U.S. Coast Guard Warns on Confined Space Entry After Three Die

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The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert on the dangers of confined space entry – citing a recent casualty where three people were asphyxiated on a drilling rig (MODU).

10 crewmembers were on board the MODU preparing it for a heavy lift transport to an overseas ship breaking facility. They were successful in dewatering three of the MODU’s four legs. However, the de-ballasting system was inoperable in the fourth leg because piping and valves had been previously removed. To continue pumping, the crew rigged a portable diesel engine driven pump to discharge the tanks.

Each leg had six decks. The first two uppermost decks had access hatches that allowed easy transfer of crew and equipment between the decks. The remaining decks were accessed via manhole hatches that were too small to allow passage of the portable pump and had to be enlarged. As each ballast tank was fully discharged, the manhole cover at the bottom of the tank was enlarged and the pump was lowered. 

via U.S. Coast Guard Warns on Confined Space Entry After Three Die.

The worst food hygiene ratings of Plymouth venues this year – Plymouth Live

In the first four months of this year, the Food Standards Agency has ordered 16 businesses to improve their food hygiene.

All of the cafés, restaurants and takeaways in this list have been inspected this year, and handed a poor rating due to standards not being up to scratch.

Each establishment is checked in three categories, including hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building and management of food safety.

Six businesses have been handed a zero rating.  This means that urgent improvement is required. If improvements are not made in a set time-frame, the business can be forced to close.

via The worst food hygiene ratings of Plymouth venues this year – Plymouth Live.

Ship explosion: Three crew members airlifted to hospital – BBC News

Three crew members were rescued from a cargo ship after suffering “significant” burns in an on-board explosion.
The coastguard was called to Hong Kong-registered Great Aspiration, off Lizard Point, Cornwall, at 15:15 BST on Wednesday.
A search and rescue helicopter winched three Chinese crew members off.
They were taken to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, before being transferred to specialist burns units.
— Read on www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cornwall-47976217

Newberry SC man badly burned in workplace incident at Norbord wood panel factory gets $9.75 million settlement from AshTech, manufacturer of a hot ash removal system. | The State

A Newberry man who suffered horrible burns from his feet to his neck from scalding water in a 2016 workplace incident has been paid $9.75 million to settle his lawsuit against the manufacturer of a hot ash removal system he said lacked basic safety equipment.
— Read on www.thestate.com/news/local/crime/article229463124.html

Sixty health and safety risks found at Norwich rental properties last year | Norfolk Property News

According to the figures, released under a Freedom of Information request by Generation Rent, a campaign group for affordable and quality rented homes, Norwich City Council received 368 complaints over conditions at the properties in 2017/18.

Of those, 46pc – 169 – triggered an inspection by council officers.

And over the course of the year, 60 category one hazards were found – a health and safety risk serious enough that it must be addressed.
— Read on www.edp24.co.uk/edp-property/health-and-safety-breaches-norwich-private-rental-homes-1-5997723

Bouncy castle operator bounced from Folkestone town centre spot over ‘health and safety’ concerns – Kent Live

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Folkestone bouncy castle operator has been bounced from his usual town centre spot due to “health and safety” concerns.

Richard Knight, 52, has been running a bouncy castle outside the Sandgate Road Debenhams during the spring and summer months for the past three years.

This year, he said he has been told by by the Folkestone Town Centre Management (FTCM) team that he would not be allowed to set up his inflatable, which he had planned to do in April.

Mr Knight said despite putting his own time and money into helping to upgrade the fuses near where he usually worked, when he called FTCM to arrange setting up his castle in April, he was told he would not be allowed to do so.

via Bouncy castle operator bounced from Folkestone town centre spot over ‘health and safety’ concerns – Kent Live.

This popular Cambridge bar got a ZERO food hygiene rating

A popular bar in Cambridge has been given a zero star food hygiene rating.

The Emperor Cambridge, Latin Tapas and Bar in Hills Road, was given the worst hygiene rating after an inspection by Cambridge City Council in late February this year.

The rating, which is out of five, means a major improvement is necessary.

The standard of food hygiene and safety was deemed poor, cleanliness and condition of the area was bad, and inspectors had little confidence in the management of the bar.


Popular Hull Chinese takeaway gets zero food hygiene rating – but it says it knows why

An east Hull takeaway insists a broken boiler was to blame for plummeting from a top food hygiene rating to a zero.

Moon River has been a fixture in Holderness Road for a number of years and, up until the latest inspection by environmental health inspectors, the Chinese eatery proudly displayed its five rating.

But when inspectors from Hull City Council visited on March 26 they were less than impressed.