SafetyNet 294, September
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harness driver killed
A young female horse trainer was killed this week in Melbourne's southeast. The VWA and the police are investigating the death of 28-year-old Danielle Lewis at the Cranbourne Harness Training Centre early Monday morning. She was found unconscious just after 7am in a garden bed but was unable to be revived. It appears that Ms Lewis, a licensed harness driver, was in a sulky and leading another horse back from the training track when she fell. The incident occurred near the stabling area. Ms Lewis, who had a dual licence to train and drive harness horses, lived at the Pearcedale property of fellow trainer Bill Walker. Mr Walker said, "One of the horses must of [sic] got a fright, taken off and the cart has hit something on the track and she's been flung."
Source: The Herald Sun, The Age
Also on Monday, there was a fatal incident at a workplace in Reedy Creek which is being investigated by Workplace Health and Safety Queensland. A worker died when he sustained a head injury while operating an item of plant as part of a process to weld large polyethylene pipes for coal seam gas related infrastructure. Read more: Incident Alert
I have recently been elected as the HSR for my DWG. When I put in a request to attend the HSR Initial training course delivered by my union, my manager told me that as ** Health ran training courses, I had to attend that one. Is this correct?
No, this is not correct. In fact, I checked and ** Health does not deliver training courses for HSRs that are approved by the VWA. Section 67(3) of the OHS Act requires that a course must be approved or conducted by the Authority. The VTHC and a number of unions run approved courses, as do some TAFEs, private providers and even employer organisations. Of course, we recommend that HSRs do a union based course! Even more importantly, the Act allows the HSR to choose the course he or she wishes to attend, and unless there is a very good reason (for example if the course is much more expensive than an approved alternative), the employer must allow the HRS to attend it. The HSR must, however, make the request no less than 14 days before the course is due to start. If the employer refuses the HSR's request, then the HSR needs to contact his/her union and the VWA.
should not bow to pressure from management to attend a course they choose – the
HSR has the right to attend a union course if that is what he/she wishes.
For more information see OHS Reps' Right to Training
Please send any OHS related queries in to 'Ask Renata' - your query will be responded to as quickly as we can, within a couple of days at the latest.
New bullying order
The Fair Work Commission last week issued an order in a bullying case that restricts the worker bringing the action from arriving at work before 8.15am and imposes a series of limits on the other employee while they are both at the workplace. Senior Deputy President Lea Drake issued the orders after several conferences between the parties.
worker, whose actions led to the bullying application, is not permitted to
exercise on a balcony in front of, or near, the other person's desk during
working hours or speak to her unless there are colleagues "within
listening-range". He is also not able to make any comments about the other
person's clothes or appearance or send any non-work-related emails to her
unless they are also sent to two other named workmates. Further, unless there
is a work-related emergency, he is not allowed to send texts or call the other
person on her personal telephone and is not allowed to refer to her work
ability or job performance without notifying the two named colleagues.
Source: Workplace Express
has high levels of bullying
According to an item in today's The Australian newspaper, our country is ranked sixth on an international table of employee harassment. The paper quotes University of South Australia researcher for the Australian Workplace Barometer project, Maureen Dollard, as saying Australia had "disturbing and embarrassing levels" of workplace bullying. She surveyed 5000 Australian workers and compared them with those in 31 European countries. Professor Dollard has called on the Federal government to undertake further reviews of bullying in Australian workplaces.
Truck drivers block
Last week a group of truck drivers and their families blocked King William Road, a main road leading into Adelaide's CBD, to protest against unsafe driving conditions. They gathered in response to last month's crash at the start of the South Eastern Freeway that resulted in the death of two people in stationary cars when they were hit by an out-of-control truck. A similar incident occurred near the same intersection four years ago when an out-of-control truck killed a man standing at a bus stop. Earlier last week, police cleared the intersection as yet another truck drove through the intersection without being able to stop.
Workers Union national secretary, Tony Sheldon said drivers were being
pressured to cut corners and wanted better working conditions. "We're
literally seeing South Australians die on our roads," he said. "We're
seeing this pressure being applied where people around the country are losing
their lives, our mums, our dads, our brothers and sisters and our
Read more: ABC Online
information from FIFO/DIDO workers
The CFMEU is keen to hear from Fly In Fly Out (FIFO) or Drive In Drive Out (DIDO) mining or construction workers. If you are a FIFO/DIDO worker, who lives in a camp when rostered on, then the union wants you to participate in its survey. If you know someone who is, then let them know about it as well, so they can participate.
