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Canada
Sealers' boat under coastguard tow capsizes, 4 drown
Three seal hunters drowned when their boat, L'Acadien 11, capsized after striking ice while under tow by the Canadian coastguard. L'Acadien had developed steering problems off the Iles de la Madelaine north of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, but sank within 90 minutes of being under tow, the accident occurred at night. Although some of the sleeping crew were rescued, divers have been searching for another missing sealer. 31st March 2008.

Austria
Traffic officers await radiation test results
Two police officers based at the Nickelsdorf traffic control check in Burgenland are awaiting the results of blood tests after possible exposure to radioactive materials during the inspection of an HGV with Dutch registration plates travelling from Romania to Luxemburg.
The lorry's load documentation was false, during the 7-hour check contact was made with the material which included Caesium 137, Americium and Beryllium. Although gamma rays were below the danger borderline, there was concern over neutron levels. The load was located 15 metres behind the cab, presenting no contamination risk for for the driver.  31st March 2008.

Norway
Russian mining helicopter crash in Svalbard
A Russian helicopter has crashed during landing in windy conditions at the Russian mining settlement of Barentsburg on the Svalbard Isles, 300 miles off the Norwegian mainland, 3 of the 9 people on board have died, 2 of the surviving injured have been transferred for hospitalisation in Longyearbyen. The flight belonged to Arktikogal, the Russian company which mines coal there, both pilots and a mine worker were killed. 31st March 2008.

China
Fireworks explosion kills detonation experts
The explosion of a consignment of dated fireworks being taken for detonation on waste ground 5 miles outside Turpan, in Xinjiang province, killed at least 25 people on Thursday with 5 others reported missing. The group comprised of police, explosives experts and journalists travelling in a convoy of 7 lorries. 28th March 2008.

Ukraine
Odessa helicopter crash kills 14
As many as 14 people may have died when an Mi-8 helicopter flying from Odessa to Zmeiny came down in the Danube delta near Poludenny island, the flight was carrying 2 tonnes of cargo and was carrying 10 passengers in addition to 3 crew. Another body recovered from the sea is reckoned to have been an additional unlisted passenger. 28th March 2008.

Dubai
Explosion of illegally stored fireworks
An explosion of illegally stored fireworks killed 2 people on Wednesday in a warehouse in the Al Quoz industrial area of Dubai. 27th March 2008

