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Mind the gap down under

The instruction of “mind the gap” is something that has become synonymous with the London Underground. A man in Australia, however, has shown exactly why this is so important after, when trying to board a train, his leg slipped between the train and the platform and he became truly stuck.

In such circumstances, you might expect the fire brigade to step in and perform a complex operation in order to free the man. In this case, the safety of the man was secured in a rather different way.

Several commuters and staff at Stirling station in western Australia braced themselves against the platform and actually managed to tilt the train carriage so that the trapped man could free himself. Happily, the gentleman was not hurt, and managed to catch the next train.

Cedrec's take

Although this particular incident resulted in no injury and an heroic rescue, it may well be very different in other cases, so we at Cedrec Towers would encourage you to “mind the gap” at all times.

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Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014

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Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Treatment of Revenue Scotland as Specified Authority) Order SSI 2014/191

This Order came into force on 27 June 2014 and applies to Scotland only.
It provides that Revenue Scotland is, for the purposes of appointments to that body, to be treated as if it were an authority listed in the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003.
Legislative background
The Scottish…

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Directive 2014/88/EU (OJ:L201/9/2014) amending Directive 2004/49/EC as regards common safety indicators and common methods of calculating accident costs

This Directive amends Directive 2004/49/EC as regards common safety indicators and common methods of calculating accident costs.
The amendments make additions and changes to some of the common safety indicators reported annually by safety authorities.
Member States must bring into force laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive…

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Directive 2014/87/EU (OJ:L219/42/2014) amending Directive 2009/71/Euratom establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations

This Directive amends Directive 2009/71/Euratom, establishing a Community framework for the nuclear safety of nuclear installations.
Legislative background
Directive 2013/59/Euratom establishes uniform basic safety standards for the protection of the health of individuals subject to occupational, medical and public exposures against the dangers arising from ionising radiation.
Directive 2009/71/Euratom imposes obligations on the Member…

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Unsafe scaffold collapses in street

A company in Cambridgeshire and its Directors have been prosecuted in result of an unsafe scaffold collapsing into a street in Stretham.

This occurred on 18 April 2013 only three days after it had been built in front of a house by the company.

Parties were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on 31 July 2014 after investigation. The investigation found that the two-storey structure had not been secured safely or properly. It was around 11 metres long and 4.5 metres high.

Ironically, a piece of plastic, which had been attached to protect passers-by as the work was being carried out, acted as a sail that caused the scaffolding to blow over in the wind.

The company was fined a total of £7 500 and ordered to pay £526 in costs after pleading guilty to two breaches, one of the Work at Height Regulations SI 2005/735 and the other of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The Director was fined £5 000 with £500 costs after pleading guilty to the same Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 offences.

HSE inspector, John Berezansky commented: “It was extremely fortunate that no-one was working on the scaffold at the time and that no-one or nothing was hit when it fell. This is a busy High Street used by children to get to and from the local school. Had the scaffold fell during the morning or afternoon school run it could have been a different story.”

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Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Landward Areas) Regulations SI 2014/1686

These Regulations came into force on 17 July 2014 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
They are made in accordance with the Petroleum Act 1998 and prescribe the model clauses which will be incorporated in the petroleum licences for landward areas unless the Secretary of State modifies or excludes them.
These…

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150 tonnes of hazardous material spilled in Essex

A company in Essex has been fined after four chemical storage tanks failed, and spilled around 150 tonnes of hazardous material.

Industrial Chemicals Limited was responsible for the accident which lead to an industrial estate being evacuated and access roads closing. Nobody was harmed as a result of the accident.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted on 1 August after an investigation found the company failed to manage, inspect and maintain the tanks in question.

The incident happened when a glass reinforced plastic tank failed which released its contents of 66 tonnes of aluminium chloride. This then went on to damage another three tanks, releasing a further 32 tonnes of aluminium chloride and 52 tonnes of hydrochloric acid.

The company could not show evidence that tanks were being operated within their design lives, or were being suitably inspected and maintained to ensure they were fit for continuous use.

Five Prohibition Notices were served to prevent the use of the glass reinforced plastic tanks that were left and had not been destroyed.

After additional inspections were made in July 2013, a further ten Prohibition Notices were served for the same reasons.

Industrial Chemicals Limited was fined £50 000 and ordered to pay £14 231 in costs after pleading guilty to a single breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE Inspector, Andrew Saunders stated: “Industrial Chemical Ltd’s failure to manage, inspect and maintain their GRP tanks contributed to this spillage. The measures needed to prevent this kind of incident are straightforward and guidance is freely available from HSE. There is no excuse for companies storing hazardous materials not to follow this guidance.”

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Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations SI 2014/1637

These Regulations come into force on 1 October 2014 and apply to England, Scotland and Wales.
They consolidate and modernise the petrol storage legislative framework and revoke and amend a number of Acts and regulations.
ScopeThese Regulations do not apply to:

a workplace except one:

used, or intended for use, for the dispensing of…

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DRAFT: L150 Explosives Regulations 2014: Guidance on Regulations

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