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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 [...]

Ireland : Engineering company fined after lift failure

On Wednesday 5th July in Tralee Circuit Court, an engineering company, Ellickson Engineering Ltd (in receivership), was fined a total €750,000 before Judge Thomas O’Donnell. On the 2nd March 2017, in Tralee Circuit Criminal Court, Ellickson Engineering Ltd (in receivership) was found guilty of a cha [...]

Eight rescuers killed during volcano search and rescue mission

Eight people were killed after an Indonesian search and rescue helicopter deployed to survey a volcanic eruption crashed. The Indonesian Search and Rescue Agency’s helicopter was carrying four rescuers and four Navy crew when it crashed into a cliff in Temanggung in central Java on Sunday. All eight [...]

Driver ‘didn’t know’ that he had hit tragic 18-month-old boy on farm

The driver of a front loader vehicle that accidentally hit and killed a baby boy did not know the tragedy had happened until after leaving the farm. Bill Bennett, who was 18 months old, was killed in a farm tragedy at around 3pm on Thursday when he was struck by the vehicle, which was working the fa [...]