It could never happen to us…On 1 Jan 2002 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Corus had a good safety record until tragedy struck in November – a tellingreminder that it is just not safe to assume disasters will always happen tosomeone else, By Nic Paton It will be many months before it is clear what caused the deaths of threeworkmen in November 2001’s horrific explosion at the Corus steel plant in PortTalbot. The blast, which injured 15 men, five of them critically, is a tragedyfor the town, which is reliant on the industry, and also for Corus, the firmformerly known as British Steel before its merger with Dutch rival KoninklijkeHoogovens. Despite a number of high-profile setbacks – notably the explosion in 2000 atits Llanwern plant that left a worker with a fractured spine and led inNovember 2001 to a record £300,000 fine – Corus generally has a good safetyrecord in an industry that has to deal with many risk factors within theworkplace. Corus itself has described the Port Talbot accident as”unprecedented”. A high risk industry Common hazards for workers include exposure to molten metal and slag,dealing with heavy machinery, materials handling, noise exposure and working atheight and with electricity. Since the explosion on 8 November, a total of four investigations have gotunder way. The lead investigation is being carried out by the South WalesPolice. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Corus itself and the main tradesunion, the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (ISTC) are carrying out theirown investigations. It is still too early to say with any certainty what was behind the blast infurnace number five. What is clear is that just before the explosion staff wereworking on controlling the temperature within the furnace, as what Corusdescribes as “an abnormality in the operating temperature” had beennoticed. This would have involved using water to quench some of the heatinside. Other operations were carrying on as usual, with workers drilling throughthe clay plug at the side of the furnace and tapping the molten materialinside, a procedure that happens many times a day. There was also a team ofcontractors carrying out maintenance work on some of the surrounding pipes.These three factors meant more workers than usual were in the vicinity of thefurnace. Furnace number five weighs about 1,000 tonnes and it is estimated there wassome 2,000 tonnes of solid material and liquid iron inside it, known as burden.The force of the blast separated the furnace about a third of the way up atthe point where there is a joint that allows natural expansion and contraction,creating a gap of a few inches. This allowed a combination of ash, slag, molteniron and ore to pour out. Following the blast, the furnace settled back,closing the gap, but landing slightly off centre on its hearth. The furnace floor is enclosed on three sides by steel sheeting. This wasbadly damaged, with a hole blown through one side, as was some of the pipework.Two workers who died – Steven Galsworthy, 25, and Andrew Hutin, 20 – werekilled at the scene, while colleague Len Radford, 53, died later in hospital. The investigation The furnace will inevitably be at the centre of the health and safetyinvestigations. But even here investigators have had to wait a number of weeksfor it to cool down to a point where it is stable and fully accessible. Acontrolled operation to quench the furnace began at the end of November. “The examination of the scene will take quite a while. It will takemonths rather than weeks,” says Mike Cosman, the HSE’s head of operationsfor Wales and the West. Computer and manual records, maintenance logs and otherdocumentary evidence will be closely investigated, and key workers will beinterviewed. Issues being examined include the precautionary measures and safetymanagement systems that were in place at the time of the incident. The adequacy of resourcing will also come under the spotlight. During 2001,Corus cut some 6,000 jobs in England and Wales and in September reportedhalf-year pre-tax losses of £230m. The ISTC has raised concerns that Corus cutthe jobs of many health and safety representatives. “Corus has lost a lot of people who have a lot of experience and whohave been well trained in health and safety,” says Robert Sneddon,research officer for health and safety at the union. The company also has a culture of long hours, and while directors mayemphasise the need for high standards in health and safety, the message doesnot always filter down to regional and local manager level, he argues. Another issue of concern to the ISTC is the drift towards multi-skillingamong workers, with fears that employees are not being adequately trained tocope with the extra responsibilities. The union also complains that its safetyreps