Archive for April, 2013

Firms fined over driver death

Two companies have been fined a total of £794,658 after a driver was run over and killed by his own lorry.

Gary Walters was working for haulier Larkins Logistics Ltd when the incident occurred on 11 October 2010. He was collecting a trailer loaded with structural concrete products from Bison Manufacturing Ltd in Derbyshire and failed to apply the brake in his cab. However, because Bison's drivers had not applied the brake to the trailer, the vehicle moved off as he was coupling the two parts together. Mr Walters is thought to have gone round the front of the vehicle in an attempt to get into the cab and apply the brakes, but was run over.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that drivers working for Bison did not routinely apply the trailer brakes to make sure the units were safely parked. Police examined ten other trailers at the site, and found none had the brakes applied, and no other manual system of restraint (chocks or hooks) were in place.

Derby Crown Court heard there had been a number of other instances of lorries rolling away and Larkins' drivers had not been properly trained to assess the use of trailer brakes in the yard. Both companies had identified the risks to workers, but failed to implement appropriate control measures. Their method of working ignored published safety guidance, which meant that drivers and other employees were all at risk.

After the hearing, HSE inspector Judith McNulty-Green said, “This was not an isolated incident – sadly there are deaths and serious injuries to drivers every year in similar circumstances. It happened out of poor practice and was entirely preventable. Bison Manufacturing Ltd failed to implement a safe system of work for the storage of trailers with the brakes applied. They and Larkins Logistics Ltd also failed to implement and monitor working procedures for coupling and uncoupling trailers in the yard, and they failed to do it despite previous incidents.

“Had they done so they would have realised trailer brakes were routinely not being applied, taken appropriate action and a man would not have lost his life so needlessly.”

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Are you a “Green-Thinker?”

Are you interested in debating how to create a sustainable future in your organisation or community and the economic implications?

If you are then you need to get yourself along to the Green-Thinkers Bookclub, a new event in Newcastle which is hosted by colleague and good friend of Cedrec, Marek Bidwell. On the agenda this spring, is the bold and provocative “Prosperity Without Growth: Economics for a Finite Planet ” by Tim Jackson, who is a top sustainability adviser to the UK Government.

The group will be meeting on 6 June 2013, at 6:30pm at the Bridge Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1RQ.

Places are already going, so to book your seat email marek@green-thinkers.org. It will only cost you £5, and you get chips and a sandwich!

For more information, go to green-thinkers.org and you can follow Marek on Twitter @MarekBidwell.

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Gas and Electricity (Internal Markets) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2013/92

These Regulations came into force on 12 April 2013 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They implement various legislative measures in order to achieve compliance with a number of requirements arising from the EU Third Energy Package of European legislation.
As a result, several pieces of legislation are amended by these Regulations…

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Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2013/108

These Regulations come into force on 11 May 2013 and apply to Northern Ireland only.
They impose duties on employers in the healthcare sector to protect employees from injuries caused by medical sharps, and in doing so implement Directive 2010/32/EU, implementing the Framework Agreement on prevention from sharp injuries in the…

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Regulation (EU) 380/2013 (OJ:L116/4/2013) amending Regulation (EU) 1141/2010 as regards the submission of the supplementary complete dossier to the Authority, the other Member States and the Commission

This Regulation amends Regulation (EU) 1141/2010, laying down the procedure for the renewal of the inclusion of a second group of active substances in Annex 1 to Directive 91/414/EEC and establishing the list of those substances, as regards the submission of the supplementary complete dossier to the European Food Safety…

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Regulation (EU) 350/2013 (OJ:L108/9/2013) approving the active substance bixafen, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance bixafen, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
In doing so, it amends the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011, which contains a list of approved active substances.
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Regulation (EU) 367/2013 (OJ:L111/33/2013) approving the active substance Spodoptera littoralis nucleopolyhedrovirus, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance Spodoptera littoralis nucleopolyhedrovirus, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
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Regulation (EU) 373/2013 (OJ:L112/10/2013) approving the active substance Candida oleophila strain O, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance Candida oleophila strain O, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
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Regulation (EU) 366/2013 (OJ:L111/30/2013) approving the active substance Bacillus firmus I-1582, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance Bacillus firmus I-1582, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
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Regulation (EU) 368/2013 (OJ:L111/36/2013) approving the active substance Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009 on the placing of plant protection products on the market, and amending the Annex to Regulation (EU) 540/2011

This Regulation approves the active substance Helicoverpa armigera nucleopolyhedrovirus, in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1107/2009, on the placing of plant protection products on the market.
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