Takeaway boss may be jailed for hygiene breach (From The Bolton News)

Takeaway boss may be jailed for hygiene breach (From The Bolton News): A TAKEAWAY boss has been told he could face jail after hygiene inspectors found a catalogue of problems at his town centre restaurant.

The court heard that The Nile, in Bradshawgate, had two onion bhajis “deemed unfit for human consumption” on display, while inspectors also found mouldy meat being stored at the fast food joint.

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West Wickham Christmas spirit ‘killed’ by Transport for London rules (From This Is Local London)

West Wickham Christmas spirit ‘killed’ by Transport for London rules (From This Is Local London): HEALTH and safety killjoys have been accused of destroying Christmas in West Wickham.

Transport for London (TfL) has told the West Wickham Town Centre Association it needs to pay for test certificates to ensure lampposts are strong enough to support Christmas lights.

Traders fear the new licence could cost up to �4,000 and will stop the High Street from being treated to festive illuminations for the first time in 20 years.

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Civil case taken against council over explosion at City Hall

Civil case taken against council over explosion at City Hall: Civil proceedings are expected to be taken against the Galway City Council in the near future in relation to an explosion at City Hall in June 2010, it emerged yesterday.

The move comes following confirmation that an investigation by the Health and Safety Authority has been completed and the authority does not plan any further action against the council under health and safety legislation. The HSA also sent a file to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, which has decided not to pursue a prosecution in relation to the incident.

It is understood the explosion was caused by a boiler and the part of the building where the boiler was located sustained extensive damage in the blast.

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Worker Hit by Plank While Using a Table Saw – WSH

Workplace Safety and Health Council: At the time of the accident, a worker was cutting a plank (measuring 2.7 m long x 8 cm wide x 5 cm thick) using a table saw. He was pushing the plank against the revolving circular blade of a table saw while two co-workers stood opposite him to receive the cut work pieces. After the plank was cut into two, one of the work pieces suddenly recoiled and hit the worker in his abdomen. He died three weeks later.

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Kitchen Fires No. 1 in New Report

In recognition of Fire Prevention Week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Fire Administration are providing new statistics on fires in American homes and urging consumers to install smoke alarms in their homes and check to make sure all smoke alarms are working properly. It is also vitally important to develop and practice a family fire escape plan.

The top cause of fires in the home is cooking equipment, accounting for an estimated 147,400 or 40 percent of residential fires each year between 2008 and 2010. Cooking was also associated with the largest percentage of fire-related injuries, an estimated average 27.4 percent or 3,450, in the home.
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National Fire Academy Adds Two New Applied Research Courses to NFA Online

The U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) announces the availability of two new NFA Online courses: Data Gathering Instruments to Support Applied Research Projects (Q170) and Designing an Applied Research Project Proposal (Q171). Both courses are available to the public and will also support Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP) students in their completion of Applied Research Projects (ARPs).

National Fire Academy Adds Two New Applied Research Courses to NFA Online

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Risk Managers

It is a given that risk managers must be analytical, precise and cautious. As such, they have always been seen as gatekeepers who stand in the way of more adventurous coworkers striving for lofty goals.

Unfortunately, risk managers often are required to dismiss the ambitious goals of managers, since the risks associated with the opportunity, at times, far outweigh the potential rewards. In most cases, this is where the idea that risk managers are the champion of “No” comes from. It is a risk manager’s responsibility to mitigate risk and ensure business objectives are reached.

I challenge this perception, however, and believe that risk managers can overcome it by following these seven habits, based on the foundation built by the late Stephen Covey in his work, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. If you, the risk manager, employ these habits, you shall achieve more business objectives, encounter lucrative growth opportunities and reduce greater risks.
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One patient killed and three injured in a fire at Durham Regional Hospital in central North Carolina

DURHAM, N.C. — One patient was killed and three others suffered slight injuries in a fire at Durham Regional Hospital in central North Carolina early Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to a report of an explosion on the sixth floor of the hospital around 2:15 a.m., Durham Fire Department spokeswoman Sierra Jackson said.

The firefighters discovered there had been no explosion and the fire had been extinguished by the hospital sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, Jackson said later Tuesday morning.Hospital officials were still investigating exactly where the fire occurred and how, said Katie Galbraith, hospital chief of operations.

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OSHA proposes $75,000 in fines to Minnesota pipe manufacturer for machine guarding, other hazards at Chatsworth, Ill., facility

CHATSWORTH, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Prinsco Inc. for 14 alleged serious safety violations, including a lack of machine guarding, at its Chatsworth pipe manufacturing facility.

An inspection was initiated under OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses enforcement efforts on workplaces with high injury and illness rates. Proposed penalties total $75,000.”Employers such as Prinsco that record a higher-than-average rate of days lost due to injuries demonstrate a need to re-evaluate their safety procedures,” said Tom Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Peoria. “It is the responsibility of every employer to know and correct safety and health hazards that exist in their workplaces.”The violations involve failing to identify emergency exits; provide adequate guardrails and safe wooden ladders; properly list or label electrical equipment; close unused openings in circuit breaker boxes; and guard corrugating machines, belts, pulleys, and woodworking machines such as radial and table saws.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.