Tail support collapse kills
A cargo handler of Worldwide Flight Services has died in a crush
accident in the ramp area at Gates 63 and 65 of Terminal B at Newark
Liberty International Airport, he was towing a 750lbs tail stand
support for an Eva Airlines Boeing 745 when the equipment fell on him.
31st May 2007.
Scaffold collapse kills 2 at
The collapse of a scaffold structure erected for maintenance work has
killed 2 workers and left a 3rd in critical condition at the Brokdorf
power plant, the scaffold was some 50 metres high and had been in
position for about a year for ongoing maintenance work.
30th May 2007.
Teen drowns in Vienna pool
A 17-year old girl drowned in the Shafbergbad swimming pool in Vienna,
it is alleged that she may have been 5 minutes unnoticed under water,
around 20 swimmers were in the pool at the time.
30th May 2007.
Lightning kills sheltering site
Three German workers sheltering under an excavator at a construction
site in Luckenwalde, south Brandenburg, were killed by lightning at
the weekend, a 4th worker who was not in contact with the machine
survived the incident with serious burns. 29th May 2007.
Cranial discomfort was WW2
A 77-year farmer in Jiangsu has had a 3-cm-long bullet removed from
her head 64 years after it lodged there, fired by a soldier of the
invading Japanese Imperial Army in September 1943, the operation was
successfully completed earlier this month in Renci Hospital, Suyang.
The incident occurred in Xinyi City where locals were resisting the
invasion force, the farmer had attributed enduring cranial discomfort
to natural headaches. 29th May 2007.
Fire in Russian TV tower
Fire broke out yesterday in Moscow's Ostankino TV tower, apparently
insulation ignited during hot work on a balcony 340 metres up the
540-metre high tower. A precautionary evacuation took place, 3 people
died in a fire there in 2000. 26th May 2007.
Maine arborist in machinery
A 42-year old arborist of Lucas Tree Experts has been killed by a wood
chipper while undertaking subcontract work for Central Maine Power
Company in Dallas Plantation, the victim was struck in the chest by a
wood chipper's blade. It is speculated that the victim may have tried
to remove a metal safety guard while the chipper was active, the
exposed blade contacted the cover and sheared off. 26th May 2007.
38 miners killed in Siberian
At least 38 Russian miners were
killed in a gas explosion yesterday at the Yubileynaya mine of OAO
Yuzkhuzbassugol in Novokuznetsk, Kemorovo. 217 miners were underground
when the explosion occurred at a depth of 520 metres, inspection
agency Rostekhnadzel alleges breaches of mine operating safety
conditions, previous allegations have included disabling of gas
detectors to maintain production figures.
Tomorrow (Saturday) marks an official day of mourning in Kemerovo in
respect of the dead miners. 25th May 2007.
Crane falls at Swiss town bypass
A crane collapsed yesterday at the site of the Solothurn bypass to the
west of the town, pitching the operator out of his cabin, other
workers jumped clear, the crane's trajectory saw it fall clear of site
buildings, the operator's condition remains unknown. 25th May 2007.
Concern over standard of
The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure & Transport is
conducting safety audits on 306 roller coaster rides across the
country and with 250 checks completed it is expressing concern that 72
rides have never been inspected and of 119 operators, 40% have failed
to comply with annual inspection as mandatory under Japanese
Thus far 7 rides have been found to be in dangerous condition - the
Asakusa Hanayashiki in Tokyo, the Dendenmushi and Garion rides at Tama
Tech, the Highway Coaster and Monkey Coaster at Aichi's Japan Monkey
Park, the Senkoji Park Greenland in Hiroshima and the Wonder
Rakutenchi in Oita. Of the latter 7 only the Senkoji underwent annual
inspection. Cracked wheels and worn axles have been the major problems
in rides found to be unsafe. 24th May 2007.
Explosion kills tannery worker
Safety inspectors from Invassat (Instituto Valenciano de Seguridad y
Salud en el Trabajo) will be on site again today studying Tuesday's
explosion which killed a tannery worker on the Patacona industrial
estate in Alboraya (Alboraia), hot work was taking place at the time
of the accident which left 6 other workers with burns injuries.
23rd May 2007.
Falling pipe kills refinery
A Polish refinery worker was killed yesterday when heavy piping fell
on him and a colleague at the Mazeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania, the
only oil refinery in the Baltics, which was sold by Lithuanian
corporation Mazeikiu Nafta to PKN Orlen of Poland last year.
23rd May 2007.
Race to free trapped
Rescue workers were drilling through fallen rock yesterday to reach 3
Bulgarian speleologists trapped in the Duhlata cave near Pernik, 20
miles southwest of Sofia, the alarm was raised by others in the party
when the trio had failed to emerge within the one hour agreed, an
internal landslide had blocked their exit. All are believed to be
well. 22nd May 2007.
Elephant kills 2 handlers
Two handlers have been killed by a 25-year old elephant which ran amok
in the village of Thanh Hoa, 100 miles south of Hanoi, although the
elephant has only one tusk it inflicted fatal wounds on the victims.
22nd May 2007.
Training exercise volunteer
drowns in Victoria
The body of a State Emergency Service (SES) volunteer has been
recovered from the Murray River at Mildura, 300 miles northwest of
Melbourne, following an accident during a training exercise, the
victim was participating in a boat exercise, his body was recovered
near the George Chaffey bridge.
21st May 2007.
Woman survives attack by escaped
Today (Sunday) the woman attacked by the escaped gorilla, Bokito, at
Blijdorp Zoo in Rotterdam will undergo surgery for hand and arm
injuries sustained in the attack by the animal on Friday, she left
intensive care on Saturday.
