Spectrum Residential Ensemble / Re-Act Now

first_img Year:  Save this picture!© Andrei Margulescu+ 21 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/334654/spectrum-residential-ensemble-re-act-now-studio Clipboard Area:  26000 m² Area:  26000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2009 Spectrum Residential Ensemble / Re-Act NowSave this projectSaveSpectrum Residential Ensemble / Re-Act Now “COPY” Year:  “COPY” Architects: Re-Act Now Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/334654/spectrum-residential-ensemble-re-act-now-studio Clipboard 2009 Projects Photographs Spectrum Residential Ensemble / Re-Act Now photographs:  Andrei MargulescuPhotographs:  Andrei MargulescuEngineering:IPC StructuresElectrical:Ink BuildingClient:Five HoldingDesign Team:Mario Kuibus, Adela Toma, Cristina Chivu, Tudor Vasiliu, Raluca Genoiu, Claudiu Bica, Alexandru Axinte, Andreea IonescuCountry:RomaniaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrei MargulescuRecommended ProductsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. In an absolutely amazing geographical setting, in a «spur» of the gulf referred to as the «Fishery», somewhere at Constanta’s northern limits towards Mamaia, where the strip of land between the sea and Ghiol lake is minimal, is  located the «Spectrum» Residential Complex, proposed by us. Save this picture!© Andrei MargulescuIn this land «spur», the placement of «sea guards» appeared as an absolutely extraordinary theme.Observing the place from the land and from the sea, I realized that the situations are somehow different. If, when looked on from the land, the sea was overwhelming in intensity and greatness, not the same thing could be said about the vicinity with the buildings on the waterfront. A mix of houses and apartment blocks built during various periods of time, one looking poorer than the other and without personality, conveying a sensation of poverty, sadness, lack of optimism, lack of courage. The list could go on…Save this picture!© Andrei MargulescuThe fact that an open «manifesto» could mean a rebirth of these places became obvious from these initial observations.The appearance of the «guards» should have been set against these aspects: coming from the waterfront, you almost failed to notice them and coming from the water, they should have become that presence of major impact, overwhelming, intriguing and fascinating, which on the one hand disturbs, but on the other creates history in a place devoid of history and identity. Save this picture!© Andrei MargulescuThis play between transparence and invisibility on the one hand, when you are walking on the waterfront, and between presence and materialization, when at sea and on the shore, made me think of crystals. Crystals are of that materiality which makes us either regard them as pieces of glass in a context, or as a sublime play of colors and spectral illusions of that materialized «something»… Save this picture!© Andrei MargulescuWhat could be clearer, in this case, than the fact that our «guards» on 13 levels should have become crystal «incarnations», forever in charge of guarding the Fishery Gulf? In order for the optical illusion effect to be perceptible from all sides, additional chamfering of the newly created surfaces was required. The invisibility, the chameleonic are best conveyed by mirror-like, silvery surfaces. Just like the clouds and the sky reflect on the silvery belly of a plane, the same way the silvery surfaces of the facades that we perceive from the land, which disappear in the background with the sea and sky, turn their presence into a prolongation of the natural landscape. The «spectral crystallization» of the facades looking onto the sea ends the story about the things above, make everything appear unreal, hallucinating, filtered, illusive… It is a mental-visual trance that you welcome and which remains in your mind, in your senses, in the conscious and subconscious. Save this picture!© Andrei MargulescuIf we also want to know what these «characters» shelter, we might as well mention here the apartments the living rooms of which are provided with balconies that generally face the  sea, on the spectral facades, while on the side with silvery facades, towards the land, there are the bedrooms. A strong community space was created upon our suggestion, following models already established in other countries, on two underground levels (along with the parking lots). In the community spaces we also find a swimming pool, a fitness area, halls of private events, a laundry, a bar with a mini restaurant, appurtenances. Save this picture!SectionThe concept of this complex, as a complex developed not only speculatively, is largely due tothe beneficiary, who did his best not to «ruin» the story of the project in all its development stages. Architects, the world is not lost! There still are kind-hearted beneficiaries!…Project gallerySee allShow lessCABII House / Nacho Carbó arquitectoSelected ProjectsFilms & Architecture: “North by Northwest”ArticlesProject locationAddress:Constanta, RomaniaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Romania CopyApartments•Romania Apartments ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeRe-Act NowOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsHousingRomaniaPublished on February 20, 2013Cite: “Spectrum Residential Ensemble / Re-Act Now” 20 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Inauguration protesters’ charges dropped

