Asbestos found in recycling: plant shut down | The Inverell Times

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Asbestos found in recycling: plant shut down | The Inverell Times: INVERELL’S recycling plant was closed down yesterday afternoon and will probably remain so for at least some of today after asbestos was found in a truckload of supposedly recyclable material.See your ad hereSee your ad hereThe old fibro was detected as it came through the plant on the conveyor where workers sort materials.�No one knew how much fibro was in the truckload and workers were quickly evacuated from their workplaces while steps were taken to get rid of the threat.

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Derby trio fined over kebab filling which was ‘mainly fat with flecks of meat’ | This is Derbyshire

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Derby trio fined over kebab filling which was ‘mainly fat with flecks of meat’ | This is Derbyshire: THREE Derby taxi drivers operated a kebab factory which used suspect meat and could have prompted a health alert.
Environmental health officers uncovered the illegal operation in a Long Eaton industrial unit and seized nearly 11 tonnes of meat.

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Fakenham businessman chains himself to district council offices and threatens to stab himself in protest at treatment over health and safety issue – Politics – Eastern Daily Press

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Fakenham businessman chains himself to district council offices and threatens to stab himself in protest at treatment over health and safety issue – Politics – Eastern Daily Press: A Fakenham businessman this morning chained himself to railings at the North Norfolk District Council offices in Cromer and threatened to stab himself in protest at long-running dispute he has had with the council over a health and safety issue.

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Park fined for safety breaches — Belfasttelegraph.co.uk

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Park fined for safety breaches – UK, Local & National – Belfasttelegraph.co.uk: A wildlife park run by TV star Anna Ryder Richardson and her husband has been fined �70,000 for health and safety breaches.Colin MacDougall, the celebrity interior designer’s husband, received a further fine of �4,000 after he admitted to two identical breaches.

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Residents and companies warned in Barnsley that they could be fined if they use two banned skip hire and waste management companies

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The Environment Agency is warning residents and companies in and around Barnsley that they could be fined if they use two skip hire and waste management companies after their permits were revoked for environmental offences.

The decision to revoke the permits of Grantscope Limited and RG Wastecare Limited was made following a prosecution by the Environment Agency, after surveillance showed the companies were regularly disposing of waste by burning it at their site at Boulder Bridge, Shaw Lane, Carlton, Barnsley.

On 4 January 2012 Barnsley Magistrates found the two companies guilty of these environmental offences and they were ordered to pay fines of £10,000 each.

The companies had appealed to the Planning Inspectorate against the revocation of their environmental permit in April 2012. However, on 20 November 2012 the Inspector upheld the Environment Agency’s decision and confirmed the permit revocation for the waste transfer station should stand.

The Planning Inspector also agreed with the Environment Agency’s decision to remove both companies’ registrations as waste carriers, which previously allowed them to legally transport waste.

Ian Harrison of the Environment Agency said: “After the January prosecution we carried out an assessment to decide whether the companies were competent to continue operating. We decided that the impact of the offences had been serious and that the risk of the companies re-offending was significant enough to revoke their permit.

“Following the Planning Inspectorate decision the permit revocation is now in effect, and the companies are not legally allowed to transport or accept waste. Householders should be aware that using an unregistered waste carrier to take away their waste could result in fines of up to £5,000, and for businesses the fines could be even higher. Information on registered waste carriers can be found on the Environment Agency website.”

The companies also use a number of trading names, including Star Skips and Mad Metals.

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Jones & Ors v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change & Anr [2012] Abercwmboi Phurnacite Works

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This case concerned eight lead claims brought by men who had formerly worked at the Abercwmboi Phurnacite Works. Around 250 claimants were part of a joint action, in which they claimed that they had suffered respiratory disease and/or cancer as a consequence of exposure to dust and fumes in the course of working at the phurnacite works.

The Secretary of State conducted proceedings both on his own behalf and on behalf of the Second Defendant, the defunct company which had operated the phurnacite works.

Jones & Ors v Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change & Anr [2012] EWHC 2936 (QB) – 23/10/2012

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SAPA Profiles UK Ltd fined for putting workers in danger

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A Derbyshire company has been fined for putting employees in danger by allowing them to work in confined spaces without any relevant training or safety measures.

