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Zookeepers banned from using ladders to put out food for tigers

Zoo keepers have been banned by Health and Safety officials from climbing ladders to put food out for tigers.

Barrow Borough Council, in Cumbria, says the practice is too dangerous because the keepers could fall off the ladders and injure themselves.

The inspectors served the South Lakes Safari Zoo, in Dalton, with a notice under section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

It means they can no longer place food at the top of 20ft poles so their critically endangered Sumatran tigers can climb up and practice their hunting skills – a favourite attraction for visitors to the zoo for almost 20 years.

The ban follows an incident earlier this year when a keeper was blown off her ladder by a gust of wind suffered a broken collarbone.

Barrow Borough Council has told the zoo that it must stop the feeding event which is witnessed by thousands of visitors every year.

It is estimated that zoo staff have climbed ladders more than 75,000 times since 1996 “for the huge welfare benefit to the animals”.

“Even though the keepers now wear helmets, strap the ladders to the poles firmly and have permanent foot fixing points for the ladders, Barrow Borough Council wishes to stop us from feeding in this way as they claim it to be too dangerous for the staff,” said the zoo statement.

It added that the ban would completely stop the “exciting’ feeding time practice and our unique way of stimulating our cats”.

It added: “It is imperative we feed in this manner, a scientifically proven way of improving health, fitness and welfare for the big cats,” said the statement.

The zoo said it had tried rope pulley systems and long poles to get the meat to the top of poles but it did not work.

“We have made every effort to find solutions that benefit the staff and the animals and yet we are still in this situation,” added the post.

A Barrow Borough Council spokesman said an improvement notice was served under section 21 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

“This notice was served because the park had failed to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of its employees to prevent a person falling a distance liable to cause personal injury whilst undertaking the routine placement of food at height for big cat carnivores,” added the spokesperson.

“Barrow Borough Council has a duty to ensure the health and safety of persons employed at the park and also visitors to the park.”

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Falling gargoyle kills mother-of-two outside church in Chicago

A woman has been killed by a falling stone gargoyle as she walked along the street in a freak accident in the US.

Sarah Bean, 34, died almost instantly when she was hit on the head as she walked past the Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago on Thursday.

A piece of metal is thought to have come loose from the building, which is more than 100 years old, and knocked a chunk of stone from the statue.

Ms Bean had been on the way to lunch with her fiancé, Lance Johnson, around noon before starting work at a local children’s hospital.

Her family told the Chicago Tribune the couple had been together for years and after having their two children, recently decided to marry.

“She was a beautiful person,” her older brother, Michael Willis, said.

“This is not good. This is not something you expect, at all.”

The church, built in 1874, reportedly failed a string of health and safety inspections between 2007 and 2011, when inspectors had noted fractures and holes in stonework, but passed tests in the last two years.

Police and city officials were continuing their investigation on Saturday after construction workers were seen securing parts of the structure and protective scaffolding was installed around the building.

Reverend David Neff, pastor of the Second Presbyterian Church, sent his “heartfelt sympathy and continual prayers” for Ms Bean’s family and friends.

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Oil worker who died after falling on BP’s Unity platform in the North Sea has been named

A man who died after falling on BP’s Unity platform in the North Sea has been named.

Sean Anderson, 43, from the Tyne and Wear area, was an employee of Cape.

The incident happened at about 04:10 on Thursday, 97 miles off Aberdeen. Unity is part of the Forties pipeline system.

Simon Hicks, UK managing director of Cape, said: “Sean was a popular, hard-working and experienced employee. His co-workers are obviously shaken and saddened.”

Police Scotland is carrying out a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

A Cape statement added: “The deceased was part of a Cape team carrying out routine maintenance onboard BP’s Unity platform. Our thoughts go out to his family, to whom we will be offering every support.

“The deceased’s co-workers are obviously shocked and saddened and we are working alongside BP to ensure they receive the support they need.

“We do not currently know the circumstances of the incident, but will be working closely with BP, Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive on a full and thorough investigation.”

A spokesman for BP said: “We are working with Police Scotland, the HSE, Cape and other relevant organisations to support those affected and ensure that the incident is fully investigated.

“The company extends its deepest sympathies to the family and employers and will provide them with every support it can.”

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Jet2 passengers evacuated along wing as ‘a precautionary safety measure’ following emergency landing

Passengers on a plane that made an emergency landing have described how they forced open a door and jumped from the wing.