first_imgThe following edited press release was issued on Jan. 19.San Francisco, Jan. 18 — Chief Assistant District Attorney Shannon Woo announced the formal dismissal of charges against 11 activists, known as the J20 Resisters, who participated in protests on last year’s Inauguration Day. DA George Gascón has faced harsh criticism for squandering resources in pursuit of this case.“The District Attorney could have chosen not to charge the J20 resisters from day one. Instead he chose to put our clients through the criminal process, wasting government resources for almost a year, knowing full well he never intended to take this case to trial, which Deputy District Attorney Shannon Woo acknowledged on the record today,” stated Gabriela Lopez, National Lawyers Guild member and defense attorney for J20 Resister Molly Jane Hammond.Once charges were filed against the J20 Resisters, the DA encouraged them to accept pretrial diversion (PTD), which seeks to divert certain offenders from traditional criminal processes, restating this option at various points through the process. The Resisters refused PTD from the beginning, citing ethical opposition to the criminalization of protest. Finally, the DA dropped the charges against them instead.“We decided to risk trial instead of taking a diversion, because solidarity doesn’t end with putting our bodies on the line — we also need to leverage our privilege in the (in)justice system. We refused to be intimidated by threats and manipulations of the state, and we encourage people to take a stand and be unafraid. We can win, we have won, and we will continue to fight until justice emerges,” says Hammond.The day of victory for the local J20 Resisters is shared with the national resistance movement. On the same day the local Resisters’ case was dismissed, 129 Washington, D.C., protesters’ cases were dismissed as well. But the U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to seek multiple felony convictions for 59 of the people swept up in a mass arrest at the “anti-fascist and anti-capitalist march” during Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2017. The local J20 Resisters are committed to using their platform to fight for dismissal of all cases against Inauguration Day protesters.The J20 Resisters also support the Black Pride 4, who were arrested during Columbus Pride on June 17. They took action in opposition to the June 16 acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez, the St. Anthony, Minn., police officer who killed Philando Castile. The Black Pride 4 continue to face charges and are scheduled to start trial on Feb. 5.Kendal Blum, another J20 Resister, speaks to this commitment of solidarity: “We stand with resisters across the country who are still fighting. We will take this momentum and channel it into getting the charges against the D.C. J20 Defenders and the Columbus Black Pride 4 dropped. This is a win not just for each of us, but for all of our communities and all those with whom we stand in solidarity.”On Jan. 20, the J20 Resisters will carry banners of solidarity for national activists, marching alongside GABRIELA National Alliance of Women at the Women’s March, who will march to “RISE against fascism; RESIST the militarization of our lands, communities and bodies; and UNITE for self-determination.” Even in light of this victory, the J20 Resisters continue to stand in resistance to the current presidential administration — and work toward justice for all activists arrested fighting for social justice.The J20 Resisters will host a victory party in Oakland, Calif., to fundraise for the Black Pride 4. They’ll post details on their website (tinyurl.com/y9phv8wd) and Facebook page (tinyurl.com/yazt3do6) >FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indiana Weather Forecast 2/110/2015

