Chennai: Fireman dies in balcony collapse – The Times of India: CHENNAI: A 40-year-old employee of Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services died after a concrete slab from a balcony in his house, which was being constructed in B V Colony, fell on him on Saturday morning. Babu was a driver at Basin Bridge fire station. Police said he lived in B V Colony and was getting the first floor of his house built. On Saturday morning, he was helping the mason remove the scaffolding when the incident took place.
Man engulfed in flames after generator explodes – Yahoo!7 News: A man has received serious burns after a generator he was filling with fuel exploded at a building site in Adelaide’s south.The man is in hospital in a serious condition after the accident at the Masonic Memorial Village at Somerton Park at around 10.30am.A witness told 7News other workers on the building site rolled the man around on the ground to extinguish the flames.
Investigators suspect professional negligence was to blame in the death of a cleaning woman who became wedged when one of the company’s elevators began to ascend with the doors open at a hotel in Kanazawa on Wednesday, the sources said.
A Fife man has been fined after one of his employees fell to his death through the fragile roof of a Markinch warehouse.
At Dunfermline Sheriff Court today, Boyd Lamont (DOB 13/01/1957) from Buckhaven, Fife, was fined a total of £20,000 for breaches of Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
The charges concern the death of 32 year old Thomas Sturrock on 29 September 2008.
Mr Sturrock, and a number of other men, were employed by Boyd Lamont, a self-employed contractor then trading as ‘Special Access Inspection’. The men were working at height to clean the fragile roof of the warehouse of Tullis Russell Papermaker Ltd in Markinch, Fife. Boyd Lamont failed to properly assess the risks associated with the work, and failed to provide his men with appropriate safety equipment, such as crawling boards, in order that they could work safely whilst they were on the fragile roof.
On 29 September 2008, Thomas Sturrock was walking on the roof when he fell through it, resulting in his falling approximately 14.5 metres to the concrete floor below. He died of his injuries at the scene.
Following a lengthy trial at Dunfermline Sheriff Court, Boyd Lamont pled guilty to failing to ensure the health and safety of his employees, in particular failing to ensure that they were not exposed to risks of injury or death by falling from or through the roof. He also pled guilty to failing to provide his employees with equipment, information, instruction, training and supervision or a safe system of work for employees carrying out such work at height, and failing to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees arising from this work.
Following the case, Elaine Taylor, Head of the COPFS Health and Safety Division, said:
“This tragic death could have been avoided if Boyd Lamont had properly assessed the risks associated with the work on the roof, and ensured that his men had were properly trained, resourced and equipped to carry out this work safely. Work at height involves significant risks and as an employer, Boyd Lamont had a duty to assess and mitigate them. He completely and utterly failed to do so, and that cost a young man his life.
“Employers must ensure that the risks associated with such work are properly assessed, that appropriate equipment is provided and safe working practices are followed. Failure to do so can have tragic consequences, as in this case.
“The charges that Boyd Lamont faced are (if committed after 16 January 2009) now punishable by imprisonment if committed by an individual. Duty holders should be aware of the potential consequences for them of failing in relation to their health and safety obligations.
“Our thoughts today are with the family and friends of Thomas Sturrock”
An East Yorkshire firm has been sentenced for safety breaches after a worker fell more than four metres through a greenhouse roof.
The 44-year-old, from Preston, east of Hull, was cleaning and repainting greenhouse gutters at Hedon Salads Ltd in Burstwick when he lost his footing and fell through the glass roof. He broke his wrist and needed 20 staples across a head wound before being released from hospital after an overnight stay.
The incident, on 26 August 2010, was investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which today (2 November) prosecuted the firm for failing to protect its workforce against the risk of falls.
Hull Magistrates’ Court was told the man, who does not wish to be named, was one of a team of employees tasked with working on the gutters of 20 greenhouses at the firm’s 30-acre site in Main Street, Burstwick. The greenhouses, used for cultivating tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers, have an average size of 5,000 square metres.
HSE discovered the team were told to walk heel to toe along the gutters and to use a long-handled brush to steady themselves against the glazing bars. No equipment was provided and no instruction given to protect them against a fall.
The worker had cleaned some guttering and returned to the ground to collect his brush and paint. He climbed back up and had completed a short length of paintwork when his right foot went through the glass and he fell through the fragile roof.
HSE served a Prohibition Notice on the firm preventing further work on the guttering until safety measures were in place.
Hedon Salads Ltd, of Newport, Brough, which employs more than 100 people, was fined £12,500 with £3921 in costs after admitting a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005.
Three waste firms from Kent and one director have been fined £233,670 after pleading guilty to charges related to the illegal deposit of waste on golf courses and farms in Kent and East Sussex.
On Tuesday 30 October 2012 Countrystyle Recycling Limited, FGS AGRI Limited and the owner and director of both companies Trevor Heathcote pleaded guilty to multiple charges relating to the illegal deposit of waste between January and July 2011 in Kent and East Sussex.
Countrystyle Recycling Limited and Trevor Heathcote also pleaded guilty to Duty of Care offences associated with the movement of screening ‘fines’, the waste produced by the processing of skip and dustcart waste at their waste transfer stations at Folkestone and Strood during the same period.
As part of the same investigation, haulier Mark Luck Limited from Swanley, Kent had previously pleaded guilty at Chatham Magistrates Court on 28 August 2012 to depositing waste screening fines from the two Countrystyle sites on a golf course using fraudulent Duty of Care notes.
Canterbury Magistrates’ Court heard that Countrystyle Recycling Limited was identified as tipping waste screening fines on a driving range in Chatham and an inert landfill in Maidstone in the autumn of 2010. The waste was not suitable for these sites and the accompanying paperwork inaccurately described the waste as soil. Environment Agency staff advised the company of these failings, but a subsequent investigation identified waste screening fines from the Folkestone and Strood waste transfer stations were illegally deposited on at least three sites between January and July 2011.
