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Nightclub becomes first in UK to BAN selfie sticks over ‘health and safety’

A nightclub has become the first in Britain to BAN selfie sticks – over health and safety fears.

The smartphone accessory was one many people’s Christmas lists last year, but has since been banned on nights out at the Sugarmill in Stoke-on-Trent.

It follows on from the gadget being banned from Premier League football grounds and leading concert venues like Wembley Arena, Brixton Academy and the O2 Arena.

The Sugarmill is the first nightspot to stop customers from using the sticks after seeing a surge in people bringing them along on nights out.

Bosses said they block views of the stage and are a danger to other clubbers, who could be injured by the sticks.

‘It’s inconsiderate really. All of our customers pay the same price and their view or experience shouldn’t be spoilt by someone holding a selfie stick.
A woman uses a selfie stick at the Senate square in Helsinki. (Rex)

‘Apart from walking sticks, we wouldn’t allow anyone else in the venue with a big stick because someone could get hurt and selfie sticks are no different.

‘We just want to let people know that selfie sticks will be confiscated at the door from now on.’

The Sugarmill has now posted signs around the venue warning people of the ban, which has drawn mixed reactions from clubbers.

Selfie stick user Gina Brannigan, 21, of Stoke-on-Trent, said: ‘I understand why they would want to ban selfie sticks.

‘I don’t think it’s made for a crowded space and I don’t know why people would want to go on a night out with a selfie stick. It’s sad.

Banned: Selfie sticks have since been banned from inside the Emirates Stadium (above) and other Premier League grounds. (Rex)Banned: Selfie sticks have since been banned from inside the Emirates Stadium (above) and other Premier League …


‘I can see the appeal of them, it was a popular Christmas present this year and there’s nothing wrong with wanting to document something with a selfie.

‘I will be using mine to get better photos when I go travelling so I don’t have to stop people and ask them to take a photograph of me, but I won’t be taking mine on a night out any time soon.’

Regular clubber Ella Townley, 23, from Stafford, added: ‘I think it’s a bit daft really. They are just plastic sticks, they are not going to harm anyone.

‘How can a thin stick block people’s views? We want to capture good photos of our nights out and selfie sticks are brilliant for this.’

Original Source: http://yhoo.it/1zg50oB

£150,000 fine for Chessington over youngster’s severe injuries

Chessington World of Adventures was today (12 Jan) sentenced for safety failings that led to a four-year-old girl suffering life-changing head injuries when she fell from a raised walkway while queuing for a ride.

The youngster, from Kent, fell nearly four metres while waiting in line for the Tomb Blaster ride with her family at the theme park in Surrey on 7 June 2012. She suffered a fractured skull, bleeding to the brain and broken ribs and was in hospital for a month. She still needs extensive rehabilitation treatment and specialist support.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated and prosecuted Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd after finding the girl had fallen through a gap in a wooden fence.

A hearing at Guildford Crown Court (9 Jan) heard HSE had identified that a rotting paling in the fence had fallen out on the morning of the incident and that the whole fence showed evidence of serious weakening.

However, despite the fact that the theme park attracts tens of thousands of visitors a year to the site in Leatherhead Road, HSE said that Chessington did not have either an adequate system of checking and inspecting the fencing or a maintenance process to ensure faults were identified and rectified.


Hole in fence

The four-year-old girl fell through wooden fencing lining the queue to the ride


The investigation revealed the fence palings, which were examined in detail, were found to have evidence of white and brown rot. Although covered with a brown stain, they had not been painted with a preservative. Their lack of resistance to the weather had been exacerbated by being positioned just where they were hit by rainwater from the roof. There was also evidence that numerous palings had been re-fixed over the years, demonstrating a recurrent problem.

HSE told the court that an adequate maintenance regime and reporting system would have captured details of regular repairs and identified problems and trends. But without these, management were unable to see any pattern developing and address it properly.

Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd., of Market Close, Poole, Dorset, was fined £150,000 and ordered to pay £21,614 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

After the sentencing, investigating HSE inspector Karen Morris said:

“This was a disastrous and horrifying incident for the child and her parents. They had travelled from their home in Kent for a fun day out together at this well-known attraction only to find themselves hours later in an intensive care ward with their daughter.

“Quite simply, Chessington had insufficient measures in place to prevent or control the risk of falling from the raised walkway in the first place – and this was not just a couple of feet from the ground but nearly four metres.

“This incident shows the importance of implementing robust systems for checking and maintaining all aspects of rides, and this includes the walkways and fencing associated with queuing and where people gather.”

Original Source: http://press.hse.gov.uk/2015/150000-fine-for-chessington-over-youngsters-severe-injuries/

Safety review group issues final report after Jim Clark rally deaths

Volunteer marshals should undergo mandatory training before working at motor-sport rallies, according to a new report.

A marshal licensing scheme was one of a series of recommendations made by a nationwide review of the sport.

It followed the deaths of three spectators at the Jim Clark Rally in the Borders last May.

The final report also recommends that ground rules are drawn up for helping cars back on the road.

Iain Provan, 64, Elizabeth Allan, 63, and Len Stern, 71, died on a stage of the rally near Coldstream.

A spectator was also killed at the Snowman Rally in the Highlands in 2013. Joy Robson, 50, of Skye died and an eight-year-old boy was injured.

The safety review group was set up by the Scottish government and it included motor sports representatives, Police Scotland, the Health and Safety Executive, and former world rally champion Robert Reid.

Sir Jackie Stewart, who won the Formula One world drivers championship three times during his career, was an advisor to the group. Their key recommendations include:

  • Tighter control over volunteer marshals including the introduction of a mandatory marshal licensing scheme, requiring marshals to obtain a licence following mandatory training and experience.
  • Input from Police Scotland including, where appropriate, police supporting implementation of the safety plan, a liaison officer attending rallies and training support at a national level.
  • Improving safety of the media through better management of press attendance at rallies, including a press accreditation scheme.
  • Ground rules drawn up for spectators, marshals and competitors on assisting cars back onto the road – a common practice at rallies.
  • Improved communication with spectators and the recommended adoption of international standards for identifying low, medium and high risk spectator areas.
  • Stricter control of marshalling numbers – a requirement for marshal numbers to be published in the safety plan and adhered to for each rally stage.

The group’s conclusions were announced in the Scottish Parliament by Minister for Sport Jamie Hepburn.

He said: “Rallying has a long and proud history in Scotland, but the tragic events at the 2014 Jim Clark Rally and 2013’s Highland Snowman event demonstrated that action had to be taken.

“There will always be an element of risk connected to motor sport, but Scotland must take the lead in ensuring that we live up to our history of world class input to the sport and have the best spectator safety controls in place.

“I believe that the review group has brought us a package of measures that will bring about a considerable improvement in spectator safety.”

Sir Jackie Stewart said: “I am very proud to have been part of an excellent process that was driven by the Scottish government.

“I believe that what has been achieved in Scotland will be an example that will be taken up on a global basis by the sport of rallying including the world governing body the FIA and UK governing body MSA.

“I believe it is a great step forward in making the sport safer than ever.”

Jacques Berger, head of the safety department at the FIA, the governing body for world motor sports, also welcomed the recommendations.

He said: “The Motor Sport safety review team’s research, in conjunction with the Motor Sports Association and many of the sport’s stakeholders, has been extensive and I am sure the implementation of their recommendations will further increase safety on multi-venue stage rallies, not only in Scotland but the UK as a whole.”

In November Scottish Borders Council announced that the 2015 rally had been cancelled, following discussion with Police Scotland and other groups.

A spokesman for the council said the review has not affected their decision on the future of the rally.

“Until the ongoing Police Scotland and Health and Safety Executive investigations into the tragic deaths at last year’s event are complete we are unable to commence planning, along with the rally organisers and Police Scotland, for a closed roads event this year,” he added.

“The council supports the event’s return to closed public roads as soon as possible, following the conclusion of all ongoing investigations and the implementation of all necessary safety measures and recommendations published today.”

