OSHA cites Missouri American Water for safety violations following worker’s death on reconstruction site in Joplin

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JOPLIN, Mo. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited utility company Missouri American Water for two willful safety violations following the May 16, 2012, death of a worker. The worker suffered fatal injuries when a gas-powered saw kicked back while he and another employee were cutting sections of old cast-iron pipe. The work was part of efforts to reroute underground water lines in a residential neighborhood being rebuilt following the EF5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011.

“Employers such as Missouri American Water have a responsibility to take all necessary steps to eliminate hazards from the workplace and to ensure that workers are given the proper equipment, tools and training to conduct required tasks,” said Charles E. Adkins, OSHA’s regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. “It is tragic that an employee lost his life while performing valuable work to rebuild this devastated community.”

via 2012 – 11/08/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA cites Missouri American Water for safety violations following worker’s death on reconstruction site in Joplin.

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Concern at series of workplace accidents

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Concern at series of workplace accidents: A construction worker suffered an electric shock at a worksite in Duntroon, a crane collapsed in Queanbeyan, and a Civic concrete pour was shut down on Thursday.

A 28-year-old was shocked while working at a site on General Bridges Drive just before 11.45am.

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Girl thrown from twister at fireworks fairground – Local – Northampton Chronicle and Echo

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Girl thrown from twister at fireworks fairground – Local – Northampton Chronicle and Echo: A mother has spoken of her terror at seeing her nine-year-old daughter being thrown from a bonfire night fairground ride and taken to hospital.

Yasmin Vickery fell from a “twister” ride at the Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show bonfire on Saturday night and hit a safety fence

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Worker killed at Muskogee Georgia-Pacific plant – NewsOn6.com –

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Worker killed at Muskogee Georgia-Pacific plant – NewsOn6.com – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – KOTV.com |: MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) – Federal officials are investigating after a worker was killed in an accident at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Muskogee.
Officials say emergency responders were called to the mill shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Muskogee Phoenix reports (http://is.gd/7OVIkP ) that the man was working for Industrial Contractors of Oklahoma, which is an electrical contractor.

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Firefighters issue Bonfire Night warning after firework causes house blaze

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The London Fire Brigade has today issued a warning to Londoners holding their own firework displays, after a stray firework caused a house fire in east London on Saturday night. The firework, which flew into the roof of the house, is believed to have come from a neighbour’s amateur display. The loft inside the roof was badly damaged, but no injuries were reported.

Watch Manager Richard Barron, from Stoke Newington Fire Station, who was at the scene, said:

“There were lots of fireworks being set off nearby and it’s likely that one of them shot off in the wrong direction, hit the house and set fire to the loft. Incidents like this are the reason we encourage people to attend organised displays, rather than holding fireworks parties at home.

“At the end of the day, fireworks are explosives and can be extremely dangerous. Unless you know what you’re doing, we’d recommend you leave fireworks and bonfires to the experts.”

“It’s fortunate that no one was hurt in this case. Our fire crews did a brilliant job of bringing the fire under control quickly and keeping it from spreading.”

The fire happened on Shacklewell Lane in Dalston, in Hackney, on Saturday night. Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters from Stoke Newington and Kingsland fire stations were at the scene. The Brigade was called at 1857 and the fire was under control at 1919.

The Brigade said that the pre-Bonfire Night weekend was much quieter than expected. On Saturday night (3rd November), 999 control officers took around 100 extra calls and firefighters attended 30 more fires than on previous days last week.

For those holding their own firework displays tonight, the Brigade has offered the following advice:

• Light fireworks at arms length using a taper and stand well back.
• Never go back to fireworks once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
• Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges.
• Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire.
• Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water.

via London Fire Brigade – Firefighters issue Bonfire Night warning after firework causes house blaze.

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Director Jailed and Companies Fined After Failing to Pay Employees – Ontario Court of Justice

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The Ontario Court of Justice has sentenced Steven Blondin, a director of six Ontario companies, to 90 days in jail for violations of the Employment Standards Act after failing to pay employees.

Between March 2007 and October 2009, 61 employees from six companies, operated by Blondin filed claims with the Ministry of Labour for unpaid wages. An investigation by the ministry found that wages were owed to all 61 employees.

Between February 2008 and April 2010, an employment standards officer issued 113 orders to the six companies and Blondin to pay over $125,000. None of the orders were paid.

Blondin and each company pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the ministry’s orders.

In addition to the jail term and fines totaling $280,000, Blondin and his companies were ordered to pay the wages owing to the employees along with a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government’s continued commitment to ensuring all Ontarians are treated fairly, while creating jobs.

via Newsroom : Director Jailed and Companies Fined After Failing to Pay Employees.

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BSMI recalls dehumidifiers 12 diffent brands – Taipei Times #B&Q

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BSMI recalls dehumidifiers – Taipei Times: The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) yesterday announced that 46 models of dehumidifiers from 12 brands were flawed and likely to spontaneously combust after long-term use. At least 316,000 products already sold are being recalled.

As the humid winter season approaches, many people turn on dehumidifiers. However, in an effort to prevent consumers from using problematic products, the bureau yesterday re-announced the recall of 46 types of flawed dehumidifiers and urged consumers to check the model type of their humidifiers.

The 46 products included products from 12 different brands; Tatung, Sanyo, Teco, Sampo, Westinghouse, Gibson, Frigidaire, Kolin, Whirlpool, Widetech, B&Q (Airforce) and Fujimaru.

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Banana skin slip stops steak knife stabbing – Germany

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Banana skin slip stops steak knife stabbing – The Local: A banana skin saved a woman from serious injury when her estranged husband slipped on it while trying to stab her with a steak knife, a German court heard this week.

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Explosion rocks Phoenix gas station | azfamily.com Phoenix

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Explosion rocks Phoenix gas station | azfamily.com Phoenix: PHOENIX — An explosion rocked a north Phoenix gas station, sending a hot air balloon pilot to the hospital Wednesday. The fireball went up just before 11 a.m. at 19th Avenue and Rose Garden Lane north of Loop 101.

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Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business

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Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business: PARIS/AMSTERDAM–An explosion early Thursday at a 600-megawatt-capacity power plant in Nijmegen, Eastern Netherlands, prompted police to briefly warn the public to remain indoors with windows and doors closed, but GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR) said no one was injured.

The coal- and biomass-fired plant belongs to the French utility’s subsidiary Electrabel, which shut it down while Electrabel and the fire department began investigating the cause of the blast, police spokesman Frank de Valk said.

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