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Girl thrown from twister at fireworks fairground – Local – Northampton Chronicle and Echo

Girl thrown from twister at fireworks fairground – Local – Northampton Chronicle and Echo: A mother has spoken of her terror at seeing her nine-year-old daughter being thrown from a bonfire night fairground ride and taken to hospital.

Yasmin Vickery fell from a “twister” ride at the Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show bonfire on Saturday night and hit a safety fence

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Worker killed at Muskogee Georgia-Pacific plant – –

Worker killed at Muskogee Georgia-Pacific plant – – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – |: MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) – Federal officials are investigating after a worker was killed in an accident at the Georgia-Pacific plant in Muskogee.
Officials say emergency responders were called to the mill shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Muskogee Phoenix reports ( ) that the man was working for Industrial Contractors of Oklahoma, which is an electrical contractor.

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Firefighters issue Bonfire Night warning after firework causes house blaze

The London Fire Brigade has today issued a warning to Londoners holding their own firework displays, after a stray firework caused a house fire in east London on Saturday night. The firework, which flew into the roof of the house, is believed to have come from a neighbour’s amateur display. The loft inside the roof was badly damaged, but no injuries were reported.

Watch Manager Richard Barron, from Stoke Newington Fire Station, who was at the scene, said:

“There were lots of fireworks being set off nearby and it’s likely that one of them shot off in the wrong direction, hit the house and set fire to the loft. Incidents like this are the reason we encourage people to attend organised displays, rather than holding fireworks parties at home.

“At the end of the day, fireworks are explosives and can be extremely dangerous. Unless you know what you’re doing, we’d recommend you leave fireworks and bonfires to the experts.”

“It’s fortunate that no one was hurt in this case. Our fire crews did a brilliant job of bringing the fire under control quickly and keeping it from spreading.”

The fire happened on Shacklewell Lane in Dalston, in Hackney, on Saturday night. Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters from Stoke Newington and Kingsland fire stations were at the scene. The Brigade was called at 1857 and the fire was under control at 1919.

The Brigade said that the pre-Bonfire Night weekend was much quieter than expected. On Saturday night (3rd November), 999 control officers took around 100 extra calls and firefighters attended 30 more fires than on previous days last week.

For those holding their own firework displays tonight, the Brigade has offered the following advice:

• Light fireworks at arms length using a taper and stand well back.
• Never go back to fireworks once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
• Build your bonfire well clear of buildings, garden sheds, fences and hedges.
• Never use flammable liquids to start a bonfire.
• Don’t leave bonfires unattended. An adult should supervise it until it has burnt out. If it has to be left, damp it down with plenty of water.

via London Fire Brigade – Firefighters issue Bonfire Night warning after firework causes house blaze.

Director Jailed and Companies Fined After Failing to Pay Employees – Ontario Court of Justice

The Ontario Court of Justice has sentenced Steven Blondin, a director of six Ontario companies, to 90 days in jail for violations of the Employment Standards Act after failing to pay employees.

Between March 2007 and October 2009, 61 employees from six companies, operated by Blondin filed claims with the Ministry of Labour for unpaid wages. An investigation by the ministry found that wages were owed to all 61 employees.

Between February 2008 and April 2010, an employment standards officer issued 113 orders to the six companies and Blondin to pay over $125,000. None of the orders were paid.

Blondin and each company pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the ministry’s orders.

In addition to the jail term and fines totaling $280,000, Blondin and his companies were ordered to pay the wages owing to the employees along with a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

Protecting workers on the job is part of the McGuinty government’s continued commitment to ensuring all Ontarians are treated fairly, while creating jobs.

via Newsroom : Director Jailed and Companies Fined After Failing to Pay Employees.

BSMI recalls dehumidifiers 12 diffent brands – Taipei Times #B&Q

BSMI recalls dehumidifiers – Taipei Times: The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) yesterday announced that 46 models of dehumidifiers from 12 brands were flawed and likely to spontaneously combust after long-term use. At least 316,000 products already sold are being recalled.

As the humid winter season approaches, many people turn on dehumidifiers. However, in an effort to prevent consumers from using problematic products, the bureau yesterday re-announced the recall of 46 types of flawed dehumidifiers and urged consumers to check the model type of their humidifiers.

The 46 products included products from 12 different brands; Tatung, Sanyo, Teco, Sampo, Westinghouse, Gibson, Frigidaire, Kolin, Whirlpool, Widetech, B&Q (Airforce) and Fujimaru.

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Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business

Explosion Rips Through Dutch Electrabel Power Plant; No One Hurt | Fox Business: PARIS/AMSTERDAM–An explosion early Thursday at a 600-megawatt-capacity power plant in Nijmegen, Eastern Netherlands, prompted police to briefly warn the public to remain indoors with windows and doors closed, but GDF Suez SA (GSZ.FR) said no one was injured.

The coal- and biomass-fired plant belongs to the French utility’s subsidiary Electrabel, which shut it down while Electrabel and the fire department began investigating the cause of the blast, police spokesman Frank de Valk said.

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AFP: French Socialist leader charged over asbestos deaths

AFP: French Socialist leader charged over asbestos deaths: PARIS — Martine Aubry, the former leader of France’s governing Socialist Party, has been charged with manslaughter in a probe into whether state negligence contributed to thousands of deaths caused by asbestos exposure.The charges against Aubry relate to her time as a senior official in the ministry of social affairs, before she became a major figure in French politics.

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More safety violations at Maldonado family farm

More safety violations at Maldonado family farm: Since Abel Maldonado announced his plans to run for congress, his 6,000-acre farm in Santa Maria has had three Cal/OSHA citations for issues regarding employee safety.

Since the 1990s, Agro-Jal has accumulated dozens of Cal/OSHA violations and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines while Maldonado served as the farm’s controller.

In early 2011, Maldonado’s family business was cited for allowing farm equipment to work the fields with no driver at the wheel. In 2010, Cal/OSHA cited Agro-Jal four times for running unmanned tractors and for failing to provide adequate access to shade or water for employees.

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