Scunthorpe shop fined £3,000 after mouse droppings discovered, North Lincolnshire Council reveals | This is Scunthorpe

 North Lincolnshire Council prosecuted the owner of Priory Lane News in Scunthorpe after a mouse infestation was discovered on the premises.

Officers from the authority’s Environmental Health Commercial Team visited Priory Lane News in March and discovered a live mouse infestation in the rear storeroom, with droppings found on shelving, the floor and on the sink.

Scunthorpe shop fined £3,000 after mouse droppings discovered, North Lincolnshire Council reveals | This is Scunthorpe 

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One dead, 7 missing in ship accident|chinadaily.com.cn

 One person is dead and seven are missing following a boating accident in Central China’s Hunan province local authorities said on Monday.

The accident happened at 3 am on Sunday when a ship on its way to Pingkou township capsized in waters in Pingshan village in Anhua county, causing four cargo vehicles and 11 people on board to fall into the water.

Three people were rescued.

One dead, 7 missing in ship accident|Society|chinadaily.com.cn 

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Worker killed in bulldozer accident

A construction worker was killed when he was trapped underneath a bulldozer at a work site on Elmore Avenue in Davenport this morning.

The man was removed from the scene after being freed by Davenport police and firefighters who responded to the scene.

No other information on the accident is available.

 Worker killed in bulldozer accident 

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“The system of work adopted by Galliford Try and Parkstone Group was unplanned and unsafe”

Two construction companies have been fined for serious safety failings after a Coventry worker suffered life-changing injuries after plummeting more than six metres through a badly-covered hole in a floor. Contract worker Ian Howells, 33, of Tile Hill, punctured his lung, broke every rib on the left hand side of his body, shattered all the bones in his left hand and fractured his pelvis in three places as he stepped onto what he thought was a pile of wood covered by plastic. He was bedridden for two months and was unable to work for a year after the incident on 26 November 2010 at a fifth floor plant room undergoing construction at Edgbaston cricket ground. He still suffers considerable pain, walks with a limp and has not regained full use of his hand. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday (10 December) that he and a colleague were trying to move a heavy floor grinder when he stepped onto the wood. He was unaware it was a polythene covered pallet placed on top of scaffolding that concealed a service void. The pallet snapped and sent him crashing to the fourth floor below. The fall was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which found that Parkstone Group Limited and Galliford Try Construction Limited, the principal contractor for the construction project, could and should have done more to prevent it. Neither company had properly assessed the risks or devised a safe system of work for moving the floor grinder. HSE identified that no information had been provided to anyone working on site in relation to the risks posed by covered voids, and there was no signage affixed to the void to highlight the potential danger. There was also no safe access to the room where work needed to be undertaken. Workers had to access the fifth floor by pulling themselves through the void and then a gap between a scaffolding guard rail. Parkstone Group Limited, of Stonebridge Road, Coleshill, West Midlands, and Galliford Try Construction, of Cowley, Uxbridge, Middlesex, both pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. Yesterday (Monday 10 December) the companies were each fined £13,500 and ordered to pay £3,345 costs. After the hearing HSE inspector Paul Thompson said: “This incident was entirely preventable. The system of work adopted by Galliford Try and Parkstone Group was unplanned and unsafe. Workers were not provided with a safe means by which to do their jobs, or the right equipment to help them do it. “The hole in the floor had been covered with a polythene-covered pallet to prevent rain from getting in, but it was not obvious that it was concealing a hidden danger and individuals at work were not informed of this. “As a result Mr Howells has suffered life-changing injuries that he will never fully recover from.” http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-wm-19212.htm?eban=rss-

Superior Plumbing Installations Ltd failures led to workers’ exposure to asbestos at Aberystwyth flats

Significant safety failures by a plumbing company may have led to two workers being exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres during a major refurbishment project on flats in Aberystwyth.

The workers – a site manager and a subcontractor – were not provided with information about the presence of asbestos while working at the flats in the Penparcau area between November 2010 and February 2011.

Superior Plumbing Installations Ltd, the principal contractor at the site, appeared before Aberystwyth Magistrates today (10 Dec) in a prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The court heard that a routine inspection by HSE found contractors carrying out refurbishment work without taking account of asbestos that may have been present.

