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Employee loses three fingers at Heywood factory

A Rochdale engineering firm has been prosecuted after a 21-year-old employee had three fingers cut off by an industrial saw at its factory.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) brought the case against Adelaide Engineering Company Ltd. after the worker, from Bury, lost parts of three fingers…

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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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Twelve people hurt in fall on zombie movie set

A dozen actors dressed as zombies for their roles in Resident Evil 5 suffered broken bones and other injures this morning after falling from a platform on the film set.

The victims fell from a height of about two storeys.

They received injuries to their legs, arms and back, but none were considered…

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Three hurt in Manchester Food and Drink Festival blast

Three people have suffered serious burns after a gas cylinder exploded at the Manchester Food and Drink Festival.

The blast happened shortly before 21:00 BST on Monday during a cookery demonstration at a stall in Albert Square by Manchester Town Hall.

Read the report from BBC News...

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Fulham scaffold collapse

ScaffMag has reported on scaffolding that collapsed in a busy stretch of road in Fulham. No one was passing at the time so no injuries have been reported.

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Worker exposed to dangerously high levels of asbestos in Bath

Formac Electronics Ltd. has been fined after a builder was exposed to high levels of a type of asbestos linked to cancer.

Jonathan Arnold, 49, of Castle Cary was fitting pipework for a new central heating system at Oxford House, in Combe Down, Bath when he was exposed to high levels of blue asbes…

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Austrian worker injured in fall from height

A 21-year-old worker suffered serious head injuries as the result of a 10 metre fall from scaffold.

The man was rescued by helicopter from the new Reiterkogel-Ost mountain station in Saalbach-Hinterglemm after falling from a section of scaffold with no side barriers.

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Montreal crane operator injured in crane fall

A woman was taken to hospital and treated for multiple fractures, including two broken arms and a broken leg following the toppling of the crane she was operating.

CTV News Montreal reports that the mobile construction crane, working on a project at the former Seville Theatre site, fell into a 20-m…

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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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Man injured by un-manned lorry in High Wycombe

Bucks Free Press reports that a man was attaching a trailer to the parked cab when it rolled forward and struck him. The man was air-lifted to Wycombe Hospital but has since been transferred to Stoke Mandeville. His injuries are described as life threatening.

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Nottingham steeplejack firm fined after death of worker

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that Central (High Rise) Ltd, based at Thoresby Avenue, Sneinton, Nottingham, has been prosecuted after one of its workers was killed and another injured in two separate falls.

Brian Collins was setting up abseiling equipment at Sutton Bridge Power St…

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Nuclear Accidents

Japan has raised the severity of its nuclear crisis from level 5 to the highest level (level 7), describing it at a "major accident" and putting it on a par with the Chernobyl disaster. Whilst reporting this, The Telegraph (click to view full article) has also included details of previous incident…

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Update: Worker killed in trench collapse

Following on from the previous post, Worker killed in trench collapse, the BBC has released new details which can be viewed at this link.

My sympathies are with the family of the victim.

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Workers affected in chemical incident

Three workers at the premises of Sealine International in Kidderminster experienced breathing difficulties, following a chemical spill.

Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service stated that the spill is thought to have been caused by two liquids (Styrene Monomer and Butanox) reacting inside a dr…

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UK chief nuclear inspector comments on events in Japan

cooling towerMike Weightman, chief nuclear inspector and head (director) of the Health and Safety Executive’s Nuclear Directorate, the UK’s independent nuclear safety and security regulator has given his initial thoughts on recent events in Japan and the implications and lessons learned for the nuclear industr…

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Scaffold pole used as plumb line caused disabling injury

Richard Chodkiewicz, 53, will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life after a scaffolding pole, being used as a makeshift plumb line, fell 15 storeys down a lift shaft and hit him in the head in July 2008.

The worker was injured whilst working on the Radisson Blu hotel site.

His employer, Hois…

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BAE contractor injured on HMAS Warramunga

A worker has been treated for a serious leg injury after an accident involving a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) on board Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Warramunga.

The contractor for BAE Systems was carrying out routine maintenance on the ship.

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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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Worker injured by industrial saw

An employee almost severed his arm when cutting wood on an industrial saw he had barely been trained to use, Chelmsford Magistrates' Court was told.

Machine Hire Ltd from Burnham Business Park, Springfield Road admitted to breaching regulation 9(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulati…

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Litterpicker injured falling into well

A Mansfield District Council worker fell six metres down a dry well while clearing litter from a yard.

Mansfield District Council, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and were fined £5,000, they were also ordered to pay £5,700 costs.

Read the HSE Pres…

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