Press release: Report 02/2018: Child nearly falling through a missing toilet floor, South Devon Railway

first_img If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need aversion of this document in a more accessible format, please email [email protected] tell us what format you need. It will help us if you say what assistive technology you use. This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Britain’s heritage railways carry over 9 million passengers every year. People are travelling for pleasure, and they don’t expect any nasty surprises during their journey. When a mother, enjoying a happy day out with a small child, is suddenly faced with a life-threatening hazard, it is important to find out what went wrong. A door opened – and she had to grab hold of her little boy to stop him falling through a gaping hole in the floor of the carriage. Operating even a small railway involves dealing with significant risks. Carriages built sixty or more years ago need looking after to keep them both clean and welcoming, and safe for passengers to ride in. Maintenance involves inspecting the condition of the vehicle, including the hidden parts that are hard to get at, at regular, appropriate intervals. It needs to be properly planned, and backed up with prompt action when something needs fixing. In this case, the railway company took out the toilet floor, to get at and fix a leaking brake pipe. The engineers found a lot of previously undetected rust and rot, that was going to have to be dealt with. It seemed like a good idea to seal up the toilet door until the whole carriage could be got into the workshops for overhaul, but that was not easy to do securely, and the door came open. Our investigation found that the railway’s safety management system was not operating properly, and had not been reviewed for many years. A flawed management structure contributed to poor decision-making. Staff were expected to do jobs which they were not really qualified for. We have recommended an independent review of how the railway manages the safety of its operations. I hope that the rest of the Heritage Railway sector will also look carefully at this report, and take action to make sure that the same thing cannot happen on their railways. Notes to editors The sole purpose of RAIB investigations is to prevent future accidents and incidents and improve railway safety. RAIB does not establish blame, liability or carry out prosecutions. RAIB operates, as far as possible, in an open and transparent manner. While our investigations are completely independent of the railway industry, we do maintain close liaison with railway companies and if we discover matters that may affect the safety of the railway, we make sure that information about them is circulated to the right people as soon as possible, and certainly long before publication of our final report. For media enquiries, please call 01932 440015. 180130_R022018_South_Devon_Railway Request an accessible format. PDF, 6.53MB, 39 pages SummaryAt around 13:15 hrs on Thursday 22 June 2017, a mother and her three-year-old child were travelling on a South Devon Railway train from Totnes (Riverside) to Buckfastleigh. Shortly after leaving Staverton station, while the train was travelling at about 20 mph (32 km/h), the child left his seat and went towards a toilet on the train, followed by his mother walking a short distance behind.The child entered the toilet, and as the door opened and the child stepped through it, he fell forward because the floor was missing in the compartment he had entered. A more serious accident was only prevented by the quick reaction of the mother who grabbed the child’s arm and prevented him falling through the opening and onto the track below. The child suffered minor bruising, and both mother and child were shocked. The accident was reported immediately to the railway company, but the RAIB was not advised of what had happened until 25 June 2017.In April 2017 the South Devon Railway had carried out a repair to this carriage. The location of the repair was difficult to gain access to and required the floor of the toilet cubicle to be removed. The railway’s management decided that the door would be secured and notices placed on the door, allowing the carriage to enter service with the toilet floor missing. The RAIB found that the method of securing the door was inadequate, so that over time the door became less secure to the extent it was possible for the child to open it. The risk associated with the absence of the toilet floor was not sufficiently appreciated nor adequately managed after the carriage was allowed to enter service. The RAIB also found that the South Devon Railway had no formal competence management assessment for staff involved in carriage maintenance. Both of these factors led to no-one detecting that the door had become unsecure.The RAIB observed during the investigation that the South Devon Railway’s maintenance regime did not identify the extent of the deteriorating condition of the carriage structure, and the railway’s fitness to run process was not being correctly applied.RecommendationsThe RAIB has made one recommendation to the South Devon Railway to commission an independent review of the actions it has taken since the accident to address the deficiencies in its processes.The RAIB believes that the investigation has also identified an important lesson likely to be applicable to other heritage railways, about applying appropriate standards for vehicle maintenance, to ensure that the examination regime which they have in place will identify the foreseeable deterioration of vehicles, before it reaches a stage that may affect safety.Simon French, Chief Inspector of Rail Accidents said: Newsdate: 30 January 2018last_img read more

