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Smelly colleagues are workers’ biggest bugbears – – – Smelly colleagues are workers’ biggest bugbears: An online survey into work hygiene by jobs website shows that colleagues who smell of sweat are the number one irritant, the Telegraaf reports on Friday.

Second on the list are colleagues who don’t wash their hands after a visit to the toilet, third is bad breath, fourth is making sounds while eating and fifth, sniffing and blowing your nose too loudly.

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Illegal waste processed at biogas plants, posing a threat to health – – – Illegal waste processed at biogas plants, posing a threat to health: Large amounts of illegal waste is being processed in fermentation plants used to generate biogas which could pose a risk to health, according to television current affairs show Reporter.

The Netherlands has some 150 fermentation plants which are used to generate gas based on organic matter which is, in turn, used to create electricity.

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Sweet shop worker killed in boiler blast – Indian Express

Sweet shop worker killed in boiler blast – Indian Express: An employee of Bengali Sweets, Manimajra, died in a blast that occurred in the manufacturing unit of the shop in Industrial Area, Phase II, on Thursday. Another worker suffered injuries and was admitted to Government Hospital, Sector 6 (GH-6), Panchkula.
According to the officials of fire and emergency services, the blast occurred due to excessive steaming at 6.45 am when Rambir Singh and Bodh Raj were working near the boiler, preparing the day’s stock. While Rambir died, Bodh Raj was injured. Shyam Singh, Rambir’s brother, called the police.

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Firefighter sues his brigade for £150,000 after tripping up –

Firefighter sues his brigade for �150,000 after tripping up – Top stories – A FIREFIGHTER is suing a Scottish brigade for more than �150,000, claiming he tripped on loose door trimming in a fire engine and fell to the ground.

Robert Anderson says he hurt his back and remains on painkillers following the Boxing Day incident almost three ago.

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Worker killed while removing massive tugboat propeller in Hartford : Stltoday

Worker killed while removing massive tugboat propeller in Hartford : Stltoday: HARTFORD � •� A worker removing a four to five-ton propeller on a tugboat in Hartford was killed Thursday evening when the propeller fell onto him, knocking him into the Mississippi River, a fire official said.The man, in his 20s, was working on a dry dock at National Maintenance and Repair, which provides services to the river and rail industries. The incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. Hartford Fire Chief Dave Owens said he had been in the water for about 30 seconds when another worker pulled him from the water. �Workers were performing CPR on him when rescue crews arrived.

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Worker killed by forklift in Oakland – SFGate

Worker killed by forklift in Oakland – SFGate: A worker at an Oakland recycling company was killed Thursday morning when a forklift he was operating toppled over, causing a fatal head injury, authorities�said. The victim, a 34-year-old man whose name was not released, was using the forklift to raise a second forklift at Super Link Plastic Inc. at 888 92nd�Ave.

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CDC -(FACE)Program: Iowa Case Report ~ Bathtub refinishing technician died from inhalation of paint stripper vapors,

In 2012, a 37-year-old female technician employed by a surface-refinishing business died from inhalation exposure to methylene chloride and methanol vapors while she used a chemical stripper to prep the surface of a bathtub for refinishing. The technician was working alone without respiratory protection or ventilation controls in a small bathroom of a rental apartment. When the technician did not pick up her children at the end of the day, her parents contacted her employer, who then called the apartment complex manager after determining the victim’s personal vehicle was still at the refinishing company’s parking lot. The apartment complex manager went to the apartment unit where the employee had been working and called 911 upon finding the employee unresponsive, slumped over the bathtub. City Fire Department responders arrived within 4 minutes of the 911 call. The apartment manager and first responders reported a strong chemical odor in the second story apartment. There was an uncapped gallon can of Klean Strip Aircraft® Low Odor Paint Remover (80-90% methylene chloride, 5-10% methanol) in the bathroom. The employee’s tools and knee pad were found in the tub, suggesting the employee had been kneeling and leaning over the tub wall to manually remove the loosened original bathtub finish coat.

The factors contributing to this lethal exposure include use of a highly concentrated methylene chloride chemical stripper having poor warning properties (“Low Odor”); working in a small room without local exhaust ventilation to remove chemical vapors or provide fresh air; and working without a respirator that could have protected the employee from exposure.

Bathtub refinishing technician died from inhalation of paint stripper vapors, Adobe PDF file [PDF 767 KB]

via CDC – Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation(FACE)Program: Iowa Case Report 12IA009.

Donald Robert GRAHAM – asbestos corrugated cement fence exposure costs $2831.80


Donald Robert GRAHAM

Background Details

The Accused trades as Distinctive Fencing, an unincorporated business principally engaged in the installation and removal of fencing.

The Accused was subcontracted by Fencing Unlimited Pty Ltd (ACN 105 353 580; Fencing Unlimited) to remove the existing corrugated cement fence on the boundary between 6 and 8 Houston Crescent, Bunbury, and replace it with colourbond fencing. Fencing Unlimited had been engaged to perform this work by the owner of 6 Houston Crescent.

On 17 July 2012, Fencing Unlimited Pty Ltd (ACN 105 353 580) changed its name to Maasprop Pty Ltd (ACN 105 353 580).

The existing fence was at least 26 m long and approximately 1.4 m above ground and 0.6 m below ground. The Accused was aware that the existing fence contained asbestos. Neither the Accused nor Fencing Unlimited held an asbestos removal licence under the Regulations.

On 21 September 2011 the accused began work on removing the existing fence by breaking off the aboveground portion, leaving the below ground portion un-removed and scattering small fragments of fencing on the ground. This is contrary to Parts 9.5.2 and 9.10 of the Code.

Overnight from 21 to 22 September 2011, the accused left the removed aboveground portion of fencing uncovered in the backyard of 6 Houston Crescent. This is contrary to Part 9.10 of the Code.

The Accused continued work on the remaining portions of the existing fence on 22 September 2011. On neither 21 nor 22 September 2011 did the accused wet the fence to prevent generation of asbestos dust, contrary to Part 9.5 of the Code; nor did he wear appropriate respiratory protective equipment, contrary to Part 9.7.1 of the Code, or erect barriers and warning signs in the area, contrary to Part 9.2 of the Code.

via Prosecution Details | Prosecutions Database | Department of Commerce.


OSHA cites Williams & Davis Boilers in Hutchins, Texas, with repeat, willful and serious violations during follow-up inspection

HUTCHINS, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Williams & Davis Boilers Inc. with nine safety violations – including one willful, four repeat and four serious – for continuing to expose workers to fall and other hazards at the company’s facility in Hutchins. Proposed penalties total $131,670.

A May inspection was conducted as a follow-up to another in July 2011.

The willful violation involves operating a 10-ton overhead crane without bridge brakes and failing to ensure that the crane had sufficient clearance to prevent the bridge from striking the building. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

via 2012 – 11/15/2012 – US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Williams & Davis Boilers in Hutchins, Texas, with repeat, willful and serious violations during follow-up inspection.