The CFMEU says, "We know commuting workers face lots of challenges; the better we understand them the better we can campaign to improve work conditions." The survey only takes about 10 minutes. Anyone who completes it can then go into the draw to win a great prize - a GoPro video camera, or a $500 shopping voucher. Read more: CFMEU Survey
Also: A new online resource has been launched to assist FIFO/DIDO workers and their families and friends: This FIFO Life: Make it a good one. The resource was developed by the Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA) and was launched by WA's Mental Health Minister Helen Morton at the FIFO Expo in Joondalup. Ms Morton said it highlighted the challenges of the FIFO lifestyle and the strengths and resilience of FIFO workers and their families. "The state government is committed to reducing Western Australia's suicide rate, which unfortunately stands at around one person losing their life to suicide every day," she said. "Part of that commitment includes the allocation of small grants through the State Suicide Prevention Strategy for events such as today's FIFO Expo. It also includes the provision of funds to non-government organisations such as MIFWA to develop resources such as 'This FIFO Life'.
Greens motion for firefighters with cancer defeated
A Victorian Greens party motion which urged the Liberal and Labor parties to commit to introducing presumptive cancer compensation for firefighters, within six months after the November State election, was defeated yesterday. The motion also called on Parliament to acknowledge that the Firefighters Assessment Panel which was established last year to assess firefighters' cancer-related workers' compensation claims, was "procedurally unfair, rather than facilitating prompt, compassionate and fair assessments, as were the Government's stated intentions at the time". This is because the panel had not increased the number of successful WorkCover claims by firefighters for work-related cancer.
Under presumptive laws already in place in other jurisdictions, including Tasmania and the Commonwealth,
firefighters who develop certain types of cancer are automatically entitled to
workers' compensation – rather than bearing the onus of proving their disease is
work-related – recognising their regularly exposure to
smoke and toxic chemicals. "Firefighters are five to 10 times more at risk of
developing certain cancers and more than two to three times more likely to get
lung cancer than a smoker," Greens emergency services spokesperson Colleen
Hartland said after the motion was defeated. "It's time to protect those
Victorians who protect us." The defeat is a blow to Victorian firefighters.
Source: OHS Alert
Reminder: ASEA Conference: November 16 – 18, 2014
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has now published the draft program for its 1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management: "Working towards an asbestos free Australia" which is being held at Crown Casino on 16 – 18 November. As noted last week, among the speakers is Laurie Kazan-Allen, from the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat. The program includes issues such as where we are 'up to' with elimination; the Mr Fluffy crisis, and litigation matters. The cost of attending is between $250 ('early bird' 'community' registration before September 30, no conference dinner) and $900 (full 'commercial' including conference dinner).
Read more: ASEA Conference including program information, and registration details.
Eat a burger at Grill'd Degraves St; support Asbestoswise
Have you gone down to the Degraves St, Melbourne CBD Grill'd for a hamburger yet? If not, please do so and support Asbestoswise. Help the organisation achieve top spot and get a $300 donation. Check out the Asbestoswise website to find out more about them.
Asbestos Council of
Victoria/GARDS members fundraising
Jenna and Anthony lost their Dad, Neil Gray to mesothelioma 21 years ago. Anthony was just years old and Jenna 10 years old at the time. Neil died at the age of 45 leaving behind a wife and four children – and they miss him very much. In Memory of their father, Jenna and Anthony are running the half marathon in the Medibank Marathon Festival on October 12th to raise money for Asbestos Council of Victoria/GARDS so that they can help other sufferers and their families. ACV/GARDS supports sufferers and families with 24/7 information and support, medical equipment, counselling , home and hospital visits, information booklets, pamphlets, support group meetings, advocacy meetings and education and awareness tutorials
are gratefully received by using the donate button on the home page. Donations via the
website generate an immediate receipt. Put in the message section that your
donation is in support of Jenna & Anthony for the Marathon. Alternatively,
donate by cheque, payable to ACV/GARDS Inc and send to:
Jenna & Anthony Marathon Run
PO Box 111,
MOE, VIC 3825
Please don't forget to include your name and address so we can send you a receipt & thank you letter. More information
James Hardie – asbestos disease
victims to suffer more
As reported in last week's journal, the asbestos compensation fund established by James Hardie is facing a shortfall – the company has confirmed this will occur within three years. The company says the Asbestos Injuries Compensation Fund (AICF) board has advised it that it is foreseeable that it will not have enough to pay out claims by 2017. As a result, it has been reported that the AICF is seeking discussions with James Hardie and the New South Wales Government (a party to the original compensation agreement) about setting up an approved payment scheme (APS) – meaning compensation would be paid in instalments over a specified period rather than as a lump sum. The fund is planning to seek New South Wales Supreme Court approval to establish an APS for the payment of claims from July 1 2015.