It remains unclear how the 11-year old gorilla managed to negotiate a
moat and the high walls surrounding its enclosure before invading the
Oranje Restaurant area and seizing the victim who sustained several
bites in the duration of the attack. The animal was sedated and
recaptured. 20th May 2007.
Ohio airline worker crushed in
A 21-year female employee of Pinnacle Airlines, operating as Northwest
Airlink, has sustained fatal crush injuries in an accident in a
baggage lift at Dayton International Airport, Ohio. The small
elevator, owned by the airport, is located under the passenger jetway
and transfers luggage to a loading ramp. Investigation into the
accident is ongoing, the victim sustained blunt force injuries to the
chest. 19th May
Alcohol implicated in every 3rd
regional workplace death
The Labour Inspectorate for Krasnoyarsk, Russia's second largest
region, has released latest figures for workplace fatalities in 2006,
indicating that every 3rd fatal accident involved alcohol consumption,
and more than half (55%) involved safety violations. Construction,
manufacturing, transport, agriculture and forestry accounted for 75%
of the 123 reported fatalities, with machinery featuring in 29%, falls
26% and falling objects 15%. 18th May 2007.
2 seamen drown in harbour
An accident during the attempted lowering of a lifeboat has claimed
the lives of 2 Russian and Ukrainian crew members of the MS Forest in
Emden harbour, north Germany. It is thought that a lifeboat drill was
being staged with 7 seamen on board, but a support failed and the boat
crashed to the deck and then 7 metres down into the harbour, a 3rd man
was seriously injured. The Caribbean-flagged ship was taking timber
from Papenburg to Turkey when it developed engine problems and had to
be towed into Emden. The ship is alleged to feature many safety
deficiencies. 18th May 2007.
Site worker killed during
A 43-year old Macedonian construction worker was killed yesterday in a
13m fall during scaffolding dismantling at the site of FC Zurich's new
Letzigrund stadium, a colleague was also seriously injured in the
accident, both men apparently fell from the structure's highest point.
16th May 2007.
Exploding gas tank kills
An exploding gas tank yesterday at United Gas Company in Amsheet on
the Lebanese coast led to the death of a maintenance worker and
injuries to 2 other workers, all were working on the tank at the time
of the accident, it is unclear if hot work was involved.
16th May 2007.
Policeman stricken with
A Belgian policeman is listed in critical but stable condition with
Legionnaires Disease, the diagnosis was made on May 10th, the officer
contracted the illness while showering at a police station in
Brussels. 15th May 2007.
Steering malfunction causes
Britannia to hit Rhine bridge
The Britannia struck a pillar of the Dreirosen bridge spanning the
Rhine in Basle yesterday morning and subsequently an arch of the
bridge after its steering failed as it entered Basle from Breisach in
Germany, a steering malfunction caused the incident, all 180
passengers were evacuated and the ship is now moored at the St Johan
dock. 15th May 2007.
WW2 bombs detonated in Hannover
Around 7K residents in the Bothfield district of Hannover evacuated
their homes yesterday as 4 WW2 bombs were detonated, 3 of them were
discovered on a former barracks site, another on private ground.
Aerial photography had played a part in identifying their location.
14th May 2007.
Wall collapse at castle site
A 40-year old worker died at the weekend during rebuilding work on a
wall at a castle in Vaux-sur-Seine, 15 miles northwest of Paris.
14th May 2007.
Stray shot kills parade
A child spectating at a military parade this week at Kadamzhai, in the
mountains in west Kyrgyzstan, was killed by a misdirected shot which
either ricocheted or passed through an enclosure and killed the child,
a criminal case has been launched. 12th May 2007.
Military training flight crash
leaves 4 dead
The crash of a 2-seater F-5F aircraft on a training exercise in Hukou,
30 miles south of Taipei, has killed both Taiwanese pilots and 2
visiting Singaporean air force personnel observing on the ground,
Singapore personnel train in Taiwan under the Operation Starlight
contract. 12th May 2007.
Baby electrocuted in shop
A post-mortem takes place today in Bloemfontein to ascertain the cause
of death of an 11-month old baby apparently electrocuted in a shop in
Koffiefontein, the child was crawling around and may have poked a
finger into a live contact point in a refrigerator at the premises on
Oppermansgronde. 11th May 2007.
Barrier malfunction in Norwegian
Norwegian rail operator, Jembaneverket (JBV), has introduced temporary
manual operation of rail crossings on the Vestfold line following an
accident near Barkaker, 60 miles south of Oslo, where a car was struck
by a train after proceeding on to a controlled crossing after the
barrier had raised. Both car passengers survived the collision,
investigation is ongoing. 10th May 2007.
Drunk passengers force jet to
The antics of a couple of inebriated passengers led to an aborted
take-off by a Vietnam Airlines flight departing from Ho Chi Minh City
for Hanoi when the pair attempted to open an exit door in the belief
it was a toilet.
9th May 2007.
Explosion in illegal mine kills
An explosion in the Pudeng coalmine, operating illegally without a
licence, left at least 28 miners dead at Linfen in Keching, Shanxi
province, rescuers were striving to improve ventilation in the
smoke-logged shaft on Monday in search of 2 other missing miners.
125 miners had been working underground at the time of the accident,
95 escaped, 23 of whom sustained injuries of varying severity. Shanxi
Provincial Bureau of Work Safety in north China had earlier revoked
the 20-year old mine's operating licence, the workers had been hired
by 5 different mining contractors.
