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Dem Rep Congo
Katanga goods train derailment leaves 63 dead

At least 63 people have died in the derailment of a goods train outside Katongola station in Katanga, many of the dead and injured were riding inside or atop rail wagons, overloading and speed have been speculated as possible causes of the derailment.
24th April 2014
USA
Youth survives 5-hour flight over Pacific in aircraft wheel well

A 16-year old youth survived a flight from San Jose Airport to Maui in Hawaii as a stowaway in the wheel well of a Boeing 767, security footage at San Jose showed the boy scaling a fence and accessing Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45. He apparently lost consciousness for part of the 5-hour flight but a health check in Hawaii revealed no other adverse effects from the experience.
24th April 2014
China
Wall collapse kills Macau site worker

A wall collapse inflicted fatal blunt force trauma chest injuries to a 58-year old construction worker who was drilling atop the 3-metre high wall when it collapsed at the Galaxy Macau site. At the locus he was assessed to have multiple fractures and when he was transferred from the city over the island bridge to the Kiang Wu Medical Centre in Taipa he was pronounced dead.
23rd April 2014
Croatia
Apiarist killed by bee sting

A 44-year old apiarist succumbed to anaphylactic reaction after being stung by a bee while working at his hives in Zardar. Although the beekeeper, who was suitably attired with a mask, managed to get prompt medical attention and had the sting removed less than a quarter hour after being stung, it was reckoned that the sting had penetrated an artery.
23rd April 2014
China
Miners killed in gas explosion in Yunnan mine

A methane gas explosion has killed 13 miners and left another missing at the Hongtutian Coal mine, a licensed pit, near Qujing in Yunnan province, 42 of the 56 miners underground at the time of the explosion managed to escape to safety.
22nd April 2014
USA
New Hampshire college groundsman electrocuted by fallen power line

A New Hampshire groundsman, a member of the Physical Plant staff of Keene State College, has died in an apparent electrocution after contacting energy from a fallen overhead high voltage line while working in an area adjacent to the college's sports campus. Fire crews had to initially exercise caution in approaching the energised body in close proximity to the power line.
22nd April 2014
USA
Worker died in 20-metre fall at Michigan feed mill

A fatal accident investigation is ongoing in Ruth, Michigan, into a fall from height death during the dismantling of a feed mill at the Cooperative Elevator Company which saw a 58-year old contractor fall 20 metres through an opening
. 18th April 2014
Turkey
Man rescued after 3 days in disused well

A 40-year old prospector is recovering in hospital from dehydration and injuries after falling into a well in Mihalgazci in Eskisehir, it is speculated that he may have lain as long as 83 hours in the disused well.
18th April 2014
South Korea
Almost 300 missing in ferry capsize

The capsize of the Sewol ferry 12 miles off Byungpoong has left 291 people missing, 4 people were confirmed dead. The ship issued a mayday, listing heavily and capsizing within 2 hours of its issue. Almost 200 divers including a team of naval SEALS attended the accident, as did a US Navy 7th Fleet amphibious assault ship. At the time of the accident sea conditions were good with only light winds and moderate swell.
17th April 2014
Jamaica
Worker killed in water pipeline explosion

A worker was killed and 7 were injured when an explosion occurred during work to replace a pipeline on the Tulloch Springs/Rio Cobre Water Supply System project in Caymanas, St Catherine, the injured workers are recovering in Kingston Public Hospital.
17th April 2014
Russia
Pilot killed in Astrakhan military plane crash

One pilot was killed and the other who managed to eject survived the crash of a military aircraft yesterday during a training flight in Astrakhan.
16th April 2014
UAE
Arrests follow death of worker in crane collapse
Al Aghrab police in Sharjah have arrested a crane operator and a site engineer following a fatal accident on a construction site in Maliha where a worker was struck when a crane collapsed, he was later pronounced dead in Al Kuwaiti Hospital.
16th April 2014
USA
New York worker killed in fall from Manhattan building

A worker was killed in a fall from the roof of a building on West 33rd Street in Manhattan on Monday afternoon, it was unclear whether he was a roofer or another maintenance worker.
15th April 2014
USA
Georgia roofer killed in 12-metre fall through roof

A roofing contractor was killed in a 12-metre fall through the roof of a building at the Shaw Industries plant in Dalton, Georgia. He was pronounced dead on arrival by ambulance in hospital, dense fog locally had precluded the deployment of an air ambulance.
15th April 2014
Poland
4 sailors dead after mast hits power line over canal