Robson from victim support group the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia
says it will oppose the AICF's application. "Victims and their families
will not cop death by a thousand instalments from Hardie," he told the
ABC's The World Today. "When people are diagnosed, from diagnosis to death
is, on average, 155 days. They need that money straight away." This week, online journal The Conversation published an
'explainer', looking at the reasons why the fund was running out of money and
whether the NSW government should step in to assist.
Read more: ABC News Online James Hardie confirms asbestos fund may fall short and The Conversation Why the James Hardie asbestos victim compensation fund is running out of money
news on loose-fill asbestos
WorkCover NSW has issued advice for householders on investigations it is now carrying out on the extent that loose-fill asbestos may have been used in that state. The regulator says that it is contracting an independent specialist to work with the NSW Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities (HACA) to help establish the scope of properties impacted by loose-filled asbestos ceiling insulation material. The page has a number of information sheets, including Frequently Asked Questions, and Facts for residents.
Read more: Loose-fill asbestos investigation
UK: Policy not
preventing epidemic of asbestos disease
Laurie Kazan-Allen, of the International Ban Asbestos Secretariat, has written a piece UK asbestos policy: Unfit for Purpose? which examines the failure of the UK regulatory system to protect people and prevent country's worst epidemic of occupational death from occurring (see Asbestos - is the UK's biggest cause of work related deaths set to continue? for an infographic of the extent of the problem). The UK Government claims its policy position is 'the eventual elimination of asbestos-related diseases'. There has been asbestos regulation since the 1930's. But, the UK's current regulatory system is unfit for purpose according to whistle blowers working in the asbestos removal industry, which is cut-throat. Concerned about the plight of workers in this sector, many non- unionized due to fear of victimization, the GMB Union has launched an outreach initiative to work with stakeholders "to raise standards in the industry and to ensure that the elements in the [asbestos removal] licenses are fully complied with."
Source: IBAS Secretariat
Want to know about Asbestos laws and more – go to the Asbestos section on the site.
mining: names added to memorial
This week in the NSW Hunter Valley, the CFMEU held its annual regional memorial day for the mining industry – a reminder that despite improvements, there is still a long way to go. Four candles were prominent at the service, indicating the four miners lost across the region in the past 12 months. This was the largest addition of names to the CFMEU's Jim Comerford memorial wall since the Gretley Colliery tragedy in 1996, the region's worst coalmine tragedy in modern times, joining the 1800 other names.
Read more: The Newcastle Herald
25: End violence against women
The UN Secretary-General's UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign, managed by UN Women, has proclaimed every 25th of the month as "Orange Day" – a day to take action to raise awareness and prevent violence against women and girls. Initiated and led by the UNiTE campaign Global Youth Network, Orange Day calls upon activists, governments and UN partners to mobilize people and highlight issues relevant to preventing and ending violence against women and girls, not only once a year, on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women), but every month.
UK: Unions make work a fair bit safer
Unions make work safer, fairer and better, a new TUC guide shows. 'The union advantage' demonstrates the benefits of unions not only to individual workers but to employers and society as well. It points to government research that established union health and safety reps save taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds each year by reducing lost time from occupational injuries and work-related illness. It adds union members have 3.8 days more paid leave on average than non-union members. And they also benefit in their pay packets; 55 per cent of unionised workplaces had pay rises in 2011, compared to just 35 per cent of non-unionised workplaces. TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "Workers in the UK who are members of trade unions are better paid, safer at work and get more paid holidays than workers who aren't in a union." She added: "Our new guide, 'The union advantage', sets out these benefits and how we achieve them through strong negotiation, and by working with employers and government for an economy with decent jobs and sustainable growth."
