Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Fined $85,000 After Worker Injured

Newmarket, Ont. – Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, a newspaper publishing company, was fined $85,000 for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.

On June 6, 2011, a crew was working at the newspaper’s Vaughan Press Centre in Woodbridge, where its newsprint products are printed. A worker was assigned to clean the rollers on one of the press units to prepare for bearer pre-tensioning, which involves the adjusting of pressure between the rollers to ensure the quality of print.

The worker activated the “crawl mode,” which rotates the rollers at five revolutions a minute. The worker then cleaned the bottom roller with a rag soaked in solvent. The finger guard had been removed prior to the procedure.

The rag got caught in the rollers and was pulled into the unguarded pinch point, also drawing in the worker’s hand. The worker sustained hand injuries.

Toronto Star Newspapers Limited pleaded guilty to failing as an employer to ensure that the rollers were stopped during its cleaning, and that it was properly blocked to prevent its movement.

The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace Grainne M.K. Forrest In addition to the fine, the court 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.

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Timber merchant is fined £50,000 after worker’s accident – Angus / Local / News / The Courier

Timber merchant is fined �50,000 after worker’s accident – Angus / Local / News / The Courier: SCOTLAND’S LARGEST timber 
merchant was fined �50,000 yesterday, three years after a worker was crushed by a stack of falling wood at its HQ near Dundee.

Rembrand Timber’s unblemished 30-year safety record was ended by the December 2009 incident at Shielhill, Tealing, when forklift driver Alan Welsh’s hip and ankle were broken as he tried to flee the toppling stack of wood he had been attempting to make safe.

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Lumber worker killed by falling tree in Bruce County | therecord

Lumber worker killed by falling tree in Bruce County | therecord: LUCKNOW — A falling tree killed a lumber worker Thursday morning northeast of Lucknow, in Bruce County.

McGlynn Lumber was taking trees out of a woodlot along Lockhart Street, between Grey Ox Avenue and Kairshea Avenue, said Matt Blajer, spokesperson for the Ontario Labour Ministry.

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Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf Settles with Cal/OSHA | Fort Mill Times – Fort Mill, SC

Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf Settles with Cal/OSHA | Fort Mill Times – Fort Mill, SC: Agency withdraws ergonomic violations related to housekeeper tasks; Hotel continues job hazard analysis, refines housekeeper training programs


Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf announced it has reached a settlement with the California Division of the Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) after working cooperatively with the agency to ensure continued workplace safety for the hotel’s housekeeping staff.

No ergonomic violations related to housekeeper tasks such as bed making, vacuuming or dusting, were found after exhaustive investigations by four separate OSHA jurisdictions, and all repetitive motion citations were withdrawn at Hyatt at Fisherman’s Wharf.

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Orbital Foods Ltd fined after bacon press started up and workers arm crushed

A Suffolk worker’s arm was badly crushed when a bacon press he was reconditioning started up as he worked on it, a court has heard.

Orbital Foods Ltd, which buys and sells used food processing machinery, was yesterday (20 December) prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive for failing to prevent the incident at its Chapel Pond Hill premises on 19 March 2012.

Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard that Rui Sousa, 46, an experienced engineer, was working on the machine with the air and power supply still connected having over-ridden a safety feature.

Mr Sousa suffered a fracture, severe lacerations and crush injuries when the press closed on his left arm, as a result of which he was off work for four months.

An HSE investigation found that no risk assessment had been carried out on the machine and no safe system of work was provided for engineers.

The court was told that a previous HSE inspection in 2006 also identified issues with Orbital Foods not doing enough to risk assess the often dangerous condition of machines they received for reconditioning, or to operate a safe system of work.

The company improved its practices in response to the 2006 inspection, but they had again lapsed in relation to Mr Sousa’s preventable injury.

Orbital Foods Ltd, of Chapel Pond Hill, Bury St Edmunds, was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay £2,634 in prosecution costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After the hearing HSE inspector Anthony Brookes said:

“Employers have a responsibility to provide systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health.

“In this case the company had received previous warnings and enforcement from HSE which, had they heeded, would have prevented the serious and painful injury Mr Sousa had to endure.”

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Endeavour Speciality Chemicals Ltd fined after exposing staff to chemicals

A chemical manufacturing company from Daventry has been fined for exposing its employees to a range of hazardous chemicals.

One member of staff, a 46-year-old despatch officer, was diagnosed with occupational asthma and rhinitis after handling a variety of toxic substances, mainly in liquid form, that were classed as hazardous to health at Endeavour Speciality Chemicals Ltd. They are used for flavouring and smell purposes in food production.

The female employee is now no longer able to work with chemicals and has been found another job within the firm.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court was told today (21 December) how employees were required to manually pour substances into containers ready for despatch to customers. Necessary ventilation and appropriate organisation of the workplace had not been provided.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the company had failed to assess the risk of ill health from packing operations involving chemicals, and had also failed to implement the necessary control measures required to prevent, or adequately control employees’ exposure.

Endeavour Speciality Chemicals Ltd, of Low March Industrial Estate, Daventry, Northamptonshire, admitted breaching Regulations 6(1), and 7(1) of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 and was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

After the hearing HSE Inspector James Wright said:

“The company’s failure to assess the risks, and implement control measures for what was a simple work process, has resulted in an employee suffering years of ill health, and has probably prevented her from ever working with chemicals again.

