Steel supply customer suing after forklift allegedly backed into truck | Louisiana Record

Steel supply customer suing after forklift allegedly backed into truck | Louisiana Record: GRETNA – A Kenner-based steel supplier is being sued by one of its customers who was allegedly injured when a forklift backed into his vehicle.
Oscar Mendez filed suit against the Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company and Melco Steel, Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Nov. 5. Mendez claims he was a customer at Melco Stell in Kenner when he was told by employees of the company to back his truck up to a loading dock and that while he was doing so a forklift operated by one of the company’s employees backed into his vehicle at a high rate of speed. The plaintiff alleges that he was seriously injured in the collision

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OSHA fines Union, NJ, contractor $41,580 for repeat electrical hazards at Fort Lee, NJ, work site

UNION, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bender Enterprises Inc., based in Union, with three repeat violations for continuing to expose workers to electrical hazards at a Fort Lee work site. OSHA’s June investigation was initiated following a referral from the Fort Lee Police Department when a worker was injured while servicing an electrical panel. Proposed penalties total $41,580.

The repeat violations include failing to protect workers from contact with live electrical parts, provide eye and face protection from electric arcs, flashes or flying objects, and provide insulated tools and equipment for workers exposed to energized conductors or circuit parts. Similar violations were cited at the Upper Saddle River work site in 2008.

“By failing to address these hazards, Bender Enterprises continues to unnecessarily put its workers in harm’s way,” said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA’s Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. “Employers will be held legally responsible for jeopardizing the safety and health of workers.”

via 2012 – 12/27/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA fines Union, NJ, contractor $41,580 for repeat electrical hazards at Fort Lee, NJ, work site.

OSHA cites chemical manufacturer AC and S Inc. in Nitro, W. Va., following July worker fatality

NITRO, W. Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited AC&S Inc. with 12 serious violations at the chemical manufacturer’s Nitro facility after a July investigation initiated following the death of a worker performing sandblasting activities.

During the sandblasting activities, the air line for a supplied air hood was hooked up to a nitrogen gas line and the worker became unconscious. Nitrogen gas presents several risks, including displacing available oxygen. The serious violations related to the fatality included failing to label nitrogen lines at connection points and not ensuring that breathing air couplings were incompatible with other gas systems.

“ACS has a responsibility to ensure that its workers are safeguarded from workplace hazards and by not properly labeling its gas systems failed to protect a worker who ended up losing his life. That is intolerable,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA’s Charleston Area Office. “OSHA’s standards are designed to prevent this kind of tragic incident.”

via 2012 – 12/26/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA cites chemical manufacturer AC and S Inc. in Nitro, W. Va., following July worker fatality.

Silicosis class action motion filed against South Africa gold firms | Reuters

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.

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Dental drill fell into patient’s lung – Sweden

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.

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Frustration at fire cover cuts – "lack of objections from Halifax residents" – Halifax Courier

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.

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Coal is a killer, just like asbestos – Comox Valley Echo

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.

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British polluter, Rochdale Spears ignores closure – – VietNam News

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.

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Daughter finds father dead after ‘tree-cutting accident’ – – Independent.ie

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.

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Several Water Bottling Firms Banned : allAfrica.com: Zimbabwe:

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.

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