Read more: TUC news release and guide, The union advantage [pdf]. Source: Risks 671
Cambodia: Garment workers campaign for fair wages
Three global unions, Global Union, UNI Global Union and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) joined Cambodian garment workers in a day of action on 17 September which called for a rise in the minimum wage from US$100 to US$177. In early October, the Labour Advisory Committee (LAC) in Cambodia is set to announce a new minimum wage for workers in the garment, textile and footwear industry, which generates US$5 billion in revenue for the country. The sum of US$177 based on a study commissioned by the Cambodian government for the LAC, which concluded the minimum wage should be between $157 and $177 dollars a month. This is also close to what the minimum wage for the sector would have been had it been adjusted for inflation over time – around $170.
Last week, Jyrki Raina, general secretary of
IndustriALL, said: "The global day of action will be a sharp reminder that the
world is watching as Cambodia sets a new minimum wage. Cambodia is an important
sourcing country to the fashion industry and yet pitiful wages mean that
garment workers live in poverty and are forced to work exhausting hours to
survive. We urge the Cambodian government to listen to workers' demands for a
peaceful path to a just wage - or seriously risk jeopardizing brands'
confidence in the country as a sourcing partner." Today it was reported that police arrested two Cambodian unionists who were participating in the rally - but released them after several hours in custody.
Read more: IndustriALL Media Release
Union body steps up precarious work campaign
IndustriALL's World Day for Decent Work part of its global 'STOP Precarious Work' campaign is coming up on October 7. It says, "The world is on an unsustainable path. Vast numbers of working people face insecurity in their jobs and the highest levels of inequality in living memory. One half of working families have experienced unemployment or reduced working hours in the past two years, while 1.2 billion people still live in extreme poverty.
It says some plans are already in place."
Read more: IndustriALL September 14 News release and Report, Negotiating security: Trade union bargaining strategies against precarious work. IndustriALL World Day for Decent Work website.
Lift deaths were 'occupational murder'
The 6 September deaths of 10 construction workers when a lift failed at a development in Istanbul has been condemned as 'occupational murder' by a union confederation. The elevator carrying the workers plunged to the ground from the 32nd floor. The incident occurred at the construction site of a luxury high-rise residential building. Eight people, including an occupational safety specialist, were detained. They were released the following day after giving statements to a public prosecutor. On 7 September, a union organised demonstration calling for improved workplace safety was met by police with tear gas, plastic bullets and water cannon. "This is not an accident, this is not destiny, this is murder!" was the protest's main slogan. The tragedy was not the first at the construction site. In April, a 19-year-old man died at the same site when a primitive elevator carrying him fell from the 17th floor. A news release from the trade union confederation DISK described the deaths as "occupational murder." It added that "in first seven months of 2014, as many as 1,100 workers have been reported dead as a result of work-related accidents. More than 12,000 people died in work accidents since 2002, when the Justice and Development Party government rose to power."
Read more: DISK news release. Today's Zaman and related story. Source: Risks 671
Victoria: Safety Soapbox
The latest edition of VWA's Safety Soapbox was sent out this week (September 17). In this edition, VWA's Construction Manager, Alan Beacom, writes on the dangers of exposure to silica dust. The Bulletin also has information on a national recall of Infinity and Olsent branded Infinity TPS and Orange Round Electrical Cables; and news of a number of serious incidents. It also has news from around the country, and its usual interesting 'Absolute Shocker'.
were 61 incidents (!!) notified to the VWA since the last edition, for the
period August 28 – September 10, including 20 lacerations, seven electric
shocks, 17 near misses and noe amputation.
There were four falls – any of these could have been fatal.