Workers had removed 82 metres of cement board, which a survey had identified as ‘presumed to contain asbestos’, by breaking it up with a hammer and shovelling it into a wheelbarrow before putting it in a general waste skip. The contractor was due to do the same on two other properties, one of which had asbestos confirmed in the soffits.

HSE found that Superior Plumbing had made no effort to obtain asbestos surveys that existed for the properties to determine if asbestos was present in the flats (Penybont, Gwel Rheidol, Bryn Ysgol and Tremafon blocks) or assess the risk of working with asbestos on the site.

The firm also failed to make a plan to properly deal with its removal and hired a site manager for the scheme who had not been given asbestos awareness training.

Superior Plumbing Installations Ltd, of Windmill Hill Business Park, Whitehill Way, Swindon, pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £3,830 in costs.

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

Hazardous waste disposal costs company £15,413.92

Yesterday, East Midlands Demolition Limited of Duffield Road, Little Eaton, Derby, was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court to charges relating to the illegal deposit of hazardous waste. The company pleaded guilty at an earlier Court hearing.

The company was fined £11,000.00 ordered to pay £4,398.92 in costs, along with a £15 victim surcharge.

The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under Section 33 and 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Prosecuting for the Environment Agency, Kiran Cassini told the Court that on 6 September 2010, the Environment Agency was made aware of noise and dust coming from a site owned by Evans Concrete Limited, Pye Bridge Industrial Estate, Alfreton. Officers attended and observed that the land on the site appeared to have been raised by approximately one metre. Officers spoke to the managing director of the company and he indicated that tarmac had been brought onto the site by East Midlands Demolition Ltd to create a hardstanding area for storage on the site.

Environment Agency officers checked waste transfer notes provided by Evans Concrete Limited and found that East Midlands Demolition Limited originally removed the waste from Cavendish Junior School on 10 and 11 August 2010. The waste was described as ‘tarmac’ and 720 tonnes of it had been imported onto the Evans Concrete Limited site.

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/144732.aspx

Farmer dies in tractor rollover – Weekly Times Now

WORKSAFE inspectors are investigating a fatal tractor rollover and a horrific accident involving a forklift in Victoria.

A farmer was killed on a Whanregarwen property after his tractor rolled on a slope.

Police said the man in his 70s was last seen on Sunday and was located by a family member at 1.30am this morning.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

 Farmer dies in tractor rollover – Weekly Times Now 

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Father, son fall from scaffolding in Southwest Austin | kvue.com Austin

AUSTIN — Two men were injured after falling 20 to 25 feet off of scaffolding in Southwest Austin.

It happened around 2:40 p.m. Monday at 9433 FM 2244 (Bee Cave Road) near Cuerna Vaca.

A father and son working to put up awning on a new office complex called Crystal Mountain fell when a ladder they’d placed on scaffolding gave way

 Father, son fall from scaffolding in Southwest Austin | kvue.com Austin 

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Two men seriously injured from accident caused by fallen tree limb | 11alive.com

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — A traffic accident involving three vehicles caused by a fallen tree limb has sent two men to Gwinnett Medical with serious injuries.

The accident happened when a City of Lawrenceville employee was driving south on Stone Mountain Street near Constitution Boulevard around 1:30 p.m. in stormy weather, according to police.

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OSHA cites Honeywell Electronic Chemicals for multiple process safety management violations in Mansfield, Texas

MANSFIELD, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Honeywell Electronic Chemicals LLC with 10 serious safety and health violations at the company’s facility in Mansfield. Proposed penalties total $53,000.

OSHA’s Fort Worth Area Office personnel opened an investigation at the company’s facility at U.S. Highway 287 North as a part of the agency’s national emphasis program on process safety management, known as PSM, for covered chemical facilities. Employees were found to be exposed to catastrophic releases of highly hazardous chemicals while conducting operations at the plant.

“This company jeopardized the safety of its employees by failing to implement OSHA’s process safety management regulations effectively,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth, Texas. “OSHA requires employers to provide safe and healthful working conditions to prevent accidents and illnesses.”

Six serious violations all relate to PSM, and include failing to ensure process equipment complies with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices; ensure standard operating procedures were annually certified; conduct an incident investigation within 48 hours and ensure piping and instrumentation diagrams were up-to-date.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23379