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Wax Filtration Plant Operator

also Leading Wax Filtration Plant Operator, Assistant Wax Filtration Plant Operator

A wax filtration plant operator was employed in the wax filtration department at the oil refinery.

Many paraffin process workers suffered from skin disorders as a result of working in clothes saturated with oils and waxes. Upper arms and ankles inevitably became heavily soiled, resulting in skin infections, growths and cancers. Scrotal and facial cancers were also reported, often with fatal consequences.

Wages & Working Hours

In 1958, an Agreement Between the Scottish Shale Oil Companies and the National Union of Shale Miners & Oil Workers records that a wax filtration plant operator earned 29s 7d per shift. An assistant wax filtration plant operator earned 29s 4d per shift and a leading wax filtration plant operator earned 29s 10d per shift. Day workers worked an average of 44 hours per week (5 days one week and 5.5 days the next week). Three shift or double shift workers worked a 6 day week of 48 hours.


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