It’s estimated that bullying costs the UK economy £17bn a year according to the Guardian, and is widely believed to have a detrimental effect upon the productivity of contract workers in both the UK and US.
Individuals have been prevented from further employment in construction and other sectors by employers who have operated a "blacklist" of those who they don't want to employ again.
This has ruined their chances of future employment and ruined many lives.
Many have been safety reps, whose only crimes have been to organise for safer workplaces.
There is no doubt that construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the UK.
Every year dozens of people die on site, several thousands get injured or develop work-related health problems. See our Construction Dust Risks news item for more on risks from dusty work.
This is why improving health and safety on construction sites plays a key role in the Hazards Trust's daily work and ongoing campaigns.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which is almost indestructible.
Its resistance to heat led to its use in thousands of products yet medical science has proved that breathing asbestos dust can kill.
Despite being banned in 1999 asbestos is still the biggest single cause of work related deaths in the UK.