Sweet shop worker killed in boiler blast – Indian Express

Sweet shop worker killed in boiler blast – Indian Express: An employee of Bengali Sweets, Manimajra, died in a blast that occurred in the manufacturing unit of the shop in Industrial Area, Phase II, on Thursday. Another worker suffered injuries and was admitted to Government Hospital, Sector 6 (GH-6), Panchkula.
According to the officials of fire and emergency services, the blast occurred due to excessive steaming at 6.45 am when Rambir Singh and Bodh Raj were working near the boiler, preparing the day’s stock. While Rambir died, Bodh Raj was injured. Shyam Singh, Rambir’s brother, called the police.

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Firefighter sues his brigade for £150,000 after tripping up – Scotsman.com

Firefighter sues his brigade for �150,000 after tripping up – Top stories – Scotsman.com: A FIREFIGHTER is suing a Scottish brigade for more than �150,000, claiming he tripped on loose door trimming in a fire engine and fell to the ground.

Robert Anderson says he hurt his back and remains on painkillers following the Boxing Day incident almost three ago.

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Worker killed while removing massive tugboat propeller in Hartford : Stltoday

Worker killed while removing massive tugboat propeller in Hartford : Stltoday: HARTFORD � •� A worker removing a four to five-ton propeller on a tugboat in Hartford was killed Thursday evening when the propeller fell onto him, knocking him into the Mississippi River, a fire official said.The man, in his 20s, was working on a dry dock at National Maintenance and Repair, which provides services to the river and rail industries. The incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. Hartford Fire Chief Dave Owens said he had been in the water for about 30 seconds when another worker pulled him from the water. �Workers were performing CPR on him when rescue crews arrived.

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Worker killed by forklift in Oakland – SFGate

Worker killed by forklift in Oakland – SFGate: A worker at an Oakland recycling company was killed Thursday morning when a forklift he was operating toppled over, causing a fatal head injury, authorities�said. The victim, a 34-year-old man whose name was not released, was using the forklift to raise a second forklift at Super Link Plastic Inc. at 888 92nd�Ave.

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CDC -(FACE)Program: Iowa Case Report ~ Bathtub refinishing technician died from inhalation of paint stripper vapors,

In 2012, a 37-year-old female technician employed by a surface-refinishing business died from inhalation exposure to methylene chloride and methanol vapors while she used a chemical stripper to prep the surface of a bathtub for refinishing. The technician was working alone without respiratory protection or ventilation controls in a small bathroom of a rental apartment. When the technician did not pick up her children at the end of the day, her parents contacted her employer, who then called the apartment complex manager after determining the victim’s personal vehicle was still at the refinishing company’s parking lot. The apartment complex manager went to the apartment unit where the employee had been working and called 911 upon finding the employee unresponsive, slumped over the bathtub. City Fire Department responders arrived within 4 minutes of the 911 call. The apartment manager and first responders reported a strong chemical odor in the second story apartment. There was an uncapped gallon can of Klean Strip Aircraft® Low Odor Paint Remover (80-90% methylene chloride, 5-10% methanol) in the bathroom. The employee’s tools and knee pad were found in the tub, suggesting the employee had been kneeling and leaning over the tub wall to manually remove the loosened original bathtub finish coat.

The factors contributing to this lethal exposure include use of a highly concentrated methylene chloride chemical stripper having poor warning properties (“Low Odor”); working in a small room without local exhaust ventilation to remove chemical vapors or provide fresh air; and working without a respirator that could have protected the employee from exposure.

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via CDC – Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation(FACE)Program: Iowa Case Report 12IA009.

Donald Robert GRAHAM – asbestos corrugated cement fence exposure costs $2831.80


Donald Robert GRAHAM

Background Details

The Accused trades as Distinctive Fencing, an unincorporated business principally engaged in the installation and removal of fencing.

The Accused was subcontracted by Fencing Unlimited Pty Ltd (ACN 105 353 580; Fencing Unlimited) to remove the existing corrugated cement fence on the boundary between 6 and 8 Houston Crescent, Bunbury, and replace it with colourbond fencing. Fencing Unlimited had been engaged to perform this work by the owner of 6 Houston Crescent.

On 17 July 2012, Fencing Unlimited Pty Ltd (ACN 105 353 580) changed its name to Maasprop Pty Ltd (ACN 105 353 580).

The existing fence was at least 26 m long and approximately 1.4 m above ground and 0.6 m below ground. The Accused was aware that the existing fence contained asbestos. Neither the Accused nor Fencing Unlimited held an asbestos removal licence under the Regulations.

