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Didcot Power Station Collapse Leaves One Dead & Three Missing

One person has been killed and others are receiving hospital treatment following the ‘major incident’ at Didcot Power station. Expert search teams are currently surveying the area in an attempt to locate the three people that remain missing since part of the Oxford power station collapsed yesterday (Tuesday 23rd February 2016).

Partial Collapse

A large building, approximately 300m long and ten storeys high, at the site of the former coal-fired Didcot A plant partially collapsed. At around 4pm yesterday search and rescue teams, along with ambulance, police and fire crews were called to the area.

The building at the Didcot A site had been due for demolition sometime this year; however the collapse of the building, which has been closed since 2013, was not planned.

nPower, the owner of power stations Didcot A and B, released the following statement via a spokesperson:

“We can confirm that shortly after 4pm this afternoon part of the boiler house at our former Didcot A power station site in Oxfordshire collapsed while an external demolition contractor was working in it. Our thoughts are with the families of all those involved in this tragedy.”

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the firm responsible for the upcoming planned demolition, Birmingham based Coleman and Company, told the Oxford Mail that the site was “under demolition”. However she could not confirm if there were explosives at the site at the time of the collapse. Coleman and Company have not yet released an official statement regarding the incident, but they sent the following tweet on Tuesday afternoon:

“We are aware of an incident at Didcot A Power Station. We are working with all stakeholders to establish facts and will keep you updated.”

Nathan Travis, Oxfordshire’s deputy chief fire officer, said:

“It is with great sadness that I have to confirm one person has died during this incident. Our priority now is to find the three missing people.

“The search will be a considerable undertaking due to the instability of the site. We expect the search will continue through the night and possibly into the coming days.”

Travis told reporters at the site that at the height of the commotion, there were around 60 firefighters and at least three fire engines at the scene. He explained that the methods being used to locate the three missing workers was one that has previously been implemented & trialled abroad by specialists after earthquakes. When asked if his officers had handled something of this magnitude before, he replied:

“In terms of Oxfordshire it is unique.”

Travis also added that there was no sort of indication as to how long the search operation would last.

Search & Rescue

Along with numerous fire engines from Oxfordshire, six ambulances, Thames Valley police and specialist search teams with sniffer dogs, two air ambulances also attended the scene.

Urban search and rescue teams from Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes are reported to have offered assistance in the form of eleven people and for search vehicles. Their involvement has led to the theory that there are people trapped in the rubble of the building.

Casualties from the collapse are being transported to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford. According to Oxford university hospitals NHS foundation trust, the public have been asked to steer clear of the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford unless it is a “serious or life-threatening emergencies”.

It has been reported four casualties are in stable and non-life threatening condition, while one man is in a serious but again, not life-threatening condition. A further two casualties were being treated for minor injuries.

RWE nPower tweeted:

“We are working with our contractors Coleman and Company to establish the facts re the tragic events at #Didcot”

A GMB union official told the Press Association:

“We understand that workers were preparing two boilers for demolition in the coming weeks. This led to the collapse of a building.”

The official added that he did not consider the collapse to be the result of an explosion.

Ed Vaizey, MP for the Didcot and Wantage areas, tweeted:

“Very concerned about terrible events at Didcot power station. Praying for workers and their families.”

While Bill McKinnon, who witnessed the collapse, told the BBC:

“I was sitting in my front room, I can see the power station quite clearly from where I am, it’s only about 400 yards away.

“About 4 o’clock, when I heard the explosion and the very loud rumbling, by the time I had got up and looked out of the window there was a huge cloud of dust which came through and over our village.

“When that had cleared I noticed that half of the old power station, where they used to keep the generators, half of that was missing.

Mr McKinnon added:

“I was a little bit surprised because normally the contractors let us know when they are going to do explosions, so I was a bit surprised because we hadn’t heard anything.

“Very shortly afterwards the air ambulance turned up and then fire engines and ambulances started arriving, and a little while after that another air ambulance turned up, and I think they are still there.”

David Cooke, of Thames Cryogenics, has a building overlooking the power station. He said:

“Our building shook and as we looked out of the window, the end of the main turbine hall collapsed in a huge pile of dust.

“It totally obscured the towers and must have drifted across the roads and main rail line. What’s left looks a tangled mess.

“The dust was hanging over the area for five to 10 minutes.

“First thought was, it didn’t looked planned, followed by the thought that people are going to have been hurt.”

Thames Valley police tweeted:

“We remain at Didcot Power Station following a report of collapsed building. We will share more details as soon as they are confirmed #Didcot”

Didcot B Site

The former coal-fired station, Didcot A, opened in 1970 and was eventually converted in order to able to generate power from natural gas. Three of its six cooling towers were due to be demolished in the coming months, following the controlled demolition of the other three last year. Several large buildings on site were also due to be demolished soon with the RWE npower website stating that demolition of the entire site is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

It is not yet clear if modern gas-fired power station, Didcot B, situated next to the collapsed plant, has been affected by the incident.