Honduras
Bus crash on "angel's flight" kills 23, 18 injured
At least 23 people were killed on Tuesday when a bus left the road on the notorious "vuelo del angel" stretch of highway in western Honduras and fell hundreds of metres down into a ravine. Copec (Comision Permanente de Contingencias) gave the rollover as 120 metres, however witnesses spoke of 400-500 metres at the site between San Jeronimo and San Isidro, 12 miles from Jesus de Otoro.
26th March 2008
USA
Crane section collapse kills 2 at Miami site
A crane section fell 30 storeys at the Paramount Bay Condominium site on Miami's North Bayshore Drive on Tuesday, killing 2 workers in a building under its path, 5 others are injured, 1 listed in critical condition. A subcontractor was attempting to raise a 7-metre extension section at the site of developer Royal Palms Communities, Florida does not currently license crane operation.
26th March 2008
China
Speculation over fate of Ukrainian crew
Divers have located the wreck of the Neftegaz 67 tug in 37 metres of water following its sinking after colliding with the Chinese freighter Yao Hai off Hong Kong, there has been no sign of the missing 18 Ukrainian crewmen, leading to speculation that they may be trapped in the sunken ship.
With sea temperatures of 17C, survival would be in the 12-24 hour range. Visibility is poor for the divers who are also experiencing strong currents, the plan is to deploy Asia's largest floating derrick, Hua Tian Long, to raise the boat but its present location on Xi River precludes its arrival before Friday.
25th March 2008
USA
Search in Bering Sea for missing trawlerman
The US coastguard in Alaska was coordinating an intensive search of the Bering Sea on Monday for the fisherman missing from the Seattle-based trawler, Alaska Ranger, which sank 120 miles west of Dutch Harbour, on Unalaska island in the eastern Aleutians, an accident which has already claimed the lives of 4 of the 47 crew.
The boat experienced rudder problems and ensuing water ingress saw the crew take to lifeboats. Weather conditions have been good, assisting the coastguard in the search for the fisherman in his orange survival suit.
25th March 2008
Rep Ireland
Fatal accident during de-icing at Dublin Airport
An employee of SR Technics was killed in the early hours of Wednesday while de-icing a Cityjet aircraft at Dublin Airport, he sustained fatal head injuries and died in Beaumont Hospital.
This was the 11th workplace fatality in Ireland in 2008.
20th March 2008
Kazakhstan
Bus crash kills 20
A bus carrying 90 passengers overturned during transit from Chimkent, north of Tashkent, early on Tuesday, 7 people died and 20 were injured.
19th March 2008
Indonesia
AOC withdrawn for 3 months
Following last week's incident, the Air Transport Minister has announced in Jakarta the withdrawal of Adam Air's AOC (Air Operator Certificate) on the grounds of passenger safety, the decision will be reviewed quarterly.
19th March 2008
Egypt
Collision leaves 20 policemen dead
The collision of a police wagon and a lorry on the highway between Cairo and Alexandria has killed 23 people, mostly police officers who were returning from a camp near Cairo, the severity of the injuries could see this figure rise in the coming days.
18th March 2008
Austria
Fatal crush accident in Steier dairy
A 53-year old dairyman died on Monday after being crushed by a heavy 1-tonne lid cover at a dairy in Knittelfeld, Steier.
A technical fault had developed and he was bending over the large vat when the cover fell, it is speculated that a hydraulic malfunction caused the accident.
18th March 2008
Iran
Bus crash kills 22 students
The collision of a bus and a petrol tanker on Sunday 450 miles southwest of Teheran on the highway between Andimeshk and Pol-e-Dokhtar killed 22 students who were returning from the Rahiyan-e-Nour tour of battle sites of the Iran-Iraq conflict between 1980 and 88, the victims were unable to escape from the burning bus.
17th March 2008
Syria
Coach crash kills 23 students
A coach carrying more than 50 students crashed into a building in Tartous leaving 23 dead and 9 in critical condition, it is alleged that it was speeding and failed to negotiate a bend.
In response to high traffic accident figures President al-Assad last month introduced stiffer fines, provincial roads feature an absence of road markings and observation of speed limits and the coach industry lacks regulation.
16th March 2008
Zimbabwe
Plane crash kills 2 doctors
Two Zimbabwean doctors of Parirenyatwa Hospital were killed in a plane crash this week when their PA24 single-engine light aircraft crashed on take-off at Charles Prince Airport outside Harare, 1 other doctor survived, the trio were heading for Seretse Khama University in Botswana when technical problems on take-off saw the plane's wing clip the ground.
14th March 2008
Greece
Cruise ship grounds off Poros
Around 300 passengers had to be evacuated from the cruise ship Giorgis which ran aground on Thursday off Poros and experienced water ingress.
The ship was cruising the Saronic Gulf among the islands of Poros, Hydra and Aegina, the passengers were taken to a naval training base on Poros.
14th March 2008
Gaza
Contraband tunnel collapse leaves 1 dead
The collapse of a border tunnel between Gaza and Egypt killed a smuggler on Wednesday, the 600-metre long dormant tunnel 10 metres underground  running from the al-Salam district was in the process of being recommissioned by a team of smugglers when it collapsed. It is believed that a rod was being pushed through the surface of fine sandy tilth when the roof failed.
13th March 2008
Austria
Search for workers missing at explosives site
Search and rescue teams deployed sniffer dogs on Wednesday in the search for 2 workers missing  at the site of the explosion at Austin Powder in St Lambert, in the Murau district of Upper Steier.
Both workers had been overseeing a process involving  nitro-glycerine and ammonium nitrate and 2 special mixers when some 350Kg of explosives ignited.
3 other workers were badly injured in the incident.
13th March 2008
Philippines
Double fatality at Sugar Bay shipyard
An accident during a crane manoeuvre has killed 2 subcontractor slingmen at the Hanjin Heavy Industries Corp shipyard in the Sugar Bay Freeport. The crane was being relocated and the slingmen were removing shackles when it came off a supporting trestle, pinning the men.
12th March 2008
Indonesia
Transport ministry demands air safety improvement
The Indonesian transport ministry has warned local carrier Adam Air to address its safety standards or face possible grounding of its fleet following Monday's accident in which 5 passengers were injured when a plane skidded off a runway.
Last year the European Union banned 51 Indonesian carriers from entering its area until safety standards had improved.