Government response: Government response to Nissan manufacturing update

first_img“Nissan’s announcement is a blow to the sector and the region, as this was to be a further significant expansion of the site and the workforce. The company has confirmed that no jobs will be lost. They have reiterated today their commitment to the UK by continuing to manufacture in Sunderland the current Qashqai, Leaf and Juke models and the new Qashqai model from 2020.“The UK automotive industry is a vital sector for the British economy which draws on our combination of rich automotive heritage and cutting edge innovation. Its role in providing high skilled well paid jobs, innovative R&D and investment is why we are determined to build on these strengths to make the UK a leader in the next generation of autonomous and electric vehicles through the Automotive Sector Deal, as part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”last_img read more

Ian Wright ‘loved’ watching Rob Holding stand up to Sadio Mane during Arsenal’s win over Liverpool

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Jul 2020 10:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.8kShares Advertisement Advertisement Ian Wright ‘loved’ watching Rob Holding stand up to Sadio Mane during Arsenal’s win over Liverpool Arteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenArteta reacts to Arsenal beating champions Liverpool 2-1https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-beating-champions-liverpool-2-1-2211612/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Rob Holding for me today I loved the way he stood up to Mane,’ Wright said on Match of the Day. ‘He had a little dig at him there and it’s great to see he stood up and it’s great to see an Arsenal defender showing that kind of fight.’Wright was less positive about the VAR’s decision not to send off Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, for a reckless challenge on Bukayo Saka, particularly in light of the three-game ban Eddie Nketiah is currently serving for a near identical foul on Leicester’s James Justin a week ago.Wright added: ‘There’s probably some sort of long-winded reason why that’s not a sending off but Eddie Nketiah’s is.’Mikel Arteta, meanwhile, was able to celebrate a morale-boosting victory ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup semi-final against his old club Manchester City, not that Wright envisaged such an outcome following a chastening start to last night’s match.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalHe said: ‘It was one of those performances that started where you think Liverpool were going to do what Liverpool were going to do. He’s right they were dominant.‘I was thinking ‘oh my gosh this could be quite embarrassing’ especially when this happens, Mane getting in there, I wanted to cry at that point.‘It was one of those situations where you think ‘oh know we’re trying to play out and it’s not happening’.’MORE: Arsenal begin talks to sign Malang Sarr as Mikel Arteta eyes defensive reinforcementsMORE: Premier League legends heap praise on Reiss Nelson after Arsenal down LiverpoolFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Ian Wright loved watching Arsenal defender Rob Holding stand up to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane (Picture: BBC / Sky Sports)Ian Wright singled out Arsenal defender Rob Holding for the way in which he stood up to Liverpool star Sadio Mane during the Gunners’ surprise win over the newly crowned champions on Wednesday night. The Arsenal legend feared the worst after the Senegal international forward fired Jurgen Klopp’s men into a deserved 20th minute lead. Mikel Arteta’s side, however, mustered a spirited response and benefited from the mistakes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker to score twice in a 12 minute spell prior to the break. Shortly before the interval, Holding sent Mane crashing to the turf when the players went shoulder-to-shoulder on the edge of the Arsenal penalty area. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBoth men exchanged words after the incident and Wright was delighted to see an Arsenal player show the sort of aggression and force of personality that has been lacking from the recent sides managed by the likes of Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. Commentlast_img read more

