A strong day of corporate results left investors feeling better about the economy. For more than a week, investors have been poring through company earnings for signs the economy is growing at a faster pace, and Thursday they believed they found them. Railroad operator CSX gave transportation companies a big boost; Sherwin-Williams raised its construction annual projections, lifting makers of basic materials. It's still early in this round of earnings reports and a few high-profile companies have disappointed Wall Street this week, so stocks have wobbled recently. But for the most part experts

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The blast at Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port on 14 November 2013 caused more than 20m of damage. No-one was injured. Operators Essar Oil UK Ltd pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act. As well as the fine the firm was also ordered to pay almost 58,000 legal costs. 'Three key failings' The Health and Safety Executive, which brought the prosecution, said problems started during the start-up of its main distillation unit when extremely flammable hydrocarbons were allowed to enter an unignited furnace. The heat from another

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The workers were injured in two unrelated accidents at Penrith-based Bells of Lazonby last year. Carlisle Magistrates Court heard how a worker lost the top of the right-hand middle finger on January 26 last year, after it caught the moving blade of a dough-dividing machine. The second incident occurred on the March 29 when an employees left index finger made contact with the cutting jaws of a wrapping machine. Failed to equip guarding A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the company failed to install guarding on the machinery to prevent incidents like this occurring. Bells

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That is why safety is key. The one way to avoid injuries on the building sites are to make sure that your site is as safe as possible. Avoid accidents, stay safe and have an injury free New Year.Here are some must have items for your construction site to make HSE regulations it as safe as possible: Protective Clothing The most important part of making a construction site safe is making sure that the workers are well looked after. This means having the right protective clothing on site ready to wear.Items such as hard hats, goggles, hi-visibility jackets and steel toed boots are must haves.

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Sailsbury-based Bourne Valley Construction Services (BVCS) contracted out work to Kingsley Asbestos Services (KAS) but failed to let workers know about the presence of cancer-causing asbestos in a kitchen they were working on. Workers consequently cut into an asbestos insulation board while cutting away damaged kitchen wall coverings in Leatherhead, Staines Magistrates Court heard last week. Both companies were also responsible to arrange a survey for refurbishment and demolition of the survey, a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found. This meant the workers did not know where

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