Sunday, September 28, 2008

Couple win battle with Ryanair for compensation - Press & Journal


Couple win battle with Ryanair for compensation - Press & Journal

North-east husband and wife took airline to court over delayed bags

By Stephen Christie

Published: 20/09/2008

A north-east couple have won a £750 compensation battle against leading budget airline Ryanair – 50 times more than what they were originally offered.

Maurice and Ita O'Carroll were passengers on a Ryanair flight to Dublin from Aberdeen last year when their two pieces of luggage became delayed.

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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Palin on workplace safety

You can see workplace safety and its importance for most politicians
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Terminated by Schwarzenegger - - Texting While Driving in California


Starting in January, California drivers may not send, write or read messages on electronic devices.
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Lone Voice: Swimmer is banned from pool


The Lone Voice: Swimmer is banned from pool

It's Elf & Safety innit gov. Like to help but rules is rules....

Roland Grimm started wearing the underwater mask because, unlike smaller goggles, it stopped water going up his nose and had a single eyepiece which did not press against his face.
Real photo here


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Political allies of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi yesterday called for a ban on building new mosques

Whatever the political / religious argument - would you expect anyone of any faith to work on this?

Visit Caledonian Jim
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Monday, September 15, 2008

Council paid out £60 for tenant's shrunken jumpers


Council paid out £60 for tenant's shrunken jumpers - Telegraph

A council has paid £60 to a tenant whose woolly jumpers were shrunk in a washing machine at one of its properties.
Bristol City Council made the payment after being threatened with legal action over the shrunken jumpers.

In the last 12 months it has fought 780 compensation claims, of which it has lost 640
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Lawyers on £600 an hour, rake in £90m from NHS compensation claims - mirror.co.uk


Lawyers rake in £90m from NHS compensation claims - mirror.co.uk:

"Solicitors are milking millions from the NHS through work on patients' compensation claims.

The annual bill in England now tops £90million - a 122 per cent increase on the £40.9million of four years ago. This is despite the number of cases being unchanged at around 6,000."


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Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent


Cleared: Jury decides that threat of global warming justifies breaking the law - Climate Change, Environment - The Independent

By Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor
Thursday, 11 September 2008

"The threat of global warming is so great that campaigners were justified in causing more than £35,000 worth of damage to a coal-fired power station, a jury decided yesterday. In a verdict that will have shocked ministers and energy companies the jury at Maidstone Crown Court cleared six Greenpeace activists of criminal damage"

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Workstation assessment


Early workstation assessment
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NUJ film shows police obstruction of journalists

NUJ - National Union of Journalists

VIDEO: The NUJ has released a short film highlighting some of the problems faced by journalists covering public demonstrations

"The video was released the day after the TUC in Brighton condemned the erosion of civil liberties and media freedoms in Britain. TUC unions unanimously backed a motion, proposed by the National Union of Journalists, which called for a rethink of government policies that put journalists at risk of imprisonment just for doing their job"





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Monday, September 08, 2008

Spanish Health and Safety


Spanish Health and Safety, originally uploaded by kenpeace.

A beautifully wired light in a bar in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia Spain. Part of an ongoing series as I snap the odd picture everytime when I see good candidates.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Everyone struggles with their career now and then



Fortunately, as a St Andrews student or graduate you have access to year-round, lifelong careers advice.
Sadly, Gordon didn't come to St Andrews...
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Judges target frivolous compensation bids - Times Online


Judges target frivolous compensation bids - Times Online:

"Other unsuccessful claims included a man who wanted to sue the American rock band Bon Jovi for allegedly damaging his hearing at a concert in Glasgow and a man who wanted to sue his wife’s lover for emotional distress."


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Friday, September 05, 2008

Asprin


A man goes in for an interview for a job as a safety officer. The interview went quite well but the trouble was he kept winking and nodding his head.
The interviewer said,
"Although you have a lot of the qualities we're looking for, the fact that you keep winking and nodding your head disqualifies you."

"Oh, that's no problem," said the safety man. "If I take a couple of aspirin I stop winking and nodding my head for an hour."
"Show me," said the interviewer.

So the safety pro reached into his pocket. Embarrassingly he pulled out loads of condoms of every variety , before he found the packet of aspirin. He took the aspirin and soon stopped winking and nodding.

The interviewer said, "That's amazing, but I don't think we could employ someone who'd be womanising all over the country."
"Excuse me!" exclaimed the safety pro, "I'm a happily married man, not a womaniser!"

"Well how do you explain all the condoms, then?"
asked the interviewer.
The safety expert replied,
"Have you ever gone into a pharmacy, winking and nodding, and asked for a packet of aspirin?"

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Apple’s rejection of joke iPhone app highlights serious problem


"MacRumors has a story on Pull My Finger, an iPhone App that plays a variety of fart sounds," Daring Fireball reports. "The demo video shows that the app is clearly well done for what it is — it even vibrates the phone while it toots — but Apple rejected it:"

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Myth: HSE bans this, that and the other


The reality

There have been many reports of HSE, and health and safety law, being responsible for banning all sorts of things. For example, flip flops at work, knitting in hospitals, school sports days, a charity Christmas swim and even cuddly toys on dustbin lorries.

Actually, HSE has banned very little outright, apart from a very few high-risk exceptions (e.g. asbestos which kills over 5,000 individuals a year). HSE believes that health and safety should be about taking practical steps to manage real risks, not bureaucracy leading to the banning of everyday activities.

Next time you hear of a 'ban', if in doubt check it out.
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Myth: Even Mr Punch needs a written risk assessment


The reality

A Punch and Judy man received a standard letter from an event organiser asking him to submit a health and safety risk assessment. However when he questioned the need for it, they 'backed-off' and no paperwork was required. It sounds like wires got crossed somewhere and perhaps the standard letter was sent in error.

HSEs guidance is clear: if there is genuinely no significant risk, nothing needs to be written down.

If a written assessment is needed – keep it fit for purpose, and crucially: act on it. Paperwork without action does no one any good.
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