Sunday, August 31, 2008

Welsh councils in £8m payouts storm


Welsh councils in £8m payouts storm

By Ben Glaze, Wales On Sunday

WELSH councils and their insurers have paid out a massive £8m in compensation claims which range from slipping on apple sauce to breaking a £90 stiletto heel.

And eight councillors were among those taking legal action between 2005 and 2007 for incidents such as tripping over pavements, pot holes puncturing car tyres and vehicles damaged on council property.

The real figure is likely to much higher than £8m, as three of Wales’ 22 councils – including the second biggest, Rhondda Cynon Taf – refused to reveal details.

Newport, with a population of 137,011, came out top of the compensation table, paying out a huge £3.18m, figures released under Freedom of Information laws revealed to Wales on Sunday.
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Monday, August 25, 2008

Face Mask


Instructions on wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is always required, no matter what the circumstances.
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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bank holiday sea safety warning


"The public should stay out of the sea over the Bank Holiday weekend as coastguards hold a national strike to demand more pay, a union leader said yesterday.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union (PSC), said people should not venture out to sea unless absolutely necessary during what is expected to be the busiest weekend of the summer for coastal resorts"
Prime Minister Gordon Brown says pay rises must be modest to keep inflation under control.
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Friday, August 22, 2008

'THEY'VE GIVEN MY BARROW AN ASBO'


BY SHIRLEY ELSBY

"The chairman of a parish council has been banned from taking his recyclables to his local tip by wheelbarrow - because bosses say it is dangerous.

Andre Wheeler, head of Barwell Parish Council, has been using a barrow to take his bottles, papers, cans and other materials to Barwell tip for the past eight years."


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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Institution of Occupational Safety and Health |News Centre


Institution of Occupational Safety and Health |News Centre:
Letter to the Daily Mail from IOSH re: 'What those gold medals tell us about a very divided Britain'
"Dear sir,

Health and safety is not about stifling young people's sense of adventure as Leo McKinstry claims. The exact opposite is true, it is imperative to ensure they are able to be daring.

IOSH believes wrapping up youngsters in cotton wool is bad for their development. Hiding them away from risk will not help them survive in the real world. But that doesn’t mean we should sling them to the lions. We have to teach them to recognise and 'manage' real risk.

That's exactly what our Olympic heroes have learnt. Whether it be Rebecca Adlington, Chris Hoy or Ben Ainslie, each of them knows the risks they face in their respective sports. It’s because they know the risks and manage those risks that they’re able to stretch themselves to the limit.

So don’t fall for the myths. Health and safety advice given by professionals (not well meaning amateurs) in the field helps people be adventurous, perform at their best and, above all else, be there at the start of the competition. It is not here to stop school kids from participating in sports days or conkers contests. Doing this only heightens the likelihood of youngsters being injured or killed once they get to work. So let them play and develop into champions.

It is time perhaps for Mr McKinstry and Mr Littlejohn to engage with IOSH in a meaningful debate about perceptions and reality as they relate to health and safety.

Yours sincerely
Ray Hurst"
However............................................

Norfolk activity centre prosecuted following school trip incident


Kingswood Learning and Leisure (Group) Limited of Alkmaar Way in Norwich, was fined £12,000 with £10,690 costs at Cromer Magistrates Court today (Aug 15), after pleading guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Mickey Carter-Browne, from Silsoe, was injured during a school trip to the Kingswood Activity Centre at West Runton. He fell six metres from a climbing wall, sustaining a broken ankle.

What ever the right and wrongs of the above case are, poor training / management or whatever is immaterial as the press / schools and insurance companies will pick up on this prosecution...................perhaps its time to stop blaming the press for this bad publicity? and maybe its time the press started to look at these cases in more depth;

"A Dorset firm has been found not guilty of corporate manslaughter after a worker died in an scrapyard explosion.

Thomas Mooney, 64, was helping to cut cylinders of highly dangerous gases when one of them exploded at the site in Poole, Dorset, in 2005."


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Tesco delivery driver sues customer after twisting his ankle on driveway | Mail Online


Tesco delivery driver sues customer after twisting his ankle on driveway | Mail Online:
"A Tesco delivery driver is suing one of the supermarket's customers after injuring an ankle while dropping off groceries at his home.

Estate agent manager Paul Singleton, 40, has used the company's online shopping facility for years and regularly spends £250 a time.

Last April the delivery man Andrew Britton mentioned he had 'gone over on his ankle', but reassured Mr Singleton he was OK and carried on unloading bags of shopping."

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Safety Question?

Health and Safety for Beginners

There is no such thing as a "stupid" or "daft" health and safety question!


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Friday, August 15, 2008

Harassment ruling leaves F&C facing potential €24m payout


By David Campbell

"F&C faces the prospect of paying out a record-breaking €24 million over claims by an ex-employee that she was subject to a long-term campaign of bullying and harassment.

A London employment tribunal ruled yesterday that F&C would be liable for the claim, made by former head of legal affairs Gill Switalski, after finding evidence of discrimination"

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Man's penis stuck in park bench

Myth: park benches must be replaced because they are too low. "The reality

When we (HSE) heard this story it really took us by surprise. How could there be health & safety law on this? The simple answer is, there isn’t.