8th May 2007.
Buffalo kills cotton planters
At least 3 agricultural workers have been killed by a rogue buffalo at
locations in Zimbabwe's Zambesi Valley, 2 of the victims were working
in cotton fields in Mushumbi. 8th May 2007.
Nitrogen malfunction alleged in
It is feared that as many as 8 hospital patients have died in the past
fortnight at a new clinic in Castellaneta, northwest of Taranto,
southern Italy, where equipment in a coronary intensive care unit may
have been administering nitrogen instead of oxygen. The clinic has
only been operating since April 20th and has received 21 patients.
6th May 2007.
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Scores of migrants missing after
boat in tow sinks
At least 58 Haitian migrants are feared drowned following the
overturning of their 9m-long boat which was being towed by a Turks and
Caicos police launch, the incident occurred less than 1 mile south of
Providenciales Island in Turks and Caicos. At least 20 are known to
have drowned, 63 were plucked from the shark-infested waters, US
coastguard craft assisted with the rescue and recovery.
5th May 2007.
Hotel fire claims 1 life, 20
Fire broke out on the 6th floor of the 8-storey Great Eastern Hotel in
Quezon City last night, one victim died attempting to leap to safety,
20 others were injured with smoke inhalation. Allegations of a lack of
sprinklers and suitable fire alarms have been made.
4th May 2007
Police arrest owner of illegal
Buenos Aires police yesterday arrested the owner of a counterfeit
clothing sweat shop in Avellaneda where designer brand labels were
being produced in a textile factory in Chacabuco and retailed in
outlets on Avenida Mitre.
In the course of the investigation, 3 under-age workers were found in
the factory where 22 Bolivians were working in virtual slave
conditions. Subsequent investigation found that their dormitory
conditions lacked basic safety and hygiene, the findings are to be
presented to magistrates in Quilmes. 3rd May
Mexican trapeze artist in
A 35-year old trapeze artist, a member of Circus Hermanos Vasquez, has
died in a 12-metre fall while working without a safety net during a
children's performance at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in
Montebello, Los Angeles, where the ensemble had travelled north from
Mexico. 2nd May 2007.
Gas leak explosion collapses
apartment block in Palencia
At least 3 people died yesterday and 25 were injured when a gas
leakage and explosion collapsed a 5-storey apartment block near the
cathedral in the old quarter of Palencia, northeast of Valladolid.
2nd May 2007.
Stray shot hits spectators
at marksmanship contest
3 spectators at a shooting
gallery in Ichihara were injured after being hit by gunshot as an
elderly participant in a shooting contest discharged his gun
accidentally while trying to remove an unspent shell.
1st May 2007.
Danish fairground worker killed in
A 21-year old Danish
fairground worker has died after being struck by a rollercoaster at
Legoland in Billund, 50 miles northwest of Odense, it appears that the
female employee had ventured over a security fence to retrieve a
customer's dropped wallet. 1st May 2007
Bid to reach trapped gold miner
Rescuers are striving to reach a trapped miner in the Seabee gold mine
of Claude Resources in the far northeast of Saskatchewan, 80 miles
northeast of La Rouge, following an industrial accident there.
31st May 2007.
Gas cylinder fire at housing
Damping down of gas cylinders continued into yesterday evening at the
Kvaernerbyen housing construction site in Lodalen, east Oslo, after
one cylinder had caught fire, a 300-metre evacuation zone was
established and police marksmen stood by to attempt to empty remaining
cylinders if the flames spread.
30th May 2007.
Cruise ship in Baltic collision
Finnish cruise ship Kristina Regina was involved in a collision
yesterday with the timber-laden barge Pioneer in the Baltic off the
north German port of Rostock, the cruise ship managed to complete its
trip from Amsterdam to Helsinki but the barge lost a considerable
portion of its load in the busy channel between Rostock and Gedser.
30th May 2007.
Gas explosion kills 4 in Algiers
A gas leakage led to an explosion and the partial collapse of a
7-storey property at midday yesterday in the Dely Brahim suburb of
Algiers, 4 people are known to have died, the rescue operation was
ongoing through Monday evening. 29th May 2007.
Parachute jump fatality
Investigators are studying an accident in which a parachutist has died
during a jump at the Frotey-les-Vesoul aerodrome, northeast of Vesoul. 29th May 2007.
Worker killed in mountain cable
The crash of a cable car of the Penkenbahn in the Tyrol's Ziller
valley yesterday left one worker dead and 2 others with head and leg
injuries, the accident occurred at Finkenberg while the 3-man crew
were undertaking maintenance work. The car was working some 300 metres
up from the valley station and 200 metres below the first prop. It is
thought that after doing some cable checking it was descending but
received a radio instruction to reascend, at which point a mechanical
failure occurred and it fell 40 metres to ground. 25th May 2007.
Contractor fined over site
The collapse of several tonnes of concrete stairs at the South Lotts
Office Development in Ringsend has led to a 50K€(£35K) fine for
principal contractor G & T Crampton, 2 workers in the stairwell were
killed in the accident. The stairs were supported by metal angles and
connected to the wall by anchors, but 1 angle had slipped 12-15 mm as
a result of bolt failure. Scaffolding had been constructed to inspect
the situation but workers entered the area prior to the inspection.
The company pleaded guilty to directing persons to work in the
vicinity of the stairwell with knowledge that it may have been unsafe.
The bolts featured design and detail deficiencies. 25th May 2007.
