We are deeply saddened that Simon Pickvance has passed away. Simon was fighting a deadly battle against mesothelioma which he developed due to his work. The globalOSHmovement has lost a warrior in its fight for health and justice. Below is a message from Rory O’Neill who is editor of the Hazards Magazine about Simon –
SIMON PICKVANCE, founder of Workers’ Health International Newsletter and pioneering occupational health worker and activist
Simon Pickvance, our friend, brilliant colleague and consummate internationalist and networker, died on Friday. He had been diagnosed with mesothelioma two years ago, a consequence of one-time day job as a bricklayer as he developed innovative, worker-oriented occupational health support in primary care. Simon created Workers’ Health International Newsletter, which consolidated international information exchange and cooperation between union and health and safety activists and sympathetic medics and scientists worldwide. He was recently made an Emeritus Fellow of the Collegium Ramazzini. His work was also recognised in awards from the grassroots Construction Safety Campaign and Hazards Campaign. His earlier work as a molecular biologist was noted in John Sulston’s 2002 Nobel Prize lecture.
A memorial event is planned for Tuesday 4 December inSheffield,England. If you’ve any thoughts or memories of Simon you’d like to share, we would love to hear them.