Four sailors were killed on Sunday after the 5-metre high mast of their yacht contacted an overhead power line as they sailed along the Cieplicowka canal which links the Vistula Lagoon and the River Nogat in northeast Poland. Fire crews from Warmia and Mazury attended the accident, the Elblag fire master reported that the 4 charred bodies were recovered from below deck.
 14th April 2014
USA
2 dead in MEWP accident at Missouri lime mine

Two mine workers aged 53 and 29 died when the basket of their MEWP(mobile elevating work platform) detached and fell while they were working at chipping loose rock from the wall or roof of a chamber at the Mississippi Lime Company mine some 60 miles south of St Louis. Initial speculation of the accident suggests that a large section of rock fell and detached the platform from its lorry mount.
   14th April 2014
USA
Painter killed in fall in Virginia water tower

A contract painter working at a height of 20 metres inside a water tower operated by Campbell County in Virginia has died in a fall from height accident. Initial investigation of the accident suggested that he was wearing safety equipment but a failure may have occurred with it, contributing to the fall.
11th April 2014
USA
Worker injured in lift shaft

During work to remove old radio communications towers at the Colorado Tower construction site in central Austin, Texas, a worker in his 30's has sustained life-threatening injuries after becoming pinned in a lift shaft when the lift activated.
11th April 2014
Malaysia
Arch collapses on worker guiding lorry at site

A 52-year old construction worker guiding a lorry delivering a load of concrete at a site at Lorong Sentosa Kanan 2 in Rompin was killed when the top of the lorry struck a concrete arch which collapsed and fell on the victim guiding at the rear of the vehicle.
10th April 2014
Italy
Two workers drown in Puglia sewage tank

Two workers of Ecologia Rizzi have died in an accident yesterday at a waste water tank in Molfetta where a lorry was discharging waste from a fish factory. Both victims, aged 50 and 28, are believed to be father and son. Initial speculation of the accident appears to suggest that one of them had lifted the manhole lid of the tank and when it slipped down had attempted to retrieve it. He was overcome by the fumes and an attempted rescue by the second man led to another fatality, both men drowned in the tank. A third man, believed to be related to the victims, also attempted a rescue before being partially overcome, he is recovering in hospital
. 9th April 2014
Mexico
Rock fall fatality at silver mine

A rock fall 230 metres underground at level 431 of the Santa Cecilia El Cubo mine of Endeavour Silver in Guanajuato has left 1 miner dead and 3 others, aged 26,32 and 60, injured. The youngest of the 3 injured workers sustained several fractures but is not in life-threatening condition. The mine will be closed for a couple of days pending a safety audit and safety training.
8th April 2014
Germany
Arborist in tree killed by felled branch

An arborist was killed yesterday while thinning the crown of a tree near Kyllburg, Rheinland-Pfalz. He was working at a height of 15 metres when he was struck by a large branch which had just been felled. Fire crews had a difficult task reaching him on the steep wooded embankment where he was working, he was pronounced dead on being lowered to the ground.
8th April 2014
Mexico
Worker killed in fall into trench

A 58-year old construction worker sustained a fatal head injury in a 2-metre fall into an excavation in which he struck his head on a pipe at a commercial development site in Altamira, Tamaulipas
. 7th April 2014
USA
Saw blade cut into arborist's neck

A 21-year old arborist of Adler Tree Service of Gibsonia, Pennsylvania, successfully underwent emergency surgery in Allegheny Hospital after a chain saw blade became embedded in his neck as he worked at height. Colleagues helped him down and he was rushed to hospital, the blade had missed vital arteries and had cut into muscle tissue.
7th April 2014
Germany
2 dead in Ruhr confined space accident

Two maintenance workers died in a confined space accident yesterday in a 5-metre deep oil tank at premises on Gossing Street in Wickede, North Rhine-Westphalia, both men had climbed into the tank to clean it and were quickly overcome in the oxygen-deficient atmosphere. Fire crews had difficulty accessing the men as the narrowness of the entrance precluded entry with oxygen cylinders.
4th April 2014
USA
Worker falls 30 metres from Manhattan scaffold

The Department of Buildings in New York issued a full stop work order pending investigation following the death of a worker of Alpha General Contractors who died in a 30-metre fall from scaffolding while working on the facade of the Dream Hotel in Manhattan.
4th April 2014
USA
Worker killed as clothing snags on automatic door pulley