first_img Indiana Weather Forecast 2/110/2015 SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Home News Feed Indiana Weather Forecast 2/110/2015 Previous articleWOTUS Not Over YetNext articleMorning Outlook Hoosier Ag Today A slow move down in temps over the next few days, but we still wont rule out a bounce today with temps shooting back above normal for a short time. However, models continue to come into better and better agreement over several arctic blasts that are in line to hit the region as we finish the week, the weekend and move into next week. Most of the cold shots come with no precipitation, though. Temps will be 5-10 degrees below normal to finish the week tomorrow and Friday, and 10 degrees or more below normal for the weekend and most of next week.The wave of low pressure that passes over the region next Monday night into Tuesday is fully a snow feature now .We like moisture equivalent of .1” to .25” across 90% of the state. That would equate to half to 2 inches of snow for the most part. The freezing line should be well south, meaning all areas would be in the snow part of the system. This could be a bigger snow event for places form the OH River to the TN valley.Strong arctic high pressure follows that system in, with colder air than we expect this weekend. However, we may see the region devoid of major precipitation until the following weekend or even early the next week. A strong clipper will be followed by a strong system from the southwest…both of which may lead to some decent snows in the last week of the month.BEYOND INDIANA:CORN WeatherWe really wish we had something different, something exciting to report this morning on the international front…but models are pretty locked in to the pattern in the short term. Mostly dry weather settles in over Argentina to finish the week. The drier weather with high pressure makes us just a bit concerned about above normal temps…but we will see how the day plays out today before getting to overly worked up about warmth. Our next front is a minor one still on track for Sunday through early Tuesday. A strong off shore low is spawning this front…but it really has very little punch across land. While coverage remains at about 70% of corn areas, totals will be from .2” to .6”. A stronger front follows on the heels of that, bringing half to 1.5” rains for the 18th-19th with 70% coverage. Strong high pressure trying to come in behind may stay just off short, which would funnel colder south winds in over corn areas, and might trigger better shower and thunderstorm action toward the 22nd-25th. Time will tell. Still plentiful moisture in Brazil corn areas. Stagnating fronts may produce excessive rains over Parana, Paraguay and southern Matto Grosso do Sul. Look for the US Corn Belt to get colder over the coming 10 day period. Three back to back to back pushes of colder Canadian and arctic air will drop temps to below normal levels over the entire Corn Belt by the middle of next week. 10 day precipitation totals do not look overly impressive in the Corn Belt, but a little more so in the lower delta and Deep South. However, the 11-16 day period does look active and should hold above normal precipitation for a large part of the Corn Belt. Temps will go from nearly normal today to 10-15 degrees below normal by the middle and end of next week. A dramatic shift lower in temps will come in this weekend. Moisture early next week will be mostly snow across the Corn Belt, with liquid equivalents at a half inch or less. SOYBEAN WeatherExcessive moisture stays out of Brazil soybean areas over the next 10 days, but plentiful moisture should develop. We like rains for most of the soybean belt at half to 2.5”. The latest 10 day map of modeled precipitation continues to back up this supportive forecast.  WHEAT Weather Turning cooler later this week in HRW areas, but we may be setting up for an east vs. west story initially for Thursday and Friday. The west will bounce immediately out of today’s cooler temps, while the east sits there a day or two longer. Either way, a cold push for this weekend will finally bring the entire region back to normal, and then next week we can see colder air settle in for some below normal readings. Precipitation will be limited. Models show the next system for early next week drawing moisture off the gulf mostly when it is already to the east of the region. So…eastern areas may pick up a few hundredths to a tenth or two, but western locations will likely miss out. Longer term, we still look for some moisture to come out of a trough developing over the SW US…but models are a little less bullish on the heavier rains for right now (a normal day 13-15 bias). We expect that solution will gain more traction as we get closer to the day 10-11 period.  SRW areas look colder on the latest model runs. The best precipitation over the next week will likely hit southern SRW areas, while northern areas get mostly minor amounts. But…the cold air is not to be trifled with. We look for well below normal temps from this weekend through at least the 25th. No change in Eurasia for the coming forecast period. Cold air remains to the north through day 11, but precipitation remains nearly nonexistent for the heart of Russia and FSU winter crop areas. We look for no more than a 2 tenths of an inch of liquid equivalent for Ukraine, Russia’s Central Region, the Volga region and Kazakhstan between now and the 21st. By Hoosier Ag Today – Feb 11, 2015 last_img read more

