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Bonfire Night: Health and Safety

The 5th of November, Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes’ night marks the day in 1605 when Guy Fawkes tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in the infamous gunpowder plot.

We celebrate the event today by lighting bonfires and watching fireworks in towns and villages across the UK.

Many of us will either be attending fire work displays, holding firework displays  or having some fireworks at home in our gardens over the next few days.

Fireworks parties can be brilliant fun if safety rules are followed. It’s important to remember that fireworks are explosives and, just like that gun powder, can cause severe injury if not handled properly. What is needed is good planning and a level head on the night!

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Manufacturer prosecuted over forklift death

A sauces manufacturer, AAK UK Ltd, has been fined £140,000 after a forklift truck driver was killed at a factory in Runcorn.

The victim was using his forklift truck to load a lorry trailer outside the factory on the Astmoor Industrial Estate when another lorry reversed into the side of his vehicle. The forklift overturned, killing him instantly.

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