More counselling for workers with health problems – Austrian Times Online News

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More counselling for workers with health problems – General News – Austrian Times Online News – English Newspaper: Counselling is to be made more widely available to deal with one third of people who complain of health problems in their job in Lower Austria.

Top of the list of complaints were back pain and headaches, followed by psychological illnesses such as depression. Those who work in sales were particularly affected.

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Fire At Sam’s Club In Davenport – KWQC-TV6

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Fire At Sam’s Club In Davenport – KWQC-TV6 News and Weather For The Quad Cities –: It’s the busiest time of the year for retailers, so a fire couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Sam’s Club in Davenport.

The fire may have been started by a forklift. For now, the store is closed. An employee says the store could reopen by 5 Thursday evening.

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Boardroom Battle – – Romanian Times

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Boardroom Battle – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A military publishing boss stabbed a colleague to death and then tried to blow up his co-directors with a home-made bomb in an extraordinary boardroom battle.

Victim Krzystof Zolovic, 48, died instantly when the firm’s CEO Cezary Solowski, also 48, stabbed him through the heart during a board meeting at the firm’s office in Warsaw, Poland.

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Iron Man – when the phone rang I picked up the iron by mistake and pressed it to my ear – Romanian Times

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Iron Man – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: Hapless husband Tomas Paczkowski is regretting promising to show his better half he was hot stuff at housework – after accidentally ironing his face when the phone rang.

Tomas – from Elbag, Poland – was determined to show wife Lila that he was just as good around the home as she is.

“I decided to do the ironing while she was out at work, just to prove a point,” he explained.

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Welder electrocuted in workshop – BorneoPost Online

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Welder electrocuted in workshop – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo: MIRI: A man was electrocuted in a fatal accident at a workshop in Krokop late Wednesday evening.The victim, identified as Gallvin Divid, 26, was believed to have suffered an electric shock while welding a lorry. A father of two, Gallvin was pronounced dead at a private hospital here.Miri police chief ACP Mun Kock Keong, when contacted yesterday, confirmed having received a report on the incident.

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OSHA cites two Fort Worth, Texas, companies for multiple process safety management violations

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FORT WORTH, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Five Star Custom Foods Ltd. for 25 serious safety and health violations. Subcontractor Packers Sanitation Services Inc. has been cited for two serious safety violations concerning exposure to hazardous chemicals at the company’s facility on East First Street. Penalties total $134,000 collectively.

OSHA officials opened an investigation on June 12 under the agency’s national emphasis program on process safety management, known as PSM, for covered chemical facilities. Investigators found that employees, while conducting operations in the facility’s refrigeration system, were exposed to the catastrophic release of toxic and corrosive chemicals.

“Exposing employees to highly hazardous chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, can be fatal,” said Jack Rector, the agency’s area director in Fort Worth. “OSHA’s standards must be followed to prevent accidents and illnesses.”

Fourteen serious violations involve failing to ensure that equipment related to the process complied with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices; recommendations in the process hazard analysis were processed; standard operating procedures were annually certified; an ammonia detector system was provided; contract employees were informed of the potential of fire and/or toxic release hazards; and compliance audits were conducted at least every three years.

via 2012 – 12/13/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA cites two Fort Worth, Texas, companies for multiple process safety management violations.

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Merseyside roofer caught on camera risking lives

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A Merseyside roofer has been fined after he allowed lives to be put at risk on the roof of a semi-detached house in Maghull.

Phillip McGinn (right) and another worker on the roof of a semi-detached house in Maghull

Phillip McGinn (right) and another worker on the roof of a semi-detached house in Maghull

Phillip McGinn, 38, and two other workers were photographed retiling the roof of a property on Old Race Course Road on 21 August this year without safety measures in place to prevent them falling to the ground below.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) sent an inspector to visit the site after receiving a complaint about the work from a member of the public. The inspector immediately issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the roof until it had been made safe.

South Sefton Magistrates’ Court in Bootle was told today (13 December 2012) that scaffolding had been erected at the front of the house, but there was nothing at the side or back of the roof to stop workers falling off.

Phillip McGinn, who trades at Stormguard Roofing, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 after he failed to take measures to prevent workers being injured in a fall.

Mr McGinn, of Wynnstay Avenue in Maghull, was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,668 in prosecution costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Jackie Western said:

“There were several ways this work could have been carried out safely, including fitting hand rails and toe boards around the edge of the roof to prevent people falling.

“Mr McGinn put his own life and the lives of two other men at risk by allowing the work to go ahead without suitable safety measures in place. The scaffolding at the front of the building did nothing to prevent them falling off the side or back of the roof.

“I would like to thank the person who alerted us about the work as, if they hadn’t, someone could have been seriously injured or even killed.”

The latest figures show that 38 people died as a result of a fall in a workplace in Great Britain in 2010/11, and more than 4,000 suffered a major injury. Information on preventing falls is available at www.hse.gov.uk/falls.

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40,000 Children and Their Families Lifted Out of Poverty – Canada (UK doing the opposite)

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Newsroom : 40,000 Children and Their Families Lifted Out of Poverty: Ontario has helped 40,000 children and their families get out of poverty since 2008, despite a climate of global economic uncertainty.

Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy 2012 Annual Report released today highlights progress made over the last four years in helping children and families emerge from poverty and raise their quality of life. The report contains many encouraging signs of progress, including:

Over one million children in 530,000 families are being helped by the Ontario Child Benefit.

Almost 122,000 kids are getting a stronger start in about 1,700 schools through full-day kindergarten.

Nearly 33,000 children and young people, who may have otherwise gone untreated, are receiving free dental care through Healthy Smiles Ontario.

An additional 13,000 young people are getting help finding jobs and opportunities through the Youth Action Plan.

An estimated 20,000 more children and young people are getting faster and easier access to the right mental health supports with 600 new mental health workers in schools, communities and the courts.

Giving children and young people opportunities to succeed and breaking down barriers for low-income Ontarians are part of the McGuinty government’s Breaking the Cycle: Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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