Fire Services may seek ban on rocket fireworks – The Hindu

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The Hindu : Cities / Coimbatore : Fire Services may seek ban on rocket fireworks: The Fire and Rescue Services Department is planning to write to the Government to bring in a ban on manufacture and sale of rocket fireworks as they were found to be main reason for fire accidents during Deepavali season.

Divisional Fire and Rescue Services Officer N. Subramanian on Wednesday told The Hindu that compared to the previous years, the number of fire accident calls received on Deepavali day was far lower.

Despite being a dry spell with no showers in the last few days, there were only 19 – that too very minor fire calls – wherein the damages were less than Rs. 2,000.

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Sellafield in the dock over radioactive waste disposal

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Sellafield in the dock over radioactive waste disposal: Sellafield nuclear power station is to be prosecuted over allegations it
dumped four bags of low-level radioactive waste at a landfill site in
Cumbria, it was confirmed today.

The company faces nine charges, eight brought by the Environment Agency and one by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, following an investigation into hazardous waste concerns raised in 2010.�

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Pub hygiene horrors found by inspector during visit to Travellers Rest, Roundham | This is Somerset

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Pub hygiene horrors found by inspector during visit to Travellers Rest, Roundham | This is Somerset: A Roundham couple are facing the possible loss of their livelihood after environmental health officers found the pub they run in the village in an appalling state.
A shocked inspector who made a surprise visit to the Travellers Rest pub found the kitchen and bar areas in a filthy condition, encrusted with dirt and covered in dog hairs.
Meat lay unwrapped on a counter and a container of dog food dripping with a blood-like substance was found in the same fridge as food the couple served to their customers.
Leaking pipes had dripped into buckets placed beneath them which had overflowed and covered the kitchen floor. A dirty mop bucket and a box containing tools, oils and other lubricants were lying around.

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Rubbish Express Limited slow action on training costs £8,500 in fines and costs

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A Mitcham rubbish clearance and skip company has been fined for ignoring safety warnings, leaving staff working on a site in Croydon at risk.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an inspection at Rubbish Express on Beddington Lane, Croydon, in August 2011 and found that a JCB lift truck had not been thoroughly examined and was operated by staff who had not received adequate training.

The HSE served two Improvement Notices, giving the company until October to provide training and to arrange for a competent engineer to thoroughly examine the telehandler lift truck.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard today (14 Nov) that Rubbish Express did not take any action until February 2012.

Rubbish Express Ltd of Graham Road, Mitcham, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to comply with two Improvement Notices. It was fined £5,000 for each charge and ordered to pay £3,500 in costs.

via RNN media information for journalists and the press – Press Releases – MITCHAM FIRM FINED FOR RUBBISH SAFETY – RNN media information for journalists and the press.

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Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd prosecuted for unsafe scaffolding

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The lives of several construction workers were put at risk as they worked on unsafe scaffolding at a farm in the Ribble Valley, a court has heard.

The men were spotted working on a barn conversion in Mellor Brow in Mellor on 13 March 2012 during a series of on-the-spot inspections carried out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) targeting refurbishment and roof work.

The inspector immediately served a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the scaffolding and their employer, Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd, was prosecuted for failing to take sufficient measures to prevent workers being injured in a fall.

Accington Magistrates’ Court was told the company had been served with a Prohibition Notice in 2009 for previous unsafe work at height at a construction site in Preston.

During the site visit to the farm in Mellor, workers were seen on scaffolding platforms more than five metres above the ground, but there were numerous missing guard rails, deck boards and toe boards to prevent them falling. The scaffolding was also potentially unstable and there were unsafe ladders leaning against it.

Bailey Developments (NW) Ltd, of Deanfield Drive, Clitheroe, was fined £5,000 on 14 November 2012 after admitting breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was also ordered to pay £2,000 in prosecution costs.

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Tardis Environmental UK Ltd in the shit after worker falls into sewage well

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A West Midlands company has been fined after a worker fell and slid seven metres into sewage well in Halesowen.

