King’s Lynn firm in court over death of worker – – Eastern Daily Press #manslaughter

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King’s Lynn firm in court over death of worker – News – Eastern Daily Press: Corporate manslaughter proceedings against a company whose worker died when a trailer he was towing touched an overhead cable will be heard at Norwich Crown Court.

Grzegorz Pieton, 26, died from an electric shock in July 2010. It happened while he was working for Belmont Nursery at Terrington St Clement, near King’s Lynn.

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Julia Gillard’s work safety plans hit hurdle

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Julia Gillard’s work safety plans hit hurdle | health and safety, safety news, workplace safety, safety products, materials handling: JULIA Gillard’s hopes for a quick implementation of uniform national workplace safety laws are in doubt as some of Australia’s biggest companies warn that the new regime could saddle them with extra costs and give excessive powers to workers.

While the Prime Minister has promised the laws would boost productivity and slash business costs, major companies including Rio Tinto, Woolworths and Xstrata Coal are demanding changes to the draft regulations that will underpin the new laws.

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Lisa Skinner said: “The equipment in use by BMM Weston at the time of Mr Beal’s incident was badly maintained and unsafe.

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A Kent engineering company has been fined after a factory worker suffered severe injuries to his fingers while operating an unguarded circular saw on a broken machine.

Graham Beal from Faversham, Kent, was using a metal-cutting circular saw to make trolley handles at the Brent Hill factory of BMM Weston Ltd on 28 October 2011.

The work involved cutting and shaping a solid steel bar that Mr Beal had to hold steady because the machine’s clamping mechanism was broken. As he attempted to do the job, his fingers came into contact with the unguarded blade, severing tendons in his hand and causing serious lacerations to his fingers.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (22 Nov) prosecuted BMM Weston Ltd for safety breaches after investigating the incident.

Maidstone Magistrates Court was told that HSE found several other saws at the factory that also had issues with inadequate guarding and maintenance.

BMM Weston Ltd of Weston Works, Faversham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulations 5 and 11 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £1200 for Regulation 5, £1200 for Regulation 11 and ordered to pay £1985 in costs.

via Faversham factory fined for safety failings.

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Anti Corrosives Ltd finally fined after three Prohibition Notices

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An employee at a Burnley plastics firm narrowly avoided severing his fingers when his hand came into contact with a rotating blade, a court has heard.

The 43-year-old from Bury, who has asked not to be named, suffered damage to the index finger on his right hand in the incident at Industrial Anti Corrosives Ltd in Dunnockshaw, which trades as IAC Plastics, on 2 April last year.

Reedley Magistrates’ Court in Burnley was told that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has investigated several similar incidents at other factories in the past where workers have lost fingers or suffered permanent damage to their hands.

The court heard the company had carried out a risk assessment in 2007 where it identified the need to fit guards on several machines, including the one used by the injured worker. However, it failed to act on this.

The machines were also left unguarded for two months after the incident, until HSE inspectors served the company with three Prohibition Notices requiring guards to be fitted.

Industrial Anti-Corrosives Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 by failing to prevent access to dangerous machine parts.

The company, of Manchester Road in Dunnockshaw, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,991 in prosecution costs on 22 November 2012.

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Chemical plant near Rotterdam partly closed on safety concerns

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DutchNews.nl – Chemical plant near Rotterdam partly closed on safety concerns: Government inspectors have closed down part of the Organik Kimya chemicals plant on the Botlek industrial park near Rotterdam because it cannot guarantee safety in its control room.

An unannounced night inspection on November 9 found shortcomings in safety standards and polluted water being discharged without proper supervision. The inspectors also found problems with labelling dangerous substances, Nos television said.

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Caerphilly food business prosecuted for poor hygiene | News | CaerphillyObserver.co.uk

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Caerphilly food business prosecuted for poor hygiene | News | CaerphillyObserver.co.uk: The owner of a Caerphilly-based food business has been ordered to pay �2,315 after admitting a string of food hygiene charges.
Rhiannon Cornwall, the operator of Incredible Edibles, previously of Station Terrace, The Bowls, Penyrheol, was prosecuted by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Environmental Health and Trading Standards teams.

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DIY Plane Builders Manslaughter Warning After Wings Fell Off – – Romanian Times

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DIY Plane Builders Manslaughter Warning After Wings Fell Off – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A group of students could face manslaughter charges after building a plane that crashed leaving two people dead when the wings fell off in western Sweden last week.

The Zenair CH 701 was built by high school students working on a vocational project but they never bothered to finish it – and it was sold to a flying club for 10,000 GBP

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Lancashire builder risked his own and others lives on scaffolding despite warning

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A Lancashire builder has appeared in court after he ignored a formal warning to stop working at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower.

Jack Sanderson and another builder were spotted carrying out work to the roof of a two-storey building on Burnley Road in Bacup by a passing inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 26 January last year.

The inspector could see there were no handrails or toe boards around the platform at the top of the tower to protect the workers from falling some seven metres to the ground. He immediately issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the unsafe scaffolding.

However, just three hours later, the inspector returned and found both men back at the top of the tower but still with no safety precautions in place.

Accrington Magistrates’ Court was told that Mr Sanderson had put his own life and the life of the worker he employed at risk by failing to put measures in place to prevent them falling.

An investigation by HSE found Mr Sanderson had been working on a renovation project on a terraced property, next to a row of shops and bus stop. This meant that passers-by were also put at risk of being struck by falling building materials.

Jack Sanderson, of Bear Street, Burnley, pleaded guilty to two breaches of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and one of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The charges related to failing to take suitable measures to prevent workers being injured in a fall, failing to prevent injuries being caused by falling building materials, and failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice.

Mr Sanderson, who is currently in prison for another unrelated offence, was fined £2,000 with no costs on 22 November 2012.

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Ministry Wants Answers From Lift Company – allAfrica.com: Namibia:

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allAfrica.com: Namibia: Ministry Wants Answers From Lift Company: THE Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched an investigation into the cause of a lift accident in the ministry’s building on Wednesday.
A lift installed by the Otis Elevator Company fell eight floors, seriously injuring Parliament restaurant worker Jessica Katusuva.
A paramedic at the accident scene said Katusuva injured her pelvis and thigh bones.

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Work stopped at Flintshire factory over explosives fears – North Wales News

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Work stopped at Flintshire factory over explosives fears – North Wales News – News – Daily Post North Wales: WORK has been stopped at a pharmaceuticals factory after potentially explosive chemicals were found on the site.
Security has been tightened at drug manufacturer Euticals Limited, Sandycroft in Flintshire, while tests are carried out.
Flintshire Council chief executive Colin Everett said a “substantial quantity of potentially explosive pharmaceutical material”, Isosorbide Dinitrate (ISDN Pure) – was identified on site.

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