12th March 2008
Canada
Hydrogen sulphide fumes kill Alberta worker
A field worker has died after apparently being overcome by gas at a hydrogen sulphide plant 120 miles northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, where he was replacing a plate in a group separator building, he was working alone and his unconscious body was discovered later by a colleague.
11th March 2008
USA
Vehicle recovery worker killed by drunk driver
A Michigan vehicle recovery operator of Sakstrup's Towing Service was killed after being struck by a drunk driver while he was winching a crashed vehicle from a ditch at the side of Interstate 94 in Washtenaw County, west of Detroit, the car which struck the worker had driven through an area demarcated by police lights.
11th March 2008
Argentina
Level crossing accident kills 18 bus passengers
At least 18 people died on Sunday in Dolores, 125 miles southwest of Buenos Aires, when an El Rapido Argentina double-decker bus collided with a Ferrobaires train travelling from Buenos Aires to Mar del Plata, police arrested both bus drivers who survived the accident over allegations that the bus had attempted to negotiate the level crossing while the barriers were down.
10th March 2008
Tajikistan
Mountaineers' helicopter crashes in Pamir range
An Mi-8 helicopter carrying 11 European mountaineers and 3 crew crashed in the Pamir mountains, resulting in the death of the pilot, other injuries have yet to be confirmed.
10th March 2008
Greece
Intercity derails near Larissa
An Athens - Salonica Intercity train with 174 passengers derailed near Larissa early on Saturday, 28 people, including 3 children, were injured, later in the day 5 were still hospitalised although none is in life-threatening condition. OSE (Helenic Railways Organisation) has speculated that human error or points failure may have caused the accident 225 miles north of Athens.
9th March 2008
USA
Shunting derailment fatality in Wisconsin yard
A conductor of Wisconsin & Southern Railroad was killed in a crush accident in midweek during the shunting of wagons in Random Lake, 30 miles north of Milwaukee, the victim was on the rear end of one of two boxcars being shunted to a warehouse when it derailed and the impact pinned him against a stationary wagon on an adjacent track.
8th March 2008
Albania
Overloaded lake ferry sinking drowns 16
The sinking of an overloaded boat on Lake Farka, 3 miles east of Tirana, left 16 of the 20 passengers drowned, including 14 from 2 families who had been celebrating a birthday in a restaurant by the lake. The boat's capacity load would have been just 8 people.
7th March 2008
Norway
Tyr mini sub locates war wreck off Narvik
During the Armatura Borealis military exercise this week the mini submarine Tyr managed to locate the wreck of the British WW2 destroyer, Hunter, which sank in 300 metres of sea off Narvik. The Hunter had been engaging German forces in Ofotfjorden, 100 lives were lost when it sank in April 1940. The Tyr was set the task of attempting to locate the Hunter and did so within 14 hours, a commemorative service is planned for victims this weekend and the site will be marked as a war grave.
7th March 2008
China
Coal dust explosion kills 17 miners
Spontaneous combustion of coal dust led to an explosion and fire which has killed 17 miners at Jin'an mine in Dongliao County, Liaoyuan, where 30 miners were working in a tunnel 85 metres underground.
The 13 survivors managed to avoid becoming trapped when the tunnel collapsed.
6th March 2008
Finland
Warm winter linked to rise in ice drownings
The warmest winter in a century led to perilous thin ice condition on many Finnish lakes and rivers and has seen a 66% rise in drownings.
Figures recorded for ice drownings between October and February is 26, with 18 alone in January, previous figures over a commensurate period would be 15.
6th March 2008
The Netherlands
Century old building site skeletons
NFI (Nederlands Forensische Institut) announced on Wednesday that the skeletal remains uncovered recently on a work site on Hofstraat in Dordrecht relate to 6 persons interred around a century ago, the precise age is yet to be ascertained, comprising of men and women of middle age and a months-old baby.
6th March 2008
China
Asphyxiation at steel works/ exploding sewage pump
Five workers have died in 2 separate accidents in Beijing and Shanghai. An exploding pump at a sewage works in the southwest of Beijing saw a build-up of toxic fumes kill 3 workers and hospitalise 16 others; at the Baosteel Group premises in Shanghai 2 workers died in a nitrogen rich atmosphere after entering a furnace while there to repair the furnace door.
5th March 2008
South Africa
Worker killed in gold mine stope accident
The Department of Minerals and Energy is investigating a fatal accident which occurred at Pamodzi Gold's Orkney No 2 Shaft where a worker was killed when subsidence occurred at a stope in the rock face. 
5th March 2008
India
Retaining wall collapse kills 4 workers
A retaining wall collapse on the project for the new road to the New Capital Complex in Mizoram, northeast India, has killed 4 construction workers, the 30-metre long wall was part of the support for the road featuring a pillar every 3 metres, more than 30 workers were on site when the accident occurred.
4th March 2008
France
Burn-out takes toll of GP'S
The recent suicide in the Pas-de-Calais region of a GP who had reproached himself over a wrong diagnosis and a patient's subsequent death has generated a debate over burn-out among doctors whose suicide level is twice that of the general population and with female GP's featuring a higher than average rate of premature births. A social anthropology study commissioned by the Health Minister revealed imbalances in GP's experiences, those who failed to triage patients, worked in isolated areas or disadvantaged suburbs featuring worst.
4th March 2008
Guatemala
Uninsured bus crashes, kills 53
The Policia Nacional Civil has alleged that the Cubanita bus crash near Guatemala City which claimed 53 lives at the weekend involved a coach which was uninsured as the owner had failed to renew its insurance last year. The vehicle had already incurred 2 penalties for speeding and overcrowding. Its passenger capacity of 50 was being exceeded by 27.
The implications of the non-insurance are considerable for victims' relatives.
3rd March 2008
Germany
Hamburg bridge reopens to sea traffic
The Kattwyk bridge in the south of Hamburg harbour is now open again to large ships after being closed since 8th February although no vehicular, rail or pedestrian usage is possible.
Pressure is on to complete cable repairs as fast as possible, no defects were found during the last inspection and refurbishment in 2005.
3rd March 2008

