OSHA cites ProMaxima Manufacturing in Houston for exposing workers to amputations, other hazards

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HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited ProMaxima Manufacturing Ltd. in Houston with nine serious safety violations for inadequately guarded machinery among other hazards. Proposed penalties total $47,700.

OSHA’s Houston South Area Office opened an inspection in response to a referral from the Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs about workers seen using inadequately guarded saws and grinders. ProMaxima manufactures fitness equipment for various federal agencies.

The violations include failing to properly guard machinery such as saws and grinders, provide lockout/tagout procedures for machines’ energy sources, properly store gas cylinders, keep electrical equipment free and clear of obstacles, and train and certify forklift operators. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23295

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US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Harrison Hoist following tower crane collapse at UT Dallas that killed 2 workers

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DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Harrison Hoist Inc. of Grand Prairie with six serious safety violations following a tower crane collapse at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Richardson campus that killed two workers. The workers were trying to remove the top portion of the crane’s mast when it collapsed; causing them to fall more than 150 feet. The violations include the company’s failure to address the hazards associated with the effects of wind speed and weather on the equipment, ensure that procedures for disassembling the tower crane prevented the collapse of any part of the equipment, adequately support and stabilize all parts of the equipment, ensure that disassembly procedures positioned workers to minimize their exposure to unintended movement or collapse, ensure that disassembly procedures were developed by a qualified person, and train each competent person and each qualified person regarding the requirements of 29 Code of Federal Regulations 1926 Subpart CC “Cranes and Derricks in Construction” that are applicable to their respective roles. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23289

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Four face court over Dubai building deaths – The National

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DUBAI // Four men have been charged in court over the deaths of three building workers in a scaffold collapse.

The workers FA, MSH and MJ, died on January 21 after the scaffolding around a nine-storey residential tower in Dubailand collapsed in heavy wind and rain.

Four face court over Dubai building deaths – The National

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Four face court over Dubai building deaths – The National

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DUBAI // Four men have been charged in court over the deaths of three building workers in a scaffold collapse.

The workers FA, MSH and MJ, died on January 21 after the scaffolding around a nine-storey residential tower in Dubailand collapsed in heavy wind and rain.

Four face court over Dubai building deaths – The National

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State records rise in number of workplace accidents – BorneoPost

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KUCHING: The state recorded 367 accidents at workplaces from January to September this year from 340 accidents last year.

Out of this figure, 27 cases resulted in deaths while 311 caused temporary disabilities and 29 resulted in permanent disabilities, revealed State Occupational Safety and Health Department director Mohd Hatta Zakaria yesterday.

Speaking at the launching of ‘Occupational Safety and Health Workshop’ for the Small Medium Enterprise (SME) sector held at Penview Inn here, he said the state contributed about 20 per cent of the 2,214 cases of workplace accidents recorded nationwide.

State records rise in number of workplace accidents – BorneoPost Online | Borneo , Malaysia, Sarawak Daily News | Largest English Daily In Borneo

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Two children awarded €7500 each after being trapped in Lidl lift for 30 minutes – Irish Independent

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TWO young children who were trapped in a Lidl lift for half an hour have been awarded €7,500 each in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister David Richardson told the court that six-year-old Dawson Wilson was with his mother Gwendolyn and his cousin Luke Wilson (12) in the lift on June 25, 2011 when it stuck.

He said the incident happened in Lidl’s Cork Street, Dublin, store and both children suffered psychological injuries and retained a fear of lifts because of their experience.

Two children awarded €7500 each after being trapped in Lidl lift for 30 minutes – Irish Independent

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Construction site worker killed in landslip – Times of India

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MANGALORE: One construction site worker died on the spot and six others were injured when a hillock caved in on them at Derebail village here on Tuesday. The incident took place at the site on the Kuntikana-Kavoor Road. While locals pulled out two of them almost immediately after the hillock collapsed, personnel from fire and emergency services the rest in a quick fire rescue operation that lasted around 30 minutes, preventing more fatalities.

Construction site worker killed in landslip – Times of India

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Rat-infested restaurants in Tottenham and Wood Green could face prosecution — Tottenham Journal

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Officers of Haringey Council food safety environmental health discovered filthy, rodent-infested conditions at the BBQ Xpress on Station Road in Wood Green and the Adaugo Express Ltd on High Road in South Tottenham last month.

The BBQ Xpress was infested with rats and mice, with food at risk of contamination. The Adaugo Express Ltd was also found heavily infested by mice. Droppings were found throughout the premises, food items had been gnawed and food packaging was contaminated with mouse urine and droppings.

Rat-infested restaurants in Tottenham and Wood Green could face prosecution – News – Tottenham Journal

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Fall from a wooden crate fixed to a fork lift truck – Multi Industrial Doors Ltd fined

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A Leicester door-fitting firm has been fined after an employee was injured when he fell from a wooden crate fixed to a fork lift truck. The 39 year-old man from Enderby, Leicester, fractured his wrist, heel, ankle and elbow when he fell nearly five metres while fitting a roller shutter door at a farm in West Firsby, Lincoln. He needed an operation on his heel and was unable to work for about three months after the incident on 2 September 2011. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and prosecuted his employer, Multi Industrial Doors Ltd (MIDL), of Burbage, for failing to properly plan work at height. Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard today (20 November) that on arrival at the farm, the employee and his colleague tied a wooden potato crate to a forklift truck using a strap from their vehicle. The employee was then lifted five meters to install a motor on the potato store wall. As he turned to pick up tools, the crate tipped, he fell to the ground below and the crate fell on top of him. Multi Industrial Doors Ltd, of Sapcote Road, Burbage, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 8(b) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The firm was fined at total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,870 costs. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-em-173.htm?eban=rss-

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Severn Trent Water fined over pollution of the River Leadon

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On 15 November 2012, Severn Trent Water Ltd pleaded guilty at Hereford Magistrates’ Court to polluting the River Leadon, a high quality salmon and trout watercourse, by discharging untreated sewage from their Ledbury sewage treatment works.

The company was fined £18,000 (£6,000 per offence) and ordered to pay £5,017 in costs, along with £15 victim surcharge.  The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Regulation 38(1)(a) and Regulation 12(1)(b) of the Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010.

Yesterday’s prosecution relates to three incidents in August 2011, which resulted in untreated sewage entering the River Leadon, causing the death of fish.

Over the weekend of 6/7 August 2011, the Environment Agency responded to calls from the public reporting a number of dead fish on the River Leadon.  On inspection of the area, a Fisheries Officer assessed the pollution as a category one (major) incident, due to the number of dead fish observed over an 8km stretch below the Severn Trent Ledbury outfall.

The Environment Agency took water samples which detected low oxygen levels.   Severn Trent were contacted, but they were not aware of a problem at their sewage works.

After checking their records, Severn Trent confirmed that on 4 August 2011, the inlet penstock that controls the flow of sewage through the works for treatment, automatically closed, diverting all incoming sewage to the River Leadon.

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/144259.aspx

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