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26-11-2010

Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium - New Zealand

Three workers from England and one from Scotland each held the highest level three certification in their trade, meaning they were experts in the climbing, lifting and rescue techniques. They went to Dunedin, New Zealand to work for Avalon, a subcontractor on the stadium construction project.

High-rise building fire, constructionmaterials blamed - China

Polyurethane foam liquid (PU) was sprayed onto the facade before covering it with concrete. PU can ignite and burn if exposed to a sufficient heat source. PU has been banned from use in high-rise buildings in the US and Europe due to the fire risk, and in Germany, buildings higher than 22 meters can only use inorganic materials. The rules in China are similar but there is a higher, 100 meter, threshold.

Construction worker dies in accident at Fort Lee - USA

Clinton Duke Clark, 40, a civilian working as a laborer on a five-story barracks building, fell about 13 metres and died later in hospital.

Fall to worker repairing leaking roof leads to fine - England

Recticel Ltd, a Derbyshire foam manufacturer, was fined a total of £13,000 and £5,098 costs after a worker fell approximately four metres onto a conveyor belt, and then onto the floor.

Gas terminal workers hear safety message - England

Jason Anker, who was paralysed from the waist down after a fall at work, was invited to discuss the impact his injuries had not only on him, but his wife, children, parents, brothers, sister and friends to Centrica workers at Morecambe Bay.

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