3,336 potential leaks found in County Limerick

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook 3,336 households in County Limerick have already received a letter from Irish Water indicating a potential leak on their property.Over 570 householders in Limerick have to date benefited from Irish Water’s First Fix Leak Repair Scheme.The scheme was launched in early 2015 across all metering regions in County Limerick and throughout the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Figures just released to the end of March this year have shown that 573 householders in County Limerick have already benefitted from the scheme.75,974 properties were identified with customer side leaks, 3,336 of which have been found in County Limerick.Fine Gael TD for Limerick, Tom Neville, this week encouraged householders to avail of the scheme.“Leakage of water from the network is a serious problem on a national scale and this is reflected in County Limerick. Lost water is estimated at 47 per cent nationally based on figures from the National Metering Programme and 39 per cent in County Limerick,” Deputy Neville explained.“To avail of this scheme, customers must have a confirmed leak on their external supply pipe, have water meter installed on their property (so that the leak can be verified) and have a working and accessible inside stop valve.”3,336 households in County Limerick have already received a letter indicating a potential leak on their property.“I would strongly advise any customers who haven’t done so already to contact Irish Water immediately to request a Free Leak investigation. They will then be issued with a First Fix Repair Scheme offer detailing the terms and condition of the repair.  This is a great opportunity to potentially avail of a free fix,” said Neville.by Alan [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Advertisement Email Linkedin Previous articleOpinion – Domestic DominanceNext articleSoccer – Action from Limerick FC versus St Patrick’s Athletic Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSFine GaelIrish WaterlimerickTom Neville TD Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Print News3,336 potential leaks found in County LimerickBy Alan Jacques – August 20, 2016 691 WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

FG seeks new system of penalties for fishing offences

first_imgNewsx Adverts Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Previous articleACART hit back against calls for blood alcohol limit to be unchangedNext articleSignage around Letterkenny is an eyesore – Culbert News Highland Twitter Google+ Twitter FG seeks new system of penalties for fishing offencescenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – May 12, 2010 Fine Gael Fisheries Spokesperson is calling on the Government to take on board a Fine Gael Bill to introduce administrative sanctions for fisheries offences, instead of the system of exclusively criminal sanctions currently in place in Ireland.Tom Sheehan says Ireland is out of step compared to other EU countries in relying on criminal sanctions only, regardless of the offence. In the case of one Donegal fisherman, he says, a file has been sent to the DPP for being 4 kilograms over quota. WhatsApp Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Facebook WhatsApp Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton last_img read more

US based priest to contest extradition order

first_img Twitter Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By News Highland – April 21, 2010 Facebook Google+ Google+ A judge in the united states has ruled that a catholic priest should be exradited back to Ireland to face child molestation charges here.82 year-old Reverend Francis Markey was arrested in Indiana in November on an extradition warrant alleging he raped a 15 year-old boy in Donegal in 1968.For the past two years, he has been fighting the attempts by the Director of Public Prosecutions to bring him back to Ireland.The priest, from the Catholic diocese of Clogher, is wanted in Ireland on charges of twice raping a 15-year-old boy in 1968.Fr Markey’s alleged victim made the accusations against him in 2006, nearly 38 years after he said the rapes took place.The priest’s accuser said he was 15 years old when Fr Markey, who was considered a family friend, allegedly raped him once in Lough Derg, Donegal and once in Co Galway, after his father’s funeralMarkey was stripped of duties at a Minnesota church in 1982 after parents complained he was “overly affectionate” with boys.Francis Markey has been held in the St. Joseph County Jail since November, his legal team have indicated he intends to appeal this week’s extradition ruling in the US court of Appeals. US based priest to contest extradition order Pinterest Previous articleO’Reilly presenting Lost at Sea report to Oireachtas committeeNext articlePSNI investigate Derry explosion News Highland Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week center_img Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Alleged Assault in Letterkenny