 

 
Germany
Fatal fire in Saxony social residence
A 59-year old resident in a social welfare unit in Walsrode, in the Soltau-Fallingbostel district of Lower Saxony, died in a fire there. Initial speculation suggests that he stored a twin-plate cooker under the bed in his room shortly after use which caused the mattress to ignite. The locus was on the ground floor, fire crews with ladders rescued other residents from upper floors.
31st March 2008.
Serbia
Vandals rampage through hospital
The incursion of 15 vandals into a hospital in the central Serbian town of Kraljevo on Sunday left a number of nursing staff injured and saw extensive damage to equipment.
31st March 2008.
India
Fatal crush accident at Delhi airport
A 30-year old labourer working for Larsen and Turbo has been crushed to death by a heavy road roller at the site of Indira Ghandi Airport's new terminal in Delhi, the accident occurred by the new runway's taxiway.
28th March 2008.
Norway
Building collapse kills 4
The collapse of a 4-year old building in Alesund on Wednesday has left 5 residents missing, feared dead under the debris which saw the lower floors collapse following a rockslide. The building was located against a mountainside, the movement saw the structure travel 8 metres off its foundations.
27th March 2008.

Switzerland
English boy falls from Zermatt chairlift
A 9-year old English boy was badly injured on Tuesday in a 13-metre fall from a chair on the Findelbahn ski lift in Zermatt, he had been travelling around 100 metres with a ski instructor when the accident occurred, he is being treated in hospital in Lausanne. Around 12 people have fallen from Swiss chairlifts in the last 4 years, including 8 children.
26th March 2008


England
Belgian fisherman recovered off Newhaven
The body of the fisherman missing from the Zilvermeeuw boat was recovered 15 miles south of Newhaven, he had not been attached to a safety line nor wearing a lifejacket.
25th March 2008


Belgium
Antwerp Central station electrical fire
Fire crews report no toxic issue following Monday afternoon's fire at Antwerp Central station, the electrical fire was controlled by powder, 4 people were hospitalised.
25th March 2008


USA
Worker killed in fall from crane at Iowa recycling plant
A 41-year old worker died in a 20-metre fall at the premises of Ipsco Steel Inc in Blue Grass, Iowa, he was working on a crane at the melt unit where scrap is recycled.
20th March 2008


Somalia
Ransom to pirates secures release of Danish ship
In Puntland in northeast Somalia the Fisheries and Ports Minister, Ahmed Said Aw-Nar, announced that the Svitzer Korsakov freight ship and its crew have been released from custody by pirates, the boat was seized off Somalia a month ago, it is believed that the Danish owners paid a US$700K (350K) ransom to secure its release.
19th March 2008


Bulgaria
Danube collision
A Slovakian barge laden with metal and coke has collided with a Bulgarian twin-barge transporting vehicles and containers, the accident occurred at Ruse on the Danube, the cause is under investigation.
19th March 2008


Spain
Triple fatality in Barcelona gas explosion
A gas explosion has killed 3 residents of a first floor apartment on Andrade Street in the Sant Marti district of Barcelona, the explosion destroyed 2 floors in the 8-storey block from which fire crews rescued 37 people by extension ladders.
18th March 2008


Australia
Worker succumbs to electrical burns
A 33-year old worker who sustained severe burns in an electrical accident at the end of last month on a site in Narangba, north Brisbane, died at the weekend in Brisbane's Prince Charles Hospital, the accident occurred when underground power lines were breached.
17th March 2008


Guatemala
Belgian tourists kidnapped
A small party of Belgian tourists and their Guatemalan tour guide have been kidnapped while sailing on a stretch of the Rio Dulce, 150 miles northeast of Guatemala City, police have intimated that  initial communication from the captors has been a specific warning not do anything to compromise the tourists' safety.
16th March 2008


Albania
Major explosion at arms decommissioning depot
A major explosion occurred on Saturday at an ammunition depot at Gerdec, 10 miles north of Tirana, investigation of the incident was ongoing through the day.
A number of people are known to have died and as many as 243 have been listed as injured. An Albanian company, subcontracted to an American company, has been decommissioning ammunition there, some dating back as far as WW2. 16th March 2008


Kenya
Nitric acid casually dumped
As many as 1,500 Kenyans experienced illness following the leakage of a container of nitric acid in Kipevu, near Mombasa, the chemicals had been imported by Ugandan company Kasese Cobalt and had been casually dumped.
14th March 2008


Malta
Fatal fireworks store explosion in residential area
At least 2 people are feared dead following a massive explosion of fireworks in a domestic garage in the north central Maltese village of Naxxar, army disposal experts were on site through Wednesday to move further substantial amounts of fireworks from nearby garages, the blast demolished 3 houses near 21st September Avenue.
13th March 2008


Iceland
Schoolboy's gym injuries prove fatal
An 11-year old schoolboy has died from head injuries sustained in a fall at a gym session in the southern Reykjavik suburb of Kopavogar. He had been climbing a rope but slid and fell, although his fall was cushioned by substantial matting. A physio attended him on the spot, but he later succumbed to a brain haemorrhage.
12th March 2008


Mexico
Bodies of missing  Yucatan fishermen found
The bodies of 2 missing fishermen aged 41 and 29 have been found off Yucatan, they had sailed from Progreso at the end of the week although the harbour master had suspended navigation on account of stormy north winds.
12th March 2008


Bulgaria
Girl survives 3-storey fall at Sofia orphanage
An investigation is underway into a 3-storey fall of an 11-year old girl at the Petko Slaveykov orphanage in Sofia, she survived the fall with fractures and concussion and is not listed in life-threatening condition.
11th March 2008


Dubai
Lifting operation claims life
A 23-year old crane operator has died during the hoisting of material to 5th floor level at a building under construction in the Rolla district of Sharjah, initial speculation suggests overloading or a technical malfunction of the crane.
10th March 2008


Japan
Tractor falls on maintenance worker
A 63-year old worker was crushed under a tractor he was servicing at the weekend in a garage in Tobetsu, Hokkaido, it is speculated that a supporting jack under an axle failed.
10th March 2008