WW2 bomb unearthed on Cologne
A 5cwt WW2 bomb was uncovered yesterday on a building site in the east
of Cologne, 500 people including staff in a finance building were
evacuated until detonation was completed 4 hours later. 24th May 2007.
Fairground ride fire
Investigation is ongoing into the fire on the Tivoli Tuur carousel
ride at Rakvere, Estonia, in which 37 people were injured, 5 plastic
gondolas and the ride's electrical system were destroyed. Rakvere City
Council has temporarily withdrawn the company's operating and public
assembly licence. 23rd May 2007.
Derailment in Katanga leaves 3
At least 3 people died during the partial derailment of a train at
Kongolo in the southern province of Katanga, it is thought that the
victims were riding illegally on the train.
22nd May 2007.
Historic hotel burns down
Investigators are studying the circumstances of the fire which
levelled the 90-year old Dombas Hotel in Gudbrandsdal, 175 miles
northeast of Bergen, fire crews battled for 3 hours but were unable to
contain the blaze which consumed the timber structure. The hotel has
been undergoing some refurbishment in recent weeks. 22nd May 2007.
Building inspector fell through
The City of Toronto has been fined $175K (£84,135) in respect of the
death of a building inspector in a fall at a partially built property
in the city's Greenwood Avenue.
On 24th September 2003, two municipal building inspectors were
surveying work at a 2-storey dwelling house site when one of them fell
2.67 metres through a gap at a stairway, sustaining head injuries from
which he later died. The City of Toronto pleaded guilty to failing to
provide the inspector with training on unguarded and uncovered floor
openings and on Ss.26.3(2) and 75 of the Regulations for Construction
Projects, contrary to S.25(2)(a) of the Occupational Health and Safety
D/C Contracting who built the property was fined $100K (£48,077) last
October. 21st May 2007.
National Safe Boating Week 19-25
US President George W Bush has made the annual proclamation of
National Safe Boating Week (19-25 May) which urges all taking to the
waters to wear life jackets, participate in boat safety courses, to
avail themselves of free vessel checks and abstain from alcohol.
20th May 2007.
Pipe kills workmen
Quebec's Commission de la sante et de la securite du travail is
investigating a fatal accident involving an unstable steel pipe
weighing 800kg which rolled off a vehicle and killed 2 workers during
unloading of materials at a work site on Highway 15 in Candiac,
Montreal. The 7m-long pipe of 0.5m diameter was positioned on steel
sections on the lorry but became unstable after strappings had been
loosened. 19th May 2007.
Fire at Limburg sports centre
Considerable damage occurred yesterday when a 3-hour fire broke out
during renovation work at a sports centre in Maaseik, on the River
Meuse in Limburg, no injuries were reported, fire crews trained their
hoses through holes in the roof of the building to quell the flames,
believed to have originated from a malfunction in an electrical
chamber. 19th May 2007.
Alaskan musk ox kills Berlin
A 42-year old female zookeeper was fatally gored this week by a 400Kg
musk ox at the Friedrichsfelde Zoo in Berlin, the incident occurred as
food was being laid out in a feeding pen, a gate linking the pen to
the animal's enclosure had not been secured. 16th may 2007.
Cruise ship grounds off Alaska
All 281 passengers and crew of the cruise ship Empress of the North,
operated by Majestic America, were evacuated yesterday after the ship
hit rocks and water ingress occurred 1 mile off the coast near Juneau,
east Alaska, an 8° list had developed and waves were 1-metre high. 15th May 2007.
Gas cylinder explodes in
The explosion of a gas cylinder during replacement at a pizzeria by
the Grand Hotel in Ste Croix in the Jura left 14 people
injured yesterday, the patron of the restaurant is understood to be in
serious condition. 14th May 2007.
Oil refinery fire during
Fire broke out yesterday at the Preen oil refinery in Hisingen,
Gothenburg, as the plant was restarting following a maintenance
programme, it is speculated that a leakage occurred as temperatures
were rising. 14th
Groundsman drowns after mower
A Florida municipal grounds worker has drowned after becoming pinned
under an overturned mower during maintenance work in Crestview, 45
miles northeast of Pensacola, the victim had been working on an
embankment by a lake when his mower overturned and pinned him under 1m
of water. 12th May 2007.
Fatal crush accident in east
A Texan worker has been killed by a falling tank at Baker Tank Company
in Arp, 90 miles southeast of Dallas, it is speculated that the
accident occurred after some support had been moved from the tank
which he was working on in an outside area.
12th May 2007.
Double fatality on oil platform
Fire yesterday on Total's Nkossa platform, 30 miles off the southwest
coast of Congo, claimed the lives of 2 Congolese workers of Norwegian
drill firm Seadrill. 11th May 2007.
Workers rescued from 80m high
Montevideo fire crews had to deploy a Bronto Sky Light rescue system
to reach workers trapped on a malfunctioning suspended work platform
yesterday at 8th floor level on the exterior of a building on
Tacuarembo in the Cordon district of the city. One of the sides of the
platform had slipped and the height was beyond
the scope of their normal ladders. Two workers were rescued, the
second man's rescue proved trickier, his foot had become trapped in
10th May 2007.
Driving test candidate fails
A 27-year driving test candidate failed his examination and a
breathalyser test at Bendorf, north of Koblenz, on Tuesday morning.
The candidate smelled of alcohol on arrival but claimed this was due
to confectionery, his erratic test performance culminated in a
breathalyser test and a reading of 1.53 promille alcohol.
9th May 2007.