“The measures that were required to have made this work safe were inexpensive and not difficult to implement. These could have included effective fume cupboards suitable for the work, local exhaust ventilation, good hygiene practices, exposure monitoring and suitable PPE. Companies should ensure they have suitable arrangements in place to manage the risks from the handling of hazardous substances.”

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Circus owner returns to tiger cage – The Malta Independent

Circus owner returns to tiger cage – The Malta Independent: Plans to find an alternative site for his circus have failed, so Mario Sali returned to a tried and tested method to get his message heard – locking himself in the tiger cage.

When contacted, a Mepa spokesman told The Malta Independent online that the enforcement notice still remains in effect and that no solution has been found as yet, which obviously explains why the owner has locked himself back in the tiger cage.

On Tuesday, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority ordered Circo Fantasy to shut down. As a temporary structure, the circus needed no development permit to be set up, but it also had to be removed within 30 days, a period which had elapsed.

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OSHA cites Worldwide Oilfield Machine in Houston for exposing workers to amputation and electrical hazards

HOUSTON – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Worldwide Oilfield Machine BOP Division Inc. in Houston with eight serious, four repeat and one other-than-serious safety violation for exposing workers to unguarded machinery and electrical hazards at the company’s facility on Cunningham Road in Houston. OSHA’s Houston North Area Office initiated an inspection on Oct. 24 under its national emphasis program on amputations. Proposed penalties total $71,200.

The serious safety violations include failing to provide the required machine guarding on equipment, such as band saws, mills and vertical/horizontal turret lathes, ensure machinery is securely anchored and ensure electrical cords, panels and boxes are not exposed to prevent shocks or electrocution. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Repeat safety violations include failing to properly maintain abrasive wheel machines, ensure that electrical cords are provided with a device that provides strain relief and ensuring that electrical cords are continuous in length without repairs. 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 in June 2008.

One other-than-serious violation was cited for failing to keep electrical equipment free and clear of obstacles. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

“Workers operating hazardous equipment, such as band saws and vertical and horizontal lathes without proper protection, are exposed to serious injuries, including amputations,” said David Doucet, OSHA’s area director at its Houston North office.

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Asbestos surveyors, David Harold and Shaun Hodgson in court after workers put at risk

Two asbestos surveyors have appeared in court after construction workers were exposed to potentially-deadly fibres during the refurbishment of a Trafford pub.

David Harold and Shaun Hodgson were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after they failed to identify the presence of asbestos at 32 different locations in the former Sale Hotel on Marsland Road in Sale.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court was told today (21 December 2012) that Mr Harold, 49, and Mr Hodgson, 32, were hired to carry out a full asbestos survey at the disused pub ahead of a major refurbishment project to bring it back into use.

They produced a report following a visit to the site on 31 May 2011, which was used by the principal contractor to identify which areas were safe to refurbish and which required a licensed company to remove asbestos before any work could take place.

However, the report failed to identify large amounts of asbestos in the basement. As a result, workers were exposed to potentially-deadly fibres as they carried out refurbishment work, installed pipes and fitted cabling.

The company overseeing the project immediately stopped the refurbishment work and brought in a specialist firm when one of its employees raised concerns that additional unidentified asbestos may be present in the basement.

The asbestos insulation material was not hidden, and was easily spotted in the second survey.

David Harold, of Balmoral Drive in Beverley, East Yorkshire, and Shaun Hodgson, of Sherbourne Cottages in Newton upon Derwent, York, each pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after they put the health of workers at risk.

They were each ordered to carry out 40 hours of community service in the next year and to each pay £1,500 towards the cost of the prosecution.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Matt Greenly said:

“Asbestos consultants and surveyors perform a vitally important role in the construction industry and are relied on to keep workers safe.

“Construction companies trust their expert opinions to help prevent workers from being exposed to asbestos fibres. It’s therefore essential that they do not take their minds off the job when carrying out asbestos surveys.

“Sadly Mr Harold and Mr Hodgson’s work fell way below acceptable standards, despite them being well trained and seemingly experienced asbestos surveyors.

“It is hard to understand how they could have missed so much asbestos material during their survey when it was so plainly obvious to others.”

Asbestos insulation was commonly used up until the 1980s to help insulate pipes and structural steel within buildings. This insulation can become highly dangerous if it is unsealed or disturbed and asbestos fibres are released into the air.

Fibres that are breathed in can become lodged in the lungs or digestive tract, and may lead to lung cancer or other diseases if large numbers of fibres are inhaled. However, symptoms may not appear for several decades.

Around 4,000 people die every year as a result of breathing in asbestos fibres, making it the biggest single cause of work-related deaths in the UK. Information on how to work safely with asbestos is available at

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Worker dies in yard accident –

Worker dies in yard accident – A worker was killed while carrying out maintenance work on an installation vessel at the Keppel Verolme yard in Rotterdam on Friday.
A2SEA said in a statement the “serious accident” occurred this morning during work on the Sea Jack vessel at the Dutch yard, part of the Singapore-based Keppel offshore fabrication group.

The 43-year-old victim was a Danish employee of Esbjerg-based Peter Harbo, a subcontractor for A2SEA, it stated, adding that close relatives have been informed.

“We are deeply sorry to have to inform that an employee of our supplier has died,” said A2SEA chief executive Jens Frederik Hansen.

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