Natco Foods Ltd Fined After 2 Workers Badly Hurt in Seperate Incidents

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Mix 96 – News – Buckingham: Food Firm Fined After Workers Badly Hurt: A Buckingham-based food importer and manufacturer has been fined £43,000 after two of their employees suffered severe injuries in separate accidents at work.

Natco Foods Ltd was prosecuted for health and safety offences following an investigation by Aylesbury Vale District Council.The first incident occurred in October 2010 when an agency worker was injured by a lorry reversing into a loading bay. The employee’s arm became trapped between the edge of the loading bay wall and the back of the lorry.

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BBC News – Sophie Howard branch death: Trees to be culled

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BBC News – Sophie Howard branch death: Trees to be culled: Sophie’s parents, Laura and Martin Howard called on councils to learn from the death.
They reached an out-of-court settlement with Yaxley Parish Council, a village near Peterborough.
In a statement they said: “We were horrified when we heard the Health and Safety Executive’s report found that Yaxley Parish Council was not following the health and safety guidelines for risk assessments and maintenance in public places and that almost 30 other trees were in a hazardous condition.”

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Witham clock winder banned by health and safety after 43 years | This is Essex

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Witham clock winder banned by health and safety after 43 years | This is Essex: A PENSIONER who has climbed a ladder to wind up a church clock for more than 40 years has been banned from the tradition due to health and safety.
Tom Monk, 82, has wound the clock of St Nicolas Church in Witham since 1969.

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Asbestos found in museum engine | Stuff.co.nz

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Asbestos found in museum engine | Stuff.co.nz: Staff cleaning vintage steam engine Josephine were never at risk from asbestos found in the locomotive’s hulk, Toitu Otago Settlers Museum director Linda Wigley says.

Ms Wigley said museum management followed strict procedures. Decontamination had immediately been carried out, eliminating risk.

Dunedin community newspaper D Scene was told this week staff discovered the asbestos while cleaning the engine in readiness for display.

The handling of the problem was delayed, sources told the newspaper.

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Man admits lying about asbestos removal | WIVB.com

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Man admits lying about asbestos removal | WIVB.com: BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – An employee of a company that was supposed to clean out the asbestos from the former Kensington Towers has pleaded guilty to charges he falsified inspection reports. Henry Hawkins, 43, of Buffalo was employed by JMD Environmental as an air sampling technician and project monitor. Hawkins admitted in federal court that he gave the vacant building a pass, even though he was well aware that not all of the asbestos had been removed by the company.

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Lords Debate Health and Safety Clause – Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, Lord Clinton-Davis was critical.

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Members of the House of Lords last month criticised a last-minute addition to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which will impact on health and safety regulations.
Health and safety change

The new clause was introduced to the Bill as it went into its final stages in the House of Commons. If approved it will mean that ‘it will only be possible to claim for compensation in relation to breaches of affected health and safety legislation where it can be proved that the duty holder (usually the employer) has been negligent.’

According to not-for-profit campaign group the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the clause effectively waters down workplace health and safety regulations across the board.

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Snow grounds all flights at Stockholm’s Arlanda – Sweden

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Snow grounds all flights at Stockholm’s Arlanda – The Local: No planes could land or take off from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on Wednesday morning due to continued heavy snowfall from a fierce winter storm which shows no sign of abating.

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Police raid frees 105 ‘slave’ helpers near Kuala Lumpur | South China Morning Post

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Police raid frees 105 ‘slave’ helpers near Kuala Lumpur | South China Morning Post: Malaysian authorities have freed 105 mostly Indonesian domestic helpers who were forced to work without pay by day and held against their will at night, local media reported yesterday.

The women were freed on Saturday after a police raid on a building near the capital Kuala Lumpur where they had been held captive by their employment agency, the reports said.

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BBC News – Asbestos victim: ‘We just washed it off’

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BBC News – Asbestos victim: ‘We just washed it off’: AMs will debate a bill in the Senedd on Wednesday designed to recover the cost of NHS treatment for people suffering with asbestos-related illnesses.
It is being presented by the Labour AM for Pontypridd, Mick Antoniw, who as a solicitor used to represent asbestos victims.

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Meatworks guilty over worker’s death – Weekly Times Now

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Meatworks guilty over worker’s death – Weekly Times Now: A GIPPSLAND meat processing company has been found guilty over the death of a worker who was crushed while cleaning a machine.

Following a two-week trial in the county court, Tabro Meat Pty Ltd was found guilty last week on two charges relating to the death of� employee Abraham Yak.The company was found guilty of failing to provide or maintain a safe system of work, and failing to provide information, instruction, training or supervision in relation the task of cleaning a rotating knocking box.

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