Derby Crown Court heard today (22 November) that SAPA Profiles UK Ltd, which makes aluminium profiles, regularly sent workers into a 5.5 metre deep pit to retrieve waste aluminium that had collected at the bottom.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the company’s Sawpit Lane premises in Tibshelf in May 2008 and served an Improvement Notice after discovering that work in the pit was not carried out in accordance with a safe system of work, which should have included the provision of adequate training. The company complied with the Notice and developed a safe system of work, including providing training to some of their workers, but in August 2011 a member of staff contacted HSE to raise concerns about the way in which confined spaces work was carried out.

During a follow-up visit on 31 August 2011, HSE inspectors found the company had a written safe system of work, but it was not being adhered to. The policy stated staff should be trained when either working in the pit or observing from the top, however that training was never provided to a number of the workers involved.

In addition, some of the harnesses intended to be worn by workers when accessing the pit had not been thoroughly examined to ensure that they were safe to use despite being reminded by their insurer of this requirement. It was also found that a gas analyser, used to ensure that the atmosphere in the pit was safe, had not been calibrated to ensure its accuracy.

SAPA Profiles UK Limited, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 for failing to protect its workforce. Derby Crown Court fined the company £30,000 and ordered it to pay full costs of £12,348.

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London boss, Ian Goldstein prosecuted after worker’s finger amputated

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A company boss from north west London has appeared in court after a worker had to have a finger amputated when his hand was caught in machinery and severely crushed.

Ernest Henderson, 43, of Enfield, was working as a maintenance manager for Ian Goldstein, who runs a smoked salmon business at premises in Lowther Road, Stanmore, Harrow.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard today that Mr Henderson was attempting to repair a fish skinning machine that was making a loud screeching noise when in use, when the incident occurred on 17 December 2010.

He removed the safety guards around the machine and then switched it on, but a rag he was holding for cleaning got caught and his right hand was dragged into the moving parts.

His hand was severely crushed and his index finger was so badly damaged it had to be amputated at hospital. The injury means he still finds it difficult to do everyday tasks, although he has now returned to work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Henderson had not been trained in how to repair machinery at the site, despite being the maintenance manager. His competence to repair machinery had never been adequately assessed and he was left unsupervised when completing maintenance work.

He had also not been given a safe system of work to follow to ensure he carried out the task safely, by not running the machine once the safety guards were removed. It was also found that the emergency stop buttons on the fish skinning machine were not operational.

Ian Goldstein, 61, of Lowther Road, Stanmore, Harrow, pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was given a two-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £1,609 costs.

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1st Surface Ltd fined after air raid shelter explosion injures workers

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Two men sustained serious burns after attempting to use an old air shelter as a makeshift furnace to burn garden waste, a court has heard.

The pair, who do not want to be named, were working for Surrey-based 1st Surface Ltd to extend and resurface a tennis court at a private address in Bromley when the incident occurred on 25 January last year.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (21 November) that as part of the initial preparation work they needed to clear an area of overgrown garden where the new court would go.

They accumulated sufficient waste to fill approximately five skips. However, no such method of disposal was available to them and they had not been given any clear instruction on how to safely dispose of the waste.

They decided to use an air raid shelter in the garden as a furnace to burn some of it away. The shelter, part-buried and also overgrown, was in the area of ground to be cleared and was to be demolished anyway.

One of the workers entered the shelter via a chimney at the top, placed some kindling inside to get the fire started and poured on petrol to act as an accelerant. He then left the shelter and his colleague threw a lit taper into the shelter to get the fire going.

The petrol vapour that had accumulated within the shelter exploded. Both men, who were standing on top of the shelter, received burns to their faces and were forcibly thrown off their feet.

They were hospitalised for several days. One successfully returned to work after a few weeks, however the second is still unable to return to active employment.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the explosion and found 1st Surface Ltd had failed to properly assess and plan the waste disposal aspect of the work.

Had the company provided skips prior to the clearance starting, the two workers would have had no need to burn the waste. The system they chose was extremely high risk and they were unaware of the significant risk posed by petrol vapour, especially when allowed to expand in a confined space.

1st Surface Ltd, of Dashwood Close, West Byfleet, Surrey, was fined £9,000 and ordered to pay £2,571 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

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Blast on N.Korean Cargo Ship Injures 5 – The Chosun Ilbo

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An explosion on a North Korean cargo ship at anchor in Hong Kong waters has left two sailors badly burned and three others hurt, Chinese media reported Wednesday.

They said the ship’s engine room suddenly caught fire around 9 a.m. on Tuesday when the vessel was sitting south of Tsing Yi Island. The accident injured five crewmen, with two in critical conditions.

Blast on N.Korean Cargo Ship Injures 5 – The Chosun Ilbo

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