Spain
Missing 5-year old girl's body found in river
A fisherman in Huelva spotted the body of a missing 5-year old girl in the river estuary close to the bank, it proved to be that of a local girl missing for 50 days since going from her home to a nearby shop to buy chips.
The child's body and clothing were readily identifiable, prompting speculation that it would be unlikely that the body would have been in the water since her disappearance.
9th March 2008


England
Falling skip kills worker at Lancs site
A hook attached to a fully laden skip failed during raising to a lorry at Blakely's Waste Management in Abram, Lancashire, which resulted in the 15-tonne container falling and killing a 24-year old worker earlier this week
. 8th March 2008


Italy
Track worker killed by train in Milan
A 50-year old worker engaged in track maintenance was killed yesterday by a train at a work site in the Milan suburbs on the Turin- Milan rail line where the site has been operating regular night shift recently.
7th March 2008


Russia
Search for missing oil field helicopter
An aerial search was ongoing yesterday in the Khanty-Mansi and Tyumen areas for a missing R44 helicopter of AMK Visgas which had left the Ust-Yagus oil field in west Siberia for the Samotlor field 25 miles south of Nizhnevartovsk, 2 personnel were on board the flight.
7th March 2008


USA
Worker crushed at Pennsylvanian foundry
A fatal crush accident killed a Pennsylvanian worker on Wednesday at the US Pipe and Foundry plant off East Pearl Street in Burlington,northeast Philadelphia, after he became trapped between 2 heavy pipes.
6th March 2008


Malta
African worker falls 2 storeys at building site
A Sudanese construction worker is listed in critical condition after falling 2 storeys at a site on Triq il-Market Street in Swieqi, northeast Malta.
6th March 2008


Canada
CO build-up killed carpet cleaners
An accident in an apartment in Ash Street, Richmond, has been referred to WorkSafe BC by police, 2 people died, possibly from a build-up of carbon monoxide gas during carpet cleaning.
 5th March 2008


Argentina
Police raid illegal textile unit
On Tuesday police in Buenos Aires raided an illegal textile unit operating from a house on Budapest and Caferati Streets in the Florencia Varela district of the city where 7 Bolivian workers, including minors, were being detained against their will and forced to work in conditions akin to slavery. Police also confiscated sewing machines and materials for textile manufacture, the owner is expected to appear in court in Quilmes.
 5th March 2008


Nepal
UNMIN helicopter crash kills 10
A UNMIN (United Nations Mission in Nepal) helicopter crashed on Monday in flight from Sindhuli in Janakpur to Kathmandu leaving at least 10 people dead, it came down in bad weather on high ground making rescue and recovery access difficult.
4th March 2008.


Taiwan
Fatal explosion during barge re-rigging
During preparatory work for re-rigging of Chaokuo No 6 barge moored at Chiating, an explosion killed 2 workers who were using acetylene equipment to cut off a steel plate on the barge.
The force of the blast blew one of the workers into the water, the other was struck by the steel plate.
4th March 2008


Peru
Waves swamp Trapiche ferry
The sinking of the Santa Elena ferry in storm conditions on the Trapiche river in the Requena district of Loreto, 700 miles northeast of Lima, has left at least 15 people drowned, wave ingress led to the boat foundering.
3rd March 2008


Japan
Bin vehicle driver arrested after fatal accident
Police in Ibaraki have arrested a 26-year old refuse collection wagon driver and charged him with negligent driving resulting in death after it struck and killed an 84-year old woman crossing the road.
3rd March 2008
 
Tanzania
75 Tanzanite gemstone miners drown
More than 75 Tanzanian gemstone miners drowned in a major flood at Block B of the Mererani mine in Manyara, 25 miles southeast of Arusha. Torrential rainfall saw water get into 8 pits then spread, the electrical system was severely reduced by the rain which meant there was a lack of power for the water pumps to clear the pits.
31st March 2008.
England
5 killed in Farnborough air crash
A Cessna Citation light aircraft flying from Biggin Hill airfield to France encountered technical problems shortly into its flight on Sunday and came down in the Farnborough residential area of Broadwater Gardens, killing both pilots and 3 passengers on board.
31st March 2008.
USA
Transport fatality at  South Carolina Pepsi plant
A transport accident has claimed the life of a mechanic at the Pepsi bottling plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where he was working on the front registration plate of a vehicle in a parking area when he was struck by another vehicle.
28th March 2008.
Belgium
Flanders workers hit by breached gas main
A gas main was accidentally struck by 2 workmen on Thursday in Rijkevorsel, west of Turnhout, a flying fragment of the main inflicted severe injuries to one of the workers, a 300-metre exclusion zone was established around the locus.
28th March 2008.
Sweden
Bear mauls forestry worker
A forestry worker was severely mauled by a bear on Wednesday while cutting trees at Orsa, 180 miles northwest of Stockholm, colleagues a few hundred metres away were unable to hear his shouts on account of their equipment. The worker has been hospitalised in Mora.
27th March 2008

