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HORACE SCOTT FOUGHT FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY OF WORKERS By Frank Sears

posted 20 Oct 2017, 06:19 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 20 Oct 2017, 06:35 ]
As far as I am concerned Comrade Horace Scott (1933 - 2017) was the only executive officer during the 
George Weekes era who exhibited a natural and enduring affinity for safety towards workers who were in the vast majority, OWTU members. 
Comrade Frank Sears was the first full time Health and Safety Officer in the trade union movement.

As a worker and branch officer at Pointe a Pierre and he at Barrackpore with Texaco in the late 60s, his influence was a key factor in the Union forming a centralized safety committee to monitor accidents and incidents wherever the OWTU had a presence.

This culminated in the establishment of a safety desk and my involvement as a full time safety officer in the mid-seventies always with the motivating force of Comrade Scott.

An era has come and gone, so too men and their mission in life, but I am sure Comrade Horace Scott will be remembered by those who benefitted from his energy and forceful articulation on matters involving occupational health and safety.

In fact, so pervasive was the thrust towards health and safety, the OWTU became the national benchmark that other unions and non-unionised workers relied upon for advice and collective action.

Comrade Horace Scott led that charge from an executive level. A working class hero to me and countless thousands and if ever I had the opportunity I would dedicate in memory of comrade Scott. “Fanfare for the common man” composed by Aaron Copland and played by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by James Lawrence Levine.
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