what it is.

Dead Men Working: The most dangerous drive (VIDEO)

Driving a bus in Guatemala is the most dangerous job in the world, according to InSight Crime, which monitors organized crime in the Americas.

On Location Video: The dirty work of cleaning up Fukushima

TAMURA, FUKUSHIMA — One bamboo branch and spade of soil at a time, workers are slowly purging Fukushima of its nuclear legacy.

Every day, 6,300 workers die on the job. GlobalPost investigates the industries that kill them.

Americans often whinge about their workdays. But is your daily slog really all that bad? Where you work, you can be fairly certain that the walls won't cave in; that the air you're breathing won't cause your lungs to seize up; that your clients won't open fire to pilfer the contents of your wallet. But those are comforts that many in the world's 3 billion labor force lack. Here are their stories.

US retailers again eye safety standards after deadly Bangladesh fire

Major clothing manufacturers like Walmart and Gap are seeing pressure from labor rights groups to implement better fire safety standards after another fire in a Bangladeshi factory.
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The skeletal remains of rows of sewing machine tables, covered in ash after a fire at the Tazreen Fashions factory outside Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Palash Khan/LEADFOTO.COM/Courtesy)

On this national day of mourning in Bangladesh, the country is coming to terms with a devastating factory fire that killed 112 people at the Tazreen Fashions factory outside Dhaka last weekend. 

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A Dangerous Job: Fighting against female genital mutilation in Liberia

For those fighting against female genital mutilation in Liberia, the road is challenging and often dangerous.

MONROVIA, Liberia — Phyllis Kimba's house in Monrovia burned down in March, three days after she spoke at the UN in New York against female genital mutilation (FGM) in Liberia. Soon after, Liberian journalist Mae Azango was threatened with death and mutilation and went into hiding after her FGM exposé appeared on the front page of a national newspaper.

International and Liberian proponents of a ban on the clitoral excisions might take hope in the Liberian gender minister's call this spring, in the wake of Azango's story, for suspension of the practice. But in spite of the minister's words and the West African nation's 2007 ratification of the Maputo Protocol requiring legislated bans on FGM, the message delivered on November 13 by Liberia’s Internal Affairs Minister Blamoh Nelson is clear: don't hold your breath.

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Guyana's gold rush turns dangerous

MAHDIA, Guyana — As traders push the price of gold ever higher, miners deep in the Amazon jungle have found a dangerous, lawless world.

Chinese mine owners exploit Zambian workers, says rights group

JOHANNESBURG – Zambian miners are forced to work in dangerous conditions, according to new report that challenges President Michael Sata to take action.

The Perils of Mining

Miners around the world brave health risks, long hours and backbreaking labor. 
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