Original Source: http://bbc.in/1wjGuwa

Tube, bus or trampoline? London to add The Bounceway to commuting options

Commuting is about to get a lot more exciting in London as the “world’s longest urban trampoline” is installed to let people bounce to the office.

Anyone wanting to escape the drudgery of the Tube or overcrowded buses will be able to spring along The Bounceway next year.

The trampoline, surrounded by soft surfacing for over-enthusiastic jumpers, or anyone wearing a pencil skirt, has been designed in partnership with Architecture for Humanity.

It will be trialled along with nine other projects as part of Transport for London’s (TfL) £1.8 million Future Streets Incubator scheme.

A date for the introduction of The Bounceway has not been confirmed but officials say the trial will start in 2015 in an as yet undecided location.

It was designed in partnership with Architecture for Humanity, a charity which has worked on community projects across the capital.

The Bounceway, designed by Architecture for Humanity


The Bounceway, designed by Architecture for HumanityBeth Worth, a trustee, told the Evening Standard: “The idea was intended as something a bit innovative and fun for London. Transport for London wanted to show that London can have that fun factor, giving people a hop, skip and a jump from A to B.”

A spokesperson for TfL said it will be “the world’s longest urban trampoline”.

“This iconic and inclusive new public space in the heart of London will boost fitness and fun, and provide a novel form of transport where the journey is the main event,” he added.

“The trial will be part-funded by a crowdfunding campaign set to launch in late 2014.”

Other innovative ideas in the trial include turning parking bays into mini gardens, seating areas and bike bays, and introducing electronic parking permits and continental-style signals for cyclists.

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said the new ideas have “hit the ground running”.

“Streets aren’t just for getting around – they also shape our city and how people feel about it,” he added. “The bright ideas we’ve received reflect a shared belief that London’s streets can be improved through a bit of creative thinking.”

Original Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/tube-bus-or-trampoline-london-to-add-the-bounceway-to-commuting-options-9884712.html

Soho Theatre facing large fine for incident that paralysed stage manager

The Soho Theatre is facing a substantial fine after pleading guilty to two charges under health and safety legislation for an accident that left a stage manager paralysed for life.

The incident occurred on June 9, 2012, when Rachael Presdee fell more than three metres through an open and unmarked ‘Juliet’ door (a second-storey opening on a set) while adjusting stage lights for a performance by the Headlong Theatre Company that evening.

Westminster City Council launched prosecution proceedings and on Wednesday, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard that Presdee had suffered serious spinal injuries requiring a six-month stay in hospital and had been left a paraplegic unable to walk or return to work

An investigation by Westminster City Council after the incident “identified serious safety failings” at the central London venue.

Referring the case to Southwark Crown Court for sentencing at a later date, district judge John Zani ruled the door had been left unsecured and dangerous for “not an inconsiderable period of time”.

“Anybody could have accessed that door and fallen through and have been injured either to a lesser or a greater degree,” he said.

Westminster City Council’s cabinet member for public protection, councillor Nickie Aiken, said the accident “could have so easily been avoided with a simple warning sign and decent door lock”.

“Westminster City Council expects everyone with safety responsibilities to reflect on this, the potential result of not taking those responsibilities seriously,” she said.

In a statement, Soho Theatre said: “The Board, company and staff of Soho Theatre deeply regret the accident in June 2012 when a member of a visiting production company suffered a serious injury backstage at the theatre. Our first concerns have been for her and her well-being.”

It added: “We are committed to ensuring the safety of all those working at and visiting the theatre, and undertook our own investigation as well as co-operating fully with the council’s investigation. As there are ongoing legal proceedings it is inappropriate for us to make any further comment at this stage.”

Presdee, who has since returned home to Australia, is believed to be preparing a separate civil case for damages against the theatre.

Original Source: http://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2014/10/soho-theatre-facing-large-fine-incident-paralysed-stagehand/

Everton FC gets council backing for new stadium plan

Everton Football Club has won support from Liverpool City Council to work up proposals for a regeneration scheme at Walton Hall Park in the north of the city that would be anchored by a new stadium for the club.

