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Silly Grillies – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: More than 60 birthday party-goers collapsed with carbon-monoxide poisoning when organisers set up a barbecue inside a warehouse to avoid wet weather.

Police and paramedics rushed 28 revellers to hospital as guests at the bash in Lausanne, Switzerland, began to keel over.

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Polly Gone – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A parrot has been put under house arrest at a zoo in central China for shouting “F**k You” at shocked visitors.

The bird had been trained to welcome visitors at the zoo in Wuhan, Hubei province with phrases like “Good Luck” and “Hello.”

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Worker killed at Oklahoma well site – Upstreamonline.com

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Adelaide-based Sundance Energy Australia has reported a fatality during the drilling of a horizontal well at the company’s operations in the US state of Oklahoma.

The US-focused explorer told the Australian Securities Exchange on Wednesday that an accident occurred on 9 December while drilling the Leo Rother 16-4-11-1HW horizontal Woodford test well in Logan County.

The victim, identified as 51-year-old Rod Dotson of Enid, Oklahoma, was struck in the head when the counterweight rig block fell from the top of the crane, according to Logan County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Richard Stevens.

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Judge chides Israeli insurance company for ‘dragging’ disabled man to court – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper

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Tel Aviv District Court judge chided the Phoenix insurance group for “dragging” a man suffering from muscular dystrophy to court, instead of settling, after he was hurt in a car accident.

 Judge chides Israeli insurance company for ‘dragging’ disabled man to court – Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper 

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C Brown & Sons (Steel) Ltd sentenced after worker killed by crane

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A West Midlands steel company has been ordered to pay more than £146,000 in fines and costs after one of its employees was crushed to death by a 15-tonne crane.

Wilfred Williams, 57, of Tividale, Warley, was carrying out maintenance on an overhead travelling crane at C Brown & Sons (Steel) Ltd in Dudley when the incident occurred on 27 May 2011.

He was working six-and-a-half metres from the ground and stepped from the gantry he was working on to the rail of an adjacent crane and sat down. At this point the neighbouring crane was moved by an operator who had not seen Mr Williams and he was crushed against an upright stanchion.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mr Williams and a fellow maintenance worker had accessed the cranes via a cherry picker. The second worker remained in the basket while Mr Williams stepped onto the rail of the crane he was fixing.

He wasn’t wearing a harness, there was no other fall protection, and there was no safe system of work at height to prevent crush injuries or falls

Birmingham Crown Court was told today (19 Dec) that an approved code of practice on working with lifting equipment makes specific reference to proximity hazards and states: “Where anyone is working near the wheel tracks of an overhead crane, the crane should not be allowed to approach within six metres of them if they would be liable to be struck by it”.

The court heard no measures had been taken by the company to isolate the other cranes in the bay where work was taking place, or in the adjacent bay. There was also nothing to prevent their approach to those working on the rails.

C Brown & Sons (Steel) Ltd, of Pedmore Road, Dudley, was fined £120,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. No penalty was imposed for a separate breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. The company was also ordered to pay £26,552 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing HSE inspector Angela Gallagher said:

“This tragic incident, which has had a devastating effect on Mr Williams’s family, was entirely preventable.

“The requirement to prohibit cranes from approaching within six metres of any person working on or near the wheel tracks of the crane stretches back to the Factories Act 1961, yet the company failed to put in place sufficient measures to address this risk.

“Documents show the company had been aware of the risks for some time. A system to prevent falls from height – a line system whereby workers wearing a harness could clip onto the line – was being considered and an order was about to be placed at the time of the incident. However, the company had not put interim measures in place to prevent falls nor adequately assessed the
risk of maintenance staff being crushed by moving cranes

“The risks of working at height, especially around cranes, are very real and companies must have safe work procedures in place and train employees to use them. They must also have appropriate management systems in place to ensure they are followed.”

For more information on preventing falls from height visit: www.hse.gov.uk/falls

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OSHA cites Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. in Killeen, Texas, for exposing workers to electrical, other safety hazards

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KILLEEN, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. with three serious and two repeat safety violations for exposing workers to electrical and other safety hazards following an inspection at the Killeen retail store. OSHA began its inspection of the South W.S. Young Drive store in September as part of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where high injury and illness rates occur. Proposed penalties total $55,000.

The serious violations were cited for failing to illuminate exit signs, protect exposed lamps from possible breakage or contact and guard electrical receptacles with exposed current-carrying parts. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The repeat violations were for failing to mount fire extinguishers and guard or cover exposed live parts on fluorescent lamp holders. 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. A similar violation was cited in 2009 at the Holmdel, N.J., retail store.

