Horrible Bossy – – Romanian Times

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Horrible Bossy – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A boss who only agreed to pay her staff if they’d allow her to insult them has been disciplined by officials in eastern China.

Bad-tempered Xu Juan – from Nanjing, Jiang province – ranted for 30 minutes before finally handing over the pay packets.

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MoD News – Inquest Warns Navy Over ‘Lax Safety’

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MoD News – Inquest Warns Navy Over ‘Lax Safety’: A coroner has criticised the Royal Navy for “a culture of cutting corners” regarding health and safety on its warships at the conclusion of an inquest into the death of an officer who fell 40ft to his death from a suspended landing craft.

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Ammonia fish kill lands Eddie Stobart Group Limited in truck load of trouble and £30,000 fine

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On Wednesday 14 November, Eddie Stobart Group Limited pleaded guilty at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court to one charge of causing a water discharge, namely ammonia, into the Cuttail Brook.

The company were fined £30,000, ordered to pay £4040.29 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge.

The charge was brought by the Environment Agency under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (England and Wales) 2010.

Eddie Stobart Group Limited occupy premises at the Sherwood Business Park at Annesley, Nottinghamshire.

Following a report of pollution on 1 August 2011, an Environment Agency officer attended the Sherwood Business Park to inspect several ponds and the Cuttail Brook which run through the business park. The officer observed a large number of dead fish around the margins of one of the ponds. When he checked the inlet valve to the pond he found a steady flow of clean water and there was also a strong smell of ammonia. Ammonia is very soluble in water and is toxic to fish.

A number of samples were taken from the pond where the dead fish were found. Analysis of these samples found that the levels of ammonia in the water were much higher than normal. Officers then checked the surface water drainage system serving the business park to locate the source of the ammonia. Upon lifting a manhole cover outside the site, a strong smell of odour was detected. Ammonia was smelt again when a manhole cover on the surface water drainage system in Willow Drive, near Eddie Stobart’s premises, was lifted.

Eddie Stobart’s premises were inspected by Environment Agency officers as they were known to use ammonia in their refrigeration system. It was established that there had been a problem with the refrigeration system on the site resulting in a loss of compressor oil.

All of the other companies on the business park which drain surface water into the pond were visited and none were found to have lost any ammonia.

An intensive clean up operation was undertaken shortly after by the Environment Agency, Severn Trent Water Limited and contractors appointed by Eddie Stobart.

Speaking after the case, an Environment Agency officer in charge of the investigation said, “This pollution resulted in the death of over 1,000 fish in an area which is popular with anglers and also near to a Site of Special Scientific Interest. We take cases of pollution to watercourses very seriously due to the environmental damage that can be caused. In this case we considered all the relevant factors and decided that a prosecution would be an appropriate course of action on this occasion.”

In mitigation a solicitor representing Eddie Stobart Group Limited told the court that the pollution that occurred was not a deliberate act and the refrigeration system that caused the pollution was well maintained by an expert and authorised contractor. The company has now put a new system in place so that the incident could never happen again. They went on to say that the company takes it environmental responsibilities seriously and they admitted responsibility at the earliest opportunity.

The cost of restoration has been met by the company and all parties who carried out the cleanup have been compensated.

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Hodgins Architectural Facades Ltd fined after Asbestos contamination at Galway school

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A Fine of €10,000 was handed down to Hodgins Architectural Facades Ltd on (Wednesday 14th November) by Judge Gerard Griffin in the Galway Circuit Court. This case arose as the result of asbestos contamination which occurred during the removal and replacement of windows at Scoil Chuimsitheach Chiarain, Carraroe, Co. Galway.  When work commenced in November 2009, it was observed that an asbestos board was located behind the window panels.  Work was halted while a work procedure was put in place, which required the panels to be lifted out intact, double wrapped in plastic and secured in a lockable container on site. Work resumed and the majority of the windows were removed in this manner, except one which was inaccessible due to a scaffold.  Once the scaffold was removed, this final window was removed.  However, the existing lock on the container had been replaced by this time, and the operative did not have a key.  The asbestos panel was placed on a trestle adjacent to the locked container and not secured inside it. Some ten days later, a painter, subcontracted to Hodgins Architectural Facades, Ltd took the asbestos board to level the ground beneath his ladder, mistaking it for plasterboard. The panel was broken up and contaminated the rear school yard with asbestos. After the judgement, Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority said that asbestos removal and disposal must be done in a careful and competent manner, “Usually, asbestos is detected when maintenance work is being carried out on older buildings. Once asbestos has been identified it should be removed by trained competent personnel and disposed of in a safe manner. In this case the failures posed a significant risk to the health of persons exposed.”The Company, Hodgins Architectural Facades Ltd, was fined €10,000 for breaches to Section 12 contrary to Section 77(2)(a) of the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005. http://www.hsa.ie/eng/News_and_Events/Press_Releases_/Firm_fined_after_Asbestos_contamination_at_Galway_school.html