Nigeria, 10 others for Western Africa Challenge

first_imgRelatedPosts Coronavirus: PSG-Dortmund clash to be played behind closed doors Neymar’s last-gasp saves PSG PSG exit: Neymar considers legal option  As the top table tennis playing nation in the region, Nigeria will be leading 10 other nations to the maiden ITTF Western Africa Challenge, which holds on November 2 and 3 in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.The tournament, which serves as qualification for the 2020 Africa Top 16 Cup, has 21 men and 18 women competing for the title at the 3,500 capacity Salle Polyvalente Du Parc Des Sports De Treichville in Abidjan.Besides Nigeria, other teams aiming for the top prize are Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Guinea Bissau, Niger Republic, Sierra Leone, Guinea and host Cote d’Ivoire.From the 15 countries that make up the region, 11 will be present at the two-day tournament sponsored by the world table tennis ruling body, ITTF.According to the Tournament Director, Prof. Germain Karou, all is set for the competition as all arrangements have been put in place to ensure a smooth tournament.“We hope that this tournament will be a very successful one and that the Ivorian people and region will have opportunity to discover the best players from the region,” Karou said.The Professor, who is also the President of the Federation of Ivorien Table Tennis, said: “We are expecting 11 countries out of the 15 countries in the region, while about 39 players will be in Abidjan for this tournament.”For the host country, he said: “Hosting the tournament means a lot to FITT and it is another great opportunity that help will to stimulate the development table tennis and win more people to the sport in our country. Hosting this competition is a great opportunity for the country to showcase its talents and raise the profile of the sport.”For the President of the ITTF Africa (Western Region), Wahid Oshodi, the staging of the tournament would help to build close relationship among the participating teams.“We are grateful to ITTF and ATTF for their support and we are hoping that we can use this tournament to bring the countries in the region together and forge ahead in growing the sport. We are expecting firework in Abidjan and I am confident that the host nation will put up a good show. I am hoping that more teams in the region will register and be part of the competition,” Oshodi said.Tags: Parc des Princeslast_img read more