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HSE prosecute director Shaun Cavill, his company Cavill Property Maintenance Ltd, and Garthwest Ltd after worker’s death in roof fall

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Two Hull firms and a company director have been sentenced for joint safety failings relating to the death of a worker who plummeted more than eight metres through a fragile rooflight while cleaning gutters.

Photo shows the shattered rooflight where Mr Jackson fell

Photo shows the shattered rooflight where Mr Jackson fell

Kevin Jackson, a father of five, suffered multiple injuries including several fractures of his skull, 15 broken ribs and severe damage to his lungs and other internal organs. He died in hospital the same day.

The Health and Safety Executive today (19 Dec) prosecuted director Shaun Cavill, his company Cavill Property Maintenance Ltd, and Garthwest Ltd, after investigating the incident on 29 October 2009.

Hull Crown Court was told that Mr Jackson and a colleague had been hired by Cavills and director Shaun Cavill to clean the gutters and roof of Garthwest’s factory in Rotterdam Road. The workers were not given any safety equipment, no protection measures were provided to reduce the risk of falling, and neither man had been trained to work safely at height.

Mr Jackson was on the roof working when his colleague heard a crash and turned to see him fall through a fragile factory rooflight to the concrete floor more than eight metres below.

HSE served a Prohibition Notice on both companies after the incident preventing any further work at height on the site. A subsequent investigation found a series of serious safety failings:

• No controls, eg boards or staging, were used to work from to prevent workers stepping on to a fragile service
• No controls, such as crash decks, were provided to reduce the distance of a fall if one happened
• No risk assessment was carried out
• No edge protection was provided on the roof
• No instructions were given by either company to the workers about how to carry out the work safely

Cavill Property Maintenance Ltd of The Spinney, Kingswood Park, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £65,000.

Garthwest Ltd, of Sutton Fields Industrial Estate, was fined £50,000 with costs of £19,300 after also admitting breaching Section 3(1) of the same Act.

Shaun Cavill, of The Spinney, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 37(1) of the same Act by virtue of his negligence as an individual director. He was fined £25,000.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Mark Welsh said:

“All three parties in this case have contributed to the tragic loss of life of a loving husband, father and grandfather. It was an incident that was wholly preventable if obvious and sensible controls and safeguards had been put in place.

“Cavill Property Maintenance Ltd should have had safe working practices and provided safety equipment to ensure the workers were not put at risk, but the firm neglected its duty of care. Shaun Cavill took on the contract for the work and it was his responsibility to ensure his company put safety measures in place.

“Garthwest Ltd, where the incident happened, should have followed their own
safety procedures but did not do so. They failed to assess the competency of the company they hired and didn’t ask for their risk assessment. Nor did they supervise the work or carry out any checks on what safety equipment was being used – which was none.

“Unsafe work at height on fragile roofs is a regular occurrence within many industries and is a major cause of death and serious injury. HSE will not hesitate to bring legal action against companies and individuals who fall so dangerously below accepted safety standards.”

The latest figures show that 38 people died as a result of a fall in a workplace in Great Britain in 2010/11, and more than 4,000 suffered a major injury. Information on preventing falls is available at www.hse.gov.uk/falls.

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64 out of 70 Pembrokeshire schools have asbestos (From Western Telegraph)

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64 out of 70 Pembrokeshire schools have asbestos (From Western Telegraph): Sixty four of Pembrokeshire’s 70 schools contain some asbestos – but Pembrokeshire County Council will not curently say which schools they are.

The figure was revealed following a question from county councillor David Bryan, prompted by the recent closure of Cwmcarn High School, in Caerphilly. due to asbestos

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Rawtenstall scaffold-fall plasterer had health problems (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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Rawtenstall scaffold-fall plasterer had health problems (From Lancashire Telegraph): A SELF-employed plasterer is believed to have suffered from heart problems before falling to his death from scaffolding in Rawtenstall.

Fifty-six year-old Andrew Ormerod plunged 12 ft from a scaffolding tower while undertaking repointing work at the home of Peter Medlin in Linden Lea, Burnley Coroner’s Court was told.

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KFC Blackwood fined £2,600 for hygiene offences | CaerphillyObserver.co.uk

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KFC Blackwood fined �2,600 for hygiene offences | News | CaerphillyObserver.co.uk: Fast food chain KFC has been fined �2,600 over food hygiene offences at its Blackwood restaurant.
KFC (GB) Ltd was prosecuted by Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Environmental Health Officers following a premises inspection in September 2011 after customer complaints.
The investigation uncovered several examples of breaches of Food Safety legislation.
The case was heard at Abergavenny Magistrates Court on December 17, 2012.
KFC (GB) Ltd pleaded guilty to two offences and was ordered to pay a fine totalling �2,600 (�1,300 for each offence), together with prosecution costs of �859 and a �15 victim surcharge.

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