On 21 September 2011 the accused began work on removing the existing fence by breaking off the aboveground portion, leaving the below ground portion un-removed and scattering small fragments of fencing on the ground. This is contrary to Parts 9.5.2 and 9.10 of the Code.

Overnight from 21 to 22 September 2011, the accused left the removed aboveground portion of fencing uncovered in the backyard of 6 Houston Crescent. This is contrary to Part 9.10 of the Code.

The Accused continued work on the remaining portions of the existing fence on 22 September 2011. On neither 21 nor 22 September 2011 did the accused wet the fence to prevent generation of asbestos dust, contrary to Part 9.5 of the Code; nor did he wear appropriate respiratory protective equipment, contrary to Part 9.7.1 of the Code, or erect barriers and warning signs in the area, contrary to Part 9.2 of the Code.

via Prosecution Details | Prosecutions Database | Department of Commerce.


OSHA cites Williams & Davis Boilers in Hutchins, Texas, with repeat, willful and serious violations during follow-up inspection

HUTCHINS, Texas – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Williams & Davis Boilers Inc. with nine safety violations – including one willful, four repeat and four serious – for continuing to expose workers to fall and other hazards at the company’s facility in Hutchins. Proposed penalties total $131,670.

A May inspection was conducted as a follow-up to another in July 2011.

The willful violation involves operating a 10-ton overhead crane without bridge brakes and failing to ensure that the crane had sufficient clearance to prevent the bridge from striking the building. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

via 2012 – 11/15/2012 – US Department of Labor’s OSHA cites Williams & Davis Boilers in Hutchins, Texas, with repeat, willful and serious violations during follow-up inspection.

BP Will Pay $4.5 Billionto U.S. for Massive Spill

     (CN) – BP will pay $4.5 billion and plead guilty to felonies to settle federal charges over the 2010 oil disaster that resulted in 11 deaths, the company said Thursday.    

 The deal reportedly marks the largest penalty of its kind, toppling an honor previously held by Pfizer after it agreed to a $1.2 billion fine in 2009.     “As part of the resolution, BP has agreed to plead guilty to 11 felony counts of Misconduct or Neglect of Ships Officers relating to the loss of 11 lives; one misdemeanor count under the Clean Water Act; one misdemeanor count under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; and one felony count of obstruction of Congress,” according to a statement on BP’s website.

BP Will Pay $4.5 Billionto U.S. for Massive Spill

Ontario Ltd. and Employee Fined $156,000 After Worker Injured

Brampton, ON – 1648133 Ontario Ltd., operator of Furmar Dixie Road, a Mississauga facility that produces asphalt, was fined $150,000 for violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured. An employee of the company, Colin Martin, was fined $6,000 in relation to the same incident.On June 3, 2011, a truck driver arrived at Furmar Dixie Road to pick up six tons of asphalt.

The driver asked about the pickup procedure at the main office and was told to drive under a silo and a horn would indicate when to load up. The driver stopped the truck after hearing the horn, believing that the truck was correctly lined up to receive the asphalt. There were no signals to indicate that the truck was in the wrong position, and the asphalt began releasing onto the cab of the truck, caving it in.

The driver yelled for help, was pulled from the truck and suffered severe injuries.1648133 Ontario Ltd. plead guilty to failing to ensure that the silo was guarded or shielded to prevent its asphalt from endangering a worker. The company also plead guilty to failing to provide the driver with adequate information, instruction and supervision regarding the asphalt loading process.

It was fined $75,000 for each offence.When Ministry of Labour personnel went to investigate the incident they tested the system of photo sensors intended to prevent the release of asphalt if a truck was not lined up correctly. The testing, done in the control tower, showed the sensors for one of the silos were not working. Mr. Martin, who was in the control tower with the ministry personnel, left the room, returned and asked that they test the silo again. This time it worked. When questioned, Mr. Martin told the inspector for the first time that there was a control box that would allow the sensors to be bypassed. He had turned off the sensor bypass to the silo without the inspector’s knowledge or permission.

Colin Martin plead guilty to altering the scene without the inspector’s permission to do so.The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Michael Barnes. In addition to the fines, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge, as required by the Provincial Offences Act. The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.


Takeaway fined after food poisoning – Bedford Today

Takeaway fined after food poisoning – Local – Bedford Today: A takeaway in Kempston has been fined £2,250 after being found guilty of four food hygiene charges. The Ackee Tree, in Bedford Road, was investigated by Bedford Borough Councils’ environmental health team in July 2011 following a food poisoning outbreak.

Mr Anthony Riley, 53, of Ackworth Crescent, Luton, appeared at Bedford Magistrates Court on November 6, and was found guilty of selling food which was unfit for human consumption after a goat curry had been eaten by three members of the public.

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