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Blog posts December 2011

Basildon company fined after worker injures hand

An Essex packaging company has been fined after a worker's hand was injured when it became trapped between the rollers of a glueing machine.

Line supervisor, Lynda Jackson, 57, of Harold Hill, Essex was using cleaning paper to dry machine parts when the paper got caught between two glue rollers a…

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Rotherham recycling company fined for "blatant disregard" of employee safety

London Wiper Company Ltd. displayed "a blatant disregard" for the safety of 120 workers by failing to protect them properly against dangerous parts of cutting and crushing equipment.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) uncovered a catalogue of safety breaches during an inspection of the Univers…

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Fatality at Ontario mushroom farm

A man has been killed at a Monaghan Mushrooms farm - he was struck by a front-end loader and died at the scene.


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Devon street cordoned off after concrete rendering fell from shop

A section of Victoria Street in Paignton was cordoned off this morning after concrete rendering fell from the front of a shop.

Firefighters arrived on the scene at about 8am, they cordoned off the area and then left the incident in the care of builders.

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60 missing after ferry sinks off Indonesia

Officials say a passenger ferry with more than 150 people on board sank off the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia. At least eight people are dead and 60 are missing, though dozens of others were rescued.


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Two killed in fire at Hyderabad pharmaceutical factory

Two employees were killed in a huge fire at a pharmaceutical company at Patancheru near here, police said.

 The fire broke out on Sunday at the chemical factory of Rantus Pharma in Pashamylaram industrial area of Patancheru in Medak district, about 50 km from Hyderabad. The factory was comple…

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iPad 2 supplier factory explosion injures 61 workers

An explosion at Shanghai's Riteng Computer Accessory Company factory has left 61 workers injured, 23 of whom have been hospitalised with burns.

The accident occurred on Saturday afternoon, with the factory in the middle of a trial production run of aluminium back panels for Apple's iPad 2 tablet.


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Museum worker killed in train accident

A 56-year-old man was killed in a train accident on Sunday night at the Texas Transportation Museum.

San Antonio police said the incident was caused by a miscommunication between the train's conductor and the victim.


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Kimberly-Clark prosecuted for factory worker's death

A global manufacturer has been fined £180,000 after a worker was killed at an Andrex factory in Barrow-in-Furness.

Christopher Massey, a former Barrow Raiders rugby player, was struck by a piece of machinery while working on a night shift at the Kimberly-Clark plant on Park Road on 8 November 200…

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iPhone first aid app available free

St John Ambulance has officially announced its first aid iPhone app is now free to download. The app, which gives life saving advice, has already proved to be the difference between life and death.

Launched last year, the ‘St John Ambulance First Aid’ app has now been downloaded by nearly 43,000 peop…

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Six killed in residential home in Marseille

Six people have been killed after a fire broke out in an residential home in the southern French city of Marseille.

Initial police reports state that all six died of smoke inhalation after the fire raged through the fourth floor of the building.

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Stockport bus company in court for apprentice's injuries

One of South Yorkshire's main bus operators has been sentenced for safety breaches after a teenage apprentice was trapped under a 14 tonne bus when its air suspension failed.

Ben Burgin, who was then 17, needed restorative plastic surgery to his nose and eye socket following the incident at Stage…

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Blacksmith fined after worker falls from roof

A self-employed blacksmith and fabricator has been fined after one of his employees was severely injured after falling more than seven metres from a roof he was working on.

Martin Mundie, 23, from St Fergus, Aberdeenshire, was employed by Joseph Adams and was part of a team carrying out work to conv…

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St. Helens manufacturer in court over crushed hand

A manufacturing firm has been sentenced after a worker's hand was crushed in a metal press at a St. Helens factory.

Barry Kelleher lost his little finger and part of the palm on his right hand as a result of the incident at Crane Building Services and Utilities. The 47-year-old from Leigh also neede…

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Firms fined £100k over forklift death at Macclesfield factory

Two companies have been fined a total of £100,000 following the death of a maintenance worker who fell from the forks of a forklift truck at a Macclesfield factory.

Martin Denton, 60, was being lifted in a metal container, known as a stillage, on 10 June 2006 when it slipped off and he fell appr…

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Teenage worker killed in Sunderland port accident

A teenage worker was killed when he was struck by machinery at the Port of Sunderland.

The victim, aged 19, was working at the port’s South Docks yesterday when the piece of metal fell on him, leaving him with fatal chest injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are investigating the inci…

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EU-OSHA announces winners of 2011 photo competition

The three best photographs have been selected by the international jury. Krzysztof Maksymowicz of Poland was awarded the first prize for his photograph 'dress maker'. The competition called for entries on the theme of 'safety and health in the workplace', with a special focus on risk prevention. To …

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Winter driving tips – advice and information

car driving in snowDriving in the winter is very different than in other times of the year. Adverse weather and longer periods of darkness (especially after the clocks go back at the end of October) makes driving more hazardous. Sometimes conditions can be extreme, as we have found out over the last two winters in par…

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Gas safety in winter

gas fireWith the cold weather setting in, many households will be relying on gas boilers and gas fires to keep their family warm this winter. This increased usage can put pressure on gas appliances and could lead to them breaking down when they are needed the most.

It’s vital that everyone has their gas ap…

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Wakefield builder fined for dangerous gas work

A family was put in danger after a local builder carried out defective gas fitting work while constructing an extension to their home, a court has been told.

Nigel Parker illegally modified the flue of a gas combi-boiler, extended pipework and moved the bayonet fitting for a gas cooker. He also left…

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