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Unions play a key role in improving safety in the workplace

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 30th, 2020

first_img Jamie Hanley is a partner at the trade union law firm Morrish Solicitors Against a background of Lord Young’s review and the ongoing debate about Jackson, unions continue to campaign for fairness and decent health and safety standards at work. These are basic social needs necessary for stable industrial relations, growth and prosperity in any workplace. Employees have a fundamental right to go to work and come home unharmed. While this statement is self-evident, a regulatory and enforcement structure is nevertheless required. It was announced in June that, in this country, 151 people were killed at work over the previous year. This was the lowest ever recorded figure, representing an 80% fall since the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 was introduced. But this is still 151 deaths too many. Moreover, that figure is less than 1% of the real death toll, as every year more than 15,000 die from occupational cancers alone. Unions have vastly improved working conditions. With 150,000 health and safety representatives, they play a key role in improving health and safety in the workplace, and in pushing issues such as asbestos hazards, occupational stress and hearing loss up the political agenda. But some consider regulations which maintain basic levels of workplace health and safety, to be a burden on business, rather than the hallmark of a civilised society. Stories of ‘banned conker games’ are often simple misinterpretations of the law. The long-term effect of these myths paints health and safety as a misplaced set of ‘over-the-top’ rules, whereas the framework protects the vulnerable from preventable accidents. The phrase ‘compensation culture’ is bandied about, but the truth is different. Over the last 10 years, the number of civil compensation claims against employers as a result of accidents has fallen steadily. Britain pays out far less compensation, as a proportion of GDP, than any other European country except Denmark. Other statistics may surprise. More than 850,000 people are injured or made ill each year as a result of their job. The most common injuries include back injuries, injuries from repetitive stain, slips and falls, and deafness. The number of employees recovering compensation from their employer is only 60,000 a year. Moreover, the overwhelming majority of compensation payments fall below £5,000. Compensation awarded for an injury is based on independent medical evidence. It compensates actual loss and hence is lower than expected. For example, the cancer mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. It is always fatal. Judicial guidelines for compensation for the pain and suffering of contracting and dying of mesothelioma are £45,000 to £70,000. Remember that most mesothelioma sufferers are only exposed through their work. Unions offer their members quality legal services that aim for the speedy resolution of claims. Unlike a high street law firm or a claims company, union lawyers work with the organisation to encourage employers to adopt preventive measures and avoid a repeat of the injury or illness. Union lawyers forge a strong link between compensation claims and accident prevention. Union legal services compete with claims management companies which advertise through television or in hospitals. Once ‘signed up’, the victims’ claims are sold to a law firm, which may not necessarily be union-friendly, in a process which profits the claims management companies. Since most accident victims use the compensation claims system only once in their lifetime, they are inexperienced and therefore vulnerable. The claims management sector is regulated but much more can be done to encourage transparency. Union legal services matter. Unions help improve work conditions and source quality legal services for members. Unions lobby for changes in law to safeguard the interests of working people. The HSWA is one such change, resulting over time in the lowest-ever figure for recorded deaths at work in a 12-month period. Sadly, the ongoing deaths from asbestos prove that much remains to be done. last_img read more

Are contractors putting the squeeze on the supply chain?

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 29th, 2020

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Hansom: Winter blues

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 29th, 2020

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Networking to give 900 Eid outfits to the needy

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 28th, 2020

first_imgNABEELAH MOHEDEENThe Friends in Giving (FIG) Network hopes to sponsor 900 children with Eid outfits again this year. The drive, which started in 2010, aims to provide underprivileged children with a new outfit for Eid each year. Every year, the FIG Network, a group of women who volunteer their time to run the drive, approaches sponsors to donate an Eid outfit for a child by allocating one child per sponsor. The sponsor is given the child’s name, age, sex, and size. The outfit must be new, warm and modest, and the package must include a pair of shoes, socks, and underwear. The idea behind the drive is that parents involve their entire family when shopping for these children, so that they can send a special note along with the clothes and also keep the children in their prayers. FIG specifically asks that the clothes be new and that the gifts be wrapped to create continuity across the programme and so that all children feel special when they receive them.Lamees Romaney, who is responsible for collections at Al Miftaah orphanage in Hanover Park and Ocean View, said that over the years the community had made beautiful donations.“By far the most touching is when donors personalise wrapping paper or add a little gift or note from themselves and family. It is especially endearing when the children assist in decorating the gifts or making the cards. It is a great opportunity to discuss charitable deeds and giving back to the community with your children,” said Ms Romaney.In 2010, the FIG Network started off with three orphanages and now covers 20 areas, including Hanover Park, Nyanga, Cafda, Parkwood and Strand, as well as safe houses and schools. “Our appeal is that people must please get involved early this year. Every year, we have people waiting until the last minute. We have a cut-off date of two weeks before Eid so we need all donors to comply. In the past, we have had donors who forget that they committed to buying an outfit. We urge donors to think carefully about the implication of not meeting agreed upon deadlines,” said Ms Romaney. For more information, call Ms Romaney at 071 536 7553.last_img read more