are not involved enough in helping to implement company initiatives. But the HSE’s Cosman is careful to steer clear of suggestions that the tougheconomic environment faced by the company could have been a contributoryfactor. Reducing the workforce does not in itself make a plant less safe, heargues. Sometimes it actually means maintenance becomes a higher priority. “The danger in these circumstances is that there are plenty of peoplewho will try to jump on the bandwagon. This will be a properly analysedinvestigation based on data rather than gossip and innuendo,” he says. Health and safety issues Jack MacLachlan, manufacturing director for Corus Strip Products UK,stresses that health and safety is, and has always been, the number onepriority at the plant. “Our target is to have zero accidents,” hesays. “Safety is not compromised in any way at all in relation to theeconomic conditions. We have made that very clear.” Built in 1959, the furnace was not old in terms of industry standards andhad been subject to an ongoing 12-month safety review. It was relined in 1989,adds MacLachlan. One of the key health and safety thrusts at the plant has been to integrateprotocols into day-to-day process, to make them second nature, argues StevenPearce, health and safety manager. He and his colleagues have been working toimprove behavioural aspects, givingindividuals more responsibility for whatthey do. The working environment, the competence of workers and the behaviour andculture of employees are the three key health and safety factors that need tobe addressed, he adds. In the Welsh Assembly, first minister Rhodri Morgan has been kept underpressure from members worried about the company’s safety record. Just daysafter the blast, Morgan was forced to reassure the assembly that no abnormalmaintenance work had been carried out on the furnace prior to the explosion. He said there had been no molten metal break outs at the plant since 1994and the furnace had been regularly checked. This did not stop mutterings among some assembly members that the safety ofthe furnace had been a “talking point” among workers for weeks priorto the blast – something Corus denies. According to MacLachlan, the company has worked tirelessly to assuage theseconcerns, bringing assembly members to the plant and explaining, as far as itcan, what happened and what it is now doing. “Their concerns have beendealt with,” he insists. While the four investigations are primarily looking at health and safetyissues, getting the plant back to full operational capacity will also throw upsome occupational health issues, suggests the HSE’s Cosman. Dangers from heatand dust inhalation and possibly exposure to asbestos as a result of theclean-up operation must be considered, as must musculoskeletal injuriesassociated with making heavy items safe. Psychological impact Another issue that is being addressed by Corus is the psychological impactof the blast on workers, their families and those who have been injured orbereaved. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, the company appointed staff toact on as go betweens with the families of the dead or hospitalised workers,helping with issues such as accommodation and finances and generally offeringsupport. This has now been extended to others exposed to the incident. Counsellorshave also been working with individual workers and groups of employees. Compared to even 20 years ago, health and safety within the steel industryhas improved dramatically. Sneddon, who worked at the Ravenscraig steel worksin the early 1980s, says the vast majority of plants today are much saferplaces. In the 12 months before the explosion, the Port Talbot plant reported a 22per cent drop in time off because of accidents among workers, a key indicatorof health and safety effectiveness. Any lessons or recommendations that come out from the investigations intothe tragic events at Port Talbot will not only be applied to Corus but to”the blast furnace community” as a whole, says MacLachlan. For the ISTC, the key lesson to learn is the need to get away from a”them and us” approach to health and safety. “Both the company and unions have to work at health and safety. It hasto be everyone’s business,” says Sneddon. “The traditional culture within the company, has always been one of ‘itwill never happen to me’, this needs to change dramatically,” he adds. Related posts:No related photos.
Rush Limbaugh of “The Rush Limbaugh Show, ” has announced that he is currently battling advanced lung cancer.The radio host made the announcement Monday after two medical institutions confirmed his status on January 20th.According to reports, Rush went in for a check up after noticing something was wrong on January 12th.He now plans to take several days off from the show to undergo treatment.