Jet2 said the flight, which landed at East Midlands Airport at 21:10 BST on Wednesday, had a “minor electrical fault”.

A passenger on the Ibiza flight said there was a “strong… burning smell”.

Another man said cabin crew lost control on the ground, which led to panic and people trying to escape.

On its website, the Air Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) said it sent a team “to investigate a serious incident to a commercial airliner that occurred at East Midlands Airport”, on Wednesday evening.

An airport spokesman said three other flights were diverted to Birmingham and full safety procedures were followed. The Boeing 737 jet can carry up to 150 passengers.

Kyle Charles, from Strelley Village, Nottinghamshire, said: “We circled above the airport and tried but failed to land.

“We landed on the second attempt. When we landed it turned into sheer carnage.”

Mr Charles said one member of the cabin crew kept screaming over and over: “Get off the plane everybody now!”

Fire crews at East Midlands Airport
Fire crews from Castle Donington were sent to East Midlands Airport


He said the crew opened the main doors at the back and front of the plane, where the inflatable chutes drop down, but not the ones over the wings.

His friend Rob forced one of the doors open, ran to the end of the wing and jumped down on to the tarmac.

He then helped other passengers who were running along the wings down on to the runway.

Malcolm Yates, who was also on the flight, said the intercom failed and there was no communication between cabin staff and passengers in the air.

The Jet2 plane at East Midlands Airport
Cabin crew released chutes at the front and back of the plane

“We soon saw the fire engines lined up,” he said.

“You could smell the burning, a strong electrical burning smell. That’s when people started to panic, screaming ‘get the kids off!’

“The stewardess kicked the door down up the front. I remember her taking a great big lunge for it to smash it down.”

A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Following a safe arrival at East Midlands Airport of flight LS644 we decided to disembark passengers as quickly as possible as a precautionary safety measure because a minor electrical problem led to some smoke in the cabin.

“All passengers were looked after by our airport team and a full investigation is now under way. The safety of our passengers is of paramount importance.”

Original Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29058223

Apple ‘leads the way’ on reducing environmental harm

Apple is doing more than any other electronics manufacturer to address the negative effect it has on the environment, according to Greenpeace, but the industry as a whole still faces major challenges to ensure a “toxic-free future”.

With sales of electronics gadgets set to reach 2.5 billion this year the charity’s Green Gadgets report underlines the need for global companies like Apple, Samsung and Dell to act with urgency to meet the “growing environmental crisis”.

Greenpeace says that the electronics industry still needs to embrace renewable energy and eliminate hazardous chemicals from its manufacturing processes.


Last month Apple bowed to pressure and banned two dangerous chemicals that were exposing hundreds of thousands of staff in China to a greater risk of cancer, nerve damage and paralysis from its final assembly plants.

The toxins, still widely used by other manufacturers, include n-hexane, which is usually used to clean smudges from screens prior to packing them in boxes, and benzene, which is used to coat certain electronic components.

Some companies are moving slowly despite increasing pressure to adopt more “green” manufacturing processes, but Greenpeace International campaigner Tom Dowdall said that Apple had made greater steps than its competitors.

“Apple has shown us a glimpse of what is possible, leading the industry on the elimination of the worst chemicals and starting to address the huge environmental impact of electronics manufacturing,” he said.

“But this is just the beginning – major industry players should take up the challenge to create truly sustainable products and help us build a greener future.”

More than half of the mobile phone market – represented by Samsung, Apple and Nokia – is now free from the worst hazardous substances: Polyvinylchloride (PVC) and Brominated flame retardants.

However, Apple remains the only company to have eliminated the use of these substances in all its products.

Greenpeace said that Samsung, the world’s biggest electronics company, has failed to meet its elimination goals for products beyond mobiles, joining Dell in backtracking on previous public phase out commitments. Samsung did not respond to a request for comment.

A Dell spokesman said: “We actively consider the environment at every stage of the product lifecycle and seek sustainable materials when viable alternatives exists. Our sustainable approach to design has been validated with awards such as ISRI’s 2014 Design for Recycling Award and earlier this year we worked with UL Environment to achieve the first third-party validation for our closed-loop recycling system. There’s always more that can be done, and we’ll continue to work alongside our partners and suppliers to advocate for sustainable business practices in line with our 2020 Legacy of Good Plan.”

Overall, electronics companies are failing to address their growing carbon footprint, said Greenpeace. The manufacturing of phones, laptops and other devices requires a huge amount of energy and is concentrated in East Asia where coal dominates energy production.

