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Park and Slide at Safety Confrence – Romanian Times Online News

Park and Slide – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A businesswoman staging a conference on safety in the workplace watched in horror as her car rolled into a lake after she forgot to put the handbrake on.

Red-faced Kasia Miechowicz, 26, had left her brand new Audi in a hotel car park in Olsztyn, Poland, where she was hosting the lecture.

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Electric heaters causing a fire a day, warn fire chiefs – London Fire Brigade –

With temperatures in the capital set to drop below freezing this weekend, fire chiefs are issuing a warning as new figures show that electric heaters cause around one fire a day in London during winter.

New figures from the London Fire Brigade shows that over the last four winters there have been 310 fires, 10 fire deaths and 57 injuries caused by electric heaters.

The Brigade is most concerned about the risk from portable electric heaters. According to the figures, heaters are disproportionately likely to be the cause of fires that result in people dying. Despite heaters starting only five per cent of the capital’s electrical fires, a third of fatal electrical fires over the past three years involved heaters.

The Brigade’s warning for people to take extra care comes shortly after the first fire death involving a heater this winter. Last week (23 November) a man died following a fire on Harbord Street in Fulham which early indications suggest was caused by a heater setting fire to items nearby.

Most of these fires are easily preventable and are caused by heaters falling over and catching clothes or furniture alight. The Brigade is asking people not to become another statistic by following this advice:

• Never sit too close to the heater as you could set light to your clothes or chair, especially if you fall asleep.
• Heaters should stand where they can’t be knocked over, away from beds, furniture and fabrics.
• Do not put anything on the heater or use it to dry clothes.

London Fire Commissioner Ron Dobson said;

“I’m concerned that with the cold weather set to hit London this weekend more people will be pushed to use portable heaters to keep warm. During winter, we’re seeing one fire a day caused by heaters that have fallen over or set fire to clothes or furniture. People need to make sure their portable heaters are standing upright and kept well away from clothes or furniture.”

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) – the UK charity dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents – is supporting the London Fire Brigade campaign.

Phil Buckle, Director General of ESC, said:

“A number of people take electricity for granted and pay a serious price. By following a few very simple safety precautions you could save a life. If you own an electric heater, please use it responsibly and if you know anyone who is elderly or vulnerable and is using an electric heater, please make sure they understand the safe way to ensure they stay warm this winter.”

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Linesman attacked by teenage football players dies – – – Linesman attacked by teenage football players dies: The 41-year-old linesman reportedly beaten up by three boys aged 15 and 16 after a football match in Almere at the weekend has died.

Richard Nieuwenhuizen was chased and attacked by the youths from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten after an amateur football match between the Amsterdammers and Almere club Buitenboys.

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Chief officer of a Malta flagged tanker arraigned over maritime tragedy – The Malta Independent

Seaman arraigned over maritime tragedy – The Malta Independent: The chief officer of a Malta-flagged tanker has been accused of the involuntary homicide of five persons on board a trawler his ship had collided into.

The Sichem Pandora tanker collided with trawler Klein Familie on 5 January, 2006, causing it to sink and leading to the death of five of the 6 French crewmen on board.

A magisterial inquiry concluded that criminal proceedings should be instituted against Vasily Ogarkov and Alexandrs Belikovs, due to a failure to help a vessel in distress and assist people in danger at sea and a breach of duty to report accidents.

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Forgotten sailors jumping overboard | Yachting Monthly

Forgotten sailors jumping overboard | Yachting Monthly: Forgotten sailors who – suffering from depression over appalling job contracts are taking their own lives by jumping overboard – it has been revealed.Merchant seamen – once held in high regard – are now among the forgotten lost souls of the workplace, the Rev Andrew Wright said. He is determined to raise their profile and has been working alongside the MCA to that end.

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US Labor Department’s OSHA cites ATW Automation with 9 safety violations following worker’s death at Dayton, Ohio, manufacturing facility

DAYTON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited ATW Automation Inc. for nine safety violations after a worker sustained blunt force trauma injuries at the company’s machine manufacturing facility in Dayton. The worker was caught and pinned by a conveyor that had lowered during a “power down” process, and he died from his injuries a few days later.

“ATW Automation has a responsibility to mandate effective measures that control hazardous energy in its manufacturing facility to ensure that machines will not become unexpectedly energized, which poses a risk of injury or death to workers. Failing to do so resulted in a tragedy,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “Employers who are cited for safety, especially repeat, violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

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Amey L G Ltd v The Scottish Ministers – Tender to low

The central issues were i) the meaning and purpose of reg. 30(6), Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 that allows a contracting authority to reject a tender on the ground that it is abnormally low, and; ii) an application made by the Scottish Ministers under reg. 47(10) for an interim order to end the prohibition against their entering into contracts for the provision of services in relation to trunk roads in Scotland. Amey, the pursuer, was unsuccessful in a bid for contracts providing for management, maintenance and improvement works in trunk roads within the south west and north west of Scotland respectively.

OSHA cites Pandrol USA in Bridgeport, NJ, for willful and serious violations, proposes $283,500 in penalties

BRIDGEPORT, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pandrol USA LP, a rail fastening system manufacturer, with 25 safety and health violations – including three willful – at the company’s Bridgeport facility. A complaint alleging hazards prompted OSHA’s inspection. Proposed penalties total $283,500.

The willful violations involve the employer’s failure to use energy control, or “lockout/tagout” procedures, for mechanical and hydraulic presses; provide machine guarding; and ensure that employees performing maintenance and repairs on machinery are properly trained on energy control procedures. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowledge or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Due to the willful violations, Pandrol has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. For more information on the program, visit

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OSHA establishes alliance with Wisconsin Agri-Business Association to address grain industry hazards

MADISON, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established an alliance with the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association that will focus on addressing the grain and feed industry’s six major danger areas, which are outlined in OSHA’s Local Emphasis Program for Grain Handling Facilities. These include engulfment, falls, auger entanglement, “struck-by,” combustible dust and electrocution hazards.

“This alliance is an opportunity for OSHA and the Wisconsin Agri-Business Association to work together to train employers and workers about the unique hazards of the grain and feed industry,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s area director in Madison. “We will continue to improve the safety and health of workers on Wisconsin farms.”