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The Tara Court Golf SocietySunday, Oct. 15, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st Andy Featherstone (5) 37pts 2nd Lyle Blaw (12) 36pts3rd Paul Pavloff (6) 36ptsB Flight1st Ged Foy (19) 41pts2nd Terry Mangan (22) 34pts3rd Russell Gilroy (18) 31ptsGed Foy.Despite a few cancellations and no shows we still had enough players out to play two flights here in Green Valley today on what was a very nice day for golf and for the first time in a long time absolutely no rain. The course was playing long as it is still wet after all the recent rain but otherwise it is in very good condition.In the B flight we had one excellent score. Ged Foy who used to say he couldn’t handle Green Valley proved himself wrong today as he scored forty one points to win his flight by seven points, a score which will see a sharp reduction on his handicap. Terry Mangan has just returned from a few months in Ireland and has settled in quickly as he came second today with thirty four points. Russell Gilroy took the third spot with thirty one points.Support Pattaya Mail – Click HereIn the A flight Andy Featherstone kept up his very steady golf and was the winner with thirty seven points. We then had two players on thirty six points and here Lyle Blaw won the count back which went down to the last six holes to come second. Paul Pavloff was playing his last game with us for this year and although he lost the count back to Lyle to come third he still came away with the most money today as he had the only two of the day.Tuesday, Oct. 17, Crystal Bay – Stableford1st Craig Hitchens (17) 36pts2nd Andy Featherstone (5) 36pts3rd Paddy Naughton (18) 35pts4th Joe McArdle (17) 34pts5th Dan Hobbs (23) 33pts2’s: Dan Hobbs, Paddy Naughton and Andrew Purdie, one each.We were back with our friends from the PFGS in Crystal Bay after a long absence to find the course in excellent condition. We played the C and B courses in that order and while the Greens on the C course were a bit slow they were still in very good condition and the Greens on the B course were a bit faster. Unfortunately one of our group got mixed up today and went to the wrong course but for those who got there it was very enjoyable, not too hot and also not a drop of rain.As the course was around 6,400 yds and playing long the scores were reasonable with two people managing to play to their handicaps.Craig Hitchens came out on top with thirty six points as he beat Andy Featherstone who is still playing very steady golf in to second place on the count back. Paddy Naughton took the third place with thirty five points and Joe McArdle was fourth with thirty four. We then had three players on thirty three points with Pat Carty and Per Forsberg who was playing his first ever game with us losing the count back and Dan Hobbs winning it to take the fifth and last place for today and Dan also had a two to make it even better.Thursday, Oct. 19, Burapha – Stableford1st Pat Carty (28) 42pts2nd Andy Featherstone (5) 39pts3rd John Fenwick (20) 34pts4th Joe McArdle (17) 34pts2’s: Per ForsbergWe were here in Burapha for what was our penultimate visit for this year as the Sport Days are near at an end. We will miss it as it is very popular with our group and always in immaculate condition. We all played off the White tees today as the fairways are still soft with no run and again we played the A and B nines.Pat Carty really came in to form today and was a very clear winner with an excellent forty two points which included a blank on the seventeenth, a score which will see a sharp reduction on the handicap. Andy Featherstone probably thought he had done enough for another win as he had gone round in two over par gross for another excellent score of thirty nine points but today it wasn’t good enough and he had to settle for second place but still great golf.We then had three players on thirty four points and here John Fenwick won the count back to take the third place and Joe McArdle took the fourth on a count back over Joe Peters which went down to the last two holes.
Start of the Kortney’s Challenge Road Race at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport on Sunday Aug. 26. The Kortney Rose Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The race was a 2-mile fun run/walk.
Mary Pat Christie, the wife of Gov. Chris Christie, presented Lore Macdonald, a co-founder of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, with the state’s 22nd New Jersey Hero Award during a ceremony Wednesday, July 17, at the Rumson County Day School. Celebrating the award are Horizons program students and, from left in the center: Macdonald; Chad Small, head of school at Rumson Country Day School; Bridget Christie, the Christies’ daughter; Christie; and Robin Scheman, president of the Horizons board.
