Fagged Out – – Romanian Times

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Fagged Out – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: Smoker Liu Wende was blown 20 feet out a window when he lit up in bed and ignited leaking gas which had filled his whole apartment in southern China.

Liu, 32, from Chengdu, Sichuan province, explained to rescuers: “I lit a match and heard a tremendous rushing sound. The next thing I knew I was waking up in the garden. My clothes were on fire and there was burning bed linen lying all around me.”

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Family May Nail Landfill Operators on Pollution

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Courthouse News Service: (CN) – New Jersey landfill operators must face public nuisance claims for allegedly contaminating air and groundwater with volatile chemicals, a federal judge ruled.
Anthony and Marianne Corradetti own and operate a commercial property in Burlington County, N.J., near the Cinnaminson Groundwater Contamination Superfund Site, where Sanitary Landfill Inc., SC Holdings Inc. and others dump hazardous and other types of waste.
The Corradettis say that groundwater contaminated with arsenic and manganese, or volatile organic compounds such as chloroform and benzene, have migrated from the landfill into their property’s soil and indoor air.

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Brick falls onto worker’s toe at Florida Hospital Celebration

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CELEBRATION —

The Osceola Fire Department initially responded to Florida Hospital Celebration Monday for a reported scaffolding collapse.

However, a fire department spokesman told News 13 around 2 p.m. that the scaffolding did not collapse.

A brick did fall onto a construction worker’s toe.

 Brick falls onto worker’s toe at Florida Hospital Celebration 

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Two Injured In Industrial Accident On U Of U Campus | KUTV.com

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 KUTV) Two people were injured following a construction accident Monday morning at the University of Utah.

Officials say that two men in their 20s working for Okland Construction were lifting a beam while working on a construction project at the University of Utah’s new School of Art and Dance when one of the men lost handle of the heavy material and the beam fell on them. Co-workers in the area quickly jumped to the aid of the men, removing the beam from the two men. They were both rushed to the hospital with hip and leg injuries and are said to be in serious condition.

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Sunnyvale: Construction worker from Campbell dies after falling at work site – Marin Independent Journal

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SUNNYVALE — A 47-year-old Campbell man working at a construction site died after falling from a second-story roof near Duane Avenue on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

The accident was reported at 4:26 p.m., and the worker was pronounced dead at a hospital at 6:49 p.m., according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Coroner’s officials said that the man apparently struck his head when he fell, and that Cal/OSHA and the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety are both investigating the accident.

 Sunnyvale: Construction worker from Campbell dies after falling at work site – Marin Independent Journal 

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Sheffield NHS staff subjected to more than 300 attacks – The Star

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HUNDREDS of cases of verbal and physical abuse by patients and visitors have been recorded at Sheffield hospitals this year.

Figures obtained under The Star’s Your Right to Know campaign reveal that between the start of January and the beginning of November, 166 incidents of verbal abuse were recorded at Northern General and Royal Hallamshire hospitals, while there were 171 cases of violence.

While the majority of physical assaults recorded relate to medical conditions or involve confused elderly patients, more than a third of verbal abuse recorded took place in the accident and emergency department – sparking fears the problem could get worse during the Christmas and New Year period.

Managers at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has warned it operates a zero tolerance approach to abuse.

Cases at Northern General this year include four young boys wearing ski masks abusing a staff member outside trust property, abusive phone calls and a female patient who became rude and aggressive when scan equipment broke down and delayed her.

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OSHA cites US Postal Service for worker’s heat-related death in Independence, Mo.

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the U.S. Postal Service Truman Station in Independence, Mo., with a willful violation for failing to protect employees working in excessive heat. OSHA initiated an inspection in July after a mail carrier developed heat-related illness symptoms, collapsed while working his route and was taken to the hospital where he died as a result of his exposure to excessive heat.

