St Helens firm faces prosecution over death of building site worker in … – St Helens Star

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FOLLOWING the death of a worker who sustained fatal injuries in a fall at a building site in Skelmersdale, a St Helens firm is facing prosecution.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is bringing legal proceedings against TRU Ltd following an investigation into the death of Peter Winchurch during the construction of an extension to a semi-detached house.

Mr Winchurch, 68 from Skelmersdale, fell 20 feet to the ground in November, 2009 and died in hospital the following day as a result of his injuries.

St Helens firm faces prosecution over death of building site worker in … – St Helens Star

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Breast Cancer Risks Linked to Working Environment – WebProNews

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A new study shows that some occupations, such as those that expose workers to carcinogens and endocrine disrupters, raise risks for breast cancer. Jobs sectors that showed an increased risk included agriculture, bar/gambling, automotive plastics manufacturing, food canning, and metal-working.The study, published in the journal Environmental Health, looked at 1006 breast cancer cases in Southern Ontario, Canada. The patients took surveys and were interviewed, providing researchers with their occupational histories. The jobs were then coded for their likelihood of exposure to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors.The researchers found that women in jobs with high potential exposures to carcinogens and endocrine disruptors had an “elevated” risk for breast cancer. Premenopausal breast cancer risk was found to be highest for the automotive platics and food canning professions.

Breast Cancer Risks Linked to Working Environment – WebProNews

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Witness Bumps Her Head in Court

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     DALLAS (CN) – A witness appearing in a suburban Dallas court claims in court that she was injured when a court officer moved the chair she was sitting in.     Cathy Travis sued Glenn Heights, Texas, in Dallas County Court.     Travis says she testified in municipal court on Nov. 18, 2010.     “During this court appearance at one point, Ms. Travis stood up and when she attempted to sit back down, Officer Chancey, an employee by defendant City of Glenn Heights, Texas moved the chair causing Ms. Travis to fall and hit her head, which resulted in numerous injuries,” the complaint states.

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Witness Bumps Her Head in Court

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     DALLAS (CN) – A witness appearing in a suburban Dallas court claims in court that she was injured when a court officer moved the chair she was sitting in.     Cathy Travis sued Glenn Heights, Texas, in Dallas County Court.     Travis says she testified in municipal court on Nov. 18, 2010.     “During this court appearance at one point, Ms. Travis stood up and when she attempted to sit back down, Officer Chancey, an employee by defendant City of Glenn Heights, Texas moved the chair causing Ms. Travis to fall and hit her head, which resulted in numerous injuries,” the complaint states.

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OSHA cites Cargill Meat Solutions for exposing workers to hazardous energy at Illinois plant, proposes $114,000 in fines

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BEARDSTOWN, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. with three safety violations for failing to protect workers from unexpected start-up of machines at its Beardstown pork processing facility. Proposed penalties total $114,000. OSHA initiated an inspection upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.”Cargill has a responsibility to provide training to workers about the hazards that exist in their facilities, and to respond to safety concerns expressed by workers,” said Thomas Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Peoria. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.”One willful violation is directing workers to perform maintenance and servicing on carbon dioxide equipment without first documenting lockout and tagout procedures designed to prevent unexpected energization. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health. http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23271

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North Yorkshire steam railway operator fined £4,000 for level crossing collision

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Heritage railway operator, Wensleydale Railway, has today been fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,000 following a prosecution brought by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) for breaches of health and safety law which led to a collision between a train and a car at a level crossing near Newton-le-Willows in North Yorkshire.

On 1 August 2011, a steam train carrying 58 passengers collided with a car at Fox Park No.1 crossing, which connects a private farm access road with a public road across the rail line operated by Wensleydale Railway.

The car was extensively damaged in the collision, and the train sustained minor damage.

Neither the driver of the car nor any passengers on board the train suffered any injuries.Today’s sentencing at Northallerton Magistrates’ Court follows an extensive investigation by ORR into the incident which found that users of the crossing had insufficient visibility of oncoming trains, placing them in unnecessary danger.

This was caused by Wensleydale Railway not having in place adequate procedures to manage vegetation alongside the rail line. Evidence showed that prior to the collision vegetation at the crossing had not been cut back since October 2010.

http://www.rail-reg.gov.uk/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.11051

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Gloucestershire firm fined over teenager’s severed fingers

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A Gloucestershire manufacturer has appeared in court after a teenage apprentice had parts of two fingers severed in unguarded machinery.

The 17-year-old, who has asked not to be named, was working at The Albany Engineering Company Ltd factory in Lydney on 3 May this year when the glove on his right hand became caught in a rotating cutter, slicing off the tops of his index and middle fingers to the first joint.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-sw-albanyengineering.htm?eban=rss-

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Poly student dies in accident – He left the shop to deliver what would have been his last pizza

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Poly student dies in accident that almost severs leg: SINGAPORE – He left the shop to deliver what would have been his last pizza order for the night. But Mr Muhammad Amirulhayat Mahadi never got to deliver it.

The 21-year-old student was killed after the Domino’s Pizza motorcycle he was riding was hit by a white Mazda RX8 sports car at the intersection of Sembawang Road and Yishun Avenue 5 on Thursday night.

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Army major fined over cadet’s death | Herald Scotland

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Army major fined over cadet’s death | Herald Scotland: An army major has been fined £5000 after pleading guilty to health and safety charges in relation to the death of 14 year old Kaylee McIntosh.
An army major has been fined �5000 after pleading guilty to health and safety charges in relation to the death of 14 year old Kaylee McIntosh.

The teenager, from Fyvie, Aberdeenshire, died while taking part in a cadet training exercise in the Outer Hebrides in 2007.

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Factory’s gas leak leads to evacuation | This is Plymouth

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Factory’s gas leak leads to evacuation | This is Plymouth: CUSTARD factory workers were taken to hospital after a chemical spill at the famous Ambrosia plant.
Eight people suffered breathing problems after a nitric acid gas leak inside the creamery.
Sixty other employees at the site in Lifton, near Launceston, were decontaminated and given clean clothes. None of the eight workers treated were seriously injured, Devon and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said.

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