Jian’s Dumplings Ltd in the stew after worker injured in dough mixer

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An Edinburgh food firm has been fined after a worker seriously injured his hand on an unguarded dough mixer.

Joseph Burnett, 22, was working for Jian’s Dumplings Ltd at the company’s former premises in Gracemount Business Pavilions, Captains Road, Edinburgh when the incident happened on 23 June 2010.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard today (13 December) that Mr Burnett had been employed as a factory assistant for almost four months and helped to sort ingredients, make Chinese dumplings to order and package products.

On the day of the incident he was working on an industrial-sized dough mixer, into which ingredients and water are placed. Paddles then rotate to mix the ingredients into dough.

The shutter on top of the machine when in the closed position still left a gap of approximately eight centimetres. There was also no interlocking on the dough mixer machine which would have cut the power to the dangerous rotating parts when the metal shutter was lifted.

Mr Burnett was concerned the dough was too wet and began to add extra flour into the mixer by hand. He suddenly felt his hand and arm being pulled into the drum of the machine, with his arm going in past the elbow of his right arm before he managed to pull himself free and alert others to what had happened.

Mr Burnett suffered two factures in his fingers and ripped tendons in his index and middle fingers. He had to undergo surgery, required 30-40 stitches, his arm was in a plaster cast for eight weeks and he needed physiotherapy to help restore movement in his fingers. He still has limited movement in his index finger.

Following the incident, an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company had failed to carry out a risk assessment for the operation.

The investigation also found that the company had failed to provide a safe system of work or sufficient information, instruction, training and supervision in relation to the use of the dough mixer machine.

Jian’s Dumplings Ltd, of Dryden Road, Bilston Glen Industrial Estate, Loanhead, Midlothian, was fined £1,000 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After sentencing, HSE inspector Katie Dunlop said:

“This incident could have easily been avoided if a suitable risk assessment had been carried out.

“Such an assessment would have highlighted the danger posed by the dough mixer and an appropriate guard could have been added along with an emergency stop button, which was actually fitted following this incident.

“The markings and instructions on the dough mixer were all in Chinese, with no English translation, and there was no safe system of work or formalised training for employees.

“Had these measures been in place Mr Burnett could have avoided what was a very painful injury.”

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Environmental criminals, Doonin Plant Limited fined £200,000 for dangerous pollution threat to West Lothian communities | Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

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Doonin Plant Limited were fined £200,000 for the burying of hundreds of tonnes of waste at the former Woodend Colliery, Mill Road, Armadale in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health. The site is within 400 yards/365m of residential properties. Sentence was deferred on Gary Doonin a director of the company until 13 December 2013.

Gary Doonin and his company Doonin Plant Limited were found guilty at Livingston Sheriff Court on 13 September 2012 of four separate offences under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Hundreds of tonnes of construction and demolition waste were kept under various depths of soil. This waste, degrades to produce leachate, a harmful effluent. Leachate has a strong odour and if it is released or escapes into the water environment it can have a significant detrimental impact on aquatic life and the biodiversity of groundwater and local water courses. It can also be harmful to humans if it contaminates drinking water sources.

The case also involved the keeping of controlled waste on the Woodend Colliery site without any Waste Management Licence.

Craig Harris, Head of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) Wildlife and Environmental Crime Unit said:

“Doonin Plant Ltd and Gary Doonin carried out activities with a total disregard for the environment.

“The conviction was the result of a lengthy investigation by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and prosecution by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. The severity of the crimes against the environment was marked by this case being prosecuted before a jury and today’s outcome.

“Today’s judgment will send out a strong warning to any other unscrupulous businesses who conduct themselves in this illegal manner”.

Commenting on the sentencing, Ian Buchanan, Area Manager of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), said:

“Today, justice has been done for Scotland’s environment. The sentence delivered is a positive result for the public, who care about the environment, and legitimate waste operators who have been undermined by the actions of Mr Doonin and Doonin Plant Limited. By carrying out such activities, the company and its director demonstrated a complete lack of consideration for the environment and we hope the sentence acts as a deterrent to any operators considering breaking the law.

“SEPA has worked closely with our colleagues at the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service to see this complex case reach a positive conclusion and will continue to do so to bring those who commit environmental crimes to justice.

