Eight officials suspended over mine accident in south China


KUNMING – Eight local officials have been suspended from duty after a coal mine accident on Wednesday that killed 17 people in southwest China’s Yunnan province, local authorities said Friday.

The eight include the coal industry bureau chief in Fuyuan County, where the accident took place, the bureau’s deputy director and the county’s work safety chief, according to the county’s publicity office.

In addition, local police have arrested the legal representative as well as the manager of the mine.


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Worker injured when cherry picker overturns -Santa Rosa


SANTA ROSA, Calif. — A cherry picker overturned near Santa Rosa Thursday morning, sending a worker falling 40 feet to the ground, a fire battalion chief said.

Fire crews were called to the 1400 block of Airport Boulevard, just east of the Charles M. Shultz-Sonoma County Airport, about 8:50 a.m., Central Fire Authority Battalion Chief Matt Gustafson said.


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OSHA to host Hispanic Safety Summit in Seaford, Del., June 10


ATLANTA – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is forming a partnership with McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. and Georgia Tech Research Institute’s On-site Consultation Services Program to ensure the highest level of employee safety and health during the construction of the Emory University Hospital J-Wing expansion project. The parties will sign the partnership agreement Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at McCarthy’s Emory project office.


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5,000 fine after hygiene inspectors found a decomposing mouse in a food store.


The owner of a Chinese restaurant in Hadleigh has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 after hygiene inspectors found a decomposing mouse in a food store.

Wing Cheung, who owns the China Garden in High Street, appeared before Ipswich Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday after failing to manage food safety standards on the premises for an extended period of time.Magistrates heard that hygiene inspectors from Babergh District Council visited the premises for a routine inspection on April 4 and found a number of breaches of the hygiene legislation, including failing to keep the premises clean and to effectively guard against pests.There was a hole in the wall of the food store, food spillages which would be attractive to rodents had not been cleaned away, and food had been left uncovered, exposing them to a risk of contamination.


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Bureaucracy busting boost for street traders [will safety be sidelined?]


Britain’s street traders can celebrate the end of outdated red tape under new proposals announced Consumer Affairs Minister, Jo Swinson today.

A consultation on pedlary and street trading includes proposals to get rid of the Pedlars Act (1871) and make changes to street trading laws to make sure they comply fully with the European Services Directive. The proposals will make it easier for street traders and pedlars to trade.

Jo Swinson said:

“Some of the best places to shop are our vibrant street trading stalls, which are an important part of traditional British culture. The changes we’re proposing will help to eliminate barriers to street traders and pedlars by making it easier to trade, boosting retail and helping small traders – including many young entrepreneurs – to expand and grow.

“The Pedlars Act is an archaic law which requires those wishing to peddle to obtain a pedlar’s certificate (and pay a fee for this) at a time when small businesses are at the heart of continuing growth in the UK – this is unhelpful and restrictive bureaucracy. These proposed changes will help give a boost to those that trade on the street.”

The consultation on the draft regulations closes on 15 February 2013.

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Police, firefighters use tower ladder to rescue hardhat injured at Staten Island construction site


AMSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. —  Police and firefighters got creative and used a ladder truck to pluck a construction worker from a six-story scaffolding after he was knocked unconscious by a falling U-bolt Wednesday morning. 

Jorge Yauchanguishyi, 35, of Brooklyn, was working on a scaffolding attached to 1050 Targee St. — the address of the former Doctors’ Hospital, which is slated to become a public school in September 2013 — when the 25-pound bolt plunged from above and struck him in the head, police said. 

The bolt hit the worker’s helmet, then his back, said Detective Robert Brager, who was part of the team that rescued him. Yauchanguishyi was on the scaffolding with a group of workers, Brager said. 


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17 killed in coal mine accident in China


BEIJING, 6 DEC: Seventeen people were killed and six others injured in a coal mine accident in China’s southwestern Yunnan Province.

A total of 66 miners were working underground when a coal and gas blast occurred yesterday in a shaft of the Shangchang Coal Mine in Huangheni Township of Fuyuan County.

Sixteen miners were killed on the spot and one died on the way to the hospital, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.


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Men will not be charged with manslaughter over Ford industrial accident, but HSE continue to investigate


Four men will not face criminal prosecution for manslaughter by gross negligence over a death at an industrial site in Ford.

The four are, a 62-year-old from Wickham, Hampshire, a 26-year-old from Fareham, Hampshire, a 47-year-old man from Birdham near Chichester and a 50-year-old man from Bognor Regis.

They had been arrested in September and October, following the death of 66-year-old Lindsay Campbell, from Cunningham Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire, in an incident at South Coast Skips, Rudford Industrial Estate, Ford, on July 25.

They were subsequently released on police bail until December 6, but they have now been informed they have been stood down from that requirement.


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Franklin Barazarte Arrest warrant issued for TV presenter after magician’s face set on fire in botched stunt American magician Wayne Houchin


A TV presenter who set fire to a magician’s face in a botched stunt is on the run from the law after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest.

Wayne Houchin suffered first-degree burns to his face, scalp and hands when host Franklin Barazarte poured flaming liquid over his head during filming on Tuesday.

The presenter claimed the incident was an accident and said he tossed highly flammable cologne over Mr Houchin as a “blessing” as part of the astrology variety show in the Dominican Republic.

But the magician, who is still recovering from his injuries, believes the attack was intentional.


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