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US : One killed after amusement park ride breaks apart in Ohio

An amusement park ride broke apart on the opening day of the Ohio State Fair in the US, hurling people through the air, leaving one man dead and injuring seven other people. Three of the injured were in a critical condition, authorities said. “The fair is about the best things in life and tonight wi [...]

UK : Alton Towers ride Oblivion evacuated at highest point after ‘technical fault’

More than a dozen passengers were escorted off the Oblivion rollercoaster at its highest point on Tuesday because of a "technical fault". The incident at the Staffordshire theme park happened one month after a similar stoppage on the nearby Smiler rollercoaster, on which four people were badly injur [...]

Galway firm fined €22,500 after fatal workplace incident

A Galway company has been fined a total of €22,500 after pleading guilty to breaches of health and safety regulations, following the death of an employee in 2015. Forde Dismantlers Limited is based in Corrandulla, Co Galway. The charge against the firm was brought after an investigation by the Healt [...]

National Broadband Plan could bring 2,600 jobs to rural Ireland

Universal rural broadband connectivity in Ireland would generate 2,600 new direct and indirect jobs, Engineers Ireland has claimed. In its latest report – ‘The State of Ireland 2017 – A Review of Infrastructure in Ireland’ – Engineers Ireland also calls on the Irish Government to establish a single [...]

Spain : Children among 33 injured in roller coaster collision

Spanish authorities say 33 people, including six children under 10 years old, have been injured in a roller coaster collision in Madrid. Emergency services say that 27 people needed hospital treatment for minor injuries when two roller coaster cars collided on Sunday on the Tren de la Mina at Madrid [...]

UK : Firm fined £120k for ignoring HAVS

An engineering firm has been fined £120,000 after telling a welder to keep working despite complaining of sore hands from vibrating tools. Newfield Fabrications Co Ltd was prosecuted for failing to manage the risk of employees using hand held power tools experiencing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAV [...]

Irishman in critical condition after workplace accident in Australia

An Irishman has sustained critical injuries following a fall at a construction site in Australia. The man fell several stories from scaffolding at a site in Surfers Paradise near Brisbane. Witnesses reportedly saw him fall about 20 metres (65 feet) before landing on concrete. He has been transported [...]

Ireland : Fatal farm accidents ‘account for 50% of all workplace accidents’

Fatal farm accidents have made up 50% of all workplace accidents so far this year, according to the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed. This is despite farming accounting for just 6% of the entire workforce, Creed said, adding: “Farm safety is a critical issue facing farmin [...]

UK : Broken scaffold board leads to £200,000 fines

Two London based construction contractors have been ordered to pay more than £200,000 in fines and costs after a worker fell three metres when a scaffold board broke. Sager Construction Ltd and Shaun Dixon Services Ltd (SDSL) were prosecuted after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) discovered the [...]

Empty Bus Eireann bus leaves trail of destruction at Dublin Airport after rolling down ramp

Nobody was injured after an empty double decker bus rolled backwards down a ramp at Dublin Airport yesterday morning. Sources at the scene said the matter was under investigation but it appears that the bus had rolled backwards down the ramp leading to Terminal 2, demolished a set of traffic lights [...]