Ray Maota The capital city of Malawi, Lilongwe, isundergoing huge developments like theUS$90-million hotel and the $70-millionscience and technology university.(Image: Flickr) Bingu wa Mutharika, the President ofMalawi, said the People’s Republic ofChina has demonstrated that theyare good friends of Malawi.(Image: The Embassy of the Republicof Malawi to Japan)MEDIA CONTACTS• Malawi Ministry of Industry and Trade+265 177 0244China is cementing its status as one of the biggest investors in Southern Africa with various projects in Malawi, including the financing of a university and five-star hotel.The emerging Asian superpower has made a pledge of US$260-million (R1.7-billion) to Malawi in the form of concessionary loans and grants to aid development.The two projects currently under way there are a $90-million (R597-million) five-star hotel, the first in Malawi, and a $70-million (R465-million) science and technology university. Both are using Chinese expertise.China and Malawi established diplomatic ties in 2007 after Malawi severed ties with Taiwan after 41 years.A first for MalawiThe five-star hotel is being built by the Chinese firm Shanghai Construction Company in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. It will have 14 palatial presidential suites, a 1 500-seat state-of-the-art conference facility and 130 guest rooms of international standards. It’s due to be completed by the end of 2011.Nine-hundred Malawians are working with the Chinese construction company as part of a job-creation initiative.The loan to fund the hotel was obtained from the Import and Export Bank of China.Pan Hejun, China’s ambassador to Malawi, said at a ceremony celebrating the completion of the hotel’s main building and conference centre: “Malawi has the beautiful Lake Malawi, the Mulanje Mountain and wonderful national parks with various wild animals. The tourism industry has huge potential and this will attract more and more foreign tourists to Malawi and enable Malawi to host international conferences such as the AU Summit.”Bingu wa Mutharika, president of Malawi, said: “The People’s Republic of China has demonstrated that they are good friends of Malawi.”Malawi’s Ministry of Trade reported in 2010 that trade between the two countries had doubled since 2007, but that it was still doing more trade with South Africa, which accounted for over 40% of Malawi’s total trade of $3.2-billion (R21-billion).Boost for science and technologyPresident Mutharika laid the foundation stone at the site of Malawi’s University of Science and Technology during April 2011 to mark the beginning of construction. The project is expected to be completed in 20 months.Ambassador Hejun said: “The university, which will accommodate more than 3 000 students and boast advanced facilities, will be one of the best universities in south-eastern Africa, and will make great contributions to the national development of Malawi.”The institution will formally be known as the Lilongwe University of Science and Technology and will be situated in the southern district of Thyolo.Sosten Chiotha, chairperson of the National Commission for Science and Technology in Malawi, said: “As a medical parasitologist, I had to go to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine for an MSc. There are very few medical parasitologists in Malawi, even though the country is burdened by parasitic infections.“I believe the university will be able to embrace emerging challenges such as climate change from the start. Many older universities have had to re-orient curricula and research to target climate change and many of the emerging issues.”The university – which will offer undergraduate, postgraduate and postdoctoral studies – has already established links with the Association of Commonwealth Universities and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, which will help it access the latest scientific and technological advancements.Other projects in Malawi being funded by China include the new parliament building, which opened in June 2010 and cost about $41-million (R272-million), a secondary school being built in Thyolo and a 100km stretch of road between Karonga and Chitipa.Also on the cards are a China-Africa Friendship School in Lilongwe, solar and biogas pilot projects and an agricultural technology demonstration centre.
Audra Classen, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education. Her expertise lies in supporting the academic and behavioral development of young children from birth to age eight. Dr. Classen is actively engaged in research to develop culturally responsive and family-centered services for military families and their young children. Watch as Audra Classen, Ph.D., shares with the MFLN FD Early Intervention team how providers can help military families transition from an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) to an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Also check out the links to several useful resources for providers below.Dr. Classen writes:Early educators who develop a detailed IFSP/IEP document, which can be transportable to the next school district, build “trust” and a “personal connection” with military families. Listening to families and developing a detailed IFSP/IEP may prevent families from experiencing a less than satisfactory and frustrating experience when they transition to a new education setting. Preventing discourse and promoting a positive family professional partnership is ideal for supporting young children and their families. In addition, some school personnel should consider each military families’ situation to determine if expediting the special education process is appropriate. Expediting the process can be a proactive way to demonstrate responsiveness towards military families’ unique needs thus providing relief and comfort to parents that full and appropriate services are in place sooner. Furthermore, when school personnel take the time to actively engage military families in the IFSP/IEP process, the family gains a sense of control which can be particularly important given the lack of control families are experiencing in other areas of their family life during relocations and deployments. For parents, this sense of control and accomplishment in terms of their child’s education may prevent feelings of defensiveness and/or anxiousness and promote better child and family outcomes.A transcript of this video can be found here.Be sure to click on the following resources:IDEA barriers to military families who move frequentlyLetter from the Dept. of Education regarding military children with disabilitiesThe Military Child and Special EducationInterstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military ChildrenLegal Issues Facing Military Families with Special Needs Children
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