Worker loses leg in West
Virginia rail yard accident
As a result of an accident on Blaine Island, South Charleston, a West
Virginian worker has had a leg amputated, the victim was engaged on
coupling work for CSX Corporation at the Union Carbide plant,
switching work was ongoing and it appears that a wagon was knocked
against another, causing the victim to fall and his leg run over.
9th May 2007.
Demolition worker killed by
A 20-year old demolition worker has died while working at a former
sawmill in Holmsjo, 15 miles north of Karlskrona, he was operating an
angle grinder at or above head height, cutting through a girder when
it caught his neck. 8th May 2007.
Woman killed, dozens injured in
A female passenger on a rollercoaster ride was killed in an accident
on Saturday at Expoland in Suita, Osaka, when seats detached from the
6-carriage ride, the victim was thrown against outer fencing, 40 other
passengers were injured. The ride travels a 1km track and achieves
speeds of 75kph and a height of 40m. 6th May
Psychiatric hospital fire kills
Fire in the psychiatric hospital in the village of Taraganovsky, in
the Neklinovsky district of Rostov, left 3 patients dead and 16
injured yesterday, it is speculated that a heater caused the blaze,
the premises allegedly feature inadequate fire alarms and have grilled
windows. 5th May 2007.
Roads worker injured by
exploding gas cylinder
HSA is investigating an accident during road lining near Sligo
Racecourse in which a roads worker was hospitalised with serious
injuries when a gas cylinder on the vehicle doing the road marking
4th May 2007.
Vehicle maintenance accident
A 63-year old Alabama maintenance worker of Baker Sand & Gravel of
Huntsville was killed yesterday after being run over by a plant
vehicle he was working on, a colleague accidentally activated the
vehicle unaware of the victim's position underneath.
3rd May 2007.
Concert surge leaves 7 dead
A crushing incident at a Star Academy-4 concert at the Sidi Mansour
theatre in Sfax has left 7 teenagers dead and dozens injured as the
crowd surged towards the stage to get close to stars of the Lebanese
LBC broadcaster's performers. 2nd May 2007.
8 tourists drown as
unlicensed craft sinks
Vietnamese police have
arrested the operator of a fishing boat operating as an unlicensed
ferry which sank off Da Nang, 475 miles south of Hanoi, leading to the
deaths of 8 of the 24 passengers. The boat, travelling to the Lang Van
Eco-tourist site on an island, was licensed to carry 12 people and
featured no flotation aids. Sometimes unlicensed craft take passengers
to meet high demand on public holidays. 1st May
Third hiker found frozen to
death in Corsica
The body of a third hiker was found yesterday, it is thought he became
separated from the rest of a party in the mountains of Cozzano in
south Corsica. The bodies of 2 others were found in the Vivario and
Asco areas, conditions of fog and cold have prevailed locally.
31st May 2007.
Sports centre sauna fire
Fire broke out yesterday in the sauna area of a sports centre on
Schiborgstraat in The Hague, no injuries were reported.
31st May 2007.
Unstable excavator crushes
A site worker was crushed yesterday by an overturning 56-tonne
excavator on a site in Wienacht, Appenzell, the excavator driver had
picked up a 2.5-tonne fuel tank to relocate it but during transit it
became unstable and caused the excavator to overturn, crushing the
worker. 30th May
Nursery nurse bites toddler
It is alleged that a 32-year old nursery nurse in Reggio Emilia bit a
2-year old child in her care in the underarm, claiming she wanted to
demonstrate to the toddler how sore it felt after the toddler had
allegedly bitten another child.
30th May 2007.
Printing plant conveyor fatality
A 44-year old subcontract worker has been killed in an accident at the
Freedom Centre printing plant of the Chicago Tribute, it is alleged
that a conveyor belt may have activated as the victim was making
adjustments. 29th May 2007.
Twin Otter crashes in Peruvian
The crash of a Peruvian Air Force Twin Otter aircraft in the Loreta
region claimed the lives of 13 people, 7 survived the accident which
has initially been attributed to adverse weather conditions, the area
where it came down 350 miles northeast of Lima features remote jungle
conditions. 29th May 2007.
Worker killed by dump truck
It is reported that a man died following an accident with a dump truck
on a construction site at Ardenode, County Kildare. The accident
occurred on Thursday, it appears the truck, which he was driving at
the time, overturned and landed on him. 26th May 2007.
Florida refuse worker run over
A refuse collector was killed in the early hours of Friday after
falling off a bin lorry in New Port Richey, 20 miles northwest of
Tampa, and being subsequently run over by the unsighted driver unaware
of his colleague's fall. 26th May 2007.
Explosion kills 13 miners in se
A gas explosion has killed 13 miners at the Xinglong coal mine in
Sichuan, of 36 underground at the time 20 were rescued, 3 are missing,
the mine was operating legally with a licence. 25th May 2007.
Fire failings land guest house
operator with fines
Auckland City Council has fined a local guest house owner a total of
$15K (£5,952) in respect of safety failings relating to fire hazards
at his premises in Karngahake Road. Inspectors found an unstable fire
exit, inadequate fire alarms and doors not affording prompt exit in
the event of fire.
The owner was fined $12K (£4,762) for breaching an order to rectify
the failings, and a further $3K (£1,190) for continuing the offence
for a further 10 months. Although some of the matters had been
remedied he had also failed to respond to a court summons. 24th May 2007.
Washington subcontractor in MEWP
An employee of Metzker Communications, installing fibre-optic lines at
Seattle's Wild Waves Water Park, has been electrocuted in a MEWP
(mobile elevating work platform), a colleague sustained serious burns
when the workers apparently contacted a Puget Sound Energy 7kV power
line. 23rd May 2007.
