EPA to Update Industrial Emission Standards

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Courthouse News Service: WASHINGTON (CN) – The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering emission standards for certain air pollutants produced by fossil fuel-fired plants.
The EPA has received a number of petitions and public comments on source standards it issued in February, and will reconsider certain aspects of each of two sets of standards, it announced last week.

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Forklift truck had not been serviced, son tells inquest | This is Somerset

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Forklift truck had not been serviced, son tells inquest | This is Somerset: A “prehistoric” forklift truck which toppled over crushing its driver had no effective brakes his son told an inquest.
Robert Dawe, of Martock, in Somerset, manager and co-director of Chard Truck Services, died in hospital on Christmas Day 2010, three months after sustaining serious injuries in the incident at his workplace.

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Cargo ship which claimed the lives of 6 crew suffered ‘severe structural failure’ | Wales – ITV News

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Cargo ship which claimed the lives of 6 crew suffered ‘severe structural failure’ | Wales – ITV News: An investigation has found that cargo ship Swanland suffered a “catastrophic structural failure” before sinking off the coast of North Wales.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch have release their interim report revealing the ship suffered the structural failure on 27th November 2012, claiming the lives of six of its eight Russian crew. The ship took approximately 16 minutes to sink.

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Valero worker dies after chemical exposure – San Antonio Express-News

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Valero worker dies after chemical exposure – San Antonio Express-News: A worker at Valero Energy Corp.’s Memphis refinery died Monday after being exposed to a mixture of propane and hydrofluoric acid.A contract worker and two firefighters also were hospitalized, in noncritical condition.

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Rail maintenance worker killed – The Star

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Rail maintenance worker killed – Local – The Star: A RAIL worker from South Yorkshire has been killed after being struck by a train.

The 26-year-old man, believed to be from Doncaster, was struck by a Northern Rail Scunthorpe to Lincoln service

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Atherstone fire: Warwickshire service ‘failed to protect staff’

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BBC News – Atherstone fire: Warwickshire service ‘failed to protect staff’: Warwickshire Fire and Rescue failed to protect staff in the “greatest loss” of UK firefighters in a single incident in the last 30 years, a court has heard.
Four firemen died as they tackled a blaze at a vegetable packing plant in Atherstone-on-Stour in November 2007.
Warwickshire County Council pleaded guilty to a health and safety charge in January 2012.
The authority is due to be sentenced at the end of a week-long hearing at Stafford Crown Court

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Paterson v Paterson & Tilly Confectionery Ltd – parties’ competing valuations of damages

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Pateson, the pursuer, sustained a severe injury to his right ankle when he fell from a ladder at work. At the time of injury and during the proceedings he was employed by Tilly Confectionery, a company founded by his parents. He claimed against the company and both his parents for negligence and breach of statutory duty. Liability was admitted and it was agreed that Paterson was 25 per cent to blame for the accident. The dispute centred on the parties’ competing valuations of damages.

via Paterson v Paterson & Ors [2012] CSOH 183 – 30th November 2012.

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Stock Photo Agency Can Go After McGraw-Hill

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(CN) – Grant Heilman Photography can advance claims that McGraw-Hill infringed more than 2,300 copyrighted photographs, a federal judge ruled.
The stock photo agency licensed nearly 2,400 photographs to the McGraw-Hill Cos. for use in their educational textbooks between 1995 and 2011.
Grant Heilman president Sonia Wasco said McGraw provided two “storm warnings” of its allegedly culpable activity. First, it sent an unsolicited check of more than $39,000 in August 2006, and a year later it requested license and invoicing adjustments.

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Machinery company, McHale Engineering Ltd fined after Shropshire farmer’s death

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An international farm equipment manufacturer has been fined after a Shropshire farmer died when the rotating arms of a defective bale wrapping machine struck him on the head.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted McHale Engineering Ltd, of Castlebar Road, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, Republic of Ireland, for supplying the defective machine in 2001.

The machine was involved in an incident on 28 May 2009 which caused the death of 48-year-old George Stokes at Tong Norton Farm, Tong Norton, Shifnal.

Shrewsbury Crown Court heard today (3 December 2012) that Mr Stokes had been working on his own, preparing a McHale square bale wrapping machine for the grass cutting season.

He was found slumped over the front of the machine by his brother, and ambulance crews pronounced him dead at the scene.

An HSE investigation found that the machine’s safety trip bar had not been designed to stop the rotating baling arms in sufficient time, meaning that anyone who activated the safety trip bar was still at risk of being struck by the machinery.

There were no witnesses to the incident, but the court heard that Mr Stokes was struck by the wrapper when it unexpectedly started to rotate, taking almost a third of a turn before stopping after the safety trip had been activated.

The failure of the safety trip bar to bring the rotating bale wrapping arms to a safe stop meant that Mr Stokes suffered fatal head injuries.

McHale Engineering pleaded guilty to breaching Section 6(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The company was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay £70,000 costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector David Kivlin said:

“Mr Stokes’ death was a tragedy that could have been prevented if McHale Engineering had designed the machine to stop in safe manner when the safety trip bar was activated.

“Manufacturers of farm equipment should ensure that they design such equipment so that safety risks are reduced as far as possible for anyone who enters the danger zone of the rotating arms. McHale Engineering failed to do this.”

via RNN media information for journalists and the press – Press Releases – Machinery company fined after Shropshire farmer’s death – RNN media information for journalists and the press.

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AUA plane out of action after runway crash – Vienna Times Online

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AUA plane out of action after runway crash – Business News – Vienna Times Online News – English Newspaper: An Austrian Airlines aircraft has been left damaged at Vienna’s International Airport in Schwechat for the second time in 3 months.

An Austrian Airlines spokesperson confirmed a report in the aviation magazine “Austrian Wings” that the plane had been damaged by a luggage cart . The Boeing 737-800 is currently being repaired.

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