A skip company has been fined for safety breaches at its West Bromwich site where an employee had been killed when he was run over by a 13-tonne shovel loader. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) today (17 December) prosecuted Need a Skip Ltd at Wolverhampton Crown Court for failing to ensure that workers and vehicles were safely segregated on the site. A 24-year-old worker died of his injuries at the firm’s premises when the loader struck him as he was crouching over a manhole cleaning out a drain pump in the yard on 11 September 2006. HSE’s investigation found that Need a Skip Ltd did not have a transport plan in place to segregate people from vehicles and the company’s on-site health and safety training plan had not been adhered to. The court was told the company had previously been informed of the risks associated with workplace transport by HSE during a routine inspection. Need a Skip Limited, of Brandon Way, West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £45,000 and ordered to pay costs of £125,000 After the hearing HSE inspector Karl Raw said: “Transport is one of the biggest causes of death and injury within the workplace, especially where the machinery in use is large. For this reason it is imperative that where people and machinery need to work in close proximity the employer ensures, wherever possible, that measures are implemented to segregate them or put in place suitable and effective measures to ensure safety of their employees. “The ad hoc approach by Need a Skip to its on-site activities, combined with heavy machinery moving around, meant there was a high potential for an incident to occur.” http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-wm-19812.htm
Construction worker on danger list after falling down a shaft – The Malta Independent: A construction worker suffered grievous injuries and is in danger of losing his life after falling down a shaft in Attard.
The police said that at around 1pm they were informed that a 58-year-old man from Attard had fallen from a height of four storeys in building undergoing renovation, in Mdina Road.
Bakery owner fined over cockroaches – National – NZ Herald News: The owner of an Auckland bakery has been sentenced for breaching standards by having a “severe cockroach infestation” in her premises.
You Sim Be, who operates The Mekong Hot Bread Shop in Henderson, was fined $600 and ordered to pay court costs of more than $130 when she appeared at Waitakere District Court yesterday.
A charge against co-defendant Kong Hour was withdrawn.
Two Baosteel workers die in accident – Globaltimes.cn: Two workers died and another 13 were injured Monday after a 270-ton ladle of molten metal tipped over at a Shanghai Baosteel Group Corp plant in Baoshan district.The accident happened around 9:10 am when the ladle toppled from its hooks at the plant, according to the local news website Xinmin.cn. The overturned molten metal, which had been heated to 1,600 C, killed two of the workers instantly, Shanghai Television Station reported.”The workers were removing slag from the molten metal when the accident occurred. The injured workers were sent to Shanghai No.3 People’s Hospital,” Baosteel said on its official microblog. Baosteel is one of China’s largest steel companies.
Lincoln Christmas Market food stall prosecuted for hygiene offences | This is Lincolnshire: A FOOD vendor at the 2011 Lincoln Christmas Market has been ordered to pay �2,215 after admitting breaching hygiene regulations.
Peter Bowser of Langworth, Lincoln, admitted to not having adequate and available hand washing facilities at his hog roast stall, which was based in the Lawn site on December 4 last year.
CONCORD, N.H. – The MacMillin Co. Inc., a Keene, N.H.-based contractor, has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor in connection with the September 2011 death of a worker at the Keene Middle School construction site. In reaching the settlement, the contractor agrees to correct all hazards cited by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, expand safety training and pay a $100,000 fine.
On Sept. 16, 2011, temporary employees working under the direction of The MacMillin Co. were erecting scaffolding at the Keene Middle School when the plank upon which the victim was working snapped. This resulted in the victim’s death after he fell 27 feet to the concrete floor below. OSHA’s Concord Area Office cited the company in March 2012 for failing to inspect the scaffold for defects, adequately train the employees in scaffold erection and inspection and determine the feasibility of or ensure the use of fall protection for the workers during the scaffold erection. The company initially contested its citations, but has now agreed to settle the case.
In addition to correcting the cited conditions and paying the fine, The MacMillin Co. will now provide the same level of training to its temporary workers as it does to its permanent staff and it will sponsor presentations to provide fall protection training for those erecting and dismantling scaffolding.
Texting dentist weeps as she escapes jail for killing pedestrian and his dog – Main Section – Yorkshire Post: A SUCCESSFUL dentist from Skipton who mowed down and killed a pedestrian while texting on her phone wept today as she escaped a jail sentence.
Divorced mother-of-one Kay Nolan, 45, wrote the text in a layby but then pulled out on to a busy A road and hit her victim seconds after pressing send, a “momentary” error with tragic consequences, Preston Crown Court heard.
Council rip down safety fence which protected pupils outside a primary school… because of fears over health and safety | Mail Online: Jobsworth council bosses have ordered a school to tear down a fence that protected children on their way to school – because of health and safety.Generous volunteers had installed fencing outside Friars Grove Primary School in Colchester, Essex, to keep young children away from traffic on their walk to and from school.The metre-high wicker fence was also effective in preventing parents from dangerously mounting the kerb to park when collecting their sons and daughters.
Defence fined $210,000 for propeller injuries to ADFA cadet: Defence has been fined $210,000 over a boat accident that nearly killed the son of a former Liberal senator, Nick Minchin, with the Federal Court criticising its ”fundamental systemic failure” to react to a string of almost identical incidents in the past.
Oliver Minchin, then a 19-year-old cadet at the Australian Defence Force Academy, fell from a fast-moving inflatable boat during a water insertion training exercise on Lake Burrinjuck in February 2010.
Butcher fined thousands for rat and cockroach infestation – Harrow Observer: A HARLESDEN butcher has been fined �15,000 after a serious mice and cockroach infestation was discovered in his shop.
Mirwaise Sakhizade, the proprietor of No.1 Halal Meat, Craven Park Road, Harlesden, was sentenced after pleading guilty to five offences at Brent Magistrates Court on December 11.