Chinese wagons in Europe

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 28th, 2020

first_imgINTERNATIONAL: A ceremony on September 13 launched the CNR Cargo Wagon joint venture of Polish national freight operator PKP Cargo and China CNR Corp which was agreed on June 29.Market studies are underway with a view to beginning assembly of wagons next year in the Baltic port of Szczecin using components supplied from China. Initial work will be for PKP Cargo, but other European customers are being sought and the scope could increase to include locomotives and passenger stock.last_img

Weaker demand in China and North America hits Knorr-Bremse sales

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 28th, 2020

first_imgKNORR-BREMSE: Weaker demand for high speed trains in China and a cyclic slowdown in the North American locomotive and wagon business contributed to a 5·8% year-on-year fall in Knorr-Bremse AG’s sales to a €5·49bn in 2016, the company announced on January 23. Incoming orders of €5·68bn were slightly higher than in 2015.Expansion of the commuter rail and RailServices businesses partly offset the effects of the weaker market sectors. The Rail Vehicle Systems division recorded overall sales of €3bn, down from €3·34bn in 2015. Sales at the Commercial Vehicle Systems division were up from €2·49bn to €2·52bn.‘We can look back on a decidedly active year in 2016 in which we accelerated the pace of development of our rail vehicle and commercial vehicle business’, said Klaus Deller, Chairman of the executive board of Knorr-Bremse AG and responsible for the Rail Vehicle Systems division. ‘Despite what was a difficult market environment overall and a weaker year on the sales front than in 2015, in 2016 we won a number of large-scale projects and made major investments in organic growth and strategic acquisitions. By doing so we have prepared the ground to further diversify our product portfolio and be a driving force in the rapid process of technological change.’ Looking forward, Deller said ‘automation, electrification and digitalisation’ would be important in 2017. ‘Decisive success factors will be connectivity, systems integration and the ability to look beyond our traditional business’, he added.last_img read more

FTA allocates $281m for five transport projects

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 28th, 2020

first_imgUSA: A total of $281m in additional Fiscal Year 2018 federal funding for transport projects through the Capital Investment Grants programme was announced by the Federal Transit Administration on November 28.The five projects either have a construction grant agreement or are nearing completion of all statutory and readiness requirements.The Tempe Streetcar is a future 3·2 km route with 14 stops and six vehicles linking downtown Tempe and Arizona State University which is under construction for opening in 2021. This will connect with an existing light rail line serving Phoenix, Mesa and the airport. The total project cost is $201·9m, with the $25m FY2018 allocation completing the $75m requested through the CIG programme.There is $100m for the Los Angeles Westside Purple Line Section 3 project, a 4·2 km metro extension from Century City to Westwood and the Veterans Affairs hospital including two stations and 16 vehicles. The total project cost is $3·7bn with $1·3bn requested through the CIG programme. Construction is planned to begin in 2019 for opening in 2026.An additional $80m is allocated for the San Diego Mid-Coast Corridor light rail project, a 17·5 km extension from downtown San Diego to the University City area. FTA announced a $1·04bn grant agreement for the $2·17bn project in September 2016.FTA has allocated the $74·1m requested under the CIG programme for the $150·7m Minneapolis Orange Line BRT project to develop a 27 km route along Interstate 35.The $128·7m Dallas Area Rapid Transit Red & Blue Line Platform Extensions Project will receive $2m, completing the $60·8m requested through the CIG programme.‘These significant investments in the public transit systems in five communities across the country will improve mobility for riders who depend upon public transit every day’, said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. FTA has so far allocated $1·86bn of the $2·62bn in FY 2018 CIG funds appropriated by Congress.last_img read more