Read more, including link to the list of reported incidents: September 17 Safety Soapbox and our Hazard page on Silica
Injury aggravated by perfumes – but not compensable
A Department of Human Services worker whose sensitivity to chemicals was aggravated by her colleagues' perfume and other chemicals, has been denied compensation for permanent impairment, after the AAT found she didn't meet the impairment threshold. The Tribunal found that because the Department of Human Services worker's condition was also aggravated by chemicals outside of work, it wasn't satisfied that she had a work-related impairment of 10 per cent or more under s24(7) of the Commonwealth SRC Act.
worker became sensitive to chemicals such as perfumes and oils in 1995,
worsening over the years, before significantly worsening in late 2011, when the
Department moved into a new air-conditioned and sealed building. Here she was
exposed to residual smells of new carpet, fittings, paint and glue, as well as
other workers' perfume.
Read more: Armstrong and Comcare  AATA 658 (10 September 2014) and Perfumes: chemicals too
Safe Work Australia
The Safe Work webpage on reported workplace fatalities has been updated: as at 16 September, 129 fatalities had been reported. The fatalities are: 47 in Transport, postal and warehousing; 30 in Agriculture, forestry and fishing; 14 in Construction; 11 in Mining; eight in Manufacturing; five in Accommodation & food services; and in Electricity, Gas & Water Services; four in Arts & recreation services; and one each in Health care/social assistance; Retail; Wholesale Trade; Public administration and safety; Government administration & defence; and 'other services'.
Read more: Safe Work Australia Work-related fatalities
The June monthly fatality report has now been released – with 14 fatalities having been notified in that month – ten workers and four members of the public. Of the 14 fatalities, five involved a Vehicle incident–public road crash and two each were the result of being Hit by falling object, an Explosion and a Fall from a height. A Vehicle incident–not on a public road, Drowning, and a Fall on the same level resulted in one fatality each. Monthly reports can be downloaded from the Safe Work Australia Monthly Fatalities Reports page.
Company fined for fall/working at height offence
Inmode Construction – now in in liquidation - was the principal contractor at a multi-storey construction project in Carnegie when, on 28 March 2013 a VWA Inspector attended the workplace after a tip-off of unsafe work at height. He found two employees of a subcontractor working on the top open floor of the building – at a height of about 10 metres – with no harnesses, and no guard rails fitted to the edge. Inmode Construction was charged with breaching section 26(1) of the OHS Act 2004 – as the 'person' with management or control of a workplace, failing to ensure, so far as was reasonably practicable, that the workplace was safe and without risks to health. On 3 September 2014 the company was convicted and fined $35,000 in the Moorabbin Magistrates Court.
self-employed bricklayer fined
A self-employed bricklayer was engaged by a construction company Eye Q Constructions Pty Ltd to carry out bricklaying works at a residential construction site in Highett. On 11 May 2012 the man built a free-standing single skin brick wall, bracing it on the western side, but not bracing it in any manner on the eastern side. Two days later, the wall collapsed against the side of a bungalow in an adjoining property; luckily no one was injured. The man pleaded guilty to breaching section 24(1) of the OHS Act 2004 (a self-employed person must ensure that persons are not exposed to risks to their health or safety arising from the conduct of his undertaking as a self-employed person). On 4 September 2014 the man was fined $3,000 (plus costs of $5,000) without conviction in the Moorabbin Magistrates' Court. [Eye Q Constructions Pty Ltd was convicted and fined $40,000 with costs of $$4,750 in June of this year]
Source: VWA Prosecution result summaries
Adelaide to be death investigated
SafeWork SA is working closely with SA Police to investigate the death of an eight year old girl after an incident at the Royal Adelaide Show last Friday, September 12. SA Police said the child was "thrown" from an amusement ride in the early afternoon and died a short time later in the Women's and Children's Hospital. In an update issued Monday, SafeWork said the Airmaxx 360 "involved" in the incident did not operate for the rest of the show and would remain on site. SafeWork confirmed it was focussing on the "circumstances" surrounding the incident, including any breaches of the SA Work Health and Safety Act 2012. It said, "Given the nature of the incident this investigation is expected to take some time." A report is being prepared for the coroner. A second ride, "Traffic Jam", was shut down on Saturday following a "height restriction breach". The statement also said, "No further details will be released by SafeWork SA about this investigation given information and items gathered may later be used as evidence in legal proceedings."
Source: SafeWork SA
Enforceable undertaking imposed on Thiess
Thiess Pty Ltd has entered into its third enforceable undertaking, escaping prosecution, relating to a fatality which occurred during the construction of Brisbane's Airport Link. The Office of Fair and Safe Work Queensland (OFSWQ) last year indicated it planned to prosecute Thiess over the fatality - but was also considering Thiess's application to enter into an enforceable undertaking instead.
