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Co Tyrone councillor injured in forklift workplace accident

A Castlederg Sinn Féin councillor remains in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a workplace accident involving a forklift and metal cage. Kieran McGuire (40) from Aghyaran was transferred to an Intensive Care Unit at Altnagelvin hospital in Derry after undergoing surgery for a broken ankle [...]

Man rescued after fall onto scaffolding at Irish Cement in Limerick

Major Rescue Operation to Recover Worker from Silo A Man has been rescued following a fall onto scaffolding at Irish Cement's plant in Limerick. The worker, understood to be in his late 30s, is believed to have fallen around two metres from a ladder onto scaffolding while working on a large silo at [...]

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 [...]

UK : Maintenance failings led to sewage leak

Failure to maintain a storage tank has cost Yorkshire Water a £600,000 fine for a sewage leak. Yorkshire Water was prosecuted for polluting a Staithes watercourse with sewage that had leaked out from a poorly-maintained storage tank. The company was sentenced on 13th July at Leeds Crown Court, after [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]