Snow fall leads to criminal charge – Germany

Snow fall leads to criminal charge – The Local: A Bavarian man who got his grandmother to clear the snow outside his house faced charges of causing actual bodily harm through negligence after a woman fell on ice.
Half of Germany has been waking up this week to the sound of scraping and brushing as landlords and house-owners arise before dawn to clear the pavements of snow.

Poorly cleared snowy pavements often lead to accidents – and a hefty bill for compensation for the house owner, whose legal duty it is to clear a walkway – but charges are rare, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said on Tuesday. 

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£1m payout to man paralysed for life after diving into shallow swimming pool | Manchester Evening News – menmedia.co.uk

�1m payout to man paralysed for life after diving into shallow swimming pool | Manchester Evening News – menmedia.co.uk: A�man who was left paralysed after diving into a shallow swimming pool has received a �1m-plus payout.
Danny McCarrick’s life changed forever in November 2007 when he broke his neck at a holiday park, leaving him permanently paralysed from the neck down.

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White Chocolate Class Action Can Proceed

Courthouse News Service: SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – Ghirardelli is still on the hook in a federal class action that complains its white chocolate chips do not contain any white chocolate.
Scott Miller bought a package of Ghirardelli white chocolate chips in June, and discovered the next day that they did not taste like white chocolate.
“He reviewed the ingredients list on the packaging and noticed that the white chips contained no white chocolate, cocoa, or cocoa butter,” according to U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler’s background summary.

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Gunpowder plot as safe explodes – Austrian Times

Gunpowder plot as safe explodes – General News – Austrian Times Online News – English Newspaper: An Austrian man is in a critical condition after taking an angle grinder to open a safe that the he inherited from his brother which turned out to be filled with gunpowder.

The 55-year-old man had inherited the safe two years ago after the death of his brother and was convinced that it contained valuables – but he had been unable to find the key or anybody that was able to open the safe for him.

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Worker Dies – Journal of Commerce

A 32-year-old man was killed while working at a quarry north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, which is the second fatality related to a conveyor belt at the facility this year.

“The worker was crushed when he became caught in a conveyor belt,” said Lisa Glover, spokesperson with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. “The injured worker was found by a coworker.”

The incident happened at a quarry operated by Hammerstone Corporation on Dec. 6 at about 3:30 p.m.

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2 accidents in 2 days spur investigation of over 14,000 tour buses: Taiwan

Over 14,000 tour buses are scheduled to undergo nationwide inspections, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said yesterday.

MOTC Minister Mao Chi-kuo said that the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) discovered there could be a mechanical problem stemming from an Isuzu manufacturing process that may have been partially responsible for a deadly accident that took place in Hsinchu last Sunday.

Hsinchu Motor Vehicles Office Director Ko Wu said that he and prosecutors are not excluding human fault or mechanical malfunction as the main cause of the accident.

 2 accidents in 2 days spur investigation of over 14,000 tour buses: Taiwan 

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Stop work notice for Mumbai Metro – Mumbai Mirror

Three months after the collapse of a slab killed a worker and injured 16 others, work on the Airport Road metro station has come to a standstill, after the State Labour Department issued a ‘stop work’ order to the authorities for failure to comply with worker safety norms.

While the metro rail project is being undertaken by Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, construction at Andheri Kurla Road has been contracted to Hindustan Construction Company.

 Stop work notice for Mumbai Metro – Mumbai Mirror 

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OSHA cites Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. with repeat and serious violations for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals at Lufkin, Texas, facility

LUFKIN, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. in Lufkin with three repeat and four serious violations following a June inspection as part of the agency’s Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities national emphasis program. Proposed penalties total $99,000.

“Process safety management prevents the unexpected release of toxic, reactive or flammable liquids and gases in processes involving highly hazardous chemicals,” said David Doucet, director of OSHA’s Houston North office. “Exposure to highly hazardous chemicals can be fatal. OSHA will not tolerate a company’s failure to provide a safe and healthful working environment.”

The repeat citations issued for the process safety management standard violations include failing to inspect and test process equipment consistent with applicable manufacturers’ recommendations and good engineering practices, ensure that process equipment complies with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices, and properly label containers holding hazard chemicals. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited at the company’s work site in Live Oak, Fla., in April 2008 and at the work site in Russellville, Ala., in September 2010.

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Leicester boss banned after 16 arrested in raid

Ilyas Abdulsattar Umerji Nagia, the director of Leicester-based clothing manufacturing company House of Creation Limited, has been disqualified from acting as a director for nine years for hiring illegal workers and leaving a £1 million gap in the accounts.

The disqualification follows an investigation by the Insolvency Service, after an initial raid on the trading premises of the company by the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Mr Nagia has given an undertaking not to act as a company director until 27 December 2021.

In February 2011, a raid by UKBA officials discovered 16 staff employed at House of Creation did not have permission to work in the UK. The company was fined £80,000 for this but failed to pay. It entered liquidation in May 2011 with debts of more than £240,000, including the fine, which remains unpaid.

A subsequent investigation by the Insolvency Service found inadequate checks at the company had resulted in the hiring of illegal workers, at least ten of whom the company paid less than the national minimum wage.

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The Salem News : Acid spill forces an evacuation in Danvers

DANVERS — A chemical spill at a hazardous materials warehouse on Water Street forced the evacuation of 20 to 30 people yesterday but caused no injuries, fire officials said.

Fire Chief Kevin Farrell said an accident involving a forklift caused 10 bottles of nitric acid to break and spill onto the floor of Doe & Ingalls, a company that supplies chemicals to the life sciences industry.

Farrell said the spill amounted to “less than 10 gallons” and was contained within the building.

“They did what they were supposed to do,” Farrell said. “They reported it, and we responded.”

 The Salem News : Acid spill forces an evacuation in Danvers 

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