Lorry driver dies in scaffolding accident (From The Northern Echo)

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A SCAFFOLDING delivery driver has died after being hit by falling poles.

Police said the 32-year-old man from Thirsk, North Yorkshire, had been helping unload the steel poles from a flatbed lorry when he sustained fatal injuries.

Emergency services were called to Petre Street, in Grimesthorpe, Sheffield, at 1.15pm on Thursday after a forklift truck approached the lorry.

 Lorry driver dies in scaffolding accident (From The Northern Echo) 

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Rail maintenance worker killed – Local – The Star

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 RAIL worker from South Yorkshire has been killed after being struck by a train.

The 26-year-old man, believed to be from Doncaster, was struck by a Northern Rail Scunthorpe to Lincoln service, which had previously called at Doncaster and Sheffield, at 1.55pm today at Saxilby, near Lincoln.

British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch are investigating the collision.

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Parked driver ‘killed cyclist by recklessly opening door’ | The Times

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 A cyclist was knocked under the wheels of a bus and crushed to death after a driver in a parked car “threw his door open recklessly”, a court heard today.

Sam Harding, 25, died on August 6 last year after 32-year-old Kenan Aydogdu opened the door of his parked Audi R8 car without checking, it is alleged. Mr Aydogdu denies the charge of manslaughter against him.

Parked driver ‘killed cyclist by recklessly opening door’ | The Times 

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75 NI Asbestos Deaths A Year – Northern Ireland News

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75 NI Asbestos Deaths A Year

Up to 75 deaths per year in Northern Ireland have asbestosis and/or mesothelioma as the primary or secondary cause of death, according to the General Register Office.

There are a further 40 lung cancer deaths per year in which asbestosis and/or mesothelioma has played a contributing factor.

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BBC News – West Berkshire Council calls for stronger rat poison

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 A Berkshire council is leading calls to use stronger poisons to deal with mutating rats.

Catchers say recent flooding across the county has made the challenge of controlling the rat population harder.

West Berkshire Council is lobbying the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for permission to use stronger poisons against so-called “super rats”.

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Woolwich pizza takeaway owner fined after mouse droppings found inside delivery boxes (From News Shopper)

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A PIZZA takeaway owner in Woolwich has been fined for poor hygiene after mouse droppings were found inside delivery boxes.

Wagas Amin, who runs Pizza Inn, admitted a number of food hygiene offences and was stung with a £2,320.62 fine at Bexley Magistrates Court on December 3.

Greenwich Environmental Health Officers uncovered a filthy kitchen with mouse faeces on work surfaces, inside a box of onions and in pizza boxes during an inspection on October 26.

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Westminster council cracks down on rare and medium-rare burgers – London – News – London Evening Standard

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 Restaurants who offer rare or medium-rare burgers face a grilling from a London council after it decided to crack down on them for food safety reasons.

Westminster city council is taking action over the freedom to choose how your burger is done, with other local authorities expected to follow suit.

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China wants to half scaffolding use by 2015 – KHL Group

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China wants to half scaffolding use by 2015 – KHL Group:

China plans to half the use of scaffolding in the country by the end of 2015 – the final year of the current five year plan – by dramatically increasing the use of mechanised access, including aerial work platforms and mast climbing platforms.

The policy was described by Mr Li Shoulin, a research fellow at the China Academy of Building Research, during the most recent meeting of the Work Safety Committee, the organisation created by US equipment manufacturers Terex and Oshkosh alongside the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham). The committee is lobbying for improved work safety practices in working at height and mining.

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High Accident Rate for Louisiana’s Refineries Reported — Occupational Health & Safety

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High Accident Rate for Louisiana’s Refineries Reported — Occupational Health & Safety: A new report says Louisiana’s 17 refineries reported 301 accidents to the state of Louisiana during 2011. The data come from self reports that have been criticized for underestimating actual releases; even so, they show more than 1 million pounds of toxicants into the air and some 1.3 million gallons into the state’s water and soil.

“This report offers a window into what is really going on at Louisiana’s refineries. They help our union make the case for how unsafe this industry can be.

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‘Elves’ in Chinese sweat shops live in very grim fairy tale – Catholic Online

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‘Elves’ in Chinese sweat shops live in very grim fairy tale – International – Catholic Online: LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Chinese factory workers are forced to work long hours and sleep on factory floors, among piles of toy parts.It’s all part of the grueling, monotonous life endured by thousands of Chinese factory workers. China makes 75 percent of the world’s toys, including well-known American characters such as Mickey Mouse and SpongeBob SquarePants.Across China, there are an estimated 8,000 toy-making factories employing 3.5 million people.

A report in 2009 revealed that one million Chinese factory workers suffered industrial accidents in that year alone.

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