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Salad Company Fined after Worker Loses Tips of Fingers

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have prosecuted a company responsible for growing and packing salads, following an incident in which a worker lost the tips of two fingers.

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard how in April 2015, a worker operating a bagging machine reached beneath the protective guard of the machine to pull film through. As he did this, the cutting jaws and heat sealing part of the machine closed on two of his fingers, severing the tips of his left middle and ring fingers.

Following an investigation into the incident by the HSE, it was found that there was a hole cut into the interlocked guard of the machine in order to enable larger bags of salad onto a conveyor. However, this hole also enabled access to the dangerous heat sealing and cutting jaws.

After pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER), Vitacress Salads Limited, of Lower Link St Mary Bourne, Andover, Hampshire, was fined £60,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,088.

Kate Clark, HSE inspector, said after the hearing:

“Cutting a hole in the guards led to access to dangerous parts being possible. The company had not properly considered the risks from making this alteration.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Employee Loses Half of Her Finger in Pie Machine

A firm that manufactures cakes has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker lost part of her finger in a pie and tart machine.

Incident

In May 2015 an employee of Nectar Patisserie Limited observed that there was not enough dough being released at the start of the production process into tart tins. To keep the production going, the employee started to scoop additional dough out of the depositor outlet, using the index finger on her right hand, as the machine was still running.

This was successful the first time the employee tried it, however during the second time, an automatic knife used to cut the dough into measured portions started up and sliced her finger in half.

HSE Investigation & Fines

Following an investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it was found that Nectar Patisserie Limited had failed to safeguard a dangerous part of the machine, leaving it exposed to employees.

After pleading guilty to an offence under Regulation 11(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Nectar Patisserie Limited, of Leeside Industrial Estate, Garman Road, Tottenham, was fined a total of £15,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,638.

HSE Inspector Nick Faber said after sentencing:

“The purpose of these regulations is to ensure that employees who operate machinery do not suffer serious injury from a moment’s distraction or error in judgement, which is what happened in this case.

“Whilst the company had health and safety procedures in place which they diligently followed, they consistently missed a glaring problem with a piece of machinery. Essentially they hadn’t truly understood the purpose of their checks and practices. My advice to duty holders is to ensure that any health and safety system in place is practical and actively challenges normal working practices to improve workplace safety”.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Two Firms Fined after Workers are Injured On-site

The Health and Safety Executive has fined two companies over safety breaches that resulted in the serious injuries of two workers.

Incident

In October 2010 two workers employed by Sitewatch, Guy Davies and Nayan Patel, suffered serious injuries as they were working on a partly constructed cold store. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard how the pair were injured when the roof lids of the structure collapsed on top of them.

Nayan Patel suffered numerous fractures to his foot and required a metal plate to be fixed in his arm after it was fractured in two places. Guy Davies meanwhile suffered serious fractures to his right kneecap and thighbone.

Sentencing

John Sisk and Son Limited (Sisk) of St Albans, Hertfordshire was employed as primary contractor for installing a new distribution warehouse in Motherwell. The company was found guilty of an offence under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £64,000.

Hemsec Installations Limited (HIL), of Birkenhead was subcontracted to design and construct the cold store structure. The company was found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and fined £71,000.

HSE principal inspector Graeme McMinn said following the hearing:

“The accident could have been prevented if Sisk had enforced their permit to work system and ensured that workers were not allowed access to the roof lid section until they received confirmation that the roof lid section had been installed correctly and was safe.

“HIL should have ensured that their sub-contractor had installed the connections between the roof lid and cold store wall in line with the design specifications. They should also have checked that these connections were safe before allowing Sisk access to the roof lids.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Four Parties Charged by HSE over Deaths of Workers

Four parties have been charged by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for breaching safety regulations that resulted in the deaths of four workers.

Peter Johnson, Adam Taylor and Thomas and Daniel Hazelton were erecting a large steel structure in a ditch at Claxton Engineering Services’ yard in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, when it collapsed on them.

After an investigation into the incident that occurred on 21 January 2011, the HSE handed out the following charges:

• David Groucott, Director of Encompass Project Management Ltd, under Section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 (HSWA)
• Claxton Engineering Services Ltd of Ferryside, Ferry Road, Norwich, Norfolk, under Section 3 of HSWA
• Hazegood Construction Ltd, of Bury Lodge, Bury Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, under Sections 2 and 3 of HSWA
• Encompass Project Management Ltd, of The Gables, Old Market Street, Thetford, Norfolk, under Section 3 HSWA

All four defendants are due to appear at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court in February 2016.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

HSE to Prosecute Star Wars Production Company

It has recently emerged that the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) are to prosecute the production company behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, following an on set incident in which Harrison Ford broke his leg.

The HSE announced yesterday that it was prosecuting Foodles Production (UK) Ltd. (Foodles) over four alleged breaches of health and safety.

