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Recycling giant fined £150k for worker’s death

A global metal recycling company has been fined £150k for safety failings after a worker was killed when part of a 33-tonne metal barge he was dismantling collapsed on top of him. William Ward, 56, from Handsworth, Sheffield, sustained catastrophic crush injuries in the incident at European Metal Recycling Ltd’s Kingsbury depot in Warwickshire on 12 October 2011. […]

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Lothian Health Board in court after death of pensioner

Lothian Health Board has been fined £40,000 following the death of a pensioner after she was struck by one of its vans as she crossed a clearly marked pedestrian route into Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital. Ellen Cornwall, 77, of Penicuick, was on her way to visit her husband in the hospital when she was struck […]

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Vivark sees revenues soar

19 December 2014  Facilities management business Vivark has reported a 150 per cent increase in turnover for the year to 31 March 2014. Vivark, part of the First Ark Group, recorded revenues of £25.94 million, while profits grew to £1 million. Vivark’s work on Merseyside has been a significant contributor to the organisation’s success. It […]

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Think Tank: IPMS 'another gimmick'

19 December 2014 A new standard that aims to bring “transparency and consistency” to global real estate markets was launched in November. The International Property Measurement Standard for Offices (IPMS for Office Buildings) aims to create a uniform method for measuring property and is set to replace dozens of existing standards now in use around […]

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Hierarchical structure 'excessive', says research

19 December 2014 Two in five workers believe that their organisation’s hierarchical structure is excessive, leading to a lack of autonomy in decision-making, according to research. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has published its report Employee Outlook: Focus On Managers, which highlights findings from a recent survey of 2,153 working adults. While […]

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Next Android for cars to avoid use of smartphones

Google is working on an operating system that would be directly built into car software allowing drivers to enjoy connectivity benefits without having to plug in their handsets. The US tech giant may be working towards launching the new system together with the next Android upgrade in about a year, sources familiar with the company’s […]

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Japan maglev construction begins

Central Japan Railway Company has started to build the stations for a magnetic-levitation rail line between the cities of Tokyo and Nagoya, which is expected to open in 2027. Trains on the Chuo Shinkansen line will run at up to 500km/h and are expected to complete the 286km journey in 40 minutes, less than half […]

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