Some companies, like Lenovo and Huawei, have taken first steps with small solar installations on Chinese factories, while Apple is planning the first 100 per cent renewable energy factory to make iPhone screens.

“As a hotbed of innovation, the electronics industry is perfectly placed to reimagine how our phones, laptops and TVs are made and sold. Companies should be designing for the future, not the dump. Toxic-free, durable electronics made with renewable energy shouldn’t be a dream but a reality,” said Dowdall.

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Major blaze at former health and safety building ‘not suspicious’

A major fire which broke out at an abandoned office building in Aberdeen is not believed to be suspicious, police have said.

Forty-five firefighters battled the blaze at the former Health and Safety Executive building at Causewayend from 2am on Saturday.

Eight appliances and a height vehicle were sent to the scene. Firefighters tackled the fire using two hose-reel jets, two jets and eight sets of breathing apparatus.

The blaze was under control by around 3.30am and an investigation was launched into the cause of the fire.

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Investigations continue into major fire at disused HSE building, Aberdeen

Numerous people have been left temporarily homeless after a ferocious blaze near the centre of Aberdeen. Investigations are continuing into what caused the major fire in the Rosemount area on Friday afternoon.

Interior design store, The Design House, was reduced to a charred shell after the blaze broke out at the rear of the building, while a neighbouring dry cleaning premises was also ruined by thick, black smoke.

A stairwell in between the two shops, which led to several properties upstairs, was also destroyed.

The front door has been padlocked shut while police carry out inquiries, and numerous people who live in the building have been told it is not safe to enter yet.

More than 50 fire fighters battled the blaze on Friday after emergency services were called just before 2pm.

Seven fire crews also remained at the scene for several hours to ensure the building was safe amid fears flames were still burning behind the traditional plaster walls.

The fire brigade was praised at the weekend after another major blaze broke out in the city just 12 hours after the incident at Rosemount.

Eight fire crews tackled the blaze at a disused Health and Safety Executive building at Causewayend.

The crews were called at around 2am and worked at the scene for more than two hours.

A spokesman for the fire service said that due to the size of the building and the internal condition, eight appliances and a height vehicle were required to bring the fire under control.

An incident support vehicle was also at the scene.

“Firefighters worked in very difficult conditions to contain the fire to the first floor of the building using eight breathing apparatus and two jets,” he said.

“The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

“There was no one inside the building.”

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HSE Inspector Stuart Charles will join safety campaigners during Gate Safety Week (October 2014)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector who led the investigation into the death of a child in a South Wales automated gate accident will be playing a part in a national safety initiative next month.

Stuart Charles is to be a speaker at an event during Gate Safety Week from October 13 to 19: visit www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk.

Safety campaigners launched Gate Safety Week to alert the public to the dangers posed by poorly installed and maintained gates. In recent years three children and three adults have been killed in gate accidents and there have been many other serious injuries caused by unsafe gates.

Neil Sampson is chairman of the Door & Hardware Federation Powered Gate Group which is running Gate Safety Week. He said: “As an industry we’re determined to do everything we can to ensure tragic accidents like this do not happen again. In the run up to Gate Safety Week we’re partnering with a number of influential organisations in the safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors who will be lending their support to the campaign.”

The seminar is being held at Fencex, the fencing industry exhibition at Stoneleigh Exhibition Park, near Coventry, on Wednesday October 15.

His presentation will major on the accident in South Wales where five-year-old Karolina Golabek tragically died after being crushed between the closing edge of the gate and the gate post. The two gate companies involved in the repair and maintenance were found guilty of serious safety failings and were heavily fined.

There will be a question and answer session following the seminar. Manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment who make up the DHF Powered Gate Group, are supporting Gate Safety Week. Visit www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk.

Original Source: http://www.professionalsecurity.co.uk/products/physical-security/gate-safety-week-2/

Australian model Robyn Lawley stages naked protest against huge coal mine seven times the size of Sydney Harbour

An Australian model has stripped naked to protest against a huge coal mine planned for Queensland that campaigners fear will damage the Great Barrier Reef.

Robyn Lawley, 25, posted a picture on her Instagram page with “stop coal mining” scrawled on her bare stomach in lipstick to draw attention to the issue.

In a long post with the image, she wrote: “Woke up this morning to find out that our Environmental minister and the Abbott government have approved what will be the biggest mine of Australia.