Valentine Holmes misses Australia, but his ‘best is yet to come’ in the NFL

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/40/d3/valentine-holmes-081619-getty-ftrjpg_pkn3jis2vu6v1touu0pakep8f.jpg?t=-1703654396&w=500&quality=80 But there’s something that has been on the superstar rugby player’s mind since he jumped across the pond and joined the New York Jets this offseason.”Probably coffee, is the main thing,” Holmes told Sporting News, with nostalgic eyes. “The one thing I always think about is coffee. They don’t really do nice coffee here — sorry.”2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:How Jets will fare in AFC East, conferenceIn a nutshell, that’s Holmes: calm, collected, unconcerned. He welcomes the stage of the big city and the big moment. While coffee is a good wake-up call, the 24-year-old rolling the dice on an NFL career probably comes on like a brick to the face.Going from being a record-breaking superstar in the National Rugby League to trying to break in with an NFL team is no easy task, but Holmes has made his presence felt with the Jets. As part of the NFL’s International Pathway program, Holmes has found himself in the mix returning punts and getting a few snaps out of the backfield as a running back.A gridiron is just a bit different from the rugby pitch, on which Holmes set records and won championships. He was a member of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, making his pro debut at age 19, and was a winger on for the championship squad in 2016. Holmes also helped secure a World Cup for Australia as a member of the the Australian rugby national team in 2017.”Helped” might be an understatement: Holmes was the tournament’s top try scorer with 12, a record. He also set the record for trys, with six, in the semifinal matchup vs. Fiji.Those records, respectfully, mean nothing in Florham Park.MORE: NFL QBs with most to prove in 2019Holmes is starting from Square 1 in a brand new sport and is competing in a loaded running back room — led by superstar free-agent signee Le’Veon Bell and veteran Ty Montgomery — and finding a niche as a punt returner. While he’s competing, Holmes is finding a lot of value in learning, as well — and his teammates are a big part of that, including fellow Aussie and Jets punter Lachlan Edwards.”(Lachlan) helped me out when I first came in April for preseason,” Holmes said. “He just let me know what it’s like, what to get used to. ‘It’ll get easy as you stay longer, you get to know the boys.'”I don’t really see too much of him, because he’s a punter. He goes to different classrooms and trains at different times. But I catch up with him every now and then at lunch.”The learning didn’t stop with Edwards, though.”It’s awesome — just coming to training everyday, hanging out with the running back class, even these other boys, all the offensive players,” Holmes told SN. “It’s awesome just to rub shoulders and communicate with them, learn off each other.”Just today, I was learning off of Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Eli (McGuire) and (Trenton) Cannon, what they were doing. It’s been great since being here, they’ve been helping me out a lot.” FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Valentine Holmes misses home.Now on the opposite end of the globe from where he was born and raised, there’s a lot about Australia for which he yearns: his wife and puppy dog, the weather, the beaches — even if it’s winter there currently — chief among them. With the preseason yet to unfold — while the same can be said of Holmes’ NFL career — there are many questions left unanswered. Playing time and position are the most obvious. Holmes is unsure how it’ll shake out. He is adamant he’ll do whatever the coaches ask of him as he continues to learn and grow.But there’s a simple message he’d like to deliver to as it all happens.”The best is yet to come. Just hold on.” The education seems to be paying off and turning some heads. Montgomery believes Holmes is the “LeBron James of rugby.” Coaches and teammates have been impressed with his toughness. But more than his reputation or his aura, Holmes has sure hands and seems to find himself in the right part of the field at the right time — two key aspects to becoming an NFL player — while demonstrating a dose of signature rugby toughness. It has caught the eyes of some coaches, including the man in charge.”He’s picking up the offense, that hasn’t really been his issue,” Gase told media after practice earlier in August. “It’s just when everything starts moving super fast, he’s trying to get used to that, and I think it’s starting to work for him. It’s slowing down for him and I think it just keeps slowing down.”Gase praised Holmes’ ability to pick up on the playbook — a daunting task for anyone, let alone someone learning a brand-new sport — which is an impressive feat in itself. Given Gase’s reputation for being an offensive guru whose scheme features intricacies and high-level concepts, Holmes’ grasp of the playbook is more impressive.That doesn’t mean Holmes is guaranteed a spot on the roster come September; Gase stressed that there’s still room for growth.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS:Jets surge upward with new look for 2019While Holmes is learning what to do on the field, learning to play it in the biggest sports market in the world just adds to the equation. He’s not totally foreign to the area, after all — he’s actually pretty familiar with New York; he has been to the Big Apple more than a handful of times and got his first taste of appreciation for American football some years ago.”I was a fan of the Giants,” Holmes said with a guilty smile. “That was the first real, live NFL game I went to — Giants vs. Colts. Since then, obviously they’ve had some real classy players, classy years. That’s the team I’ve mostly supported.”Holmes’ fandom for football goes beyond just the Giants, though. While he made a name for himself playing rugby, Holmes has wanted to compete in the NFL for a long time, with interest coming to a head back to the international pro day in Los Angeles in 2016. Holmes said roughly 15 teams were interested in him following that workout.”What it came down to, I just wanted to test myself as a player, a person, an athlete and see if I can come over here and test myself among these guys. So far, I’m here now, just finishing up training camp, I’m just having fun at the same time, enjoying it. It is a lifelong dream.”Holmes understands that all of Australia has its eyes on him as he trains and tries to steal a roster spot, but he isn’t losing sight of the true reason he made this move to the NFL.”I’m just doing this for myself, my family,” Holmes said. “I’m not really thinking about anyone else. Some people are supporting me and following me, some people aren’t. Obviously, I would like to do everyone proud who has supported me, I don’t want to look like a bust out here.”last_img read more

