Man admits lying about asbestos removal | WIVB.com

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Man admits lying about asbestos removal | WIVB.com: BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – An employee of a company that was supposed to clean out the asbestos from the former Kensington Towers has pleaded guilty to charges he falsified inspection reports. Henry Hawkins, 43, of Buffalo was employed by JMD Environmental as an air sampling technician and project monitor. Hawkins admitted in federal court that he gave the vacant building a pass, even though he was well aware that not all of the asbestos had been removed by the company.

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Lords Debate Health and Safety Clause – Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, Lord Clinton-Davis was critical.

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Members of the House of Lords last month criticised a last-minute addition to the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, which will impact on health and safety regulations.
Health and safety change

The new clause was introduced to the Bill as it went into its final stages in the House of Commons. If approved it will mean that ‘it will only be possible to claim for compensation in relation to breaches of affected health and safety legislation where it can be proved that the duty holder (usually the employer) has been negligent.’

According to not-for-profit campaign group the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the clause effectively waters down workplace health and safety regulations across the board.

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Snow grounds all flights at Stockholm’s Arlanda – Sweden

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Snow grounds all flights at Stockholm’s Arlanda – The Local: No planes could land or take off from Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on Wednesday morning due to continued heavy snowfall from a fierce winter storm which shows no sign of abating.

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Police raid frees 105 ‘slave’ helpers near Kuala Lumpur | South China Morning Post

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Police raid frees 105 ‘slave’ helpers near Kuala Lumpur | South China Morning Post: Malaysian authorities have freed 105 mostly Indonesian domestic helpers who were forced to work without pay by day and held against their will at night, local media reported yesterday.

The women were freed on Saturday after a police raid on a building near the capital Kuala Lumpur where they had been held captive by their employment agency, the reports said.

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BBC News – Asbestos victim: ‘We just washed it off’

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BBC News – Asbestos victim: ‘We just washed it off’: AMs will debate a bill in the Senedd on Wednesday designed to recover the cost of NHS treatment for people suffering with asbestos-related illnesses.
It is being presented by the Labour AM for Pontypridd, Mick Antoniw, who as a solicitor used to represent asbestos victims.

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Meatworks guilty over worker’s death – Weekly Times Now

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Meatworks guilty over worker’s death – Weekly Times Now: A GIPPSLAND meat processing company has been found guilty over the death of a worker who was crushed while cleaning a machine.

Following a two-week trial in the county court, Tabro Meat Pty Ltd was found guilty last week on two charges relating to the death of� employee Abraham Yak.The company was found guilty of failing to provide or maintain a safe system of work, and failing to provide information, instruction, training or supervision in relation the task of cleaning a rotating knocking box.

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Judge to head inquiry into Lamma ferry disaster | South China Morning Post

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Judge to head inquiry into Lamma ferry disaster | South China Morning Post: A High Court judge and a former audit director were appointed on Monday to conduct an inquiry into this month’s Lamma ferry disaster.

Mr Justice Michael Lunn of the Court of Appeal will chair the two-member statutory commission of inquiry, working with fellow commissioner Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun, who served as the director of audit until June.

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Care home resident died after lift shaft fall (From The Northern Echo)

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Care home resident died after lift shaft fall (From The Northern Echo): A PENSIONER with Alzheimer’s died after she plunged down a lift shaft when the door was left unsecured, a court heard yesterday.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how the frail 92-year-old stepped into the empty shaft because the lift was out-of-order and could not move.

County Durham company�Derwent Lift Services, based on Greencroft Industrial Estate, in Annfield Plain, pleaded not guilty to three counts of failing to discharge �its statutory duty between October 8, 1993, and September 23, 2010, as well as failing to conduct a suitable and safe risk assessment on or around September 18, 2010.

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3 workers missing in dam accident _ chinadaily.com.cn

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3 workers missing in dam accident|World|chinadaily.com.cn: China on Tuesday confirmed that three Cambodian workers are missing after a dam accident in Cambodia, and search-and-rescue work is under way.

The workers disappeared after an accident at the China-Cambodia joint project, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said at a daily news conference on Tuesday.

“Relevant companies are cooperating with the local government, taking flood-prevention measures, making all-out search-and-rescue efforts and investigating the cause of the incident,” Hong said.

The tunnel at the Atay River hydropower dam, which is being built in Pursat Province, ruptured on Saturday afternoon.

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gulftoday.ae | 14 women killed as unpaid worker set factory on fire

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gulftoday.ae | 14 women killed as unpaid worker set factory on fire: BEIJING: A former worker told state media on Wednesday he set the fire that killed 14 young workers at a Chinese clothing factory because he was angry about less than $500 in unpaid wages.The suspect, Liu Shuangyun, told the Guangdong TV broadcaster in a jailhouse interview that he started the fire “because I couldn’t get my salary,” which he had been owed since quitting the factory three years ago.Asked whether he had thought about or regretted the loss of life the fire had caused, Liu said, “I didn’t think about these things.” Fourteen people were killed and one person was seriously injured in the fire Tuesday afternoon in Shantou city in Guangdong province, the provincial emergency department said on its microblog.

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