House Of Lords Give Recent Health And Safety Proposal A Mauling – By Barrister & Writer Tim Kevan

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In my last article I argued that the recent government proposal to end strict liability in civil proceedings was premature and that it may well end up increasing litigation rather than reducing it. Since writing it the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, in which the proposal appeared as a very late amendment, has gone back to the House of Lords for a second reading. In it many of their Lord and Ladyships honed in on the same little clause 61 of the Bill and it has to be said gave it a mauling good and proper. Let’s look at what a few of them had to say. (You can read the full debate here.)

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Recipe for disaster finally unveiled – Australians were unwittingly fed donkey meat, goat and maggot-ridden offcuts

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Recipe for disaster finally unveiled: Australians were unwittingly fed donkey meat, goat and maggot-ridden offcuts by some of the country’s leading meat producers, according to newly revealed royal commission findings.

Papers presented to Justice Albert Edward Woodward in the 1980s and made public for the first time describe Hammond Wholesale and Retail Meats trimming off the dye legally required on pet food and selling it for human consumption while another unnamed company regularly falsified halal certificates.

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Investigations into death of council worker – RT� News

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Investigations into death of council worker – RT� News: Two separate investigations are underway into the death of a council worker who died last night.
The 47-year-old was seriously injured after he was hit by a pole during clearance work�while working close to a water reservoir at Carr’s Hill near Cork City yesterday afternoon.
He died at Cork University Hospital last night.
The Health and Safety Authority and Cork County Council have both launched inquiries into the incident.

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Council looks to spend further �40,000 on nursery prosecution (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)

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Council looks to spend further �40,000 on nursery prosecution (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series): THE COUNCIL is throwing its financial weight behind a five-year battle for justice for a toddler who died while playing at nursery.

Two-year-old Rhiya Malin died after becoming trapped in a playhouse at Eton Manor Children’s Nursery in Roding Lane, Chigwell, in November 2007.

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Chinese mine blast kills 18 | ABC Radio Australia

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Chinese mine blast kills 18 | ABC Radio Australia: Chinese officials say 18 people have been killed in an explosion at a coal mine in Guizhou Province.Another five people were still trapped underground in the pit after the accident at the Xiangshui coal mine in Liupanshui city, the Xinhua state news agency said citing provincial government and company sources.

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Asbestos killed former cleaner from Bridport (From Dorset Echo)

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Asbestos killed former cleaner from Bridport (From Dorset Echo): A FORMER cleaner from Bridport who worked in a civic hall in the West Midlands for 15 years died of an asbestos-related disease, an inquest was told.

Dora Longville, of West Walks, West Bay, died at the age of 66 in May from mesothelioma.

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£18k fine after shop delivery fell on worker at Sainsbury’s Local on Bricknell Avenue, Hull | This is Hull and East Riding

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�18k fine after shop delivery fell on worker at Sainsbury’s Local on Bricknell Avenue, Hull | This is Hull and East Riding: A SUPERMARKET and a haulage firm have been fined a total of �18,000 after a delivery fell on to a worker, leaving her seriously injured.
Sainsbury’s employee Barbara Jenkinson suffered spinal injuries and a fractured pelvis when a 265kg cage containing groceries fell out of a delivery lorry.

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Coastguard has coordinated the response for two vessels working at offshore windfarms

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Yarmouth Coastguard has coordinated the response for two vessels working at offshore windfarms involved in separate incidents off the east coast of England today.

Windcat 9 issued a VHF DSC Mayday this evening offshore from Humber and reported that they were taking in water. Yarmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Humber and Cleethorpes RNLI lifeboats and the rescue helicopter from RAF Leconfield. Due to concern that the vessel could be sinking the 15 crew abandoned to another vessel. The rescue helicopter transferred two pumps on board the vessel and lifeboat crew were able to control the ingress of water and towed the vessel to Grimsby.
In a separate incident Yarmouth Coastguard requested the launch of Wells and Cromer RNLI lifeboats to a vessel called Island Panther following a collision with a tower while working at the wind farm off Sheringham. All five crew sustained injuries and a doctor was transferred to the vessel by lifeboat. The Island Panther made its way back to Wells where East of England Ambulance Service received the injured crew.
Weather conditions in the area were winds of force 5 with a one metre swell.

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14 killed in hotpot restaurant explosion – Jinzhong in north China – Xinhua |

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14 killed in hotpot restaurant explosion – Xinhua | English.news.cn: BEIJING, Nov. 24 (Xinhuanet) — An explosion has ripped through a hotpot restaurant in the city of Jinzhong in north China’s Shanxi Province, killing 14 people and injuring 47.

The explosion happened at around 8pm Friday in a dual-layer, 3-hundred square-meter construction. When the accident took place, nearly 100 people were eating at the establishment. After the explosion, fire-fighers were on the scence to carry out rescue work.

17 diners were seriously injured. The explosion ignited a fire which destroyed the interior of the restaurant. A customer injured in the explosion tells us how he escaped.

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