Usain Bolt by numbers

first_img14.35 – the world best Bolt set over 150 metres in Manchester, England, in 2009. He ran the final 100 metres in a startling 8.70sec, the fastest time ever recorded19 – major global medals19.19 – the world record he set for the 200m at the 2009 worlds in Berlin30.97 – his best time over the rarely-run 300m, set in 2010. Only South African Wayde van Niekerk and American Michael Johnson have gone faster31 – the Jamaican turns 31 on August 2136.84 – the world record for the 4x100m relay set at the London Olympics, Bolt anchoring a team also comprising Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake. Bolt had been part of two previous world relay records, in Beijing in 2008 (though this was later voided) and at the 2011 Daegu worlds37.58 – Bolt’s average speed in km/h (23.35mph) in his 100m world record race. Should you subtract his reaction time of 0.15sec, his time is actually 9.43sec, making his average speed 38.18km/h (23.72mph)41 – the number of strides it took for Bolt to cover the 100m on his record-setting run in the German capital44.72 – top speed in km/h (27.79mph) reached during his 100m run in Berlin in 2009, between the 60 to 80-metre mark53 – the number of times Bolt has run sub-10 second 100m races195 – his height in centimetres, or 6ft 5in4.82 million -followers on Twitter7.4 million – followers on Instagram18.8 million – follows of his Facebook page34.2 million – dollars earned by Bolt last year according to a list of the world’s richest sportspeople by Forbes magazine.Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Usain Bolt retired from track and field championships after Jamaica in the 4x100m relay at the world championships in London.Unfortunately there was to be no fairytale as he pulled up and collapsed injured on the track running the anchor leg.Here AFP Sports looks at his glittering career in numbers.1 – world bronze, after being beaten in the 100m in London 2017 by Americans Justin Gatlin and Christian Coleman3 – the number of Olympic treble sprint doubles, in Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. It should have been a treble treble including all three relay titles, but teammate Nesta Carter tested positive for doping in the Chinese capital4 – times Bolt has been named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year: 2009, 2010, 2013, 20175 – the number of sprinters to have beaten Bolt over 100m: Gatlin, Coleman, Jamaica’s Asafa Powell, American Tyson Gay and Antigua’s Daniel Bailey6 – times Bolt has won the IAAF Male Athlete of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 20168 – Olympic gold medals: 100, 200m (2008, 2012, 2016); 4x100m relay (2012, 2016)9.58 – the world record he set for the 100m at the 2009 worlds in Berlin9.63 – the second fastest time ever run, when Bolt scorched to 100m gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics9 – times Bolt has run sub-9.77 seconds or faster for the 100m11 – world gold medals: 100m (2009, 2013, 2015); 200m (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015); 4x100m relay (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015)14 – world medals amassed since making his debut in Helsinki in 2005, when he finished eighth and last in the 200m finallast_img read more

Monmouth Beach To Upgrade Its Bathing Pavilion

first_imgBy John BurtonMONMOUTH BEACH – The borough is planning to do a little work to its beach bathing pavilion to coincide with a planned sea wall project.Borough officials applied to the state Department of Environmental Protection for a CAFRA (Coastal Area Facility Review Act) permit and state approval to undertake some site upgrades at the facility.Plans call for the construction of a 5,950 square-foot deck and 1,024 square-foot shade structure. The new deck would allow people to see above the seawall to the beach and Atlantic Ocean, explained Mayor Susan Howard.In addition, replacement stairs and a ramp will be built to allow public access over the planned sea wall extension to connect the deck and pavilion to the ocean and beach area. A planned 13,100 square-foot gravel staging area for the sea wall construction work will be used for additional parking after the project, according to the information the borough provided to the DEP.This additional work is being done in conjunction with the state –  and federally funded $32 million sea wall repair and extension project.That project will construct new portions where there are currently gaps and repair some damaged areas in the protective wall that separates Ocean Avenue/state Highway 36 and the beach and oceanfront.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently reviewing the sea wall project but a final plan has yet to be determined. The DEP’s Bureau of Coastal Engineering is overseeing the project, with the state and federal governments sharing the cost.Bids are expected to go out in the coming months and work will start in late summer 2016, according to Lawrence Hajna, a DEP spokesman.The bathing pavilion is borough-owned and operated, offering protected ocean swimming and a pool and amenities for season members and access to the beach for day visitors.A CAFRA permit is required for any construction and development projects within a certain distance of waterways in New Jersey.“We’re proceeding with the permitting process in order to ensure the improvements to the pavilion that will be needed with the sea wall project,” said Howard.last_img read more

SPORT-IPL-LIONS-BOARD

first_imgMohali, Apr 11 (PTI) The scoreboard of Indian Premier Mohali, Apr 11 (PTI) The scoreboard of Indian Premier League match between Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions here today. Kings XI Punjab innings M Vijayb Jadeja42 M Vohrac ?Karthik b Jadeja38 D Millerb Bravo15 G Maxwellb Bravo2 W Sahac Jadeja b Bravo20 M Stoinisc Finch b Bravo33 A Patelnot out4 M Johnsonnot out0 Extras(b 1, lb 2, w 4)7 Total(6 wickets; 20 overs)161 Fall of wickets 1-78, 2-91, 3-101, 4-102, 5-157, 6-157 Bowling: P Kumar4-0-25-0, P Sangwan 2-0-21-0, J Faulkner 4-0-39-0, S Ladda 2-0-21-0, R Jadeja4-0-30-2, D Bravo4-0 22-4. MORE PTI BS BSlast_img read more