Liverpool Mutual Homes is also part of the consortium behind the project to develop a new neighbourhood in the park. Some of the park would be retained with new leisure and recreational facilities.

“We know that this is an area of the city that requires substantial investment and this project could bring this in a unique form,” said the mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson. “Everton’s investment into this area would be the catalyst for a development which could make a real difference. “

The partners will now develop ideas for the site in collaboration with the local community. This could lead to a formal planning application being lodged in the next 12 months. Financing for the scheme will be led by Everton Football Club with support from a number of partners.

A website for the proposals has been set up at www.waltonhallparkproject.co.uk.

Original Source: http://bit.ly/1phN0iw


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

Dynamo: I used wires on Shard stunt rehearsal for health and safety

Illusionist Dynamo has admitted wires were used in his Shard stunt – but said they were used for health and safety reasons because it was a rehearsal.

Dynamo, real name Steven Frayne, faced criticism last week when the wires were revealed in photos of him hovering above the Shard.

Onlookers were initially shocked last week when they spotted him ‘floating’ 1,016ft above street level.

However, as photos of the magician began to circulate on social media, many thought they had figured out the trick.

Some digitally enhanced photos appeared to show wires suspending the 31-year-old, with one Twitter user tweeting: “You can literally see the wires.”

Others even suggested that Dynamo wasn’t there at all, but had in fact been photoshopped onto an image of the skyscraper.

But now Dynamo, who initially remained tight-lipped on the matter, has spoken out over the controversy.

“That was a rehearsal and we used those wires for health and safety,” he told The Sun. “It’s a shame a picture went out, but that’s the world we live in.

“The stunt we filmed for the show will give people something to think about when they see the full effect.”

The illusionist, who will film the stunt properly for the next and final series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible, said he even enjoyed watching those on Twitter who thought they had figured him out.

“I loved it. I do think people thought they’d caught me out and I’d be at home crying about it,” he said.

“I was watching it all on Twitter and laughing. This is my hobby and everyone is so wound up about it.

“Magic makes people ask questions and that’s all that was going on.”

This is not the first time Dynamo has done the seemingly impossible in the capital.

In the past, he has walked on water across the Thames – more recently, he levitated on the side of a London bus.

Original Source: http://bit.ly/1zZTJ6B

The Health and Safety Executive Investigates Accident on Longleat Safari Park Mini Train

Longleat Adventure and Safari Park has said a woman on the miniature train that derailed on Wednesday afternoon has broken her leg. The woman was airlifted to Bath’s Royal United Hospital.

Four more visitors were also injured in the incident that took place at about 3.40pm when the train was coming into the station.

The popular attraction has launched an internal investigation and is assisting the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme(ADIPS) and the Health and Safety Executive with their inquiries.

Longleat released this statement on Thursday morning.

It states: “Firstly we would like to extend our sympathy and best wishes to all those who were affected by the incident involving the miniature train on Wednesday, August 20.

We would like to thank all emergency services personnel for their speedy and professional responses.

We would also like to thank all the members of the public who acted so quickly to offer help and assistance.

We are aware of one significant injury to a woman who, we understand has a broken leg, and was taken by Air Ambulance to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

A further four visitors were attended to by Longleat first aiders and paramedics before being taken away by ambulance.

Our own staff were immediately on the scene of the incident and began assisting passengers and other visitors following the incident along with paramedics and members of the public.

The train, carriages and track are inspected by staff on a daily basis. All drivers and railway staff undergo a comprehensive training programme, which includes dealing with emergency procedures.

In addition to our own checks, the entire railway system is also subject to rigorous safety inspections by the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) annually.

The train had 155 people on board and can carry up to 169 passengers. The train will remain closed while this investigation is ongoing. The rest of Longleat is open and operational as normal.”

A HSE inspector is on the site and an investigation is underway. A spokesman for HSE said: “We are aware of the incident and we have started an investigation. An inspector is currently on site.”

It is thought the investigation could take several weeks.

Original Source: http://bit.ly/1pRkLvx

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