Ordeal of elderly couple trapped twice in freezing lift – – Fulham Chronicle

Ordeal of elderly couple trapped twice in freezing lift – Local News – News – Fulham Chronicle: Husband and wife Bipin, 79, and Nirmal Mathur, 72, were trapped for nearly an hour in the freezing elevator at their home in Aspen Gardens last Saturday. And if that wasn’t enough, the same thing happened again on Sunday, and then the unlucky couple’s son Gaurav, 39, and their grandchildren, Maya, five, and Pearl, three, were also trapped.
On both occasions the fire service had to be called to rescue them after council operators couldn’t say how long it would take for contractors to set them free.

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Small claims limit raised to £5,000 in Grayling whiplash plan | The Law Gazette

Small claims limit raised to �5,000 in Grayling whiplash plan | The Law Gazette: Justice secretary Chris Grayling will today unveil his long-expected blueprint for bringing down the number of whiplash claims.

In a four-month consultation to be launched this morning, Grayling (pictured) will outline proposals for independent medical panels to diagnose whiplash injuries and raise the small-claims track threshold from �1,000 to �5,000.

The consultation paper acknowledges the argument that changes will harm access to justice and could mean victims with justified claims would either not challenge unreasonable offers by insurers or fail to claim proper damages for their injuries.

But the Ministry of Justice insists the reforms will make it less likely that fraudulent or exaggerated claims will be made, and if they are then they can be properly tested. Grayling said: ‘For too long honest drivers have been bearing the price of a system that has been open to abuse and it is time for that to change.

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Emissions trading: Government replaces EU ETS regulations with single instrument

Emissions trading: Government replaces EU ETS regulations with single instrument: Changes to the laws implementing European emissions trading rules will simplify an unnecessarily complex area of regulation as well as remove “inappropriate” criminal penalties for misreporting, an expert has said.

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Navy regular critically injured after incident onboard ship – Singapore

Navy regular critically injured after incident onboard ship: SINGAPORE – A Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) regular serviceman, Military Expert (ME) 2 Chee Weng Fai Jason, was critically injured onboard the Landing Ships Tank RSS Endeavour while it was berthed at Changi Naval Base.

He was caught between the motorised winch and the rope while checking on one of the berthing ropes that was being tightened.

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Woman loses compensation claim against Stoke Prior firm (From Bromsgrove Advertiser)

Woman loses compensation claim against Stoke Prior firm (From Bromsgrove Advertiser): A SENIOR assistant chef who made health and safety allegations about certain procedures against a Bromsgrove catering firm has lost her compensation claim for unfair dismissal.

Stephanie Morrison of Woodlands Road, Cookley, made her claim against Class Catering Services Ltd, of Weston Hall Road, Stoke Prior, at Birmingham Employment Tribunal.

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Iron and Steal – dismantled the whole bridge in a single night – – Romanian Times

Iron and Steal – Around the World News – Romanian Times Online News – English Newspaper: A scrap metal crook who sold an entire three ton bridge for just 250 GBP as been arrested by police in Djurdjevo, Serbia.

Thief Goran Kovic, 47, dismantled the whole bridge in a single night, carrying it away on a truck for melting down.

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Wrong Track – Croatian Times

Wrong Track – Around the World News – Croatian Times Online News – English Newspaper: Serb Jovan Djordjevic, 35, died from massive head injuries after he was left hanging from a train door that closed on his foot – dragging him down the track.

The man who had rushed to climb on the train in Belgrade before the doors closed was left with only his foot inside the carriage as the doors closed – and police are investigating why the automatic safety system failed.

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Engineer says he was not responsible for death of Whitley Bay pensioner – Today’s News – News – JournalLive

Engineer says he was not responsible for death of Whitley Bay pensioner – Today’s News – News – JournalLive: AN engineer facing health and safety charges has denied leaving a lift door unlocked and allowing a pensioner to fall to her death.
Elizabeth Young, 92, suffered fatal injuries when she plunged 10ft down a lift shaft at Heathdale Care Home, Whitley Bay, in September 2010.
Paul Thompson, 60, and his employers Derwent Life Services have denied to a total of five health and safety breaches.

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Gary Wardle, Director of Wardle Site Services Ltd, Fined After Chainsaw Incident

A Burton upon Trent builder has been fined for dangerous working practices and for failing to report an incident after a Derbyshire worker seriously injured his hand on a chainsaw.

The worker, from Swadlincote, who does not want to be named, caught his left hand on the moving teeth of the machine after it snagged during work to cut felled trees. His thumb was cut to the bone, breaking the joint, and he also injured his fingers.

He was unable to work for six weeks.

Stafford Magistrates Court heard today (12 December) that on 16 March (2012) he had been sub-contracted by Gary Wardle, director of Wardle Site Services Ltd, to clear trees as part of a scheme to build a wall along the driveway of the company’s premises at Stapenhill.

Mr Wardle was using the chainsaw while the injured worker held the log steady at a distance of just 30cms. The blade “snatched” a log during a cut and his hand was pulled towards it.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Wardle failed to follow basic working practices for safely using a chainsaw, such as providing supports for the log and maintaining a distance of five metres between the chainsaw and other workers.

Furthermore, Mr Wardle did not inform HSE of the incident, despite it being reportable under the RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences) regulations.

Gary Wardle, of Stapenhill, Burton upon Trent, was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £2,500 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 3(2) of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Nic Rigby said:

“The risks of using a chainsaw are obvious. They are dangerous pieces of machinery that can cause serious harm or even death, and Gary Wardle carried out his work in a dangerous and reckless manner.

“An effective assessment of the risks needs to be carried out prior to any work of this nature. Anyone using a chainsaw should have received adequate training and must be competent to handle it safely and sensibly.

“In addition, Mr Wardle decided not to inform HSE of this incident, when it was his clear duty to do so. Advice and guidance is readily available from HSE to help comply with the law and keep people safe.”

Further information on working safely with chainsaws can be found online at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/treework/safety-topics/chainsaw-operator.htm

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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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Stories of workers who went to work with every intention of going home, but never did.