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Big Mesothelioma Verdict Thrown Out Over Expert

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Courthouse News Service: (CN) – The 9th Circuit on Friday canceled the nearly $10 million awarded to a man who developed mesothelioma after working for decades in a Washington paper mill.
Citing improper admission of expert testimony, the federal appeals court in Seattle ordered a new trial.
Henry Barabin worked at the Crown-Zellerbach paper mill from 1968 to 2001. Up until 1984 Barabin regularly worked around dryer felts containing asbestos, supplied to plant by AstenJohnson Inc. and Scapa Dryer Fabrics Inc.
Barabin used the felts at work, and he also took pieces home to use in his garden, according to the court.

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Offshore platform explosion: 11 injured, 2 missing – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

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Offshore platform explosion: 11 injured, 2 missing – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports: GULF OF MEXICO (WAFB) –
The U.S. Coast Guard in New Orleans confirms there was an offshore platform explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that happened around 9:15 a.m. Friday. It is believed to be off the coast of Grand Isle in Federal Waters. Capt. Ed Cubanski with the U.S. Coast Guard says contrary to previous reports there have been no confirmed deaths from the explosion.

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Boy, 16, dies after scaffold fall | London – ITV News

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Boy, 16, dies after scaffold fall | London – ITV News: A 16-year-old boy has died after falling from scaffolding while working, Scotland Yard said today.

Alfie Perrin, from Enfield, north London, fell while he was carrying out work at a two-storey house in Camden Road, Wanstead, east London, on Wednesday.

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Elite Precast Concrete Ltd in court after worker hit by forklift

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A Shropshire concrete firm has been prosecuted after a worker suffered serious leg injuries when he was hit by a forklift truck.

Tomasz Kosmacz, 38, of Hadley, was responsible for removing excess concrete from moulds at Elite Precast Concrete Ltd’s Telford factory.

Mr Kosmacz was putting the excess concrete in a bucket and then onto the prongs of the forklift.

He was working in close proximity to the forklift, when he was struck by the vehicle.

He suffered multiple foot fractures, needed four screws in his broken ankle and also hurt his knee. He had to have two operations and is still unable to work following the incident on 7 July 2011.

Telford Magistrates heard today (16 Nov) that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found there was a written instruction in the factory stating the bucket should be placed on a pallet, not directly on the forks. This had not been translated into Polish for the benefit of the migrant labour the company employed, many of whom, like Mr Kosmacz, did not speak English.

Elite Precast Concrete Ltd, of Unit L, Halesfield 9, Telford, Shropshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The firm was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,897

via Concrete firm in court after worker hit by forklift.

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OSHA cites Vann Energy Services in Nixon, Texas, for violations after 2 workers injured in fire

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NIXON, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Vann Energy Services LLC in Nixon with 13 safety and health violations – including two willful and three repeat – for exposing workers to flash fires and other hazards. OSHA’s Austin Area Office opened an inspection after two workers were injured by a fire that occurred in an oil and gas field tank. Proposed penalties total $246,000.

Inspectors found that the employer had failed to ensure that the air inside the tank was tested for flammable or toxic materials before providing employees with electrical equipment that is capable of causing a potentially flammable environment to ignite.

The repeat violations include failing to provide eye and face protection, communicate chemical hazard information to workers and protect flexible electric cords from damage. 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. OSHA cited the company for similar violations in August 2011.

via 2012 – 11/15/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Vann Energy Services in Nixon, Texas, for violations after 2 workers injured in fire.

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Family Blames Toys R Us for Death

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Courthouse News Service: COLUMBUS, Ohio (CN) – Toys R Us let an employee bring a gun to work and he killed a co-worker with it, the late man’s family claims in court.
Michelle Damron, mother of the late Donald Damron, sued Toys ‘R’ Us, Exel Global Logistics and Solutions Staffing in Franklin County Court, claiming their negligent hiring led to her son’s death.
The complaint states: “On or about December 2, 2010, Donald Damron was working at the direction of the staff at the Toys ‘R’ Us premises by staff supervised and/or employees of Solutions, Toys ‘R’ Us and/or Exel.

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