The 34-year-old from Walsall, who has asked not to be named, was clearing a blockage for Tardis Environmental UK Ltd at a partially completed housing development when the incident occurred on 26 August last year.

A pump at the bottom of the sewage well had stopped working because it had become blocked with “rag”, bulky waste material like nappies.

To remove the waste the employee used a road tanker with pump and hose attachments. He opened a grid at the top of the well and stood over it to support and manipulate the hose.

As he did the hose kicked back and hit him, causing him to lose balance and fall into the chamber.

He managed to grab the hose as he fell and slid down it into the waste at the bottom where he stood disorientated for around twenty minutes before he realised he had his mobile phone with him and was able to call for help.

He ingested raw sewage, sustained friction burns to his arms, and bruised his elbows, knees and head in the fall. He was off work for a number of days.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the Tardis employee had been trained in the use of the pumping equipment but had not received any instruction or training in how to empty deep, below-ground sewage wells with specific regard to the risks involved with working at height.

Tardis Environmental UK Ltd, of Fryers Road, Leamore, Bloxwich, today (14 November) pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 at Dudley Magistrates’ Court. The company was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs.

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Essex County Council has been fined for safety failings after a child almost drowned in his school’s swimming pool.

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Essex County Council has been fined for safety failings after a child with severe learning and physical disabilities almost drowned in his school’s swimming pool.

The 9-year-old boy, from Harlow, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was pulled from the water blue in colour and needed resuscitation after the incident during a school swimming session at Harlow Fields School and College on 23 March last year.

The council was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found that it had failed to provide schools, including Harlow Fields, with adequate information and guidance on how to safely manage and run their swimming pools.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court head today (14 November) that the boy and the rest of his class had been in the pool with inadequate supervision.

After coming round at the pool side, he was taken by to the Princess Alexander hospital where he had to stay for 26 hours. His mother, speaking in a statement taken as part of the HSE investigation, said that her son was now frightened of water and was generally not as happy as before.

Magistrates heard that the council, as the employer, should have provided the school with sufficient information to prepare operating and emergency plans for the swimming pool, and should have taken steps to ensure the guidance had been followed.

Essex County Council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £10,110.

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OSHA cites Grede Wisconsin with 9 safety violations during follow-up inspection at Berlin, Wis., iron foundry

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BERLIN, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Grede Wisconsin Subsidiaries LLC for nine – including two repeat – safety violations at the company’s Berlin iron foundry.

These carry $56,320 in proposed penalties.”Grede Wisconsin Subsidiaries is compromising the safety of its workers by allowing previously cited deficiencies to continue without correction,” said Frank Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Appleton. “Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to workers’ well-being.

OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job.”OSHA conducted an inspection in May as a follow-up to an August 2010 inspection.The repeat violations are operating a grinder with a missing guard and failing to have a cover on an electrical junction box.

A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited based on the 2010 inspection.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23250

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OSHA cites Lapmaster Precision Finishing Servicesin Dayton, Ohio, with 13 violations following inspection prompted by complaint

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DAYTON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services LLC in Dayton with 13 safety and health violations. Proposed fines total $65,500 following a September inspection that OSHA initiated upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.”Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services is compromising its workers by failing to evaluate their exposure to and correct hazardous conditions,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “Training workers is vital to their long-term safety and health. OSHA is committed to protecting workers.”

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23253

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OSHA recovers back wages for student workers, fines companies for labor violations at warehouse in Palmyra, Pa.

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PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $213,000 in back wages for 1,028 foreign students employed in summer jobs in Palmyra where they repackaged candies for promotional displays.

The settlement with The SHS Group, LP, the Council for Educational Travel-USA, and Exel Inc. resolves federal minimum wage and overtime violations, and also resolves $143,000 in fines for safety and health violations found at an Exel-operated facility in Palmyra. The settlement also includes commitments by Exel to implement pro-active procedures to help ensure future FLSA and OSHA compliance at each of their over 300 facilities across the country.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23256

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