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter By News Highland – February 14, 2015 Pinterest WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Alleged Assault in Letterkennycenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai are investigating an alleged assault in Letterkenny.The incident is said to have taken place last night.The scene has been preserved in an area at the back of Mr Chippie.Two juveniles have been arrested for questioning.There are no further details at this stage. Google+ Facebook Previous articleDerry & District Sports AwardsNext articleMcConalogue: Government Must Address Shortcomings at LGH News Highland Homepage BannerNews Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

Funding announced for micro enterprises in Donegal

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – July 27, 2020 Twitter Pinterest The first grants for local community groups and micro enterprises in Donegal have arrived from the Fisheries Local Action Group for 2020.The grants are co-funded by the Government and European Union and have been described as a very welcome and timely boosts to the recipients across Donegal.The total value of the grants nationwide is €1.2m so it is correct that groups and enterprises here should receive this much needed funding.The grants set out to assist with investments being made in local projects.Seven Fisheries Local Action Groups (FLAGs) were established under the country’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Programme.Each group takes care of a region in the country and assists with the distribution for the funding here in Donegal.The groups and funding received are:FLAG NORTHArranmore Country Fest Festival – Investment:  €2,500.00 Grant: €2,000.00Ardara Community Centre Upgrade roof at Ardara Community Centre -Investment: €4,900.00 Grant : €3,920.00Ardara Walking Festival Festival – Investment €2,500.00 Grant: €2,000.00Greencastle Golf Club All Ireland Fisherman Golf Seafood Buffet  -Investment: €2,500.00 Grant: €2,000.00Inishowen Community Media Network (ICMN) Croi na Farraige/Heart of the Sea – Digital Media Maritime Heritage Project & TV Documentary – Investment: €12,250.00 Grant: €9,800.00Inishowen Maritime Heritage Co Exhibition space enhancement – Investment: €5,670.00 Grant: €4,536.00Awake Tourism Stage for Heritage Centre – Investment: €10,251.00 Grant: €8,200.80Hugh Boyle Painter and Decorator Equipment -Investment: €4,800.00 Grant: €1,920.00Forest View Lodges Forest View Lodges – Investment: €16,500.00 Grant: €6,600.00Malin Head Community Association Ltd Tourist Map for the Malin Head Area – Investment: €1,961.85 Grant:  €1,569.48Carrigart Development Association Carrigart Development Association Environmental & Tourism Project – Investment: €2,089.77 Grant: €1,671.82Scoil Mhuire Buncrana Scoil Mhuire Sailing Centre – Investment: €10,416.24 Grant: €8,332.99Malin Head Fishermans Co-operative Society Equipment Roller Doors – Investment: €8,142.00 Grant: €4,885.20Inver Community Centre Company Limited by Guarantee Inver Community Centre – Enhancing an Existing Community Asset – Investment: €4,995.64 Grant: €3,996.51Comharchumann forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair Athnuachan ar chóras séarachais ag an Chrannóg – Investment:  €11,200.00  Grant: €8,960.00Comharchumann na nOileán Beag Féile Ghabhla / Gola Island Festival 2020 – Investment: €2,500.00 Grant: €2,000.00Comharchumann Oileán Árainn Mhór CTR Tourist Information Booklet Investment: €1,992.00 Grant: €1,593.60Kilcar Kayaks Equipment and Training – Investment:  €19,122.00 Grant: €15,297.60Coiste Halla Paróiste Energy Renewal Programme 80 €2,814.00 €2,251.20Forbairt Dhún Lúiche Ionad Pobail Dhún Lúiche & Féile an Earagail 80 €4,892.93 €3,914.34Forbairt Dhún Lúiche Féile an Earagail  – Investment: €2,500.00 Grant: €2,000.00Glenties Cardiac First Responders Purchase of Training/Life Saving Equipment – Investment €18,719.61 Grant: €14,975.68Donegal Dragons Donegal Dragons Safety Boat – Investment:  €16,500.00 Grant: €13,200.00Cumann Staire agus Seanchais na nOileán Gola Picnic Area – Investment: €2,300.01 Grant: €1,840.00JK Engineering Environmentally Efficient Generator and Plasma – Investment: €12,960.00 Grant: €6,480.00Oidhreacht Thoraí (Tory Island Festival of Football Organising Committee) Féile Peile Oileán Thoraí / Tory Island Football Festival – Investment:  €2,500.00 Grant: €2,000.00Donegal Women in Business Network Core business skills for women in business 80 €2,500.00 €2,000.00Foresters Community Hall Ltd CLG Installation of a Kitchen 80 €21,460.00 €17,168.00Gola Island Outdoor Education Safety Boat Outboard Engine – Investment: €10,440.00  Grant: €5,220.00Comharchumann forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair Plean Gnó do Thogra Turasóireachta ag Teach Mhuiris, Cnoc Fola – Investment: €18,000.00 Facebook Previous articleConcern over ‘unregulated’ oyster trestles at Lough FoyleNext articleCommon sense needed when schools reopen – McHugh News Highland Pinterestcenter_img Homepage BannerNews Google+ Funding announced for micro enterprises in Donegal Harps come back to win in Waterford Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Risk inflation

