Amey L G Ltd v The Scottish Ministers – Tender to low

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The central issues were i) the meaning and purpose of reg. 30(6), Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 that allows a contracting authority to reject a tender on the ground that it is abnormally low, and; ii) an application made by the Scottish Ministers under reg. 47(10) for an interim order to end the prohibition against their entering into contracts for the provision of services in relation to trunk roads in Scotland. Amey, the pursuer, was unsuccessful in a bid for contracts providing for management, maintenance and improvement works in trunk roads within the south west and north west of Scotland respectively. 

http://www.casecheck.co.uk/CaseLaw.aspx?EntryID=19022&CaseType=Public+Law&CaseTitle=Amey+L+G+Ltd+v

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OSHA cites Pandrol USA in Bridgeport, NJ, for willful and serious violations, proposes $283,500 in penalties

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BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pandrol USA LP, a rail fastening system manufacturer, with 25 safety and health violations – including three willful – at the company’s Bridgeport facility. A complaint alleging hazards prompted OSHA’s inspection. Proposed penalties total $283,500.

The willful violations involve the employer’s failure to use energy control, or “lockout/tagout” procedures, for mechanical and hydraulic presses; provide machine guarding; and ensure that employees performing maintenance and repairs on machinery are properly trained on energy control procedures. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowledge or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Due to the willful violations, Pandrol has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. For more information on the program, visit http://s.dol.gov/J3.

via 2012 – 12/03/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Pandrol USA in Bridgeport, NJ, for willful and serious violations, proposes $283,500 in penalties.

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OSHA establishes alliance with Wisconsin Agri-Business Association to address grain industry hazards

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MADISON, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established an alliance with the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association that will focus on addressing the grain and feed industry’s six major danger areas, which are outlined in OSHA’s Local Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities. These include engulfment, falls, auger entanglement, “struck-by,” combustible dust and electrocution hazards.

“This alliance is an opportunity for OSHA and the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association to work together to train employers and workers about the unique hazards of the grain and feed industry,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s area director in Madison. “We will continue to improve the safety and health of workers on Wisconsin farms.”

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23340

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Fatal accident onboard ship during trip to Windsor – Windsor – CBC News

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Fatal accident onboard ship during trip to Windsor – Windsor – CBC News: A fatal ship accident occured Saturday during a trip to Windsor from Thunder Bay, Ont., according to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

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Elf and safety concerns over Christmas tree (From The Northern Echo)

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Elf and safety concerns over Christmas tree (From The Northern Echo): A WINTER frost effect Christmas tree which cost a council £10,000 was dismantled immediately after the big switch on over fears someone could be electrocuted.

The impressive electric blue light tree was to be the centre of the yuletide celebrations on Front Street in Stanley, County Durham, but had to be taken down straight after the launch event on Saturday evening.

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Sewage worker killed while replacing water pipe in Peel | Granada – ITV News

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Sewage worker killed while replacing water pipe in Peel | Granada – ITV News: A Water and Sewerage Authority worker has died after an accident in Peel this morning.

The worker, who has not been named, was killed whilst excavating to replace a water supply pipe.
The Chairman of the Authority, Mr Houghton MHK, the Vice Chairman, Bill Henderson MHK and the Chief Executive, Peter Winstanley visited the scene of the accident today.

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Jurong shipyard accident highlights need to "do better" for workplace safety: PM

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Jurong shipyard accident highlights need to “do better” for workplace safety: PM: The Jurong shipyard accident showed that Singapore must remain vigilant and continue to do better when it comes to workplace safety, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post on Monday night.

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Factory worker died after her head was caught in machine | News & Crier Latest News in St Neots

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Factory worker died after her head was caught in machine | News & Crier Latest News in St Neots, Huntingdon & St Ives | Events & Sports In Huntingdon: A�factory worker died from a severe head injury when a printing machine started while she was inside, an inquest has heard.
The machine had been left on when Zydre Groblyte, 23, went inside to refill the inking system.
Miss Groblyte, an agency worker from Lithuania, had been instructing a colleague on how to use the machine at RGE Engineering in Godmanchester when the accident happened on April 27 this year.

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“It had become common practice within the company for the power hammer to be used in this way”

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A multinational precious metals and chemical company has appeared in court after an employee sustained a serious hand injury at a plant in Royston, Hertfordshire.

The worker, who does not want to be named, severed two fingers whilst operating a 10-tonne power hammer at a site operated by Johnson Matthey Plc, on Orchard Road, on 30 March 2011.

Hertford Magistrates’ Court heard 30 November that he was using the machine to crush waste pieces of metal when he inadvertently caught his left hand under the automatic hammer. Such was the force of the machine it crushed and effectively severed his index and middle fingers below the second knuckle.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found the hammer was unguarded and wasn’t being used in the correct manner.

HSE also established that the machine was regularly used in this way – a dangerous practice that should have been stopped.

Johnson Matthey Plc, whose UK head office is based at Farringdon Street, London, was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay £2,194 in costs after pleading guilty to two charges under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The company operates in more than 30 countries worldwide and employs almost 10,000 people at sites in North and South America, Asia, Africa, Australia and across Europe.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Stephen Farthing said:

“The injured employee was using this powerful machine inappropriately. It wasn’t guarded and was unsuitable for the work he was doing.

“It had become common practice within the company for the power hammer to be used in this way. Had better precautions been taken to make the machine safe and properly supervise activity, then the incident could have been prevented.”

via RNN media information for journalists and the press – Press Releases – ROYSTON WORKER LOSES FINGERS ON UNGUARDED POWER HAMMER – RNN media information for journalists and the press.

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Victims of Bangladesh fire that killed 112 want their old jobs back – #desperate

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Victims of Bangladesh fire that killed 112 want their old jobs back: DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – As 112 of her co-workers died in a garment-factory fire, Dipa Akter got out by jumping from the third floor through a hole made by breaking apart an exhaust fan. Her left leg is wrapped in bandages and she has trouble walking. Now she wants back in. “If the factory owner reopens the factory sometime soon, we will work again here,” the 19-year-old said. “If it’s closed for long, we have to think of alternatives.”

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