2 officials at Ky. mine where worker killed possibly face prison for safety violations – The Washington Post

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2 officials at Ky. mine where worker killed possibly face prison for safety violations – The Washington Post: LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Plea agreements say two supervisors at an eastern Kentucky mine where a coal miner was killed last year knowingly violated federal safety laws.
The documents filed this week say Jefferson Davis and Joseph Miniard are planning to plead guilty and are facing prison time when they are sentenced during a March hearing in U.S. District Court.

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2,000 workers walk out after finding maggots in company lunch – Vietnam

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Vietnam latest news – Thanh Nien Daily | 2,000 workers walk out after finding maggots in company lunch: More than 2,000 workers at a foreign-invested company in the southern Vietnamese province of Binh Phuoc struck work Thursday after they found maggots in their company-provided lunch.

The workers at Taiwanese-owned Freewell Limited Company, which makes apparel and footwear in the Bac Dong Phu Industrial Zone, also said the food, which included chicken, pork, and preserved sausage that day, was stinking and spoilt.

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George McCallum pleads guilty to failing to ensure safety of Kaylee McIntosh | contravention of Section 7(a)

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At Inverness Sheriff Court today, George Leven Deuchars McCallum, 52, pleaded guilty to a contravention of Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, in connection with the death of 14 year old Kaylee McIntosh at Loch Carnan, South Uist, on 3 August 2007.

The charge set out his failure to adequately plan and assess the risks involved in the safe transportation of cadets by waterborne craft, and his failure to safely carry out the transportation itself.

Kaylee had attended an Army Cadet camp and was one of a number of cadets being transported by boat between Loch Carnan and Loch Skipport. During that voyage, the boat she was in capsized and she entered the water and became trapped under the upturned hull. No head count had been taken or note of the names of all those on board each craft upon embarkation, nor was there a formal record on or offshore of who was on the water. No roll call was made at the point of capsize and none made immediately upon landing at the jetty at Loch Carnan after personnel were recovered from the water by any of the instructors at the pier. The fact that Kaylee was missing was therefore not noted for some time, resulting in the Coastguard being advised that all cadets had been rescued and delay in her being located. She was subsequently recovered from under the upturned hull over three hours after the initial Mayday call was made and taken by coastguard helicopter to Western Isles Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The court heard that McCallum was in charge of the boating operation but that no specific documented risk assessment had been conducted for the boat transfer. In addition, the evidence subsequently gathered demonstrated that he had failed to adequately plan the activity and assess the risks involved.

Sentence was deferred until Monday 19 November.

Following the plea, Elaine Taylor, Head of the COPFS Health and Safety Division, said:

“George McCallum has today pled guilty to his individual failings in relation to ensuring the safety of Kaylee McIntosh on the day she died.

“The transportation of cadets by craft required adequate planning and assessment of the risks involved, and the accused failed in his duties to carry out both of these crucial elements to ensure that Kaylee and other cadets involved in the activity were safe.

“Those failings resulted in the entirely avoidable loss of the life of a young girl.

“Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Kaylee McIntosh”

HSE Inspector Douglas Conner said:

“The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident revealed a number of failings by Mr McCallum.

“Mr McCallum failed to sufficiently assess the risks involved or to take all reasonable steps when planning or carrying out the activity.

“The part played by his employers, the Ministry of Defence, in Kaylee’s death is being dealt with separately by HSE.”

via George McCallum pleads guilty to failing to ensure safety of Kaylee McIntosh | Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

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Avid Smoker Can’t Fight New Ban in Clayton, Mo.

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Courthouse News Service: ST. LOUIS (CN) – A man cannot sue a Missouri suburb over its anti-smoking ordinance, the 8th Circuit ruled.
Arthur Gallagher sued the city of Clayton, suburb of St. Louis, after it banned smoking in certain public places in 2010. Gallagher claimed that the law unconstitutionally prevented him from smoking outdoors.
Gallagher described himself as a Clayton resident who regularly uses the city’s parks and “ecstatically enjoys smoking tobacco products while doing so.”

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Environmental: use of certain civil sanctions to be limited to companies with over 250 employees

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Environmental: use of certain civil sanctions to be limited to companies with over 250 employees: A statement by the Government of its intention to limit the use of certain civil sanctions to larger companies “paves the way” for their introduction for offences under the Environmental Permitting Regulations (EPR), an expert has said.

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Accident which killed founder member of ELO was preventable, court told | This is Plymouth

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Accident which killed founder member of ELO was preventable, court told | This is Plymouth: A founder member of the rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed in a freak accident when a half tonne hay bale rolled down a steep field onto his vehicle, a jury was told as the case came to court.
Mike Edwards, 62, was a former cellist with the 1970s ELO band, and was killed in September 2010 when the bale, of either hay or silage, rolled down the grass field, through a wire fence and thin hedge into the path of his van as he drove along a busy road near Halwell in Devon.

