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Hayes blaze under control

Investigations are currently being carried out into a major fire at a fuel depot on the outskirts of North Belfast. Fire crews worked through the night to tackle the blaze at Hayes Fuel Depot in Li...

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Full stream ahead for Northern Ireland water services

A draft Order which will transfer responsibility for delivering water services in the Province to a Government owned company was published for consultation this month. If the legislation goes ahead...

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Proposed changes to Habitats legislation

The Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland (DoE NI) is currently seeking views on their proposals to amend the Conservation (Natural Habitats etc.) Regulations (...

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Investigation into Billingham blast

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Environment Agency have launched a joint investigation into an incident which took place during the ear...

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More reasons to improve safety at Morrisons

An incident at an outlet operated by national retail giant WM Morrison Supermarkets Plc, has resulted in the discovery of a state of neglect with regard to basic health and safety legal requirement...

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Construction crisis for east England

Despite a national Height Aware Campaign in June by UK health and safety enforcement authorities to promote safer working at height, it would appear that in some parts of the country the message is...

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Hefty fine delivered to Royal Mail

The Royal Mail and contracting organisation Romec have been fined for safety failures that resulted in an engineer falling 10 metres through a fragile rooflight to his death at West London Mail Cen...

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Port in centre of health and safety storm

Forth Ports have admitted breaching health and safety legislation, which resulted in an industrial accident at Leith docks in Scotland in December 2004. A crane surveyor was injured by an unguarded...

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Third Buncefield report published

The latest report of the ongoing investigation into the explosion at the Buncefield oil depot on 11 December last year has been published by the Buncefield Major Incident Investigation Board. The t...

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Update on new asbestos legislation

The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) has confirmed most of the proposals for the revised asbestos regulations, which will combine the existing legislation on control at wo...

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Roles reversed for Environment Agency

Enforcement watchdog the Environment Agency has been fined for polluting the River Exe in Somerset. It is the first time in the ten year history of the organisation, which a...

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Batteries Directive charged and ready to go

Agreement was finally reached this month on Proposal COM(2003)723, for a Directive on batteries and accumulators and spent batteries and accumulators. The proposal which was first introduced in Nov...

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That's a WRAP for waste guidance

Waste protocols which will define when ten waste streams cease to be waste are currently being developed by the Environment Agency and the Waste and Resources Action Program...

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Greenhouse gas report makes grim Reading

A study has identified Reading as the UK's worst offending town for carbon dioxide emissions, with the average household there emitting the same amount of carbon dioxide as flying 13,000 miles by B...

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Politicians return to Stormont

Northern Ireland's politicians are preparing to take their seats in the Stormont assembly for the first time since October 2002, however there is no immediate prospect of a power sharing executive...

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