The four charges relate to an incident that occurred in June 2014 at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. It is alleged that Mr Ford was seriously injured when a hydraulic door that was part of the Millennium Falcon (a spacecraft belonging to his character Han Solo) struck him.

A statement released by the HSE said:

“By law, employers must take reasonable steps to protect workers — this is as true on a film set as a factory floor.

“We have investigated thoroughly and believe that we have sufficient evidence to bring the case to court.”

According to the HSE, due to Foodles being the company responsible for the production of the film, they are also responsible for managing the risks posed throughout production. As such, they are liable under UK health and safety laws.

Mr Ford, who required surgery following the incident, admitted the accident occurred through a spokesperson at the time. It is reported that he even later teased J.J. Abrams, the film’s director, about the incident during numerous promotional appearances last year.

Company representatives from Foodles are due to appear on 12 May at a court in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to face the four charges.

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Source: CNN

Employee’s Legs Crushed by Concrete Tennis Tables

A table tennis manufacturer based in Manchester has been fined following an incident in which a worker’s legs were crushed.

Trafford Magistrates’ Court heard the employee was attempting to manoeuvre a one-ton concrete tennis table, using an overhead crane, towards a stack of four other tables. However, the stacked tables were balanced on two half-empty resin barrels, which are not designed to take any weight. The court was told that as the worker began to lower the concrete table onto the others, the barrels collapsed causing the tables to fall onto the worker.

Other employees that witnessed to incident rushed to free the man who had become trapped between the concrete tables and the crane stanchion. The worker was freed and airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital.

The court heard that the employee spent 10 weeks in hospital and has been unable to return to work since the incident that took place on 20 February 2015.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found that the work had not been carried out, supervised or planned safely.

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, Bendcrete Leisure Ltd, of Aquaduct Mill, Tame St, Stalybridge, was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay £3,495 costs.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Timber Firm Fined for Safety Failings

A firm responsible for the manufacture of garden timber products has been fined following an incident in which a worker sustained serious injuries to his hand.

Stephen Croft, an agency worker, was carrying out work at Forest Sawmills Limited’s premises when his left hand got caught in a twin band re-saw machine. Mr Croft suffered injuries to his left index and middle finger after his hand was pulled into the machine, used for cutting wood, as it made contact with either the powered in-feed roller or the saw blade.

Forest Sawmills Limited, of Hartlebury, Kiddermister, pleaded guilty to an offence under Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Regulations 11(1) and (2). The company was fined a total of £7,000.

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Fruit Farm Fined by the Health & Safety Executive

A RIDDOR reportable incident has led to an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the actions of a Kent based fruit farm.

The investigation by the HSE found that a self-employed contractor working for Paynes Stores Ltd (PSL), had accessed a door that needed to be repaired, by standing in an apple box raised by a fork lift truck.

HSE told Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court how PSL had allowed the roofing work to be carried out without any controls or specified training, on 22 December 2014.

Paynes Stores Ltd, of Swanton Farm, Bicknor, Sittingbourne Kent, pleaded guilty to breaches of Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and Regulation 9(3) of the Working at Height Regulations. The company was fined a total of £18,600 and ordered to pay £9,173 in costs.

Following the hearing, Joanne Williams – HSE inspector, said:

“Death and serious injury following falls from the edge of roofs or through fragile materials are all too common and proper planning is vital to ensure the work is carried out safely and the correct precautions are identified and used.

“I hope this prosecution makes it clear to employers that they need to properly manage the risks of working at height and that HSE will not hesitate to take action against those who fall short of the law in such a way.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive

Company Fined after Worker Suffers Severe Cement Burns

A company responsible for the manufacture of building products has been prosecuted following an incident in which a worker suffered severe cement burns.

Incident

An inexperienced young agency worker suffered severe chemical burns to his ankles and feet after being exposed to alkaline cement slurry. Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how the 21 year old, on what was his first day of full time employment, required plastic surgery and has been left with lifelong scarring after the incident on 28th April 2014.

HSE Investigation

A Health and Safety (HSE) investigation into the incident found that the company had not taken into account that exposure to slurry from concrete dust is just as dangerous as exposure to wet uncured concrete and cement. Further to this, the HSE found that sufficient controls to control the risks were not in pace and there had been no risk assessment.

According to HSE’s findings, the workers ‘life changing injuries’ could have been avoided if a mechanical system to remove the slurry had been used.

In a statement given to the Court, the worker discussed the impact of the incident:

“A year after the accident my feet are scarred. My right foot is worse than my left. I find it difficult still to walk. I don’t know how my feet will improve in the long term. I wouldn’t like anyone to go through what I have had to go through”.

Sentencing & Fines

After pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, Stressline Limited was fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £2,121.

Following the hearing Dr Richenda Dixon, HSE inspector, said:

“The risks from concrete and cement are well known in this industry. Companies need to protect agency workers as they are as likely to have injures in the first six months of employment as in the rest of their working lives.”

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Source: Health & Safety Executive