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OSHA cites tank cleaning service for confined space hazards at Lansing, Ill., facility; proposed fines exceed $142,000

LANSING, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Dedicated TCS LLC with 11 safety and health, including two willful, violations, primarily for failing to protect workers in confined spaces. OSHA opened an inspection of the company’s Lansing facility, which cleans tank trailers, upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.

Proposed penalties total $142,100.OSHA’s permit-required confined space standard establishes procedures to protect workers who must enter, work in or exit spaces with configurations that hinder their activities.

In addition, the configurations of such spaces may increase workers’ exposure to hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and/or hazardous atmospheric conditions, which can lead to serious physical injury, illness or death.”A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy, which makes monitoring workers’ activities in these spaces vital to their safety and health,” said Gary Anderson, OSHA’s area director in Calumet City. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.”

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23196

Council jobsworths ban war veterans from marching through village because … – Daily Mail

A group of seven war veterans were told that they would not be allowed to march on the road in Warton, WarwickshireHealth and safety officials said that they had not been provided with correct forms

Council jobsworths ban war veterans from marching through village because … – Daily Mail

OSHA secures decision affirming fall hazard violation, fine against Campbell, Ohio-based bridge painting company

BOSTON – A decision from an administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upholds a citation issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Campbell, Ohio-based M & JPainting Co. Inc. for failing to abate a safety violation first cited in 2010.

The citation carries a $19,250 fine, which also has been upheld.M & J Painting cleaned and painted the Charles M. Braga Jr. Bridge in Fall River, Mass. In 2010, OSHA inspected the bridge work site and issued a citation encompassing six serious violations. One of the violations involved insufficient horizontal lines used by workers, which placed them in danger of fall injuries.

M & Jsettled with the Labor Department and agreed to have a safety consultant qualified in fall protection systems design horizontal lifeline systems that would effectively protect workers from falls during bridge work.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23190

Cheltenham demolition firm fined for illegal asbestos removal

A Cheltenham demolition company has been prosecuted after exposing its own workers to dangerous asbestos fibres and illegally removing asbestos waste from a property in Gloucester.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted DA Environmental Services Ltd at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court today (5 Nov) for three breaches of regulations relating to asbestos removal.

The court heard HSE found the firm undertook an asbestos survey before demolishing the building showing it contained a quantity of Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB).

The report identified that this would have to be safely removed in a controlled manner before demolition went ahead.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-sw-daenvironmental.htm?eban=rss-

KTVU investigates Chevron refinery’s inspection records | www.ktvu.com

KTVU investigates Chevron refinery’s inspection records | www.ktvu.com: RICHMOND, Calif. —

The Chevron refinery in Richmond remains crippled following the Aug. 6 fire, though repairs are reported to be on the fast track.

But was the fire was an aberration or the culmination of a long series of events?

“One of the things that lead to the disaster, Chevron kept running the unit for two hours after that leak was discovered and apparently didn’t want to take it off line,” said Greg Karras,

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Worker killed in explosion days before 50th birthday | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper

Worker killed in explosion days before 50th birthday | The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper: Doodnath Bhimull, 49, suffered a horrific death when a hot oil blower from a bitumen plant exploded in his face yesterday afternoon. Bhimull, who would have celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday, suffered burns on 100 per cent of his body. He died shortly after 5pm.

Police said Bhimull was conducting an electrical test on the plant at Mora Dam Road in Siparia when the blower heated up from an electrical surge. It exploded, pitching burning debris as far as 20 feet away. The blower feeds fuel into the Bitumen tank which heats up to 300 degrees celsius. When the police arrived, they saw smoke coming from the tank.

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Three die, one missing in Gozo fireworks blast – timesofmalta.com

Three die, one missing in Gozo fireworks blast – timesofmalta.com: Three men were confirmed dead and a fourth was still missing after the Għarb fireworks factory they were working in exploded yesterday afternoon, rocking the island of Gozo.

There were three blasts, the first at about 2.40pm followed by another one a few minutes later. The third explosion took place at about 3.30pm as rescuers were working against time in their bid to find survivors.

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Elf n safety threatens Christmas lights switch-on in Bishop’s Cleeve | This is Gloucestershire

Elf n safety threatens Christmas lights switch-on in Bishop’s Cleeve | This is Gloucestershire: HEALTH and safety fears could pull the plug on Bishop’s Cleeve Christmas celebrations.
Parish councillors have voted against plans for the Christmas lights switch-on – one of the most popular events on the village calendar.

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No fatal accidents at work were reported.- maltatoday.com.mt

Manufacturing accounts for over 25% of non-fatal accidents on workplace – maltatoday.com.mt: Claims in respect of non-fatal accidents at work increased by 1.0 per cent in the third quarter when compared to the corresponding period in 2011.
No fatal accidents at work were reported.
Administrative records indicate that 834 persons had a non-fatal accident during the course of their work during the third quarter this year. Accordingly, the number of accidents during this period increased by 8 (1.0 per cent) over the corresponding period in 2011. The majority of victims, 86.1 per cent, were men.

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