Neighbors, politicians, ‘whistleblowers’ join escalating asbestos fight in Newport

For over a month, members of the Delaware AFL-CIO have been protesting the massive demolition of the long-shuttered General Motors plant in Newport, claiming video footage of non-union work inside shows dangerous asbestos “snow” wafting over the site.  

While the protests triggered a call to police last month, more recently they have prompted an “inquiry” from state environmental investigators. They have spoken with demolition workers who said that supervisors at their employer, Ecoservices LLC, directed them to hide in trailers when federal regulators conducted a site inspection, according to all three of the workers.  

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Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Advised to Test Fire Curtains for Asbestos Hazards | WebWire

Fire curtains, also referred to as safety curtains, are a fire safety device used in theaters and auditoriums. Modern fire curtains are often made of fiberglass or iron, but in the past they were typically made with asbestos due to the minerals unique fire resistant properties of being non-flammable and non-combustible.
Unfortunately, many original fire curtains that contain asbestos can still be found in buildings. Earlier this year there were news reports about theaters in New Hampshire and Connecticut that were replacing asbestos-containing fire curtains with new curtains that did not contain the carcinogenic fibers. Just last year, an auditorium at a university in South Carolina had to be temporarily closed after asbestos was discovered following an annual test of the facility’s fire curtain found asbestos fibers on the stage and not surprisingly in the material used in the fire curtain itself.

via Facility Managers in Puerto Rico Advised to Test Fire Curtains for Asbestos Hazards | WebWire.

Lettings agent fined £50,000 over safety failures at two HMOs

A letting agency which is also an HMO landlord has been fined £50,000 after admitting 18 offences relating in particular to fire safety.

Lettings of London Ltd, which his based in a business park in South Barnet, North London, has been fined £42,596 and told to pay costs of £10,626 plus a victim surcharge of £170 over two HMOs it operated in Hatfield, Hertfordshire that council officers inspected last year following complaints.

The properties on Goldings Crescent were found to lack working fire alarms or fire blankets, broken self-closing fire doors and emergency lighting and several dangerous features including loose stonework and rusted metal handrails.

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Relatives of woman killed by truck in work zone file civil lawsuit

The family of a 24-year-old mother of two who was killed in December in a hit-and-run crash while fixing a guardrail in Union County has sued the 78-year-old truck driver who struck her.

The lawsuit filed on March 27 seeks unspecified damages against Douglas A. Jones, of Mansfield, and Estep Express trucking of Lexington, Ohio, both in Richland County.

Asda security guard stabbing suspect named after Bootle store attack

A man suspected of stabbing of an Asda security guard has been named by police and is due to appear in court today.

Emergency services were called to Strand Road Asda at around 6.50pm on Saturday following reports a man had been attacked.

On arrival a security guard was found to have suffered ‘superficial stab wounds to his leg and arm’.

He was treated at the scene by the ambulance service before being taken to hospital.

Safety warning over Bank Holiday DIY – Examiner Live

Health and safety chiefs are urging people to take care if some DIY is on the agenda today.

Thousands of accidents take place every year due to people making mistakes with power tools, ladders and gardening equipment.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says falls in general are the number of cause of hospital admissions.

NHS England has said there were almost 4,800 admissions to hospital wards for injuries from drills and other power tools in just 12 months, up from 4,446 just three years earlier – a rise of more than 7%.

The NHS dealt with another 6,372 cases after people ending up in hospital after tumbling from a ladder, while more than 500 hospital admissions occurred following a mishap with a lawnmower.

via Safety warning over Bank Holiday DIY – Examiner Live.