Tiger kills zookeeper
A 42-year old Thai zookeeper has been killed by a tiger at Longhu Zoo
in Sanya, on the island of Hainan, the victim was cleaning a cage at
the zoo which breeds and keeps tigers and crocodiles, several dozen
Thai nationals work there at the farm which is a joint Thai/Chinese
enterprise. 22nd May 2007.
Dangerous chimney secured
Emergency remedial work took place to secure the 55-metre high
industrial chimney at the Hudikvall production plant in Halsingland on
Sweden's east coast after external steel casing support broke free
from the chimney and threatened the adjacent east coast rail line
while high winds prevailed.
Further structural inspections are planned for this week.
22nd May 2007.
Road roller driver charged over
child cyclist death
A 23-year driver of a road roller has been arrested over alleged
professional negligence in a weekend accident in which the road
roller, moving to a construction site, struck a 4-year old boy riding
a cycle. 21st May 2007.
Lift fire in care home
Overheating hydraulic oil in an elevator system is speculated as the
cause of the weekend fire which destroyed 2 lifts in an elderly care
home in rue Gravioule, Liege, fire crews managed to subdue the blaze
without need for staff or resident evacuation.
21st May 2007.
Girls drown in factory tank
The bodies of two girls aged 13 and 16 have been recovered drowned
from a factory tank in Kamatchipuram in Tamil Nadu, India, the girls
had gone to work at the factory and it is speculated that they may
have fallen in accidentally while washing there.
20th May 2007.
Unstable excavation kills
A construction worker has died after becoming trapped in an unstable
excavation at a site in Queen Creek, Tucson, drainage pipe laying was
taking place when instability led to substantial earth ingress into
the excavation. The victim is believed to have sought prompt refuge in
a pipe in the excavation but was not recovered alive.
19th May 2007.
Worker loses arm section in
On Thursday morning a worker at the Alex Fraser rock crushing plant in
Laverton, 460 miles northeast of Perth, lost the lower section of an
arm after it caught in a conveyor drive, it is believed he was
attempting an adjustment when the accident occurred.
18th May 2007.
New York state worker killed in
A New York state municipal worker has been killed after being struck
by a substantial section of felled timber during unloading from a
vehicle in Constantia, on the north side of Oneida Lake, north of
Syracuse. 18th May 2007
Methane explosion highlights deep shaft venting problems
The methane gas explosion which claimed the lives of 3 miners and
injured 18 at the Krasnolymanska coal mine in Ukraine's east Donetsk
area highlights the difficulties of ventilation in the country's
extremely deep mines. 28 miners were drilling at the time at a depth
of 3K feet when the methane build-up led to an explosion, all 452
miners underground at the time were evacuated.
16th May 2007.
Seamen missing after Yellow Sea
A major search and rescue operation took place yesterday for 16 seamen
missing in the Yellow Sea after a South Korean freighter collided with
a Chinese ship in dense fog near Dalian, the Korean freighter was carrying 6K
tonnes of steel.
14th May 2007.
Pilot error in Elba plane crash
Italian air accident investigation body (ENAC) is indicating that
pilot error was involved in the weekend crash of an aircraft at Marina
di Campo on the island of Elba, 3 people died in the accident in which
2 landings were attempted before the aircraft crashed into a
greenhouse and burst into flames.
14th May 2007.
Track maintenance worker killed
A Metrorail worker has been killed after being struck by a train
during track maintenance work at (former) Clovelly Station near Fish
Hoek, several colleagues managed to jump clear, it is speculated that
the victim was drawn in by the air surge of the Cape Town-bound train.
12th May 2007.
Workers injured in site hoist
Two construction workers sustained serious back injuries yesterday
when a hoist fell at a site in Uithuizen, 15 miles north of Groningen,
no immediate reason for the collapse was apparent. 12th May 2007.
Buoyancy aids for every ship
As from 1st July all ships on Swiss inland lakes and waterways must
make provision for a buoyancy aid for every passenger on board,
presently provision has only been necessary for half of all
passengers. 11th May 2007.
Seized brake causes train fire
It is speculated that a seized brake caused a fire on a local train
yesterday evening travelling between Enschede and Zwolle, the train
was safely evacuated at Borne.
10th May 2007.
Retired handicapped worker dies
in sheltered home fire
A retired handicapped Yugoslav worker has died in a fire in his room
in an Adoma care home in Massy, 8 miles south of Paris, the facility
was previously Sonacotra, a social and nursing function for the
migrant elderly. 9th May 2007.
New York state excavation
A 45-year old plumber has died in an unstable excavation accident at
Rock Hill, 70 miles northwest of New York, when 200kg of concrete
footpath fell in on him during sewer maintenance work.
9th May 2007.
Falling material kills US worker
at Alberta derailment site
A 34-year old worker of Hulcher Services Inc of Montana has died after
being struck by falling steel cable while working on plant equipment
at a derailment site near Alix, 70 miles south of Edmonton. The victim
was attempting to jump start a bulldozer and was astride its track
when the accident occurred. 8th May 2007.
4 feared dead in north German
light aircraft crash
A pilot and 3 passengers in a light sports aircraft are feared dead
following its crash into the Flensburger Fjorde at Glucksburg, just
south of the Danish border, the flight had departed on Saturday
morning on a round trip from Flensburg Weiche airfield.
6th May 2007.