At that stage, Thiess was already under two other undertakings in lieu of prosecution, after an Airport Link traffic controller was struck by a truck and injured in March 2011, and another project worker was seriously injured when he fell 6.3 metres through a penetration cover three months later. Then, in September 2011, a John Holland diesel fitter was fatally crushed while dismantling and removing the leg frames of the Airport Link tunnel's smoke duct formwork system. When he moved beneath the frame to inspect it, it dropped several centimetres and trapped his head. Comcare subsequently charged John Holland (a Comcare self-insurer) over the fatality and another incident where a worker sustained head injuries.
Over the same incident, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland alleged Thiess breached the state's health and safety Act, in failing to ensure the deceased worker wasn't exposed to health and safety risks, and then negotiated the new enforceable undertaking with the company.
Construction union CMFEU said last year the safety standards on the
major project, a joint venture between Thiess and John Holland Pty Ltd, were "deplorable"
and the OFSWQ confirmed that 70 improvement, prohibition and infringement
notices were issued to the project between 2008 and 2012.
Source: Workplace OHS
to pay over $500k
Cootes, the trucking company involved in the fatal tanker crash on Sydney's northern beaches in October last year, has been ordered to pay $525,305 for hundreds of road safety breaches. Two people were killed and five were injured when a Cootes Transport tanker rolled on its side, burst into flames and collided with several cars in Mona Vale. NSW Roads and Maritime Services investigation and charged Cootes with more than 300 offences for defects in the Victoria-based company's fleet, including faulty brakes and suspension. Last month, Cootes pleaded guilty to 255 of these charges. The total amount (fines of $440,900, and costs of $84,405) could have been much higher if the magistrate had imposed the maximum fine of $15,000 for each of the 167 "Category A" offences the company pleaded guilty to, instead of the $1500 he imposed.
NSW Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay described the judgment
against the company as a wake-up call to all transport operators: "If you don't
meet our safety standards we will pursue you to the end of the road."
Read more: Sydney Morning Herald Cootes ordered to pay $525,000 for safety breaches after fatal Sydney tanker crash
of Black Lung Disease surge
According to recent US government research, Black lung, the dreaded coal miners' disease that had been on the decline, has roared back. The worst form of the illness now afflicts a higher proportion of miners than at any time since the 1970s. According to the researchers, the most likely cause is a failure by coal mining companies to use readily available tools to control the dust that lodges in miners' lungs and causes the disease.
Each case of advanced black lung "is a tragedy, and represents a failure
among all those responsible for preventing this severe disease," said the
researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health,
part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Read more: The Center for Public Integrity Black lung disease surges to highs not seen since the '70s, research shows
US: BP was 'grossly
negligent' in 2010 Gulf disaster
A US judge has ruled UK oil multinational BP was "grossly negligent" in the lead-up to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, in which 11 workers died. New Orleans judge Carl Barbier also found BP subcontractors Transocean and Halliburton "negligent." The 2010 oil spill was the worst in US history, and, as of February, has cost BP US$43bn (A$48bn) in fines, legal settlements, and clean-up costs. Judge Barbier said BP should shoulder 67 per cent of the blame, with drilling rig owner Transocean responsible for 30 per cent and cement firm Halliburton responsible for 3 per cent. The ruling said the incident "was the result of gross negligence or wilful misconduct" by BP. The ruling, which the oil giant is appealing, could quadruple the civil penalties that BP must pay as a result of the disaster. Some estimates have put the amount at close to US$18bn (A$20bn) - significantly more than if BP had been found simply negligent. In 2012, BP agreed to accept criminal responsibility for the disaster. Shares in BP fell 6 per cent after the ruling was announced. The ruling came on 4 September, the day a Cape employee died in a fall on BP's Unity platform in North Sea, 97 miles off Aberdeen. "BP is deeply saddened to confirm that an offshore worker has died following an incident on the Unity platform," a spokesperson said. "BP is working with Police Scotland, the HSE, Cape and other relevant organisations to support those affected and ensure that the incident is fully investigated."
Read more: BP statement. BBC News Online. Scientific American. Hazards information BP's safety record. Source: Risks 671