“The conviction of Mr Doonin himself should also act as a warning to company directors that SEPA will consider offences committed by individuals when investigating environmental crimes.”

via Environmental criminals fined £200,000 for dangerous pollution threat to West Lothian communities | Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

Health inspectors found rotting rat corpse inside ‘popular’ patisserie and raw sewage leaking into yard | Mail Online

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Health inspectors found rotting rat corpse inside ‘popular’ patisserie and raw sewage leaking into yard | Mail Online: Health inspectors found raw sewage leaking into the yard of a rat-infested patisserie, a court heard.Bonne Bouche, a ‘popular lunchtime destination’, in Victoria, central London. was raided by Westminster City Council after complaints last year.Rats were nesting in the kitchen, droppings were sprinkled over ready-to-eat food and the body of a decaying rat was found in the ceiling.

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£3k fine for dirty kitchen at takeaway in Norton – Local News – News – Gazette Live

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�3k fine for dirty kitchen at takeaway in Norton – Local News – News – Gazette Live: A NORTON takeaway owner has been ordered to pay nearly �3,000 because of his filthy, mouse dropping-ridden kitchen.
Hai Jun Cao, 31, the owner of the Golden Wok on Holly Street appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court yesterday.

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Judges reject former Perthshire hotelier’s bid for payout over Bunrannoch Hotel fire

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The Courier – Judges reject former Perthshire hotelier’s bid for payout over Bunrannoch Hotel fire: Kathleen Torremar claimed the fire that ripped through the Bunrannoch Hotel in Kinloch Rannoch was an accident but an investigation pointed to the fire having been deliberately started.

The Highland Perthshire hotel was formerly owned by Mrs Torremar and her late husband, Christen, who died in 1996.

It was in May 2000 that the fire broke out in the hotel, which was extensively damaged as a result.

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No police prosecution over death of human cannonball at Showground – HSE now investigating

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No police prosecution over death of human cannonball Matt Cranch at Kent County Showground: No criminal charges will be brought after the death of a daredevil human cannonball, it has emerged.
Kent Police today confirmed there will not be a police prosecution over the tragedy at the Kent County Showground.
Stuntman Matt Cranch, 23, plunged to the ground after being fired 40ft from a cannon at the Detling venue in April 2011.
Mr Cranch, who performed the stunt for Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show, suffered multiple injuries when a safety net collapsed.

Maidstone Borough Council, which launched an investigation at the time alongside the police and Health and Safety Executive, will now consider if there is a case under health and safety laws.

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Young woman stuck in garbage tube trying to recover bag of cosmetics – English pravda.ru

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Young woman stuck in garbage tube trying to recover bag of cosmetics – English pravda.ru: A young woman, a resident of Magnitogorsk, mistakenly threw a bag with expensive cosmetic products of a luxury brand into the hole of the garbage disposal unit. Having realized her mistake, the woman decided to recover her cosmetics.

The loss was so significant for the woman that she started to explore the possibilities of recovering the bag wearing only a T-shirt. On the second storey of the apartment building, she found a large hole in the garbage tube. Without having second thoughts, the courageous woman climbed into the hole.

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Costa Pacifica Cruise Ship Fixed After Accident In France

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Costa Pacifica Cruise Ship Fixed After Accident In France: PARIS — A Costa Crociere cruise liner has continued on its Mediterranean voyage after a collision in the port of Marseille caused a one-day delay.

The Costa Pacifica, a 290-meter passenger liner built in 2009, suffered minor damage when it collided with a berthing structure called a “dolphin” early Tuesday.

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Takeaway closed down after selling rancid food (From This Is Lancashire)

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Takeaway closed down after selling rancid food (From This Is Lancashire): TAKEAWAY has been closed by a judge after inspectors found mouldy onion bhajis and meat with an offensive odour which was deemed “unfit for human consumption”.

The Nile, in Bradshawgate, Bolton town centre, had failed to comply with hygiene standards for years.

Environmental health staff repeatedly visited the takeaway, giving advice and issuing improvement notices.

Complaints included an unclean floor, damaged shelves in a fridge and a freezer that did not shut properly.

Partners in the business Abid Patel, aged 28, Sajid Patel, aged 20, and Tahir Patel, aged 30, all of Belmont Road, had earlier admitted a series of hygiene failures.

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Santa banned from working at height – Elf and safety (From Your Local Guardian)

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Elf and safety (From Your Local Guardian): One of Sutton’s best loved Christmas traditions has fallen foul of health and safety concerns.

For decades a fundraising float has toured Cheam and Worcester Park with a volunteer dressed as Father Christmas on top of it.

It has been a highlight of the festive calendar, raising more than £130,000 for local charities since it first started in 1966.

But following a health and safety assessment it has been ruled too dangerous for Santa to sit on top of the 10ft float,

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