Worker suffers life changing condition after company ignores ozone danger

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A Kegworth soft drinks manufacturer has been fined after a contractor was exposed to ozone gas while servicing a UV light system in a plant room.Richard Sharp, 49, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, wasn’t told that ozone was present in the room after being given a permit to work at Cott Beverages, on Sideley Road, and was overcome by the fumes. His exposure on 26 July 2010 resulted in acute irritant asthma. Mr Sharp has been unable to return to work and struggles with day-to-day activities due to his high sensitivity to different chemicals and smells. Anything from perfume to exhaust fumes can trigger an asthma attack. Loughborough Magistrates’ Court heard today (12 November) that Cott Beverages Ltd was aware of the hazards of ozone since first installing generating equipment in 2001 to disinfect the liquid used in drinks. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the company failed to carry out a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks arising from the ozone generating equipment, and failed to implement a safe system of work for servicing the equipment and associated alarms. In addition, people on site were not adequately trained or supervised to safely issue work permits to the ozone room, and the company failed to implement a system to monitor and review the effectiveness of the permit to work system. Cott Beverages Ltd, of Citrus Grove, Sideley, Kegworth, Derby, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £20,000 and ordered it to pay costs of £11,565. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-em-169.htm?eban=rss-

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Smith v Strang Ltd [2012] (damages PUWER injury)

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An action for damages for personal injury sustained by Smith when subcontracted by Strang Ltd to carry out fencing works. Although primary liability was admitted by Strang Ltd, the parties disputed that circumstances in which the accident occurred, including the issue of contributory negligence and quantification of loss. Smith suffered serious injury to his right hand when he was manually attempting to realign a fence post, caused by the hammer weight of a post driver machine. Smith alleged he would not have put his hand on the post, leading to the injury, if a post cap, used to realign the post, was attached to the post driver machine. Strang Ltd denied that a post cap was not attached when the machine was delivered to Smith and challenged his credibility. http://www.casecheck.co.uk/CaseLaw.aspx?EntryID=18971&CaseType=Personal+Injury&CaseTitle=Smith+v+Strang+Ltd+[2012]

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Court awards partial damages to worker, over his responsibility to work accident – maltatoday.com.mt

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Court awards partial damages to worker, over his responsibility to work accident – maltatoday.com.mt: The First Hall of the Civil Courts awarded a worker three quarters of a lump sum in damages and medical expenses �he incurred after a work-related accident in 2006.
Judge Lino Farrugia Sacco ruled that Laurence Saliba should shoulder partial responsibility for the accident in which he fell off a scaffolding while working on a yacht in Dock 2 at Bezzina Ship Repair Yard.
Saliba had suffered a five per cent permanent disability in his knee after the fall.

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Private sector NHS partner’s operational deficit £2.2m higher than planned, says NAO

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Healthcare: NAO report into Circle’s Hinchingbrooke NHS franchising deal: The private company which was the first to be awarded a franchise to run a whole NHS hospital six months ago is in �2.2 million more debt than it intended to be at this point, according to an official report.12 Nov 2012

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Changing Rooms presenter Anna Ryder Richardson faces wildlife park safety trial – Crime – London Evening Standard

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Changing Rooms presenter Anna Ryder Richardson faces wildlife park safety trial – Crime – News – London Evening Standard: A TV presenter-turned wildlife park owner stands trial today accused of health and safety breaches which put a mother and her young child in hospital.

Celebrity interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson, 48, and husband, Colin MacDougall, 46, each deny two separate breaches.

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Saga Cruises Ordered to Improve Safety – Saga Holidays

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Saga Cruises Ordered to Improve Safety – Saga Holidays: Saga Cruises has been instructed to improve its safety training procedures, following an investigation into an incident which led to two crewmen falling overboard during a lifeboat drill.

The men plunged 22 metres (72 feet) into the water from Saga Sapphire, when it was berthed at Southampton in March. The ship had just arrived in the U.K. after a lengthy refit, and was about to set off on a delayed maiden voyage.

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Rail sleeper thefts stoke asbestos fears | Monash Weekly

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Rail sleeper thefts stoke asbestos fears | Monash Weekly: FEARS that wooden sleepers contaminated with asbestos are being stolen and used as firewood have emerged following their removal from train tracks during the upgrade of the Glen Waverley railway line.Metro Trains has confirmed the theft of an unknown number of sleepers, and the Firewood Association of Australia said the sleepers were being used in the place of safer and more expensive firewood.

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Kahi Puru can’t remember the pain of having six tonnes on top of him – Rebuilding After Hardship

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Rebuilding After Hardship| Kahi Puru, Adro Sarnelli, Mark Kenway: Kahi Puru can’t remember the pain of having six tonnes on top of him. With his body crushed in a forklift accident at BHP’s steelworks in Newcastle, the doctors believed he would not survive. It was only after they turned off his life-support machine that he woke up, to the joy of his wife and two children aged four and four months.

A week in intensive care and almost six months in a general ward plus years of rehabilitation followed as he learned to get on with his life without one leg.

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Workshop fire kills man – New Straits Times

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Workshop fire kills man – General – New Straits Times: KUALA LUMPUR: A MAN died in a fire at a two-storey motorcycle repair shop in Jalan Bangsar here early yesterday morning.

The victim, Mohd Nor Mohd Yakob, 31, believed to be a worker at the shop, was trapped in the building.

Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department director Khirudin Drahman said they received a distress call at 2.38am.

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Health and safety rules for holding public events | This is Gloucestershire

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Health and safety rules for holding public events | This is Gloucestershire: HOLDING a party to celebrate a momentous event is not as easy as it seems.
While most people would assume it simply takes pulling some tables out on to the street to mark a big event – from diamond jubilees to Olympic summers – there is much more involved.

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