Japan
Carousel ride fatality during inspection
The collapse of a section of ceiling of the Family Swinger ride at the Family Ai Land fairground in Nagakute has killed a 46-year old employee of Senyo Kogyo Company who was conducting a technical inspection.
The Italian-manufactured ride features a cylindrical supporting column, he was inside this column when the upper section fell.
26th March 2008


Poland
Candle fire at Warsaw church
More than 250 worshippers had to flee a fire during an Easter service at St Andrew's Church in Warsaw when a candle in a tableau display ignited, substantial damage occurred to art works in a side nave.
25th March 2008


France
Snow brings down circus tent
The weight of heavy snow collapsed the big top as the circus Zavatta was performing at Saint Martin-Boulogne in the Pas-de-Calais, the audience of 250 was safely evacuated before a prop and then lighting fell down.
25th March 2008


South Africa
Overturning wine container kills motorists
Both female occupants of a car were killed on Wednesday when a 30-tonne container of wine of an RB Carriers lorry fell on their vehicle on the N1 Highway at the Koeberg intersection in the Cape Town direction.
20th March 2008


UAE
Lift shaft fire at Russian embassy
An electrical malfunction is believed to have caused the fire in an elevator shaft at the Russian embassy in the United Arab Emirates, no injuries were reported.
19th March 2008


Malta
Test flight skids on landing
A Tecnam p92J aircraft of the European Flight Academy skidded off the runway during a post-maintenance test flight at Luqa on Tuesday, the pilot was uninjured but extensive undercarriage damage occurred.
19th March 2008


Guinea
11 drown in pirogue sinking in Gulf of Guinea
An allegedly overloaded pirogue sank in the Gulf of Guinea half a mile off Soro island, an accident which has led to the drowning of 11 people as it sailed towards Room on the Loos archipelago. On board were 4 Guinean crew and 35 passengers, mostly Cameroonian students, local fishing boats rescued survivors from the sea.
18th March 2008


USA
CO death investigation at Indiana plant
An investigation is studying the circumstances of a fatal carbon monoxide incident at the Thermafibre plant in Wabash, 65 miles north of Indianapolis, where a 58-year old maintenance worker was found dead on the 3rd floor of the baghouse building at the plant which manufactures mineral wool insulation products.
17th March 2008


USA
Rhode Island contractor hit by train
An Acela Amtrak train travelling from Washington to Boston struck a group comprising of Amtrak workers and a contractor inspecting the tracks just outside Providence, Rhode Island, the contractor was killed by the train which had just departed from Providence.
16th March 2008


France
Emergency braking prevents suicide on Alsace rail line
By emergency braking a train driver in Schwindratzhein, on the Saverne - Strasbourg line in Alsace, just managed to avoid a potential suicide victim, 46, who had positioned herself on the track, he successfully stopped the train with just metres to spare, the woman was transferred to hospital in Strasbourg.
16th March 2008


Germany
Ship fractures gas main on Danube bridge
The crane arm of a Dutch freighter, Sento Rotterdam, collided with the Protzenweiher bridge spanning the Danube in Regensburg, the collision fractured a gas main on the underside of the bridge. The gas ignited quickly and the bridge was damaged beyond repair. All 5 crew of the soya and aluminium laden freighter escaped uninjured, the captain was detained yesterday for blood alcohol tests.
14th March 2008


China
Fishing boat rescues crew off Zheijiang
The Panama-registered cargo ship, New Hangzhou, sank early on Thursday off Zhejiang as it was sailing from Tianjin to Vietnam, a fishing boat in the vicinity responded to the mayday call and rescued all 23 crew members.
14th March 2008


England
Worker's arm trapped at poultry plant
Fire crews attended an accident on Wednesday at Balham Poultry in Attleborough, Norfolk, where a worker's arm was trapped in a mechanical lift, cutting gear was used to release him.
  13th March 2008


Belgium
Falling stone hits lime quarry workers
Material falling from a rock face at the Carmeuse limestone quarry in Moha, Liege, struck 4 subcontract workers on Tuesday, 1 of whom was more seriously injured, fire crews from nearby Huy attended the incident.
12th March 2008


England
Ceiling collapse traps Balham worker
The partial collapse of a ceiling left a worker trapped on Tuesday at a newbuild site to the rear of a mosque on Old Devonshire Road in Balham, London. The 28-year old Polish worker was later rescued from under the rubble, his condition is unknown.
12th March 2008


Rep Ireland
Tipperary machine accident fatality
HSA is investigating a fatal accident at the Proctor and Gamble plant on the Gortlandroe Industrial Estate in Nenagh, Tipperary, where a 57-year old fitter sustained fatal head injuries in a machine accident.
11th March 2008


South Africa
Transport fatality at gold mine
A worker has died in a transport accident at the Simmers and Jack Buffelsfontein mine near Klerksdorp, the accident occurred at the No 2 shaft and has led to a suspension of transport.
11th March 2008


Greece
Electrocution
An investigation has opened into the electrocution of a maintenance worker killed by overhead power lines at a site near Menemeni.
10th March 2008


The Netherlands
Train hits moped on Limburg level crossing
A moped rider and pillion passenger were killed after being struck by a train on Sunday evening while negotiating a level crossing with semi barriers on Fregatweg in Bunde, Limburg.
10th March 2008