Gas leak kills 3 in French
Subsidence following adverse weather caused a gas tank to become
unstable and fracture, leading to a leakage of gas into a detached
house in Bayonne, southwest France, 3 family members have died, one
child has been hospitalised. 5th May 2007.
Workers injured in building
Two workers were injured yesterday when a building partially collapsed
at a site on Tourist Street (Triq it-Turisti) in Bugibba in the north
of the island. Neither is in life-threatening condition, the operator
of an excavator was treated for shock. 5th May
Californian farm worker in fatal
An agricultural contract worker of Premiere Harvest has died in a
fatal crush accident after becoming pinned between a tractor and cart
at Duda Farms, near Oxnard, northwest of Los Angeles, the victim was
apparently engaged on coupling a tractor to a bogged down cart when a
colleague inadvertently activated the tractor, pinning the victim
between it and the cart. 4th May 2007.
Train fire in Delft
A Dutch passenger train was safely evacuated in Delft-South Station
late on Wednesday evening after fire broke out during transit from The
Hague to Dordrecht, Pro Rail report no injuries, no cause for the fire
was immediately speculated. 3rd May 2007.
Explosion kills 4 miners
An explosion at a North-East Coal Corporation mine in Cam Pha, 100
miles east of Hanoi, has killed 4 miners, the second fatal accident at
the mine this year. 2nd May 2007.
Firefighter injured in fall
from vehicle roof
A 26-year old female
firefighter was injured yesterday in a 2.5m fall from the roof of a
water tanker while controlling an issue of 2K litres of a chlorine
product at a chemical plant in Pratteln, near Basle, she lost her
balance while distributing a protective mask to a colleague.
1st May 2007
Rail worker injured in
Vienna train collision
An Austrian rail worker
sustained serious leg injuries yesterday morning when a Eurocity
passenger train collided with an empty train on a stretch of track
between Meidling and Vienna's South station, investigation is ongoing.
1st May 2007
Fatal accident at Welsh steel plant
It is reported that an employee of Celsa has died following an
industrial accident at its Tremorfa plant in Cardiff.
The accident occurred on Wednesday morning, according to one account
the deceased succumbed to crush injuries. 31st
HSE investigate Co. Durham fatal
An inquest has opened into the
circumstances of the death last Saturday of a welder whose van
exploded in Front Street, Durham.
It appears that the explosion was caused by the ignition of gases
escaping from the self-employed welder's cylinders within his van.
31st May 2007
Workman falls to his death through
It is reported that an employee of a contractor has died following a
fall while working last Thursday on the roof of a B&Q retail outlet in
Bradford's Euroway Industrial Estate. It appears that the man, said to
be in his 30's, fell through a rooflight.
29th May 2007.
Tragedy at Scottish tractor show
A man in his 50's died on Sunday following an accident at a public
event staged by the Dumfries and Galloway Vintage Machinery Club in
Dumfries. According to one account, he was struck by a tractor which
became unstable as it was being manoeuvred up a ramp and on to a
vehicle. 29th May 2007.
HGV driver dies in docks
The body of the driver of an HGV has been recovered from the water at
Gladstone Docks in Seaforth, Merseyside, following an incident there
It is unclear exactly what happened, but reports say that the vehicle
with its container was reversing at the time it entered the water.
26th May 2007.
Man died after being struck by
During February 2006, a 34-year-old workman aboard the offshore multi-
service vessel MSV Seawell was struck and killed by a 12m-long well
intervention tool weighing 370 kg. The deceased, a deck operator, was
part of the team on the deck floor employed by TDM International Ltd
of Aberdeen who provided labour to Well Ops (UK) Ltd.
Investigation established that the tool was being lifted in what is
known as a 'slick-line' operation involving a single wire and multiple
sheave (pulley) and winch arrangement, but it parted when it came into
contact with one of the sheaves, falling 12 metres.
Robust management systems
At Aberdeen Sheriff Court Well Ops (UK) Ltd admitted a single breach
of S.3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for which it
was fined a total of £110,000. Commenting, an HSE Principal Inspector
said: "This case has highlighted the importance of companies with
duties under the law to ensure that they have robust management
systems in place to identify the hazards associated with lifting
operations and suitable and sufficient measures in place to reduce the
risks to those engaged in such operations. HSE has drawn its concerns
and findings from a number of inspections and investigations to the
attention of the Well Services Contractor Association in order that
their members can improve their lifting operations."
25th May 2007.
30m fall kills teenage
A 19-year-old workman has died on a project to construct a wind farm
on a Stirlingshire hill.
The accident victim, said to be a Brazilian, fell a distance in excess
of 30m down the inside of one of the wind farm turbine towers on
24th May 2007.
Cleaner killed at meat
It is reported that a female cleaning employee at DeliCo of Milton
Keynes died at the scene of an industrial accident on Saturday.
According to one account she sustained multiple injuries while
cleaning a machine during the night shift.
22nd May 2007.
Boy survives 10m factory fall
It is reported that a schoolboy who fell through the roof of disused
industrial premises in Stockport has survived, escaping with a few
The incident occurred on Friday evening at a former foundry works in
21st May 2007.
Trailer detaches and kills
pedestrian on footpath
A 37-year-old woman has died after being struck by a trailer that
detached from the vehicle towing it as it passed her in a road in Bere
The accident occurred on Friday, a child also sustained injury but is
reported to be in no danger.
20th May 2007.
Scottish farmer killed by
A farmer died last week on a
farm in the Scottish Borders community of Yetholm, Roxburghshire.