A North Minnesota worker has died in an accident at Bagley Hardwood Products in Bagley when his clothing snagged in the pulley of an automatic door which pulled him upwards as it rose.
3rd April 2014
Pakistan
Roof collapse kills Karachi bottle plant worker

The collapse of a prefabricated roof at a bottle manufacturer in the Khawaja Coumpound on the SITE(Sindh Industrial Trading Area) industrial estate of Karachi has claimed the life of a worker there.
3rd April 2014
India
Workers killed and injured by vehicle while lining pedestrian crossing

Two roads workers were killed and another was seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle during road lining at a pedestrian crossing on the Western Expressway at Kherwadi Junction in Bandra East. The accident occurred at 03.30 yesterday morning. The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident has been charged with allegations of offences under the Motor Vehicles Act; of careless driving under Section 279; of dangerous driving under Section 184; of causing death by negligence under Section 304A; and causing serious injury under Section 338.
2nd April 2014
Canada
Fatal accident in Quebec

An investigation was launched following a fatal accident yesterday in Montreal when a worker died of head injuries in an accident at GSC Technologies in St Jean sur Richelieu, Monteregie.
2nd April 2014
St Kitts and Nevis
Maintenance worker's body found in airport lift shaft

Police investigation of an accident at Robert L Bradshaw airport has ruled it to have been industrial in respect of the death of a 31-year old maintenance worker whose body was found in a lift shaft where he had been undertaking maintenance work.
1st April 2014
Malaysia
Borneo track workers hit by train

A Sabah Railway Department track worker was killed yesterday and a colleague injured when they were struck by a train during the replacement of sleepers near Beaufort, 50 miles south of Kota Kinabalu. It was unclear whether a look-out had been posted to alert the workers to rail traffic, the noise of their machinery and a thunderstorm would have prevented the track workers hearing the train's approach.
1st April 2014
 
USA
Fall from height fatality during pressure washing

A 26-year old contract worker has died in an 8-metre fall during pressure water cleaning work at the Formosa premises in Point Comfort, Texas.
24th April 2014
Bangladesh
Painter killed in fall from roof

A 30-year old painter has been killed in a fall from the roof of a 1-storey building in the Forest Gate district of Panchlaish
. 24th April 2014
Germany
Falling scaffold section kills foundry worker

A 33-year old foundry worker was killed yesterday when he was struck in the neck area by a 45Kg section of scaffold which fell in the construction shed at a foundry in Torgelow.
23rd April 2014
USA
Accident investigation on American Samoa

Health & Safety investigators are studying the circumstances of a fatal accident at Satala on American Samoa where a stevedore died after being run over by an HGV which he was trying to prevent from running down a gradient. He had apparently tried to enter the cab of the vehicle as it began to move at the warehouse of the Starkist Samoa cannery but fell under the vehicle's wheels.
22nd April 2014
India
Workers killed as lorry runs into rail site excavation

A cement lorry crashed through the barriers surrounding an excavation for metro rail piers in the Chaderghat area of Hyderabad on Thursday, killing 2 construction workers in the deep pit, other workers in the squad had left the area shortly before the accident to have a break.
18th April 2014
Cyprus
Trench collapse claims Romanian worker

The walls of a 4-metre deep excavation collapsed during work on the construction of a sewage system in Frenaros, Famagusta, killing a 33-year old Romanian construction worker trapped in the trench.
17th April 2014
Vietnam
Human error led to molten steel spillage

Investigation into a molten steel spillage at a steel works in the coastal province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has indicated that human error was involved as a crucible containing 150 tonnes of steel spilled and led to an explosion which injured 13 workers. One of the injured is listed in critical condition, 3 others are listed in stable condition.
16th April 2014
Germany
Washing machine explosion leaves food plant workers injured

Four workers sustained severe burns when a washing machine exploded during cleaning work on Monday evening at a food manufacturing plant in Polling-Weidung in Upper Bavaria, the 2 most seriously injured were taken to a burns unit in a Munich hospital.
15th April 2014
India
Worker falls to his death in materials lift collapse

A 43-year old construction worker has been killed when a temporary lift collapsed during renovation work on the 5th floor of the Basappa Complex building on Lavelle Road, Bangalore. The lift was driven by an electric motor and the victim was sitting on a parapet wall operating it by means of a hand-held device when the accident occurred. It is speculated that the lift which was carrying 3 bags of sand from the ground floor was overloaded and he was caught unaware and dragged down.
15th April 2014
USA
Massachusetts utility workers killed in MEWP accident

