AM’s asbestos law bid targets NHS repayment of up to £3m – Health News – News – WalesOnline

AM’s asbestos law bid targets NHS repayment of up to �3m – Health News – News – WalesOnline: MILLIONS of pounds could be reclaimed by the NHS in Wales from companies liable for exposing workers to asbestos, if proposed new legislation is adopted.
Mick Antoniw, AM for Pontypridd, said that employers – or their insurers – could be forced to pay back up to �3m for treatment costs for employees who develop conditions such as mesothelioma and asbestosis if his Asbestos (Recovery of Medical Costs) Bill becomes law.

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“Halfords Autocentres, fined £5,000 + £5,000 in costs, didn’t carry out a proper assessment of the risks”

A well-known autocentre chain has been sentenced for safety failings after a worker was struck by a reversing transit van at its depot in Acocks Green, Birmingham.

Michelle Sloan, 45,from Aston, was parked in front of the Halfords Autocentre reception to unload some parts. She was reaching into the back of the vehicle when a transit van reversed into her door, closing it and trapping her legs.

The door crushed both her knees causing a torn tendon in her left knee and a severed tendon in the right one. A year after the incident she is still struggling to walk and has been unable to return to work.

Halfords Autocentres Limited was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following its investigation into the incident on 25 October 2011.

Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard today (28 Nov) that Halfords failed to put suitable control measures in place to separate pedestrians and vehicles on the site Had they done so, the incident would not have happened.

Halfords Autocentres Limited of Icknield Street Drive, Washford West, Redditch, Worcestershire, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 for failing to ensure workers and vehicles could move safely around the site. The company was fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £5,000 in costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Matt Whitaker said:

“Halfords Autocentres didn’t carry out a proper assessment of the risks and, as a result, there was no safe system for keeping unloading vans separate from moving vehicles and pedestrians.

“The woman has suffered severe and debilitating injuries as a result of the company’s safety failings.

“Although it has since made improvements, it is disappointing that it took an incident of this nature for these changes to be made.”

Advice for companies on how vehicles can be kept at a safe distance from pedestrian workers is available at www.hse.gov.uk/workplacetransport[1].

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Elk and Safety – – Romanian Times

Elk and Safety – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A hunter was shot dead in Kisa, Sweden, when a pal in his shooting party mistook him for an elk, say police.

The 60-year-old victim was shot in the head by a high-powered rifle after walking in front of his friends while they were taking pot shots at an elk calf.

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OSHA cites Dover Chemical Co. for 47 violations following chemical release at Ohio plant, proposes $545,000 in fines

DOVER, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Dover Chemical Co. for 47 health and safety – including four willful – violations after an unexpected release of hazardous materials led to the temporary shutdown of the company’s Dover plant and an adjacent highway in May. Although no injuries were reported as a result of the incident, OSHA opened an investigation focused on the agency’s standards for process safety management, known as PSM, at facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals. Proposed fines total $545,000.

The release of materials resulted from a breach of a polyvinyl chloride piping system. Due to the nature of the hazards and the willful violations cited, Dover Chemical has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

“By disregarding OSHA’s common-sense regulations, this employer endangered the health and safety of the facility’s workers,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “While I’m grateful that nobody was injured from the incident, I’m alarmed by the egregious nature of the violations we uncovered during our inspection.”

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New England Wood Pellet agrees to correct explosion and fire hazards at New Hampshire facility following OSHA actions

BOSTON – After enforcement actions taken in relation to a series of explosions and fires at its Jaffrey, N.H., manufacturing plant, New England Wood Pellet LLC will take systemic and substantive steps to prevent any further recurrences as part of a settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The company also will pay a fine of $100,000.

OSHA cited the company in April for violations of workplace safety standards in connection with the first incident of explosions and fires, which occurred on Oct. 20, 2011, and took 15 hours and more than 100 firefighters from 12 towns to put down. An inspection by OSHA’s Concord Area Office conducted in response to that incident identified numerous fire and explosion hazards stemming from the absence of protective devices, which were exacerbated by a buildup of sawdust on surfaces throughout the plant.

New England Wood Pellet contested the citations and fines to the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission but now has agreed to implement measures to prevent, detect and suppress any potential fires and explosions. The company also has agreed to hire an independent third-party expert to evaluate the effectiveness of the corrective measures.

“Key to this agreement is the company’s hiring of an independent third-party consultant who will analyze the corrective actions and inform OSHA of the company’s progress,” said Marthe Kent, OSHA’s New England regional administrator. “It’s well known that sawdust can present explosion hazards in addition to fire hazards. New England Wood Pellet cannot afford to gamble with the possibility of additional fires and explosions. The lives of its workers depend on effective safeguards being in place and in use at all times.”

Under the agreement, which was negotiated by the department’s Regional Office of the Solicitor in Boston, the expert also will evaluate the sufficiency of the plant’s process safety management systems. A report will then will be submitted to OSHA’s Concord office.

“With this settlement, ongoing, corrective action by the company replaces potentially lengthy litigation. New England Wood Pellet is responsible for its employees’ safety, and its enforceable commitment to take all necessary steps to prevent future conflagrations and catastrophic incidents, as promised in this agreement, is critical,” said Michael Felsen, the department’s regional solicitor for New England. “We encourage other employers to take similar steps to eliminate hazards and safeguard their workers in a broad, systemic and effective manner.”

The case was litigated for the department by Senior Trial Attorney Constance B. Franklin.

Information on combustible dust hazards is available online at http://www.osha.gov/dsg/combustibledust/index.html.

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Digger driver dies after dynamite explodes – Austrian Times

Digger driver dies after dynamite explodes – General News – Austrian Times Online News – English Newspaper: The driver of a mechanical digger has died three weeks after a bizarre accident in which he accidentally detonated a stick of explosive left over from work at a quarry at Losenstein in Austria.

The explosive was one of the sticks used to break rock free from the face of the quarry which was then being moved by the digger driver.

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Worker killed by falling air handling unit – Journal of Commerce

A construction worker has been killed while installing a piece of equipment at the University of Lethbridge.“A 31-year old man was fatally injured after an air handling unit tipped over on him in the basement of a new residence under construction,” said Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) spokesperson Brookes Merritt.

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Man dies in forest tragedy – Wanganui Chronicle

A 23-year-old forestry worker from Wanganui was killed when a tree he had cut became entangled in another and then fell on him.

Reece Joseph Reid, who attended Waverley High School, was working on a farm south of Pongaroa in remote northern Wairarapa yesterday morning when the accident happened, Dannevirke police said.

His death has prompted calls for an urgent safety review in the industry.

New Zealand Council of Trade Unions said the death, the 13th in three years, showed the industry had a “serious health and safety crisis”.

Man dies in forest tragedy – Wanganui Chronicle

Kentucky Fried Chicken Pays $200K In Penalties for Smoking Ovens, Unsafe … – Los Cerritos News

LOS ANGELES – Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC Corp.) and Harman Management Corp. have agreed to pay a $200,000 penalty for a variety of health and safety violations, including improperly installing ovens which billowed smoke while cooking chicken.

Filed by environmental crimes prosecutors for the District Attorneys of Los Angeles, Napa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the lawsuit alleged that KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC Corp.) and Harman Management Corp. failed to follow proper procedures for installing new cooking equipment.

Investigators also found plumbing and electrical issues at some franchises.
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