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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with regulations from OSHA, NFPA, and other safety codes. Find out about other companies' best and worst practices. We scour the internet to provide you with helpful training resources and the latest safety information.


Monday, December 02, 2013

World Safety News - World Cup Stadium Crane Collapse


A regular feature summarizing workplace safety news.

We scan newspapers, magazines and the internet for safety news that isn't being reported elsewhere. The following are links to safety-related news and articles that came out during the past week. If you have international safety news, safety tips, or suggestions send them to: duralabelpro@gmail.com.


Questions About South Africa's Possible Change In How Mine Safety Is Regulated

Amendments to the South African Mine Health and Safety Act are raising a lot of concern. The new law makes the existing Mine Health and Safety Council irrelevant and gives the Mineral Resources Minister the independ authority to decide what is dangerous.  The article in Mining Weekly states:

"Speaking to Mining Weekly Online, Webber Wentzel partner Kate Collier explained that certain aspects of the amended legislation allow the Minister discretion in declaring what work was deemed hazardous and what environmental condition or substance was a health hazard, besides others."

The changes also impact fines, changing fines from a set amount to "a fine not exceeding 10% of the company's yearly turnover for the period during which it failed to comply with the relevant provision."  Questions are being raised concerning how this number might be calculated, and that in some cases it might be impossible to calculate.


Read the Mining Weekly article here.


Canadian Roofing Company Found Not To Have Discourage Reporting Of Injuries


Mondaq reports that:

"A worker who delayed reporting an alleged workplace accident has claimed that his employer discouraged employees from reporting, but the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal has rejected that claim. The decision illustrates the importance of maintaining a practice of promptly reporting accidents to the WSIB."

 This was a workers compensation incident happen in Ontario, Canada.  The WSIB found that the employer had a history of reporting accidents, and that the employee had not seen a doctor until two months after the accident.

Read the article here.


U.K Joinery Company and Director Fined $54,663 For Safety Failings

A London joinery firm and a company director have been fined for multiple safety breaches that put employees at risk.

Park Royal-based Sunbeam Wood Works Ltd and Stephen Morrison were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an inspection on 10 February this year identified a number of serious issues.

Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard on last Wednesday that the company had:
  • failed to test ventilation systems for extracting potentially harmful wood dust
  • failed to provide suitable respiratory protective equipment (RPE), controls or any health surveillance for employees working with hazardous spray paints
  • failed to control noise exposure
  • failed to provide adequate information, training and  supervision to protect workers from hazards, including inhaling chemicals such as isocyanate during spraying processes.
Two Improvement Notices were served requiring action to be taken to stop health and safety from being compromised, and to protect workers undertaking hazardous activities. However, a follow up inspection in April revealed both were ignored. The court was told that little had changed and that there were still serious faults.

Sunbeam Wood Works Ltd, of Sunbeam Road, Park Royal, NW10, was fined a total of £24,000 and ordered to pay £1,460 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) and Section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Stephen Morrison, of the same address, was fined £8,000 after pleading guilty of breaching Section 37 of the same Act in his capacity as a director.


Reports Of Warnings Before World Cup Stadium Crane Collapse

Sky news reports that:

"Construction bosses were warned about safety at the World Cup stadium where a giant crane collapse killed two workers, a union has claimed. Antonio de Sousa Ramalho, president of Sao Paulo's civil industry workers' association, said supervisors pressed ahead with the operation to finish the roof of the Corinthians Arena despite several rainy days that soaked the soil."

The stadium, known as popularly known as the Itaquerao, is being constructed in  Sao Paulo, Brazil to host the 2014 World Cup.  A delay in completion of 45 to 60 days is expected as a result of the crane collapse.

Read the story on Sky News.


Related past posts:
First Of Its Kind Safety Training Rule
Large Fine In Canada
U.K. Workplace Injuries Drop

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