France
Primary school boy dies during hockey match
A 9-year old boy has died while taking part in a school hockey match in St Laurent d'Oingt in the Rhone district, a supervising teacher and Samu (Service d'aide d'urgence) medics strove unsuccessfully to resuscitate him.
The boy had undergone surgery for a heart abnormality within 5 days of birth and later at 9 months, the success of the surgery and parental wishes that he enjoy normal activity saw him participate in sport with other children.
9th March 2008


Spain
Freighter grounds off north coast
The Antigua-flagged merchant freighter, Maro, ran aground on Friday 2 miles off Cape Higer, opposite Mt Jaizkibel, after experiencing engine failure, no injuries were reported of the 7-man crew.
On Friday evening the Alonzo de Chaves was sailing from Gijon to tow the 96-metre long Maro which had been sailing from Bayonne in France to Pasajes.
8th March 2008


Australia
Roads worker pulled into Hino street sweeper
A Victoria roads worker has been killed after being pulled into the sweeping mechanism of a street sweeping vehicle while working on the Bass Coast Highway project in Grantville, 65 miles from Melbourne, he was standing between the vehicle and the sweeper when the accident occurred, the Hino sweeper has been removing surface gravel after work was completed.
7th March 2008


USA
Weakened trees kill Georgia utility worker
Falling trees weakened by storm conditions killed an employee of Georgia Power who was sitting in his vehicle when they fell near East Lake Golf Club in Decatur, 1 of the trees measured some 20 metres in length.
6th March 2008


Albania
Search on Mt Jezerce for missing aircraft
An unidentified aircraft crashed on Tuesday in the vicinity of Mt Jezerce near Albania's border with Montenegro and Kosovo after Albanian and Italian flight control operators lost the aircraft from their radar, rescue and recovery efforts have been focussed on the slopes of the 2,693m high mountain.
5th March 2008


Bulgaria
More rail crash bodies recovered
Recovery workers found 2 more bodies in the burned out wreckage of the train which crashed en route from Sofia to Kardam but they were charred beyond recognition, bringing the total fatalities to 8.
More than 60 passengers were on board the 9-carriage train when the accident occurred, affecting 2 carriages.
4th March 2008


Switzerland
Worker falls 20m during cliff maintenance
A cliff maintenance worker has been hospitalised in Chur after falling 20 metres at a site between Fideris station and Kublis Dalvazza, work has been ongoing following rock falls on the Landquart - Davos road.
3rd March 2008
Belgium
6 survive Ghent CO accident
Carbon monoxide poisoning in an apartment in Hamerstraat in Ghent saw 6 members of a family, including 3 young children, hospitalised, none is believed to be in life-threatening condition.
3rd March 2008
 
England
Norfolk fatal industrial accident
It is reported that a man died on Thursday following an industrial accident at the Little Melton meat processing premises of B Brooks (Norwich) Ltd, no further details are available. 
31st March 2008.
England
Crush accident at Heathrow
An Aviance worker was killed when a supporting jack failed under a vehicle being lifted, the accident happened near Heathrow's Terminal 1.
28th March 2008.
Germany
Girl's fatal fall from climbing wall
A 9-year old girl fell 18 metres to her death from a climbing wall at an internal arena in Munich. She had apparently been secured to a safety line by her father but this failed through human error or technical malfunction.
27th March 2008

UK
HSE and HSC merger closer
Draft legislation is now before Parliament that will eventually lead to the merger of the Health and Safety Commission and its Executive arm.
The draft law will enable the change by amending the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
26th March 2008


England
Workmen were electrocuted
Colas Ltd of Crawley, West Sussex, has been fined 90,000 with 24,000 costs by Teesside Crown Court for failures that permitted a double fatality on the A66 near Bowes on 16th January 2002.
Two men were electrocuted when the mobile towerlight they were pushing contacted a high voltage overhead power cable crossing a worksite for which Colas was the principal contractor on a resurfacing project.
An HSE Inspector commented: "This tragic incident could so easily have been avoided. Had the risks from inadvertent contact with overhead power lines been recognised, the work activities properly planned and suitable control measures put in place, then this incident would not have occurred."
25th March 2008


England
Man fatally injured by chainsaw
It is reported that a tree surgeon has died in an accident while working on trees within a residential property in Hailsham, Sussex.
It appears a wound was inflicted by his chainsaw and he died at the scene.
20th March 2008


England
HGV driving instructor killed in Northants
HGV training has been suspended indefinitely at the Truck Stop site in Northamptonshire following the fatal crush accident of an instructor supervising a student there.
The student's 7.5-tonne vehicle struck the instructor and pinned him against a stationary vehicle at the site on the A5 in Lilbourne.
19th March 2008


Scotland
Search for missing diver on west coast
A search for a diver reported missing on Sunday on the Sound of Mull has so far failed to locate the 41-year old male.
The diver and his colleagues were diving at the site of the Rondo which sank in 1935. 
18th March 2008


