Bus roof torn off after passing under bridge in Andover | Meridian – ITV News

The roof of a double-decker bus has been torn off after passing under a bridge in Andover in Hampshire.

Onlookers stood in shock as the bus hit the bridge at around 9.45am on Tuesday along Charlton Road in the direction of Charlton Village.

The mangled top deck of the double-decker has been left open to the elements as it continues to block the road.

via Bus roof torn off after passing under bridge in Andover | Meridian – ITV News.

Groundworks contractor fined for cable strike

A groundworks contractor, G&R Groundworks (South East) Ltd, has been fined after an operative struck an underground electricity cable resulting in multiple serious burn injuries.

Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard that, on 15th October 2018, G&R Groundworks (South East) Ltd operatives were using an electric ground breaker to dig fence post holes for a car park perimeter fence at a Cummins Power Generation site in Ramsgate, Kent.

 

 

While operating the electric breaker, one of the operatives struck an 11kv electricity cable causing a large flash and engulfing him in flames. The operative sustained serious burns to his face, chest, abdomen, groin, both arms and both legs, amounting to approximately 50% total body surface area burns.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that G&R Groundworks (South East) Ltd failed to source and refer to the underground services plans prior to breaking the ground to determine the location of any cables within the planned working area. They also failed to provide their operatives with cable identification equipment to further locate any cables within that area.

G&R Groundworks (South East) Ltd of St Lawrence Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 25 (4) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and was fined £32,400 and ordered to pay costs of £2,657.18.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Ross Carter said “This incident could so easily have been avoided by simply carrying out correct control measures and safe working practices.

“If a suitable safe system of work was followed prior to the incident, the life changing injuries sustained by the operative would have been prevented.

“Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standards.”

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. We prevent work-related death, injury and ill health through regulatory actions that range from influencing behaviours across whole industry sectors through to targeted interventions on individual businesses. These activities are supported by globally recognised scientific expertise. www.hse.gov.uk
  2. More about the legislation referred to in this case can be found at: www.legislation.gov.uk/
  3. HSE news releases are available at http://press.hse.gov.uk

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Carl Delaney workplace death: Two Darwin companies charged

Two construction companies have been charged over the workplace death of 56-year-old Carl Delaney in the Northern Territory.
Mr Delaney was working for subcontractor Whittens Group at INPEX’s Ichthys Project and was carrying out insulation repair works on an LNG (liquified natural gas) tank when he died on November 29, 2017.
NT Worksafe said he fell while inside the tank and was engulfed by insulation and suffocated about 8pm.
— Read on www.9news.com.au/national/carl-delaney-workplace-death-two-darwin-companies-charged/2f4d5f7d-a922-4493-9ba3-3b16ff32955f

Director charged over 2015 Cheshire mill blast that killed four | UK news | The Guardian

A company director and two managers have been charged over a mill explosion in which four people died.

George Boden, the director of Wood Treatment Ltd, which ran Bosley Mill in Cheshire, has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the explosion and devastating fire at the mill in July 2015.
— Read on www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/nov/08/company-director-charged-over-mill-blast-that-killed-four

Newsroom : Fall From Ladder Injures Workers, Landscaper Employer Fined $45,000

Convicted: Patty Mac Inc., a custom building, construction, landscaping and property maintenance business with an office located at 3785 Muskoka Road in Bala, Ontario.

Location of Worksite: The defendant’s premises on Muskoka Road in Bala.

Description of Offence: A worker was injured after falling from a ladder being used while cutting branches from a tree.

Date of Offence: June 22, 2018.

Date of Conviction: November 6, 2019.

Penalty Imposed:

 Following a guilty plea, Patty Mac Inc. was fined $45,000 by Justice of the Peace Douglas P. Conley in provincial offences court in Bracebridge; Crown Counsel Line Forestier.
The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.
— Read on news.ontario.ca/mol/en/2019/11/fall-from-ladder-injures-workers-landscaper-employer-fined-45000.html

Ex-Luton restaurant manager narrowly avoids prison after cockroaches seen running in ‘filthy and greasy’ kitchen – Luton Today

The ex-manager of a popular Chinese restaurant in Luton received a suspended sentence after leaving inspectors aghast at the sight of running cockroaches and mice droppings.
Meixia Whiteley, 40, was the operator of How Cha noodle bar on Chapel Street when it was inspected by the council in July 2018 and found to have multiple food hygiene breaches.
— Read on www.lutontoday.co.uk/

Environmental Prosecutions Drop to Lowest Rate in 20 Years

The Trump administration is chasing down fewer environmental crimes than any administration since the mid-1990s, according to new data from an independent research group.

During fiscal 2019, the Justice Department reported 302 new environmental prosecution cases, the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse said in a recent report on environmental crime prosecution.

That contrasts with the 850 cases the Justice Department filed in fiscal 1999, 491 in 2009, and 335 in 2014.

Examples of DOJ prosecutions in 2019 included illegally taking fish and wildlife, violating endangered species and migratory bird laws, smuggling goods, illegal hunting, and fraud, TRAC said.
— Read on news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/environmental-prosecutions-drop-to-lowest-rate-in-20-years