“This tragedy underscores the need for employers to take proactive steps to keep workers safe in extreme heat,” said Charles Adkins, OSHA’s regional administrator in Kansas City. “If this employer had trained workers in recognizing the symptoms of heat stroke, and taken precautions to ensure workers had access to water, rest and shade, this unfortunate incident may have been avoided.”

The willful violation addresses the hazard of multiple employees who were required to work during periods when excessive heat advisories and warnings were issued by the National Weather Service. The employer did not have procedures in place to address worker concerns during times of excessive heat. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

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Evans Brothers Builders Ltd in court over life-threatening injuries

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A building firm has appeared in court after a plumber suffered life-threatening injuries in a fall at an outdoor activities centre near Gwynfe in Carmarthenshire. The 64-year-old man from Llandovery, who has asked not to be named, was working on the refurbishment of an accommodation block at the site when he fell three metres on 15 March this year. He lost consciousness and suffered a bleed to his brain, a fracture to his cheek bone, bruised ribs and further damage to his existing back condition. He now requires morphine for his back pain and has been unable to return to work. The principal contractor overseeing the project, Evans Brothers Builders Ltd, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into the incident. Carmarthen Magistrates’ Court was told today (17 December) that the company had arranged for the scaffolding to be removed from the site before the injured worker had finished fitting new waste pipes to the outside of the building. He was given a scaffolding tower to use as an alternative way of completing the job, which was found to have been in a dangerous condition. It did not have all of the protective guardrails around the platform to prevent workers falling off the edge and he had to use an unsecured ladder leaning up against the tower to climb on and off it as there was no internal ladder access. Evans Brothers Builders Ltd pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 by failing to ensure the work was properly planned, appropriately supervised and carried out safely. The company, of Meadows Bridge in Parc Menter, Cross Hands, was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,685 in prosecution costs. Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Anne Marie Orrells said: “The worker sustained life-threatening injuries in the fall and could easily have been killed. His injuries will affect him for the rest of his life. “If Evans Brothers Builders had planned the project properly then it would have known it needed to keep the scaffolding for a few more days, or provide alternative equipment so that the waste pipes could be fitted safely. “The scaffolding tower and unsecured ladder it provided was clearly not fit for use and the moment the worker attempted to climb it, his life was put in danger. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-w-evansbrothers.htm

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Need a Skip Ltd fined a small amount following death of worker

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A skip company has been fined for safety breaches at its West Bromwich site where an employee had been killed when he was run over by a 13-tonne shovel loader. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (17 December) prosecuted Need a Skip Ltd at Wolverhampton Crown Court for failing to ensure that workers and vehicles were safely segregated on the site. A 24-year-old worker died of his injuries at the firm’s premises when the loader struck him as he was crouching over a manhole cleaning out a drain pump in the yard on 11 September 2006. HSE’s investigation found that Need a Skip Ltd did not have a transport plan in place to segregate people from vehicles and the company’s on-site health and safety training plan had not been adhered to. The court was told the company had previously been informed of the risks associated with workplace transport by HSE during a routine inspection. Need a Skip Limited, of Brandon Way, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay costs of £125,000 After the hearing HSE inspector Karl Raw said: “Transport is one of the biggest causes of death and injury within the workplace, especially where the machinery in use is large. For this reason it is imperative that where people and machinery need to work in close proximity the employer ensures, wherever possible, that measures are implemented to segregate them or put in place suitable and effective measures to ensure safety of their employees. “The ad hoc approach by Need a Skip to its on-site activities, combined with heavy machinery moving around, meant there was a high potential for an incident to occur.” http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-wm-19812.htm

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Construction worker on danger list after falling down a shaft – The Malta Independent

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Construction worker on danger list after falling down a shaft – The Malta Independent: A construction worker suffered grievous injuries and is in danger of losing his life after falling down a shaft in Attard.

The police said that at around 1pm they were informed that a 58-year-old man from Attard had fallen from a height of four storeys in building undergoing renovation, in Mdina Road.

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