Two utility workers of MassBay Electrical Corporation were killed in a fall from height accident at Cape Cod Aggregate Corp's sand and gravel quarry when their MEWP(mobile elevating work platform) became unstable and overturned. They were working at a height of 50 metres in the basket which fell a further 25 metres down an adjacent embankment.
14th April 2014
India
Plant operator drowns at open cast mine

A 49-year old  mine worker has drowned after losing control of the dumper vehicle he was driving at the Durgapur opencast mine of Western Coalfields Ltd in Chandrapur, Maharashtra. The vehicle experienced engine failure on a gradient, sliding into a deep pool of water
. 11th April 2014
Poland
Lodz tram collision attributed to brake failure

It is speculated that brake failure led to the collision of 2 trams on a roundabout in Lodz where a tram standing at a red light was rammed from behind by another one, 16 people were injured, a female who sustained head injuries was listed in critical condition.
10th April 2014
Paraguay
Asuncion worker dies of dengue fever

A 32-year old parks worker has died in the Hospital Regional in Luque, Asuncion, of suspected dengue fever after apparently contracting dengue virus. The worker was admitted to hospital 2 weeks ago, and had  tested NSI antigen negative, IgM and IgG antibodies positive.
9th April 2014
Canada
Fatal accident at Sudbury smelter

Initial speculation of the fatal accident at the Smelter Complex of Vale in Copper Cliff, Ontario, suggests that a large moil pin may have fractured and broken off a crusher bell in the casting and crushing plant, a 36-year old millwright died and a 28-year old was injured, the latter is listed in stable condition
. 8th April 2014
Thailand
Rescuer survived confined space rescue attempt

A 25-year old worker who almost died in an attempt to rescue 4 workers in a confined space accident is expected to be released from Vachira Phuket Hospital this week. In an accident on 26th March 4 workers died in a sewer, the 25-year old who attempted their rescue had oxygen breathing equipment on but had to abandon the rescue attempt as he felt himself becoming ill and collapsed shortly after emerging from the sewer.
7th April 2014
Thailand
Fire kills 2 at Bangkok car parts workshop

A 62-year old woman and another adult died in a fire on Saturday at a car parts workshop on Soi Sukhumvit, Bangkok. Fire crews battled for 3 hours to control the blaze, their bodies were recovered on the 2nd floor of the premises in a residential area above the workshop.
7th April 2014
Croatia
Fire at University of Zagreb Agriculture Faculty

An investigation is ongoing into an accident at the Agriculture Faculty at Zagreb University where fire broke out in a store room, no injuries were reported, the cause of the accident and materials stored there were unknown
. 4th April 2014
Philippines
Worker killed in 7-storey fall

A 41-year old worker has died in a fall from the 7th storey of a condominium site on Regalado Highway in Novaliches, Quezon City, it is believed that he had been  checking on lighting when he slipped.
3rd April 2014
New Zealand
Company fined over remote-controlled tractor fatal accident

At Pukekohe District Court Sundale Farms Ltd was fined $25,400(13,164) over a fatal accident at its farm in Pukekawa where an agricultural worker harvesting broccoli died under the wheels of a remote-controlled tractor.
The tractor towing a trailer normally moves at 0.15mph but a malfunction caused it suddenly to accelerate to 4 mph. At this point the worker attempted to mount the tractor to operate its controls manually, only to slip down under its wheels. Worksafe NZ's investigation established that the worker was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and was also acting contrary to instructions. It was also found that there was no routine maintenance programme and there was a lack of regular checks of the system and preventive maintenance. The installation of an inhibitor switch in the gear selector would have ensured that remote control propulsion would have been restricted to low gear and an emergency stop system in the trailer would have enabled workers to brake the tractor.
  2nd April 2014
Japan
Worker dies in subsidence accident at Fukushima plant

A subsidence accident has claimed the life of a contract worker at the Fukushima nuclear plant, he was breaking up concrete near a storage building when an excavation became unstable and he was struck by a slippage of earth.
1st April 2014
USA
Workers injured as shell explodes in avalauncher chamber

Two employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation were injured on Monday when an explosive device exploded within the chamber of an Avalauncher, equipment using compressed gas and shells to trigger pre-planned avalanches in the Seven Sisters Area on Loveland Pass
. The lorry-mounted equipment had already fired 17 shells on Monday morning prior to the accident, the workers are listed in serious and fair condition in hospital. Avalauncher use has been suspended pending investigation of the accident. 1st April 2014
 
