Hong Kong hit by high air pollution – RTHK English News

RTHK English News
The government has issued a health warning as high levels of air pollution are being recorded across Hong Kong.
In Causeway Bay, the reading at the roadside monitoring station was over 140 and it was approaching that level in Central.
People with existing heart or respiratory illnesses, children and the elderly are advised to avoid prolonged stay at roadsides with heavy traffic and surrounded by tall buildings in urban areas and new towns, and reduce physical exertion in such areas as far as possible.

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Man dies in industrial accident in Armorel | todaysthv.com #crane

Man dies in industrial accident in Armorel | todaysthv.com: ARMOREL, Ark. (AP) – Company officials say a man has been killed in an industrial accident at a plant in northeast Arkansas.

Officials say the accident happened Saturday at the Precoat Metals plant near Armorel. Company representative Andrew Farrant says the victim was a technician who was doing maintenance work on a crane.

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One-third of inspections find illegal discharges – Taipei Times

One-third of inspections find illegal discharges – Taipei Times: Amid efforts to improve the water quality of rivers affected by industrial wastewater discharges along Taoyuan County’s seashore, an inspection project initiated by the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) and the local environmental protection bureau has discovered the illegal discharge rate may have reached 33.5 percent.

Bureau of Environmental Inspection North Branch Director Hsiao Chin-lang (蕭清郎) said that since the project was initiated in April last year, the bureau had included 326 companies along six rivers among its key inspections, and 481 inspections of the companies had been conducted.

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Ceiling Collapse In Historic Murray Hill Building Injures Three Workers – NY1.com

Ceiling Collapse In Historic Murray Hill Building Injures Three Workers – NY1.com: Fire officials say three male workers were injured this afternoon in a construction accident in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan.

The accident took place around 1:40 p.m. on the third floor of the former Touro College building at 160 Lexington Avenue and 30th Street, where renovations were taking place, according to fire officials.

Investigators at the scene say the workers were positioned on a scaffolding on the third floor when the ceiling above them gave way.

Fire officials say they had to bring in a special unit to help free one of the workers who was trapped under the debris.

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Union City man killed by big-rig backing up to loading dock in Hayward – ContraCostaTimes.com

 HAYWARD — An industrial worker was struck and killed Tuesday morning by a big rig backing up to a loading dock, police said.

The employee, identified as Xiaobon Cheng, 56, of Union City, was pronounced dead at the scene, Krimm said.

Officers were called at 9:10 a.m. to Keeco LLC at 30736 Wiegman Road for a report of man who was bleeding, said police Sgt. Eric Krimm.

When officers arrived they learned that a big rig with a trailer backed up into a loading dock and fatally struck Cheng, who worked at the business, Krimm said.

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Worker killed when struck by tank being loaded on trailer at Abilene oilfield services company

Worker killed when struck by tank being loaded on trailer at Abilene oilfield services company: ABILENE, Texas — A worker at an oilfield services company in West Texas has died after he was struck by a tank being loaded on to a trailer.
The Taylor County Sheriff’s office on Tuesday identified the victim as 38-year-old Thomas Blain Stewart from Smithville.
Lt. John Cummins says Stewart was helping load the trailer Monday night at Abilene Pipe when the tank rolled. Cummins says Stewart suffered a head injury and was dead at the scene.

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Litany of injuries suffered by Islington Council employees revealed – Crime & Courts – Islington Gazette

Litany of injuries suffered by Islington Council employees revealed – Crime & Courts – Islington Gazette: Attacks by dogs, bites from humans and motorbike crashes while performing jumps were just some of the litany of injuries suffered by Islington Council employees last year.
A new report issued by the town hall shows there were 387 accidents, incidents or near misses in the 12 months leading up to March 2012 – and 239 of those were violent.

This is up more than 150 on the previous year – almost 75 per cent – but the council say this has more to do with their new online reporting system rather than increased danger in the work place
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Grandville factory fire extinguished quickly, thanks to sprinklers and prompt work | MLive.com

Grandville factory fire extinguished quickly, thanks to sprinklers and prompt work | MLive.com: GRANDVILLE, MI— A fire at the Bil-Mac Corp. was extinguished in less than 10 minutes, thanks to the sprinkler system in the building and the prompt contribution of the Wyoming Fire Department, Grandville Fire Chief, Mike May, said Tuesday, Jan. 8.

The fire was reported just before 10 a.m.

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada | Mechanical Failure in One Engine, Fuel Starvation in Second Engine Led to April 2011 Fatal Airplane Crash in Saskatoon

Transportation Safety Board of Canada | Mechanical Failure in One Engine, Fuel Starvation in Second Engine Led to April 2011 Fatal Airplane Crash in Saskatoon: GATINEAU, QC, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ – The Transportation Safety Board of
Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A11C0047) into
the 1 April 2011 crash of a CASA C-212 aerial survey aircraft, operated
by Fugro Aviation Canada, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

During a geophysical survey flight east of Saskatoon, an internal
component in the right engine of the Fugro CASA C-212 failed, causing
the engine to lose power. The crew of three then completed the engine
failure checklist, stowed the survey equipment and turned toward the
Saskatoon airport. Fourteen minutes later, with the aircraft just short
of the airport, the left engine lost power. The aircraft impacted a
concrete noise abatement wall as the crew executed a forced landing
adjacent to a road. The survey equipment operator was fatally injured,
the first officer was seriously injured, and the captain suffered minor
injuries. The aircraft was destroyed.

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Severed the first finger of his right hand to the second knuckle and broke his middle finger in the incident at Berkshire Labels Limited

A Berkshire labels company has been fined for a safety breach after a worker sustained a serious hand injury when it was caught between two contra rotating rollers on a working machine.

The employee, who does not want to be named, severed the first finger of his right hand to the second knuckle and broke his middle finger in the incident at Berkshire Labels Limited in Charnham Park, Hungerford, on 5 September 2011.

Reading Magistrates’ Court heard today (8 January) that he was attempting to clean a coating roller on a finishing machine, and had removed the roller several times to make adjustments and clean away dried on primer.

He then tried to brush off the dried primer from the roller while it was in situ on the working machine, but his right hand was caught and pulled between two rollers, including the one he had just fitted.

He was unable to work for six weeks as a result of his injury and required physiotherapy.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) established that the machine was missing suitable guarding, and had been for some time. Had a guard been fitted the incident would have been avoided.

Berkshire Labels Limited, of Swanford, Charnham Park, Hungerford, was fined £7,000 and ordered to pay £5,637 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Sharron Cripps said:

“The employee’s painful injury should not and need not have happened, and was easily preventable had Berkshire Labels fitted guarding to prevent access to the rollers.

“Being drawn into machines because of inadequate guarding – and even a total absence of guarding – happens far too regularly. The importance of robust safeguards to protect workers gaining access to dangerous moving machinery cannot be overstated.”

Further information on improving safety in manufacturing is available at www.hse.gov.uk/manufacturing.

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