'It seems that the story originated from a decision by a facility manager and has no basis in health and safety law at all. There are no such bench height requirements and HSE will definitely not be sending our inspectors around measuring the benches!

Well, it looks like Britain’s park benches will survive after all!"

Or there maybe some truth in the story after all;
Story here .
A MAN is lucky to still have a penis after he inserted it in a metal park bench and became stuck, doctors say.
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JPMorgan offers first workers compensation debit card


Finextra: JPMorgan offers first workers compensation debit card:

"JPMorgan will enable insurance companies to use prepaid debit cards to deliver workers compensation benefits to injured or disabled workers."


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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

18 INCHES


A grandfather (70) today launched a scathing attack on council binmen who refused to walk 18 INCHES to collect his green waste.
He has been ordered to take some of the leaves and twigs out because they may fall on operatives as it is being emptied onto the van "which was a health and safety issue".


A spokesman for West Wiltshire District Council said:
"We now have an agreement between the resident and refuse collectors over where he can put his bin in future."
Councillor Linda Conley, who has responsibility for refuse collections on West Wiltshire District Council,has been warned not to bend over!
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2 workers without masks die in septic tank task - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos


2 workers without masks die in septic tank task - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos:

By Jhunnex Napallacan
Philippine Daily Inquirer

"CEBU CITY – Two workers wearing no protective gear died from exposure to methane gas in a septic tank in a hotel in Punta Engano, Lapu-Lapu City on Monday, police said Tuesday."




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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Couple's on-job injury claims total $149,372


Couple's on-job injury claims total $149,372:
"BY GEORGE PAWLACZYK
News-Democrat

GRANITE CITY --
The school-custodian brother of Granite City School Superintendent Harry Briggs has filed his eighth workmen's compensation claim, this time for a shoulder injury.

Since 1991, Ronald A. Briggs, 58, has received $133,225 in settlement and injury pay while working for District 9, according to state records. A 1997 back injury claim was denied. Most of his prior injuries involved a knee. All but the most recent injury occurred before Harry Briggs, former Madison County regional superintendent, was superintendent at District 9.

Ronald Briggs' wife, Patricia, who retired in May from the district, where she worked as a cafeteria cook, collected $16,147 in 2001 after filing a successful injury claim after she slipped on the kitchen floor."


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Monday, August 11, 2008

Beijing Olympics


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English worker awarded compensation for building site abuse


English worker awarded compensation for building site abuse - Ireland, Breaking News - Belfasttelegraph.co.uk:

"An English pipe fitter who was racially abused and taunted in his Irish workplace was awarded €20,000 in compensation, it was revealed today.

The man, who worked for an engineering company on a Dublin building site, claimed colleagues called him names and frequently ganged-up on him to sing Irish rebel songs.

Some workers never spoke to him and whenever staff had to enter tanks or dangerous spaces they would say 'send the Brit in' to make the way safe."


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FREEDOM OF SPEECH - AS LONG AS YOUR LOCAL MOSQUE AGREES | CALEDONIAN COMMENT


FREEDOM OF SPEECH - AS LONG AS YOUR LOCAL MOSQUE AGREES | CALEDONIAN COMMENT


A novel about the child bride of the Prophet Mohammed (Sherry Jones) has been withdrawn by publisher Random House, which said it feared that publication of the book could “incite acts of violence"


Sounds similar to the David Walker affair - shut it

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Caught Red Handed

Link to unbelivable photo

or get hold of a copy of the 'Metro' 05/-8/08

Another link - Article by John Higinson, 'Common touch for on-the-road Brown' requires any old made up email address


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Monday, August 04, 2008

OFT welcomes first use of new consumer legislation in court


The Office of Fair Trading: OFT welcomes first use of new consumer legislation in court:

"The OFT has welcomed the first use in court of new consumer protection laws following a case against Wiltshire traders whose customers complained of aggressive behaviour and poor quality work.

Wiltshire County Council's Trading Standards Department, with case support from the OFT, became the first consumer protection organisation in the UK to obtain an enforcement order under the new Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 (the Regulations).

The defendants, Jimmy Stockwell (also known as James Stockwell and James Cooper) and his son Shane Stockwell, engaged in general home handy man services and were the subject of a number of complaints of, among other things, aggressive behaviour and poor quality work."


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Friday, August 01, 2008

£6m spent on lawyers’ fees – to avoid doing home repairs


Islington News: Homes for Islington | HfI | Rip-off Islington | Catherine West | Council Homes:

"HfI chiefs defend running up bill for legal challenges to tenants’ claims

HOUSING chiefs have spent nearly £6million on legal fees in a bid to avoid doing repairs.
The Tribune has discovered that Homes for Islington (HfI), which runs all the borough’s council estates, has dug deep into its coffers to contest whether it should carry out repairs such as putting right faulty windows and poor plumbing."


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Workplace accidents kill more people than murderers do


Workplace accidents kill more people than murderers do:

"20th, June 2008

A study has found that twice as many people die from fatal accidents at work than are victims of homicide.

The report by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies found that at least 1,300 people died as a result of fatal occupational injuries in in England and Wales, compared with 765 homicide victims (in 2005-06)."


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