In the first three months of 2011, Mark Luck Limited removed waste screening fines from both waste sites, which the related Duty of Care notes falsely described as soils. This enabled the company to dispose of the waste at Deansgate Golf Course at Hoo St Werburgh near Strood for £60 a lorry. Lorry loads of screening fines should cost between £275 and £330 to dispose at an appropriate landfill.
The Environment Agency identified that such waste had been tipped on the golf course but due to the fraudulent paperwork could not identify the source at the time as being Countrystyle’s waste transfer stations. Mark Luck Limited stopped moving waste for Countrystyle Recycling Limited in March 2011after it was seen to tip the waste.
The Environment Agency investigation subsequently discovered several instances of screening fines being removed from Countrystyle’s Folkestone site without the correct paperwork being completed, without the correct rate being paid for the disposal of the waste and the waste that had been removed was being described incorrectly.
Between May and June 2011, the Countrystyle Recycling Limited Director Trevor Heathcote oversaw 29 lorry loads of screening fines to be moved from the Strood Waste Transfer Station to his farm and the operating base for his agricultural contracting firm FGS AGRI Limited at Stanford Bridge Farm, Pluckley, Kent. The two businesses are closely linked with waste from Countrystyle Recycling Limited and Countrystyle group being spread on large areas of land controlled by FGS AGRI Limited for agricultural benefit.
29 lorry loads of waste, which were identified as being inaccurately described as aggregates on the Duty of Care documentation, were deposited on the farm next to the River Beult and spread between an arable field and ponds. FGS AGRI Limited had registered an exemption with the Environment Agency to import waste to the farm for use in construction projects. Screening fines however could not be deposited on the farm under this authorisation. Analysis confirmed that this waste had the potential to pollute the ground and watercourse and it was removed. The waste was tipped on the farm at no cost, whereas legitimate disposal of the waste would have cost between £275 and £330 per lorry load.
Inaccurately labelled waste was also tipped at a waste processing site in Rye, East Sussex.
Jamie Hamilton, the investigating Environment Agency Officer, said: “The Environment Agency will not tolerate large waste companies failing in their Duty of Care, manipulating their paperwork or illegally depositing polluting waste for financial gain.
“Waste crime puts the environment and human health at risk and undermines legitimate businesses. The waste industry is well aware of its responsibilities with regards to the disposal of waste screening fines. Companies that subsequently make the decision to use sites such as golf courses, farms and inappropriate waste sites for the cheap disposal of such waste should not be surprised when they are prosecuted.”
In mitigation, the defence indicated full culpability on behalf of Trevor Heathcote and the companies involved, and stated their intention to strengthen their internal procedures and put Trevor Heathcote through a series of internal and external training programmes, including one provided by the Waste Management Industry Training and Advisory Board.
Photos related to the prosecution are available to download from our Flickr site at: www.flickr.com/photos/environment-agency/sets/72157631895780036/
D’Orsogna Limited is located on the corner of Leach Highway and Stock Road in Palmyra, in the State of Western Australia.
At that premises D’Orsogna operates a meat processing and packing business. Over 300 people work at the premises, in a shift work arrangement.
On 15 February 2010 a worker was an employed by D’Orsogna to perform general labouring duties, clean, operate basic machinery and general handling of meat.
On 15 February 2010 the employee was operating a bee hive mincing machine. He placed a 200kg of meat on to a lifting hoist.
The meat was lifted in to place and dropped in to the feed hopper, at the top of the bee hive mincing machine.
The feed hopper is a large metal chute on top of the mincing machine, which directs the meat into the mincers.
The employee started the bee hive mincing machine and climbed up a step ladder beside the machine. From that position he checked the levels of the meat going down the feed hopper.
During that process he noticed meat was sitting about half way down the feed hopper and not going down in to the mincing area.
The employee used his right hand to push the meat down. His right ring finger became stuck in the mincing area. As a result he suffered injuries which required his right ring finger to be amputated at the first knuckle (distal interphalangeal joint).
It was reasonably practicable for the Accused to have:
(a) Installed guards on the feed hopper of the bee hive mincing machine; and/or
(b) Installed a safety switch on the bee hive mincing machine.
Since the incident on 15 February 2010 the Accused has:
(c) Removed the step ladder from use;
(d) Installed a safety step to be used to access the feed hopper. A safety switch was also installed on the safety step that would prevent the mincer from operating when the safety step is down in a usable position;
(e) Installed a metal grill guard. A safety switch was also installed on the guard that would prevent the mincer from operating when the guard was lifted off of the feed hopper in to an open position.
The cost to the Accused of installing that equipment was less than $3,000 and was done within approximately one week.
Guelph, ON – James Dick Construction Limited, operating as Guelph Limestone, the operator of a Guelph quarry, was fined $50,000 for a violation of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured.
On February 10, 2011, a worker at the quarry was in a rock truck waiting to deposit a load into a hopper. A second worker parked another rock truck behind this one and left the truck to talk to a third worker who had parked another vehicle in front of the first worker’s truck. The second worker was standing between the first rock truck and the vehicle in front of it when the driver of the first rock truck moved forward. The driver had not seen the third vehicle or the worker on foot due to visibility limitations inside the rock truck. The worker on foot was pinned between the two vehicles.
A Ministry of Labour investigation found that none of the workers had received traffic control training and a traffic control plan was not in effect.
James Dick Construction Limited, operating as Guelph Limestone, pleaded guilty to failing to ensure that a worker was adequately trained in traffic control.
The fine was imposed by Her Worship Justice of the Peace Ann Johnson. 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.