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Health and Safety News - August 2009

Health and Safety News - August 2009

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Atlanta fire officials said four gas line workers were lucky to be aliveThursday after a major explosion at a work site. The explosionhappened on Donald Lee Hollowell and Glass Street.
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Investigators said four workers were injured when a four inch gas lineruptured, creating a flash explosion.The force of the explosion sent a large piece of asphalt flying into theair. The asphalt landed on a vehicle and crushed the windshield.Four workers were taken to the hospital. OSHA officials were on thescene of the explosion.
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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has admitted that seriousfailings in its inspection procedures led to a factory explosion whichkilled nine people.The admission comes after an inquiry headed by Lord Gill into the ICLplastics factory explosion in Glasgow in May 2004.The report identified "serious failings" by health and safety chiefs inthe years leading up to the disaster.The HSE chairman Judith Hackitt was given eight weeks by the Workand Pensions secretary Yvette Cooper to respond to the accusationsand to look at ways of strengthening the safety of liquid petroleum gas(LPG) installations.In response, the HSE has said the report was "fair and accurate", butthat lessons had been learned and action was already being taken toimprove inspections. She pledged to learn lessons, and set out a listof general management improvements already under way.The Glasgow explosion happened after underground piping installedin 1969 corroded over the years and resulted in nine deaths and afurther 33 people were seriously injured.Despite inspectors visiting the factory regularly over a 30-year period,concerns were only raised once over the existence and condition ofthe underground pipe.
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A Northern Ireland water company has admitted polluting local waters.The prosecution follows the discovery of untreated sewage on 3August 2007 which had been leaked by Northern Ireland Water (NIW).An officer for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA)highlighted the problem in 2007 when they found dischargeduntreated sewage in Belfast Lough off Ballyholme Beach in Bangor,Co Down.The waste was traced to an NIW pumping station at Luke's Point andfurther investigations found that the water company had been carryingout maintenance work on the pumping station and had temporarilydiverted the sewage flow to a storm tank which had overflowed.Concerns were raised that the pollution was close to an identifiedbathing area.NIW pleaded guilty at Bangor Magistrates' Court to two charges andwas fined £2,000.In a statement the company said it takes its responsibility to theenvironment "extremely seriously" and was investing resources insafeguarding it.It added: "The pumping station is over 70 years old, which was acontributing factor to the cause of the incident. NI Water staff wereonsite to carry out essential maintenance when the dischargeoccurred and acted quickly to stop the overflow."
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Fears over drivers running red lights at Nottinghamshire plantcrossings have caused officials to warn motorists not to "dice withdeath" in their impatience.Temporary crossings have been set up at six points along 17 miles ofroadworks on the A46, between Newark and Widmerpool. During thelast two weeks the Highways Agency and Nottinghamshire Policehave noted dozens of motorists ignoring red lights and driving throughregardless of the dangers.Highways Agency Senior Construction Manager, Colin Chadwick,said: "In the last fortnight there have been more than 30 instances ofvehicles running red lights. It is quite unbelievable that people arewilling to put themselves and others at risk of serious or fatal injury."Those delivering construction materials are driving dump trucksweighing 40 tonnes when empty and 80 tonnes when carrying a fullload. The last thing we want is a tragedy because drivers cannot waitthe few seconds it takes for the lorries to pass and the lights tochange back to green."
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