Austria
Fall from height accident on Vienna site

A 35-year old construction worker was listed in life-threatening condition in hospital in Vienna last night after sustaining fractures and a severe head injury in a 10-metre fall from a scaffold earlier in the day at a site on Rax Street in the city's Favoriten district.
24th April 2014
The Netherlands
North Sea tanker collision off Ijmuiden

Dutch authorities have been investigating the collision in the North Sea of 2 tankers, the 200-metre long Singaporean-flagged Bulk Costa Rica and the 180-metre long Atlantic Tramp of the Korkyra Shipping Company of Croatia, some 30 miles off Ijmuiden, no injuries were reported
. 23rd April 2014
Canada
Electrician killed on Alberta oilsands site

A 27-year old electrician died in an accident, speculated as electrocution, while working near an electrical panel at the Suncor Energy oilsands site 15 miles from Fort McMurray, this was the 2nd workplace fatality at the site this year
. 22nd April 2014
Switzerland
Falling concrete kills Basle worker

A falling concrete section killed the driver of a digger vehicle yesterday on the ground floor of the former Novartis building undergoing renovation on Schorenweg in the Hirzbrunnen district of Basle.
18th April 2014
Canada
Structural collapse leaves Quebec workers injured

Two workers were severely injured in an accident on Wednesday morning during renovation work in a property on rue Canourgue in L'Anse Saint-Jean in Sagueanay-Lac-saint-Jean. Concrete work was being undertaken on the 2nd floor when a partial collapse occurred, a diesel-powered heater subsequently ignited in the basement, the fire master reported that work to control the blaze was hampered by strong winds fanning the flames
. 17th April 2014
Australia
Sydney mechanic crushed under car

A Sydney motor mechanic has died in a crush accident after becoming trapped under a car at a garage workshop in Greenacre in the southwest of the city.
17th April 2014
Italy
Fall from height and crush accidents

In workplace accidents in Italy in the last 24 hours; a 47-year old worker died in a crush accident involving machinery at a furniture upholstery facility in Noci, Bari; a 33-year old worker at Naples Airport was admitted to the city's San Giovanni Hospital after being badly injured in a 4-metre fall from height accident; at Baraccola, Ancona, the 64-year old proprietor of Nuova Adriatica Neon sustained a serious head injury in a 3-metre fall while mounting a sign at the premises, his condition in Torrette Hospital is not life-threatening.
16th April 2014
England
Woman critically injured after diggers fall from lorry in South Tyneside

A woman was listed in critical condition in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where she was transferred with a head injury after 2 diggers fell from the rear of a lorry and struck a car on the A194 at Fellgate, Jarrow. It is speculated that the diggers may have struck the underside of a railway bridge prior to falling.
15th April 2014
Luxembourg
Quarry worker badly injured in crush accident

A quarry worker sustained life-threatening injuries in a crush accident on Saturday at the Ernzen quarry near Mersch where he became pinned between 2 heavy stone sections when an attachment failed, he had fractures to both legs and in the shoulder area
. 14th April 2014
India
Worker killed as steel falls from crane

A steel girder became unstable and fell from a crane at the NK Tuli Factory which manufactures girders in Mayapuri, west Delhi, killing a 65-year old worker.
11th April 2014
Wales
Workers ailed by fumes during cleaning work

Two workers were listed in stable condition in hospital in Chester following an accident yesterday during cleaning maintenance work at the English Provender Company, a condiment producer on River Lane Industrial Estate in Saltney, Flintshire, 10 other workers required treatment
. 10th April 2014
New Zealand
South Island worker's hand severed in log splitter

A Southland worker's hand has been severed in an accident involving a log splitter, he was initially treated in Gore Hospital prior to transfer to Christchurch, it was unclear whether surgical re-attachment of the severed hand would be possible.. WorkSafe New Zealand is investigating the accident, fuller details of which were not available.
9th April 2014
Scotland
Nato exercise helicopter's emergency landing in field

Both pilots of an Apache helicopter were uninjured after their aircraft developed a mechanical failure and made an emergency landing in a field near Maryculter, Aberdeenshire, the helicopter was participating in a training exercise in the Nato Operation Joint Warrior.
8th April 2014
Australia
Lineman electrocuted in Western Australia