According to accounts, the incident involved a forklift truck, it
appears the deceased may have alighted from the truck and moved
between it and a gate when it moved forward and crushed him.
19th May 2007.
Pedestrian struck and killed by
refuse collection vehicle
It is reported that a woman pedestrian in her 60's has died after
being struck by a reversing refuse collection vehicle in what has been
described as an alleyway in Rishton, near Accrington, Lancashire. The
accident occurred on Monday, the vehicle is believed to be operated by
Hyndburn Borough Council.
Woman and infant die in pool
The authorities, including the HSE, are investigating the tragic death
of a 33-year-old woman and her 22-month-old daughter found in a
private pool at a company's premises in Studley, Warwickshire.
The pair were discovered by the woman's husband on Saturday.
Steel fell from vehicle and
The assessment of a load's stability as it is placed on a vehicle on
despatch is vital to the safety of persons involved in its removal at
its destination, the neglect of this caused the death of a workman in
Steel fabricators McDonald and Ross Ltd of Dalkieth, partially
assisted by a driver employed by a sole trader, loaded steel on to a
vehicle which arrived at a site in Leith, Edinburgh, where 2 of the company's
employees arrived to help unload it. The driver began to remove the
load's retaining straps but it become unstable and a 1- tonne steel
beam fell to the ground and killed him.
Investigation established that the fabricators had failed to fully
assess the risks involved in loading and unloading steel, and to
ensure that the steel was correctly placed upon the timber bearers on
the vehicle. The employer of the deceased driver had failed to ensure
that his employees involved in loading, unloading and transporting
steel to site had been properly trained.
McDonald and Ross Ltd was fined £30,000 having pleaded guilty to a
breach of S.3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, the
driver's employer was fined £7,500 after pleading guilty to a breach
of S.2(1) of the same Act.
Commenting after sentencing, the HSE Inspector remarked on the
foreseeability of the load moving in transit, emphasising the
importance of placing a load onto the vehicle in its most stable
orientation and taking any appropriate measures to ensure that it
cannot fall from the vehicle at any time, adding that the stability of
the load also needs to be assessed prior to beginning to unload it.
concluded "... this incident could, therefore, easily have been
prevented. The beam that fell from the vehicle was one of 3 identical
beams placed on the vehicle. Each of these beams could have been
placed on their side therefore making it very unlikely that they could
Grounds worker critical with
A Head Groundsman at Marston Trussell Hall, near Market Harborough,
sustained more than 30% burns in an accident last week and remains
HSE is investigating, it is reported he was working with a bonfire at
the time. 12th
Farmer killed by bull
A man was killed by a bull on a farm in Carrickmore, Tyrone, Northern
Ireland last week, his brother was also injured in the incident which
comes only days after another Tyrone farmer lost his life while
handling livestock. 11th
It is reported that a woman died following an incident at the West
Bridgeford Equestrian Centre in Nottinghamshire.
One account states she received a kick to the head from a horse being
tended by a vet.
8th May 2007.
Display parachutist dies
A member of the Icarus Parachute Display Team died at the weekend
following an accident at the British Falconry and Raptor Show at
Chetwynd Park in Newport, Shropshire.
8th May 2007.
Lifting equipment kills motorist
A motorist has been killed after he was struck on the head by an item
of lifting equipment, causing him to swerve off the A334 at Shedfield
One report describes the item as a lifting shackle, speculating that
it may have fallen from an HGV.
8th May 2007.
Housing authorities must be
vigilant on maintenance systems
A 13-year-old boy lost his life when he fell through an opening in a
wall surrounding a communal stairwell which had been created by acts
The tragic accident occurred in August 2005 at a property at Walter
Hurford Parade in the London Borough of Newham, the Council had been
made aware of the damage for some months but its maintenance
procedures were inadequate in several respects and, at the Old Bailey,
the London Borough of Newham was fined £125,000, with costs of £6,000,
having previously admitted breaching S.3(1) of the Health and Safety
at Work etc Act 1974.
The HSE investigating officer reminds Local Authorities that they
"have a legal obligation to ensure that tenants and other members of
the public are not placed at unnecessary risk arising from poor
procedures for repairing damage to buildings. This case should serve
as a reminder to Councillors and Chief Executives of the importance of
effective maintenance systems to ensure repairs are carried out
quickly and to appropriate standards." 6th
Death of roads worker
A road traffic accident has
claimed the life of a roads worker on Sandelford Bridge, Coleraine.
The victim, a contractor for utility company Firmus Energy, was struck
and fatally injured by an HGV which also hit another stationary
vehicle while work was in progress.
A 3-year-old girl has died in
an accident at a playground in the village of Kirkliston, West
It appears she became entangled in a climbing frame on Tuesday.
3nd May 2007.
Dover docks passenger dies in
It is reported that a woman
passenger was struck and fatally injured by an HGV as she awaited
embarkation to a ferry at the Port of Dover on Tuesday.
3rd May 2007.
Worker electrocuted in Gloucestershire
It is reported that a workman was
electrocuted when parts of the marquee he was dismantling contacted
overhead power cables. The incident occurred at the weekend in the
grounds of Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, the deceased was not employed
by the castle owners. 1st May
Fatal rail accident in Berks
It is reported that a workman has been struck and killed by a train
while working on the permanent way outside Twyford Station. The
accident occurred on Sunday morning. 1st May
Man killed by bull on NI farm
It is reported that a man in
his 60's has lost his life in an accident on a farm outside Omagh in
County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.
The accident occurred on Monday and involved a bull which was later
destroyed by police. 1st May 2007.