Engineer says he was not responsible for death of Whitley Bay pensioner – Today’s News – News – JournalLive

Engineer says he was not responsible for death of Whitley Bay pensioner – Today’s News – News – JournalLive: AN engineer facing health and safety charges has denied leaving a lift door unlocked and allowing a pensioner to fall to her death.
Elizabeth Young, 92, suffered fatal injuries when she plunged 10ft down a lift shaft at Heathdale Care Home, Whitley Bay, in September 2010.
Paul Thompson, 60, and his employers Derwent Life Services have denied to a total of five health and safety breaches.

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Gary Wardle, Director of Wardle Site Services Ltd, Fined After Chainsaw Incident

A Burton upon Trent builder has been fined for dangerous working practices and for failing to report an incident after a Derbyshire worker seriously injured his hand on a chainsaw.

The worker, from Swadlincote, who does not want to be named, caught his left hand on the moving teeth of the machine after it snagged during work to cut felled trees. His thumb was cut to the bone, breaking the joint, and he also injured his fingers.

He was unable to work for six weeks.

Stafford Magistrates Court heard today (12 December) that on 16 March (2012) he had been sub-contracted by Gary Wardle, director of Wardle Site Services Ltd, to clear trees as part of a scheme to build a wall along the driveway of the company’s premises at Stapenhill.

Mr Wardle was using the chainsaw while the injured worker held the log steady at a distance of just 30cms. The blade “snatched” a log during a cut and his hand was pulled towards it.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Wardle failed to follow basic working practices for safely using a chainsaw, such as providing supports for the log and maintaining a distance of five metres between the chainsaw and other workers.

Furthermore, Mr Wardle did not inform HSE of the incident, despite it being reportable under the RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences) regulations.

Gary Wardle, of Stapenhill, Burton upon Trent, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £2,500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Nic Rigby said:

“The risks of using a chainsaw are obvious. They are dangerous pieces of machinery that can cause serious harm or even death, and Gary Wardle carried out his work in a dangerous and reckless manner.

“An effective assessment of the risks needs to be carried out prior to any work of this nature. Anyone using a chainsaw should have received adequate training and must be competent to handle it safely and sensibly.

“In addition, Mr Wardle decided not to inform HSE of this incident, when it was his clear duty to do so. Advice and guidance is readily available from HSE to help comply with the law and keep people safe.”

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Snow fall leads to criminal charge – Germany

Snow fall leads to criminal charge – The Local: A Bavarian man who got his grandmother to clear the snow outside his house faced charges of causing actual bodily harm through negligence after a woman fell on ice.
Half of Germany has been waking up this week to the sound of scraping and brushing as landlords and house-owners arise before dawn to clear the pavements of snow.

Poorly cleared snowy pavements often lead to accidents – and a hefty bill for compensation for the house owner, whose legal duty it is to clear a walkway – but charges are rare, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said on Tuesday. 

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£1m payout to man paralysed for life after diving into shallow swimming pool | Manchester Evening News –

�1m payout to man paralysed for life after diving into shallow swimming pool | Manchester Evening News – A�man who was left paralysed after diving into a shallow swimming pool has received a �1m-plus payout.
Danny McCarrick’s life changed forever in November 2007 when he broke his neck at a holiday park, leaving him permanently paralysed from the neck down.

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White Chocolate Class Action Can Proceed

Courthouse News Service: SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Ghirardelli is still on the hook in a federal class action that complains its white chocolate chips do not contain any white chocolate.
Scott Miller bought a package of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips in June, and discovered the next day that they did not taste like white chocolate.
“He reviewed the ingredients list on the packaging and noticed that the white chips contained no white chocolate, cocoa, or cocoa butter,” according to U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler’s background summary.

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Gunpowder plot as safe explodes – Austrian Times

Gunpowder plot as safe explodes – General News – Austrian Times Online News – English Newspaper: An Austrian man is in a critical condition after taking an angle grinder to open a safe that the he inherited from his brother which turned out to be filled with gunpowder.

The 55-year-old man had inherited the safe two years ago after the death of his brother and was convinced that it contained valuables – but he had been unable to find the key or anybody that was able to open the safe for him.

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Worker Dies – Journal of Commerce

A 32-year-old man was killed while working at a quarry north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is the second fatality related to a conveyor belt at the facility this year.

“The worker was crushed when he became caught in a conveyor belt,” said Lisa Glover, spokesperson with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. “The injured worker was found by a coworker.”

The incident happened at a quarry operated by Hammerstone Corporation on Dec. 6 at about 3:30 p.m.

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2 accidents in 2 days spur investigation of over 14,000 tour buses: Taiwan

Over 14,000 tour buses are scheduled to undergo nationwide inspections, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said yesterday.

MOTC Minister Mao Chi-kuo said that the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) discovered there could be a mechanical problem stemming from an Isuzu manufacturing process that may have been partially responsible for a deadly accident that took place in Hsinchu last Sunday.

Hsinchu Motor Vehicles Office Director Ko Wu said that he and prosecutors are not excluding human fault or mechanical malfunction as the main cause of the accident.

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Stop work notice for Mumbai Metro – Mumbai Mirror

Three months after the collapse of a slab killed a worker and injured 16 others, work on the Airport Road metro station has come to a standstill, after the State Labour Department issued a ‘stop work’ order to the authorities for failure to comply with worker safety norms.

While the metro rail project is being undertaken by Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, construction at Andheri Kurla Road has been contracted to Hindustan Construction Company.

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OSHA cites Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. with repeat and serious violations for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals at Lufkin, Texas, facility

LUFKIN, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. in Lufkin with three repeat and four serious violations following a June inspection as part of the agency’s Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities national emphasis program. Proposed penalties total $99,000.

“Process safety management prevents the unexpected release of toxic, reactive or flammable liquids and gases in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals,” said David Doucet, director of OSHA’s Houston North office. “Exposure to highly hazardous chemicals can be fatal. OSHA will not tolerate a company’s failure to provide a safe and healthful working environment.”

The repeat citations issued for the process safety management standard violations include failing to inspect and test process equipment consistent with applicable manufacturers’ recommendations and good engineering practices, ensure that process equipment complies with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices, and properly label containers holding hazard chemicals. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited at the company’s work site in Live Oak, Fla., in April 2008 and at the work site in Russellville, Ala., in September 2010.