A 24-year old lineman form New Zealand was electrocuted at a site at Jurien Bay, 125 miles north of Perth, where he was working as a rigger on high voltage power lines
.  7th April 2014
Austria
Pilot killed in helicopter crash

An Enstrom 280FX helicopter crashed on Saturday in Kircham, Upper Austria, during a sightseeing flight from Gschwandt to Styria, coming down in woodland. The 46-year old pilot was killed, both passengers in the flight survived the crash, the wreckage was transferred to Vienna yesterday for investigation
.  7th April 2014
Austria
Accident at MgCO3 mine

Two workers aged 23 and 46 sustained leg and rib fractures when a drill platform wagon overturned and they were hit by rubble at the magnesite(MgCO3) mine of RHI in Breitenau, Styria, both men were engaged in maintenance work under the 4-metre high platform.
4th April 2014
France
Workers fall from scaffold while handling timber beam

Two construction workers were badly injured yesterday in a 3-metre fall from scaffolding after losing their balance while handling a timber beam and falling on to other timber sections at a house building site on Rue de Premont in Elincourt, both men were hospitalised in Valenciennes.
3rd April 2014
England
Cambs company fined over radiation accident

At Teesside Crown Court Mistras ETS Ltd of St Neots, Cambridgeshire, was fined 30K plus 4,930 in costs over an accident in which a worker at its premises on Graythorpe Industrial Estate in Hartlepool was exposed to dangerous levels of radiation and sustained severe tissue damage to the fingers of one hand, later requiring surgery.
He was working with x-ray equipment in a radiation bay when a separate work team was testing safety equipment and beacons. In the accident on 19th September 2012 he received radiation exposure to his fingertips. HSE investigation found that workers had developed their own ad hoc method which saw several important safety devices de-activated.
The company pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and admitted to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Ionising Radiation Regulations 1999 for which no separate penalty was imposed.  
 2nd April 2014
Switzerland
Fork lift accident at pump station

A 37-year old worker was hospitalised in Zurich yesterday with serious crush injuries after becoming pinned by the forks of a forklift truck during the unloading of a lorry at the Limmern pumping station  in Linthal.
1st April 2014
 
England
Farm worker's head was pinned between hydraulic tailgate and trailer

A verdict of accidental death was reached by an inquest jury in respect of a fatal accident at Foulrice Farm in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where a 55-year old farm labourer sustained a fatal skull fracture on 7th January when his head became pinned between the edge of a trailer and a tailgate during work to bag sheep nuts being tipped from the trailer. The worker had been using a shovel to clear residual pellets from the trailer and as he stooped to retrieve the shovel on the ground he was unaware that the hydraulic tailgate was descending, an operation which took just 4 seconds.
24th April 2014
England
Unstable straw bales led to fatal accident on Yorks farm

An inquest jury in Northallerton has returned a verdict of accidental death in respect of a fatal accident at Bitcha Green Farm in North Yorkshire where a 49-year old agricultural worker sustained a fractured skull after 4 hay bales fell on him in a barn. He was bedding down cattle and is believed to have been taking straw from the upper end of a stack of bales when they fell. An HSE inspector opined that an inherent instability in the structure of the bales, some stacked 7 high, contributed to the accident.
23rd April 2014
Canada
Fatal accident on Ottawa bank site

A 45-year old Ontario construction worker sustained a fatal head injury yesterday at a Bank of Canada construction site in Ottawa where he was struck on the head by a piece of masonry. 
22nd April 2014
Germany
Rail crush accident in chemical company yard

A 38-year old worker of Chemion working in the grounds of chemical company Lyondell-Basell in the Wesseling suburb of south Cologne has been killed in a crush accident after becoming pinned between a locomotive and a wagon.
18th April 2014
England
Dorset company fined over fall through fragile roof

At Weymouth Magistrates' Court Portland Stone Firms Ltd was fined 20K plus 18,992 in costs over an accident in which a worker was badly injured in a 4.5-metre fall through a fragile roof surface while replacing roof lights. The court heard that the 50-year old worker was using a ladder and roof supports to access the roof in the absence of a MEWP(mobile elevating work platform) at the premises on Easton Street, Portland, on 16th August 2012.
HSE investigation found the planning and supervision of the work to have been inadequate, suitable equipment had not been provided for a safe system of work. The company pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and Regulation 9(2) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005
. 17th April 2014
Scotland
Glasgow boy killed in garden rope swing accident