England
JCB companies prosecuted over deaths
Deficient risk assessments are leading to preventable fatal industrial accidents, says the HSE.
On 16th November 2005, at Cheadle, Staffs, an employee of JCB Earthmovers Ltd was testing the fuel tank of an earthmoving machine for leaks when the inspection plate blew off, fatally injuring him. He had connected a high-pressure airline instead of using low pressure, the lines were similar and with identical connectors. JCB was fined 200,000 with costs of 31,366.
JC Bamford Excavators Ltd was fined 266,000 with costs of 31,701 following the death of another employee on the company's site at Rocester, Staffs, on 11th September 2006. The deceased suffered fatal head injuries after being crushed by the boom of an excavator, investigation revealed that it was common practice for workers to operate the controls for the boom whilst standing outside the cab of the machine and leaning through the back window. On this occasion a fault on the hydraulic system resulted in the control lever not working properly, causing the boom to carry on moving, trapping the 43-year old man.
17th March 2008


England
Alfred McAlpine fined 250,000 over roadworks death
Alfred McAlpine Capital Projects Ltd has been fined 250,000 with 5,859 costs at Maidstone Crown Court in connection with the death of a motorcyclist at a roadworks site in August 2005. The company failed on this occasion to properly plan, inspect and maintain the project while in progress. A number of deficiencies in signing led to the motorcyclist colliding with temporary concrete crash barriers laid in a line across the road on the former A228 old Ratcliffe Highway near Hoo in Kent, no warning signs or traffic cones were placed along the route to warn drivers of the closure. 16th March 2008


England
Man crushed in industrial accident
It is reported that a man sustained severe crush injuries in an industrial accident on Wednesday afternoon at a water treatment works in Lound, Suffolk.
One account states that he received his injuries from a 'loader'.
14th March 2008


England
Alarm over possible bomb find
A large area of Coventry city centre was cleared yesterday after workmen on the Belgrade Plaza project discovered what they believed to be a WW2 bomb. Disposal experts attended the site off Upper Well Street.
13th March 2008


England
Employee splashed with molten metal
Hereford Galvanizers Ltd of Hereford has been fined 13,000 with costs of 6,564 by Hereford Magistrates following a June 2006 industrial accident in which an employee received 12% burns when he was splashed by molten zinc while undertaking galvanising work.
Various metal items were being dipped in a bath of 450C molten zinc, the incident occurred when the hooks suspending 2 steel joists failed, causing the joists to plunge back into the bath.
12th March 2008


Northern Ireland
Floor collapses during concrete pour at Belfast site
Six construction workers were badly injured on Monday when a floor collapsed during a 2nd floor concrete pour at the site of the new Northern Ireland Law Society building on Victoria Street, Belfast, around 60 workers were on the Turkington Construction site at the time of the accident.
11th March 2008


England
Death on farm
A workman has died in an industrial accident on a farm in Bradley, Staffs.
The deceased received crush injuries from an excavator, no further information is available.
11th March 2008


England
Resident of care home died after bed accident
An 89-year old female resident of a Telford care home was found slumped over a set of collapsed bed rails in April 2005, investigation established that the incorrect type of rails had been fitted.
Operators Ashbourne Ltd was fined 35,000 with 33,000 costs for breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
10th March 2008


Wales
Farming fatal accident
It is reported that a man died on Thursday at a farm in Llangwyllog, Anglesey, as a result of an accident involving a cow
. 9th March 2008


Northern Ireland
Man dies in NI explosion
A worker has died following the explosion of a vehicle tyre which was being changed at Montgomery Transport's premises in Mallusk, North Belfast.
8th March 2008


Scotland
Resident suffocated at care home
Littleinch Ltd of Paisley has been fined 3,500 for failing to make the necessary arrangements to secure the safety of residents at its care home in Erskine, Renfrewshire, as a consequence of which a woman in her 70's died when she slipped down between her bed and its incorrectly selected security rails.
The rails had been selected and positioned by staff who had not, investigation revealed, received adequate training on this matter.
7th March 2008


England
Fire death at Bristol dock
A man has died following an incident at Bristol's Albion dockyard as he worked on a yacht. The vessel was destroyed in the fire which occurred in the early hours of the morning.
6th March 2008


England
Accidental death verdict for farm death
A jury at Worcestershire Coroner's Court has determined a verdict of accidental death, having listened to the facts of the accident in which a Polish worker in his 20's was electrocuted when the irrigation pipe he was handling contacted overhead power cables on land at Offenham in the course of his employment with  Zenith Nurseries Ltd.
 5th March 2008


Northern Ireland/ England
Workers escape death
Last week two separate industrial accidents came perilously close to claiming lives.
A man removing a car radio was lifted by a grab at Clearway Disposal's premises in Craigavon, Co Armagh, the grab operator was unaware of the very seriously injured man's presence in the vehicle.
At Cockfield in County Durham  the operator of a concrete pumping vehicle was badly injured when his pump arm contacted overhead power cables on a project for Northumbrian Water.
4th March 2008


England
Council's weak risk assessment
A failure to conduct a suitable and sufficient risk assessment contributed towards an accident in March 2007 in which an elderly pedestrian was struck and injured by a street-sweeping vehicle as it reversed in Brighton.
HSE holds the opinion that a number of low-cost simple steps could have been taken to reduce the risks to members of the public such as the use of signs, cones or barriers to separate the area from the public or the fitting of a rear-view CCTV camera to the vehicle. Brighton and Hove City Council was fined 7,500 with 3,763 in costs.
3rd March 2008