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Asbestos caused former PC’s death, inquest rules – Exmouth Journal

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Asbestos caused former PC’s death, inquest rules – News – Exmouth Journal: Charles Troake, who was 91 years old and lived in Bapton Close, died on June 25 at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.Two doctors’ reports which were read to the inquest at County Hall said that married Mr Troake, who was born in East Budleigh, had died from malignant mesothelioma.

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Crushed hand in forklift costs Builders Supply Company £5000 fine – Scotsman.com

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Crushed hand costs company �5000 fine – Top stories – Scotsman.com: A CONSTRUCTION supply firm has been fined �5000 following an accident in which a worker had part of his hand crushed. Builders Supply Company pled guilty to a contravention of Health and Safety at Work Act following the incident in April 2010.

The employee, then aged 19, sustained a severe injury while attempting to lift a hopper off the ground using a forklift truck at the firm’s base in Longstone.

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Worker killed in accident at Muskogee paper plant a 33-year-old Fort Gibson native

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Worker killed in accident at Muskogee paper plant a 33-year-old Fort Gibson native: MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Officials have identified the man killed while working at a Georgia-Pacific paper plant in Muskogee.
Officials say 33-year-old Clint Woods worked as an electrical contractor who was subcontracted through Industrial Controls of Oklahoma. Woods died Wednesday in an accident at the plant, but officials have not released details of the incident or a cause of death.

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Devon caravan park, Falcon and Hillside Park fined for polluting stream with sewage

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A South Devon caravan park has been ordered to pay £33,089 in fines and costs for polluting a tributary of the River Dart with sewage.

The case was brought by the Environment Agency.

The operators of the Falcon and Hillside Park, Totnes Road, Paignton continued to discharge poor quality sewage effluent into the Longcombe Stream despite repeated requests from the Environment Agency to improve the site’s sewage treatment plant.

A local farmer said cattle kept in a field close to the caravan park refused to drink from the stream and he had to provide them with an alternative water supply.

The previous owners of the site had permission to discharge treated sewage effluent into the Longcombe Stream that flows across farmland down to the River Dart near Totnes. This permission is known as a ‘consent’. In 2008 the new owners of the site, Hatchmere Park Ltd, were warned by the Environment Agency that the treatment plant wasn’t operating properly and was causing pollution.

In 2009 and 2010 the Agency took a series of formal effluent samples at the caravan park to monitor the performance of its sewage treatment works. All four samples failed including one ‘massive’ failure. The owners were told they were contravening conditions of the site’s consent.

In October 2009 an Agency officer inspected the site and, once again, saw evidence of poor maintenance. A ditch close to the effluent discharge point was ‘black and putrid’ and there was a thick accumulation of brown sewage sludge at the point where the ditch joined the Longcombe Stream. Sewage-related debris (sanitary wastes) were visible around the discharge pipe.

When the officer entered the sewage plant compound he found signs of inadequate treatment including poor settlement, abnormal foaming on the surface of the effluent and a build up of sludge in the final chamber.

The Agency issued Hatchmere Park Ltd with an Anti-Pollution Works Notices to encourage the company to carry out the necessary improvements and safeguard the environment.

In October 2011 an officer returned to the site to see if the owners had complied with the anti-pollution notice. He found there had been no improvement in the performance of the sewage treatment plant. Sewage fungus, a sign of chronic pollution, was clearly visible in the Longcombe Stream.

‘The current owner failed to improve the performance of the treatment plant at this site despite receiving guidance, encouragement and advice from the Agency over a number of years. In-action on the part of the site operator resulted in continued illegal discharges of sewage into a rural stream. In the end we were left with no choice other than to prosecute,’ said Pete Ball for the Environment Agency.

‘The River Dart is used extensively for recreation and is also an important habitat for salmon and sea trout. It is also used as a commercial shellfishery so it is important tributaries such as the Longcombe Stream are safeguarded from pollution,’ said Pete Ball.

Appearing before Torbay magistrates Hatchmere Park Ltd, of Nottingham Road, Sedgebrook, Grantham, Lincolnshire, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay £13,089 costs after pleading guilty to three offences of discharging without a permit and non-compliance with two notices.

Magistrates also ordered the company to carry out improvements works to ensure it complies with the Anti-Pollution Notices by March 31, 2013.

via Environment Agency – Devon caravan park fined for polluting stream with sewage.

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