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The record is mixed. Workers made substantial gains under Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX). Their victories included recognition of malaria as an occupational disease, with fourteen more diseases so recognized by 1986. 62 Nevertheless, accidents continued apace, at an average of eighteen per one hundred workers through 1942. 63 The expansion of PEMEX, moreover, amplified risks. 64 The fight to protect health and life on the shop floor, in the neighborhood, and in the natural environment therefore continues.
Mexican oil workers escaped the ravages of revolution but not those of oil. Safe from the violence that consumed Mexico, oil workers nevertheless suffered severe casualties. They did not die on battlefields, but their bodies littered oil camps—anonymous dead summarily buried alongside pipelines. They were spared the wounds of battle, but not the torture of industry. And while American oil workers’ bodies became iconic as men drenched in oil from head to toe, Mexican workers did not even earn that dubious glory: the companies reserved drilling work for foreigners.
Amarjit Kaur, “Indian Labour, Labour Standards, and Workers’ Health in Burma and Malaya, 1900–1940,” Modern Asian Studies 40, part 2 (May 2006): 393–444. â•‡ B. W. Hodder, Man in Malaya (London: University of London Press, 1959), 117. â•‡Lennox A. Mills, British Rule in Eastern Asia (London: Oxford University Press, 1842), 300. â•‡Highlands and Lowlands Para Rubber Company Limited, History of the Company 1906–1956 (Kuala Lumpur: Highlands and Lowlands Para Rubber, 1956), 5. , Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society, 2000).