“Carmichael mine will cover an area seven times that of Sydney Harbour. The only way to get coal out of Carmichael mine is via the Great Barrier Reef. Millions of tonnes of seabed will have to be dredged and dumped in the World Heritage Area to make way for port expansions to service this mega-mine.”



Australia’s environment minister, Greg Hunt, approved the $16.5 billion (£9.1 billion) project on Monday and imposed 36 conditions to address environmental concerns.

”The absolute strictest of conditions have been imposed to ensure the protection of the environment, with a specific focus on the protection of groundwater,” he said in a statement.

”I am pleased that we have been able to apply some of the strictest environment conditions in Australian history as part of this decision.”

The mine, near Clermont, will be one of the biggest in the world when completed, with the capacity to churn out 60 million tonnes of coal a year.

A coal miner stands in a mine in Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya, India. India, reliant on coal for more than half its electricity, is struggling to ease blackouts as delays in adding railways hinder fuel supplies and discourage investors from building $36 billion of power plants. Bloomberg News photo by Brent Lewin

Most of the coal from Carmichael mine will be sent to India


It will be sent via a new, private, railway line to the sea and shipped from the port of Abbot Point or Hay Point, near the Great Barrier Reef.

Indian company Adani is behind the project and claimed the environmental impact had been carefully assessed in its proposals.

The firm has previously been penalised by the Indian government for the destruction of mangroves and breached regulations in Bocha Island, a conservation zone.

Lawley lambasted the company’s track record as well as the lack of renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuel.

She wrote: “Coal is soon going to be a dead commodity only bought buy irresponsible countries who do not care about climate change and the damage on the world.

“I’m shocked and feel powerless so I decided to get people to read this one way or another, we have to stop them… Before it’s too late.”

The model is a passionate environmental campaigner and carries a quote from American anthropologist Margaret Mead, which reads “we won’t have a society if we destroy our environment” on her Instragram page.

She rose of fame after appearing on the cover of both Vogue Italia and Vogue Australia’s first “plus-size” issues in 2011.

Lawley, who is 6ft 2ins tall and an estimated Australian size 12, once worked as a mainstream model but has enjoyed more success since switching to the “plus-size” category – a label she deplores.

Earlier this year, she told Clique Magazine there was a “no-man’s land” of models above the standard size six with perfectly proportioned bodies that are unable to find work.

“I don’t think anyone should be called plus-size,” she said. “I think it’s derogatory to anyone – it’s a label.”

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London Pair Arrested as Met Police Uncovers Plot to Flood Market with Millions of Fake Medicines

Two London men have been arrested over their alleged involvement in flooding the world’s pharmaceuticals market with potentially life-threatening fake medicines.

It is thought that around £12m has been taken from victims from as far as Australia in exchange for counterfeit impotency, slimming and anti-smoking pills that were sold on more than 400 websites since March 2012.

Scotland Yard officers arrested a 62-year-old man from Hackney and a 34-year-old man from Barnet yesterday on suspicion of money laundering, fraud and supplying misleading/false information.

They found evidence including accounts books, trading documents, computers and approximately £30,000 cash, which was also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Officers believe the men laundered money through a local charity as part of a Europe-wide operation that involved Asian manufacturers producing phoney drugs, which were then sold across the world but with most victims being European.

The pair remain in custody at a north London police station while searches and inquiries continue.

Detective chief superintendent Tom Manson, of the MPS Specialist, Organised and Economic Crime Command, said: “Today’s operation with our counterparts in Austria and Europol has been about taking down a highly organised crime group who make an incredible amount of money by selling potentially harmful drugs to unsuspecting members of the public, some of whom are in the UK.

“These so-called medicines are peddled on very professional looking websites which feature convincing medical advice, but the people behind them have no medical training.”

In total, yesterday’s pan-European operation resulted in the seizure of several million pills with an estimated value well in excess of £7.9m, huge stacks of cash and luxury cars, as well as the freezing of more than £6m in bank accounts and assets.

In the last two years, UK authorities have identified more than £9.5m in transactions involving counterfeit and unlicensed medicines.

Across the continent, European authorities seized more than 300,000 pills since September 2012 with an estimated value of £1.5m in Austria alone.

However, it is thought that represents just one-fifth of the total transactions made by the crime network in Austria.

In France, payments totalling £7.14m were identified as having been processed over three years, while in Spain, counterfeit goods worth more than £1.1m have been seized and three people arrested.

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