Fire crews have responded with fury after fly-tippers dumped a huge quantity of toxic substances on a remote track in Wigan. Emergency services were called to a massive pile of gas cylinders, including ones filled with acetylene, and sheets of asbestos ablaze on Maple Avenue in Hindley.
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A council worker in Somerset suffered the misfortune of standing on a wasps’ nest while looking for a rat.
That’s according to a list of 58 ‘health and safety incidents’ over the past year, published by South Somerset District Council.Exploding tyres, burned fingers and dog bites were just some of the other perils encountered by staff at the council over the last year.
Arguably the unluckiest incident, however, involved a worker hunting a rodent getting stung.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) is always working to increase construction practices that address health and safety hazards.
The NIOSH Construction Program works through every stage of development – from pre-design to design, construction, occupancy and eventual demolition, the safety of people in the area remains a top priority.
NIOSH is not the only group in the United States pushing for safer conditions for construction workers. While worksites have improved in the past, how things are built is under constant transformation.
In this case, switching to green, eco-friendly building designs have been both a good and bad thing for construction workers. While the general point is to ensure the health of people throughout the building’s life, some of the practices are new and not yet mastered.
THE owners of a row of beach huts worth almost £1million are dismayed after they were condemned overnight due to health and safety fears.
The ‘hutters’ received a ‘crass and unsympathetic’ council letter ordering them to demolish the 20 wooden cabins after their shingle beach was washed away by storms.
The erosion created a 12ft steep bank to open up in front of the huts that are now at risk of toppling over.But instead of replenishing the stones as they have done before, New Forest District Council (NF
A railway station had to shut down its power while emergency services scrambled to save a trapped seagull.
The unfortunate bird caught its wing in some netting and was stuck in the canopy above platform one at Eastbourne Station.Staff said the bird, known as Paul, has been visiting for years and is known as the station mascot.
He was stuck for about 24 hours before wildlife rescuers were called to help.
The costs of industrialisation are many. Human beings, wildlife, nature, the environment, and future generations often pay the price. In some instances, those who shoulder the burden do so voluntarily; some are compensated for their sacrifice and, in most cases, the suffering is imposed without their knowledge and consent. Add to that the tons of catastrophic events such as industrial accidents, mine collapses, and transport disasters that are a regular news item in this day and age. Ironically, many of these were foreseen and the deaths and illnesses could have been prevented.
Victims of industrial accidents are sometimes paid compensation although these are often small quantities of money and frequently do not reach the victims on time. Fortunately, we now have the capability to identify the culprits and are constantly refining the mechanism to measure the cost of the pain, suffering and physical damage they generate.
A review of these disasters has identified three problems:
1) Safety inspectors are lax or go easy on owners;
2) Companies hire inspectors from “friendly” agencies; and
3) Companies ignore inspection reports or disregard early warning signs.