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Who visits

Photo shows a globeThanks to Google, we can see who has been visiting, more specifically, where they are in the World. Looking at the number for the past two months, we get a pretty clear picture.

It's probably not a surprise that just over 72% of visitors were based in the United Kingdom but w…

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U.S. healthcare vs. U.K. healthcare: How is it different?

Summary:  A look at the differing healthcare systems in the U.S. and U.K.

With healthcare constantly in the news these days, you may be wondering how the American system compares to that of other developed nations. The United Kingdom is a good starting point for comparison on account of the cultur…

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Worker's arm amputated at turkey facility

OSHA has cited Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc. for eleven safety violations at its Barron, Wisconsin, facility after a worker’s arm was amputated below the shoulder while the individual was conducting cleaning activities in a confined space.

Jennie-O Turkey Store, based in Willmar, Minnesota, is a di…

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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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Maine worker injured by exploding forklift tyre

Colleagues say that a Bath Iron Works maintenance worker, who was injured around 1pm on Monday afternoon while changing a tyre, made it through surgery and is in stable condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

The Kennebec Journal has further details...

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Worker's death at recycling facility results in $183,300 penalty

OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has cited Marietta Industrial Enterprises Inc., which operates Refuse Recycling in Marietta, Ohio, for 21 safety violations. OSHA opened an inspection after a worker was found dead inside the rotating drum assembly of a machine used to screen recy…

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Pennsylvanian worker's arm severed

A night-shift maintenance employee at R.H. Sheppard in Hanover was seriously injured on Monday after becoming entangled in a pulley of the machinery on which he was working. reports that the man was carrying out routine maintenance on a equipment that is used in making sand molds, when the…

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Shipyard worker killed by falling winch

A shipyard worker has been killed in Massachusetts after a winch reportedly slipped from its housing and landed on him. reports that the 73-year-old man was rushed to Massachusetts General Hospital for treatment of his injuries but, a few hours later, was pronounced dead.

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Worker killed in North Carolina Ferris wheel accident

A carnival worker was killed and another critically injured as they dismantled a Ferris wheel early on Monday morning, 16 May 2011.

The workers were taking apart the wheel, when a cable broke that was supporting the bucket lifts the men were in. The men then fell to the ground.

42-year-old Micha…

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Falling scaffold poles kill Orlando worker

The Orlando Sentinal reports that Tracy Irwin, 53, suffered fatal injuries when metal scaffolding fell from a forklift and hit her. It is reported that Irwin worked for a subcontractor for Cirque du Soleil, which has been renting the Amway Arena, where the incident occurred.

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Utility worker electrocuted

A 39-year old employee of a private utility company was electrocuted upon contacting a power line in Iowa County. 

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) along with the Sheriff's Department and Coroner's Office are investigating the electrocution.

Ethanol train derailed

The derailment of train cars filled with ethanol resulted in explosions and a serious fire - 20 homes have been evacuated as a result.

No injuries were reported, but the fire was deemed too hazardous to fight and has been left to burn out.

Read this Reuters news article for further detail.

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Global working at height news

Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium - New Zealand

Three workers from England and one from Scotland each held the highest level three certification in their trade, meaning they were experts in the climbing, lifting and rescue techniques. They went to Dunedin, New Zealand to work for Avalon, a subcontracto…

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Health and Safety News - 24 November 2010

Food firm fined after worker injured

An international frozen food company has been fined after a worker was injured by the moving blades of an industrial freezer.

Safety drive across West Yorkshire businesses bring dangers to light

More than 70 firms across West Yorkshire have been told to …

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Health and Safety News - 22 July 2010

Distribution centre death in Norfolk

A man has died after being injured while working near to a vehicle on the site of a Norfolk haulage firm. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the incident.

Grinding machine severs worker's foot

An employee of Republic Plastics was appa…

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Health and Safety News - 23 June 2010

American Airlines fined after worker’s leg is amputated

American Airlines has been fined £70,000 after a 45-year-old employee had to have his leg amputated following an incident at Terminal 3 of Heathrow Airport.

Shooting accident at military firing range

US Army officials report that a…

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Health and Safety News - 21 June 2010

Two men hurt in Preston sewer explosion

Two men suffered burns when petrol from a car they were fixing entered a nearby sewer and exploded. Fumes travelled through pipes into nearby homes, damaging some bathrooms.

Worker killed by digger

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Health and Safety News - 4 June 2010

16-year-old boy falls through school roof

Thomas Buckett is in a critical condition after falling through the roof of a school in Staffordshire.

Bridge contractor fined $30,800 after three deaths

The Texas contractor working for the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and Centra…

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