Abaris Holdings Ltd in court over employee’s injuries after being dragged into a machine.

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A fabric printing firm in Lancaster has appeared in court after an employee suffered injuries to his hand when it was dragged between two rollers running at full speed.

Abaris Holdings Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at the Standfast & Barracks factory on Caton Road on 12 February 2010.

Lancaster Magistrates’ Court heard today (9 November) that the 56-year-old worker from Lancaster, who has asked not to be named, had been trying to remove a small piece of material from one of the rollers using a plastic tool while the machine was running.

As he turned away, his right hand came into contact with the rollers and his hand and arm were dragged into the machine.

He was able to pull the emergency stop cord but the machine had to be dismantled in order to free him. He suffered a fractured thumb and hand, a swollen elbow and needed four stitches to his thumb.

A HSE investigation found there were no guards or other protective devices to prevent workers gaining access to the rollers while the machine was operating.

Abaris Holdings Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company, of Oxford Road in Denham, Buckinghamshire, was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3,940.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Matthew Tinsley said:

“It should simply not have been possible to reach the rollers while the machine was still operating at full speed.

“Guards to prevent access or a light beam that automatically stopped the machine when employees crossed it should have been put in place to prevent this worker’s injury.

“Sadly, incidents like this are still all too common in the manufacturing industry. Employers have a legal duty to make sure machinery is properly guarded to protect their workers.”

More information on improving safety in the manufacturing industry is available at www.hse.gov.uk/manufacturing.

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Devil’s Dust: in search of asbestos worker Jeremy Tear – The Drum – ABC News

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Devil’s Dust: in search of asbestos worker Jeremy Tear – The Drum – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Matt Peacock, whose book Killer Company inspired the new ABC mini-series Devil’s Dust, searches for a man he interviewed 34 years ago about his time working at James Hardie’s asbestos insulation factory.All radio reporters have interviews they save up – ones that are so good you figure you’ll keep them until you can really do them justice. Usually you put them in a drawer somewhere safe until broadcast.

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56 per cent disasters in industries due to electrical faults – India

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The Hindu : Cities / Hyderabad : 56 per cent disasters in industries due to electrical faults: ‘Electricity is not just a lifeline, it can also take away life when handled improperly’

Electrical faults seem to be the major reason for industrial disasters in the country as 56 per cent of incidents are reportedly caused by them.

Overheating, ageing of the material and use of sub-standard quality of electrical gadgets have been the main factors contributing to the increasing fire accidents in industries in the past four years, said V. Srinivas, member of the Fire and Security Association of India (FSAI) National Executive Board.

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Major electrical accident may disable Washington ferry for years – Washington – Oregon – Idaho

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NWCN.com Washington – Oregon – Idaho: A massive charge of electricity accidentally entered a motor under maintenance on board the M/ V Walla Walla on Sunday while the vessel was docked at the Washington State Ferries (WSF) maintenance facility on Bainbridge Island, known as Eagle Harbor.
No one was injured in the accident, yet a source with detailed knowledge of the event told the KING 5 Investigators that people could have easily died.

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Hedge fund founders lose their cool in lunchtime lift ordeal – Telegraph #justice

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City Diary: Hedge fund founders lose their cool in lunchtime lift ordeal – Telegraph: NewSmith founders Michael Marks and Stephen Zimmerman had put in a full
morning’s work hedging funds in their Berkeley Square base.

But disaster struck on the way out to a well-earned Mayfair lunch when the
pair got trapped in the office lift for more than an hour.

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Fag Break – Romanian Times

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Fag Break – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A drunk who astonished medics by surviving a 200ft fall from a 20th floor apartment may have been saved by the enormous amount of vodka he’d consumed, say police in Vladivostok, Russia.

Drinker Dennis Nekrasov who slipped while smoking on the balcony – bounced off the roof of an SUV car parked below the apartment block after consuming nearly a litre of booze.

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Jolly Fisherman, skipper fined £7,500

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On 24th March 2012 the Jolly Fisherman was monitored by Dover Coastguard traveling in a North Easterly direction in the South West lane of the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS), contrary to Rule 10(b)(1) of the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972. During the vessels passage it forced several merchant vessels to alter course to avoid a collision.

Dover Coastguard made several attempts to contact the Jolly Fisherman with no response.

At a hearing yesterday at Southampton Magistrates Court, Paul Alexander, skipper and owner of a Dover based charter angling boat Jolly Fisherman, was fined £7,500 and costs of £2,254 for traveling seventeen miles in the wrong direction in the Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme.

In passing sentence, the Chairman of the Magistrates, said:

It was a serious offence exacerbated by having paying members of the public aboard, seventeen nautical miles is an excessive distance to travel the wrong way.

Mr Kaimes Beasley , CNIS Manager at Dover Coastguard, stated

The Dover Strait Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) is one of the busiest in the world. At the time of the offence the visibility was very poor and Mr. Alexander put his customers and other vessels at significant risk by not obeying the rules.

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Takeaway boss food trade ban – Crime – Blackpool Gazette

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Takeaway boss food trade ban – Crime – Blackpool Gazette: A TAKEAWAY owner has been banned from running restaurants, admitting seven food hygiene offences.

Preston Crown Court heard how Muhaimnul and Rushna Choudhury ran the Bengal Spice takeaway – now Dial-a-Curry – on Central Drive, where Blackpool Council’s food hygiene officers found what Judge Tony Cross QC described as an “appalling history of conforming to the regulations”.When officers raided the premises they found dirty tea towels and spice containers, as well as greasy boxes used to store poppadoms.

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Inspectors discovered dead mouse in ‘filthy’ kebab stall in Oldham’s Tommyfield Market | Manchester Evening News – menmedia.co.uk

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Inspectors discovered dead mouse in ‘filthy’ kebab stall in Oldham’s Tommyfield Market | Manchester Evening News – menmedia.co.uk: Health inspectors found a dead mouse underneath a takeaway counter.
As well as the rodent under the hot plate, at the Kebab Hut in Oldham’s Tommyfield Market, they also discovered mouse droppings on top and under worktops and on shelves as well as bait trays.
The town’s magistrates heard they saw accumulated food debris under the stall. Wash basins could not be used as they were full of cleaning chemicals and a paper towel roll was empty.

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