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Incidents 2-week Overview: Fatal Negligence in the Western CountriesMarch 6, 2014
The occupational health and safety rules are neglected not only in developing countries with their poor labor culture but in developed countries too. In the last two weeks, it was reported about two workers dead and three people injured only in the USA and the UK. These tragedies could have been prevented if simple safety-at-work rules were followed.
March 5, 2014, MI, USA - 23-year-old worker died in an industrial accident at Colonial Plastics in Shelby Township. The young man was killed about 6 a.m. as he attempted to clear an obstruction when the machine cycled to stamp a part. The worker was crushed by the press. Emergency personnel arrived quickly – a local fire station is less than a mile away from the factory – but the young men was declared dead. He was fatally injured. The company is conducting an investigation. The maximum penalty for safety violations is $7,000.
March 4, 2014, FL, USA - two men were injured in explosion during welding works in St. Johns County. The accident occurred about 7:45 a.m. when victims were welding on a large tank. Some residual gas within the tank exploded. The workers were taken to a hospital.
February 28, 2014, England, UK - a 45-year-old worker at a brick manufacturer in Moreton-in-Marsh lost lower limbs after his legs had been caught in a spinning machine. The man was flown by air ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where he received treatment and was operated.
February 18, 2014, CA, USA - an employee of an aerospace firm was killed in an industrial accident in El Cajon. The man was found pinned between a forklift and a large piece of equipment. A security guard discovered the victim. Police declared that the engine of the forklift was running, it was in gear and the parking brake had not been set. It appeared the worker got off the forklift and it then backed over him.