Police Scotland is investigating the death of a 10-year old boy found dead in the garden of his home in the Garthamlock area of Glasgow. The investigation into the sudden death is ongoing, it is believed that he died after becoming entangled in a rope swing in the garden
. 16th April 2014
England
Worker killed in structural collapse in empty London building

A worker has died in a partial collapse of a building on Grosvenor Square, London. It is believed that a piece of plant fell through the floor on the 2nd storey of the 6-storey former US naval building which has been vacant for 7 years, one worker died, another was treated for injuries. 15th April 2014
Belgium
Antwerp mechanic's arm trapped under jack

A worker was hospitalised with a serious arm injury on Saturday when a jack moved and his arm became trapped during maintenance work at DAF Trucks in Westerlo.
14th April 2014
Canada
Worker rescued from under unstable steel

An Ontario worker sustained a broken leg when he became trapped under steel which became unstable and moved at the Pacemaker Steel and Piping Company in Manchester. Rescuers used oak cribbing sections to stabilise the pile of steel and an overhead gantry crane to lift the section trapping the worker.
14th April 2014
Canada
Serious leg injury on Toronto site

A Toronto worker was admitted to the city's Sunnybrook Hospital with a severe leg injury yesterday after one or both of his legs became pinned under a piece of heavy plant at a condominium site on the city's Parkwood Avenue.
11th April 2014
Malaysia
Plasterer killed in scaffold collapse

A plasterer died and 2 colleagues were badly injured when a timber platform on a scaffold failed to bear their weight and collapsed at a construction site in Pulau Tikus, George Town. The worker who died fell from the 22nd floor to the 8th floor. The condition of the injured men in Penang Hospital was unknown.
11th April 2014
England
HSE investigates fall through roof on Herts estate

The HSE has been advised of a work-related accident in Buntingford, Hertfordshire, where a man in his 40's was hospitalised with head and back injuries after falling 5 metres through the roof of an unoccupied building on the Watermill Industrial Estate, he is not listed in life-threatening condition.
10th April 2014
Scotland
Driver drowns after taxi enters water at Peterhead Harbour

The driver of a taxi drowned when his vehicle entered Peterhead Harbour and overturned yesterday morning, a 33-year old local offshore worker made a brave bid to rescue the driver.
8th April 2014
Scotland
Orkney diver rescued

The RNLI Longhope lifeboat was called out yesterday to rescue a diver who got into difficulties in Scapa Flow, his condition in hospital was not known
. 7th April 2014
Australia
Burns accident at aluminium plant

A worker in his 50's was admitted to the John Hunter Hospital in Tomago, New South Wales, yesterday with serious burns to his face and hands following an accident at Tomago Aluminium
. 7th April 2014
England
Worker's fingertips severed in unguarded chain drive

At Derby magistrates' Court Biffa Waste Services Ltd was fined 20K plus 1,542 in costs in respect of an accident on 4th February last year when a worker at its plant in Derby had the tips of 2 fingers severed in the external chain drive of machinery. Tape had become wrapped around the drive and his gloved hand became caught as he tried to clear the tape. HSE investigation found that the machine had been fitted with an external chain drive after a breakdown, but  there was an absence of an adequate guard and the machine became more prone to blockage. The workers were deemed to have not received adequate training in the safe isolation of the drive, the company pleaded guilty to breaches of Section 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
4th April 2014
India
1 dead, 3 injured in boiler explosion

A boiler explosion at a food manufacturing factory in the Kolgate area of Bikaner has left one worker dead and 3 injured, the factory owner is believed to be one of those injured.
3rd April 2014
New Zealand
Bay of Plenty female worker injured in forklift accident

A 20-year old woman was treated in Tauranga Hospital for a leg injury after being struck by a forklift truck at the premises of Taura Natural Ingredients at Owens Place in Mount Maunganui.
3rd April 2014
Scotland
Gym wall collapse kills Edinburgh schoolgirl

The HSE launched an investigation into the death of a 12-year old girl at Liberton High School in Edinburgh who was struck by a collapsing free standing internal wall in a gym as pupils prepared for a PE class yesterday.
2nd April 2014
England
Lobster fisherman broke arm setting out pots

A Cumbrian fisherman was admitted to  the West Cumberland Hospital in Hensingham, Whitehaven, with a suspected broken arm following an accident during the setting out of lobster pots in the Irish Sea off St Bees, Whitehaven Coastguard co-ordinated his rescue.
 1st April 2014