€12,000 award following shopping centre fall – The Irish Times –

€12,000 award following shopping centre fall – The Irish Times – Thu, Nov 29, 2012: Former Miss Ireland Nuala Holloway, who injured her left ankle in a trip and fall at Superquinn shopping centre, Blackrock, Dublin five years ago, was awarded €12,000 damages yesterday in the Circuit Civil Court.Ms Holloway Casey, of Rowanbyrn, Blackrock, told Judge Barry Hickson she still suffered intermittent pain from the injury, which had been exacerbated by a second fall in the same store in February 2009.

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Woman says go-kart’s broken seat belt causes injury – chicagotribune.com

Suit: Woman says go-kart’s broken seat belt causes injury – chicagotribune.com: A customer at a Bedford Park go-kart racing facility is suing the company and its management, claiming she was injured earlier this year while racing a go-kart with a broken seat belt.
In a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, Kimberly Ball says employees at Chicago Race Factory assigned her a go-kart with a non-functioning seat belt on May 2. The staffers allegedly told her the safety harnesses were only used by children and not needed by adults, according to the lawsuit.

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RailCorp prosecuted over track worker’s death

RailCorp prosecuted over track worker’s death: Railcorp is being prosecuted for the first time in its history by the state’s transport safety watchdog, following the death of a track worker struck by a train at Kogarah.

Tamati Grant, 59, died attempting to scramble clear of a southbound train from Hurstville just after 1am on April 13, 2010.

The fatality was attributed to the failure of a RailCorp employee, an area controller, at the train operator’s Sydenham signalling complex to alert Mr Grant’s cleaning team of the impending arrival of the train.

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Worker killed by asphalt zipper in Saratoga Springs

Worker killed by asphalt zipper in Saratoga Springs: SARATOGA SPRINGS — A construction worker was killed Tuesday afternoon at a work site in Saratoga Springs. According to Utah County dispatch, the incident happened just before 1:30 p.m. at 800 W. 1200 North.According to Saratoga Springs Officer Aaron Rosen, Nicholaus Blatnick of Salt Lake City was involved in an accident with an asphalt zipper.

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Bangladesh fire: 112 killed; Walmart, Disney clothes found in factory | Firstpost

Bangladesh fire: 112 killed; Walmart, Disney clothes found in factory | Firstpost: Dhaka: The garment factory in Bangladesh where 112 people were killed in a fire had been making clothes for Walmart, Disney, Sears and other major global retailers – some of whom say they thought they had stopped doing business with the place. The apparent confusion underscored what some industry experts say is a major obstacle to improving factory safety in developing nations: Many retailers in the US and Europe rely on such a long and complex chain of manufacturers, vendors and middlemen to keep their shelves stocked that it is difficult to keep track of where certain products are made.

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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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