Silicosis class action motion filed against South Africa gold firms | Reuters: (Reuters) – A South African lawyer has moved to file a class action suit against over 30 gold firms on behalf of 17,000 former miners who say they contracted silicosis, a debilitating lung disease, due to negligence in health and safety.
Dental drill fell into patient’s lung – The Local: A dental implant surgery turned into a nightmare as the dentist’s drill came unstuck, fell down the patient’s throat and landed in her right lung, an accident which has now been reported to the authorities.
The patient, a 60-year-old woman, was having dental implant surgery at Västmanland County Hospital in Västerås, in central Sweden.
Frustration at fire cover cuts – Local – Halifax Courier: A fire brigade union chief has hit out at a “heartbreaking” lack of objections from Halifax residents against plans to lose a fire engine in the town.
Last Friday, members of West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority approved plans to reform fire cover across West Yorkshire – including removing a fire engine from Halfiax.
Coal is a killer, just like asbestos: The pros and cons on the subject of opening a new coal mine in the Beaufort Range have been written about by many of your readers.Some have discussed job creation which on balance seems to a net zero issue.Others discuss stream and groundwater pollution and the detrimental effects on the local shell fish industry.What might be be missing from the bigger picture is that coal use is a dirty and intrinsically polluting activity that in environmentally conscientious societies is being phased out.
British polluter ignores closure – Social Issues – VietNam News: BINH DUONG (VNS)— British wooden furniture maker Rochdale Spears in Binh Duong Province has ignored a second order by authorities to suspend operations on Wednesday until it improves its waste treatment system.
The company, whose second unit is situated in the Dong An Industrial Park, had first been ordered to shut by November 16 and also fined VND250 million (US$12,000) for causing pollution.
Following its failure to comply, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment gave it a fresh deadline of Wednesday.
Bui Manh Lan, director of the Dong An IP Authority, told Viet Nam News yesterday that Rochdale Spears has defied orders again and continues to operate.
The company’s workers continued spraying chemicals on furniture items in an open workshop.
The area near the factory smelled of sawdust and chemicals.
Daughter finds father dead after ‘tree-cutting accident’ – National News – Independent.ie: A daughter found her father dead after he went to trim trees and failed to return yesterday.Father-of-four Norman Frizzell died after suffering injuries on land close to his home in Drumkeen, Co Donegal.Mr Frizzell (66) was using a chainsaw and may have fatally injured himself while using the machinery.
allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe: Several Water Bottling Firms Banned (Page 1 of 2): GOVERNMENT has banned several water bottling companies for failing to meet basic hygienic requirements. Fifteen out of 49 companies that had applied for licences were registered. Ministry of Health and Child Welfare food control deputy director Mr Freddy Chinyavanhu yesterday said only 21 water brands from 15 companies supplying bottled water had been certified by the Food Standards Advisory Board.
FSAB is the regulatory board that makes random checks on the quality and safety of water for domestic and commercial use.
LOFTY IDEA TO CUT �1M REPAIR BILL | This is Staffordshire: HOUSING workers are to use an industrial cherry-picker for repairs at council houses – to help cut an annual bill of almost �1 million for scaffolding.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council and Kier have agreed to invest in the ‘mobile platform’ to allow contractors to carry out work on security lights and roofs without forking out for scaffolds.
Health and safety officials banned ladders after a worker was seriously injured in a fall.
Two workers killed in landslip | The Malay Mail: TWO workers were killed after they were buried in a landslip at the Ambangan Heights construction site yesterday.The victims — P. Mogan (pic), 39, from Bedong, and S. Saravanan, 25, from Sungai Lalang — were laying sewerage pipes in the new housing project when the soil suddenly gave way, burying them alive during the 10.30am incident.The contractor, Ng Jun Chuan, 45, suffered minor injuries, while another worker, identified as Ming Wei Toh, 51, and the excavator operator escaped unhurt.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – A forklift accident inside a local business led to a spill of more than 100 gallons of weed killer.
It happened at 3:30 a.m. Thursday at 9026 N.E. 13th Ave. Firefighters arrived, assessed the situation and worked to ensure the leak was contained until a hazardous materials cleanup crew arrived.
Investigators said a forklift punctured a container holding 240 gallons of weed killer. Firefighters estimated about half of it leaked out.
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