Coal-fired power plants remain top industrial polluters in Europe

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Coal-fired power plants across Europe are responsible for the largest amounts of key pollutants released into the air, according to a briefing and updated industrial pollution data published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today.

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Company fined after worker suffers crush injuries

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A Lancashire based company Spectral Colours Limited (SCL) has been fined after a worker was crushed under machinery. Manchester Crown Court heard how the 57-year old employee of SCL was cleaning the dispersion mixing machine at the company’s premises in Crawford Street, Manchester on 30 April 2014. The worker sat on one of the clamping […]

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Scaffold company and director sentenced after worker fell from height

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St. Albans Scaffolding Limited and its director have today been fined after an employee fell more than 20ft to the ground. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard that on 24 February 2016, the 20-year old employee was working with colleagues to erect a scaffold at a house on Cunningham Avenue, St Albans when he lost all points […]

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Rapid action needed on climate financing to meet low-carbon targets

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European countries need to rapidly step up efforts and define their investment needs and plans to match their objectives in shifting to a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. This is the key finding of a stocktaking briefing published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) today, which also stresses the need for clear information on investment needs and priorities to attract private finance.

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HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today released its annual figures for work-related fatalities, as well as the number of people known to have died from the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, in 2015. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents revealed that 137 workers were fatally injured between April 2016 and March 2017 (a […]

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Paint manufacturing company fined for health and safety failings.

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A paint manufacturing company in Manchester has been fined for health and safety failings after a worker suffered burns while trying to clean the floor of a spray booth. Manchester Crown Court heard how an employee of HMG Paints Ltd was using a highly flammable solvent to clean the floor of a spray booth on […]

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Man sentenced after death of retired farmer

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A contractor has been sentenced after a man who hired him was killed by a piece of barbed wire that shot out of his hedge cutting machine. On 13 February 2015 Adrian Pickett was hedge cutting for James Headland, a retired farmer, when the wire ejected out the machine and struck him in the neck. […]

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Better mix of measures including pricing and awareness campaigns key to improving sustainable water use

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In the face of challenges like drought and growing demand in many European Union countries, managing water supplies will require a better mix of pricing and non-pricing measures to ensure efficient household water use, according to a new European Environment Agency briefing published today.

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Warburtons fined £1.9m after injury to agency worker

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Warburtons Ltd has been fined after a worker was injured when his arm got trapped against a running conveyor belt. Nottingham Crown Court heard how on 4 August 2015 the agency worker was cleaning parts of the bread line when his arm got trapped leaving him with friction burns which required skin grafts. An investigation […]

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