Scrap metal carrier pays the price

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A man carrying waste in his van pretended to be someone else when he was stopped by police and the Environment Agency.Mathew Davies, aged 32, of Scott Gardens, Lincoln admitted one fraud offence and one of carrying scrap metal without being registered and was fined £400  by Lincoln Magistrates’ Court today (Tue). He was also ordered to pay £3,540 costs. Mr Simon Taylor, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Davies handed over a waste carrier registration card belonging to someone else when he was stopped in December last year. It had an expiry date in 2013 and he was allowed on his way.Later investigation showed that he was not the person named on the card and the registration had been revoked in June. Officers tracked Davies down and when questioned he told them that he’d used the card by mistake. Davies had been advised by letter in October 2010 that he needed to be registered to carry waste, he didn’t think he needed to be. The fee for registering for a three year period is £154. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/144022.aspx

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Elf n safety threatens Christmas lights switch-on in Bishop’s Cleeve | This is Gloucestershire

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HEALTH and safety fears could pull the plug on Bishop’s Cleeve Christmas celebrations.Parish councillors have voted against plans for the Christmas lights switch-on – one of the most popular events on the village calendar.

Elf n safety threatens Christmas lights switch-on in Bishop’s Cleeve | This is Gloucestershire

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BOSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is urging workers and members of the public engaged in Hurricane Sandy cleanup and recovery efforts in New York, New Jersey and the New England states to be aware of the hazards they might encounter and the steps they should take to protect themselves.

“Storm recovery workers are working around the clock to clean up areas impacted by the storm,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA s New York regional administrator. “We want to make sure that workers are aware of the hazards involved in cleanup work and take the necessary precautions to prevent serious injuries.”

UUS Labor Department’s OSHA urges hurricane recovery workers to protect themselves against hazards

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OSHA cites tank cleaning service for confined space hazards at Lansing, Ill., facility; proposed fines exceed $142,000

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LANSING, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Dedicated TCS LLC with 11 safety and health, including two willful, violations, primarily for failing to protect workers in confined spaces. OSHA opened an inspection of the company’s Lansing facility, which cleans tank trailers, upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.

Proposed penalties total $142,100.OSHA’s permit-required confined space standard establishes procedures to protect workers who must enter, work in or exit spaces with configurations that hinder their activities.

In addition, the configurations of such spaces may increase workers’ exposure to hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and/or hazardous atmospheric conditions, which can lead to serious physical injury, illness or death.”A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy, which makes monitoring workers’ activities in these spaces vital to their safety and health,” said Gary Anderson, OSHA’s area director in Calumet City. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.”

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23196

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Council jobsworths ban war veterans from marching through village because … – Daily Mail

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A group of seven war veterans were told that they would not be allowed to march on the road in Warton, WarwickshireHealth and safety officials said that they had not been provided with correct forms

Council jobsworths ban war veterans from marching through village because … – Daily Mail

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OSHA secures decision affirming fall hazard violation, fine against Campbell, Ohio-based bridge painting company

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BOSTON – A decision from an administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upholds a citation issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Campbell, Ohio-based M & JPainting Co. Inc. for failing to abate a safety violation first cited in 2010.

The citation carries a $19,250 fine, which also has been upheld.M & J Painting cleaned and painted the Charles M. Braga Jr. Bridge in Fall River, Mass. In 2010, OSHA inspected the bridge work site and issued a citation encompassing six serious violations. One of the violations involved insufficient horizontal lines used by workers, which placed them in danger of fall injuries.

M & Jsettled with the Labor Department and agreed to have a safety consultant qualified in fall protection systems design horizontal lifeline systems that would effectively protect workers from falls during bridge work.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23190

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Cheltenham demolition firm fined for illegal asbestos removal

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A Cheltenham demolition company has been prosecuted after exposing its own workers to dangerous asbestos fibres and illegally removing asbestos waste from a property in Gloucester.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted DA Environmental Services Ltd at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court today (5 Nov) for three breaches of regulations relating to asbestos removal.

The court heard HSE found the firm undertook an asbestos survey before demolishing the building showing it contained a quantity of Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB).

The report identified that this would have to be safely removed in a controlled manner before demolition went ahead.

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

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KTVU investigates Chevron refinery’s inspection records | www.ktvu.com

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KTVU investigates Chevron refinery’s inspection records | www.ktvu.com: RICHMOND, Calif. —

The Chevron refinery in Richmond remains crippled following the Aug. 6 fire, though repairs are reported to be on the fast track.

But was the fire was an aberration or the culmination of a long series of events?

“One of the things that lead to the disaster, Chevron kept running the unit for two hours after that leak was discovered and apparently didn’t want to take it off line,” said Greg Karras,

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Worker killed in explosion days before 50th birthday | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper

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Worker killed in explosion days before 50th birthday | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper: Doodnath Bhimull, 49, suffered a horrific death when a hot oil blower from a bitumen plant exploded in his face yesterday afternoon. Bhimull, who would have celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday, suffered burns on 100 per cent of his body. He died shortly after 5pm.

Police said Bhimull was conducting an electrical test on the plant at Mora Dam Road in Siparia when the blower heated up from an electrical surge. It exploded, pitching burning debris as far as 20 feet away. The blower feeds fuel into the Bitumen tank which heats up to 300 degrees celsius. When the police arrived, they saw smoke coming from the tank.

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