Oscar Pistorius found praying over Reeva Steenkamp body

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 26th, 2020
first_img Share A neighbour of Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial he found the South African Paralympic star praying over the body of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as she lay dying.In the trial’s first account of the moments after the shooting, Johan Stipp said he tried to revive Ms Steenkamp.During Dr Stipp’s testimony, Mr Pistorius cried and seemed to retch.The double amputee denies intentionally killing her, saying he mistook the 29-year-old model for an intruder.If found guilty, the 27-year-old could face life imprisonment.Dr Stipp said he could see Ms Steenkamp’s brain tissue in her hair.At this point, a police officer passed a plastic bag to Mr Pistorius.Recalling the night of 14 February 2013, Dr Stipp said he had heard gunshots.He said he had found Mr Pistorius kneeling by her body.“I shot her,” the Paralympic star told him. “I thought she was a burglar.”“Oscar was crying all the time,” Dr Stipp said. “He was praying to God [saying] `Please let her live.’”Pistorius said he would dedicate “his life and her life to God” if she lived, according to the testimony.Dr Stipp said Mr Pistorius had been in an emotional state. Fearing he might hurt himself, he had asked where the gun was.The trial has been adjourned until Friday.Earlier, defence lawyer Barry Roux said that two neighbours, Michell Burger and Charl Johnson, had discussed their testimony with each other and amended the rough notes they had made a few days after the shooting.“Your interpretation [of events] is designed to incriminate the accused and it’s unfortunate,” Mr Roux said.Mr Johnson denied this. He insisted that he had heard a woman screaming “help”, followed by a man doing the same.On Wednesday, a witness said the athlete had been responsible for a weapon being fired at a restaurant last year.Boxer Kevin Lerena told the court Mr Pistorius had asked the owner of the gun to take the blame after the incident in January 2013.Mr Pistorius also faces charges of illegally possessing ammunition, which he denies.Ms Steenkamp, a model and reality TV star, was shot dead in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year at Mr Pistorius’ home in PretoriaOscar Pistorius cried in court as he heard testimony from a neighbourThe arrest of a national sporting hero, who won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and also competed at the Olympics, astounded South Africa.There are no juries in South Africa, and his fate will ultimately be decided by Judge Thokozile Masipa.Much of the case will depend on ballistic evidence from the scene of the shooting, correspondents say.The state is seeking to convince the court that Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp had an argument before the athlete fired the shots that killed his girlfriend. Sharing is caring! Tweet South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp pictured in December 2012South Africa was stunned when the athlete shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva SteenkampBBC News Share Share InternationalNewsPrint Oscar Pistorius found praying over Reeva Steenkamp body by: – March 6, 2014 341 Views   no discussionslast_img

City of Farmington Hills needs board, commission volunteers

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 24th, 2020

first_imgThe City of Farmington Hills invites residents interested in getting more involved may apply to serve on boards and commissions.More information about these groups can be found at fhgov.com under the Government tab. Residency requirements vary. These boards and commissions have open seats:• Beautification Commission• Commission on Children, Youth and Families• Committee to Increase Voter Participation• Community Health Commission• Farmington Area Arts Commission• Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority (must be a resident or business owner in that area)• Historic District Commission• Historical Commission• Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness For Everyone)Anyone interested should send a letter of interest with the name of the board or commission, along with a resume, to CMO@fhgov.com. All submissions will be reviewed by the Mayor, who then nominates boards and commissions members for city council approval. Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SEAG 3×3 basketball starts today

Posted in kvziqmgj on September 24th, 2020

first_imgWith Perez, Newsome, Tautuaa andPerkins, the Ronnie Magsanoc-mentored Philippines looks to impose its size onthe opposition as the team will have an average height of 6-foot-3 3/4 inches. Among the biggest threats for the TeamPhilippines in the two day competition were Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia./PN Also cut from the final roster wereBolts’ Baser Amer and Raymond Almazan, Magnolia Hotshots’ Chris Banchero andIan Sangalang and Blackwater Elite’s Rey Mark Belo and Anthony Semerad. MANILA – Team Philippines will bank onheight in its quest for the gold medal in the 3×3 basketball competition of the2019 Southeast Asian Games, which will start today at the San Juan Arena. The 3×3 basketball competition will bemaking its debut in the Southeast Asian Games this year.center_img Curiously cut from the squad was Beermenguard Terrence Romeo, who showed flashes of brilliance playing for thecountry’s 3×3 basketball team in previous international competitions. Jason Perkins, Jaymar Perez, Moala Tautuaa, and Chris Newsome. TIEBREAKER TIMES PHOTO Columbian Dyip’s Jaymar Perez, MeralcoBolts’ Chris Newsome, San Miguel Beermen’s Moala Tautuaa, and Phoenix PulseFuel Masters’ Jason Perkins have been tapped to spearhead the country in the3×3 basketball competition.last_img read more