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Risk inflationOn 1 Mar 2000 in Musculoskeletal disorders, Personnel Today The rising compensation awards in both physical andpsychological injury cases underlines the importance of risk assessment, withthe onus on the OH department.  By JanetGaymer Is it better to be physically injured or to suffer a mental breakdown? Therehas been an increasing public and professional debate in recent months aboutthe costs associated with failure to manage health-related issues. A claim fordamages for personal injury following the loss of, say, a finger may lead to anaward of £9,000 and the loss of a leg below the knee may deliver an award of£60,000. Claims for mental injury, however, are attracting much higher awards –often reaching six figures. On the face of it these developments only serve to underline the importanceof the role of occupational health professionals. The Health and SafetyExecutive’s most recent figures show that the cost to UK business of workplaceinjuries and work-related ill-health for 1995/1996 was about £2.5bn per yearwith £0.9bn for injuries and £1.6bn for illness. Non-injury accidents have beenestimated to cost between £1.4bn and £4.5bn per year. A research programme commissioned by the British Occupational HealthResearch Foundation found a clear shift from safety- to health-related issuesin the workplace. The top issue was musculoskeletal problems closely followedby work-related stress. According to the Institute of Personnel and Development6 million working days are lost each year through stress, and it puts theannual cost of stress-related illness at between £5 and £12bn. This translates,according to the Confederation of British Industry, into a cost of £10bn in UKbusiness days lost. Workplace stress So what trends can be defined in the case law relating to these issues? Inrelation to claims for stress in the workplace awards appear to be increasing.The trend was started with the settlement of the case of John Walker in 1996for the sum of £175,000. Subsequently Janet Ballantyne was awarded £66,000,Beverley Lancaster received £67,000 in July 1999 and Roderick McCleod accepteda settlement of £200,000 following a bullying allegation. Finally, Randy Ingramreceived £203,000 from Worcester County Council after being shot at andassaulted in his job as warden of a travellers’ site. Disability claims Turning to claims under the Disability Discrimination Act, which areincreasingly linked with claims of stress, the awards may not be as high. Forexample, in an unreported case at the Liverpool Employment Tribunal concerningmultiple sclerosis only £2,000 was awarded for injury to feelings (Samuels vWeslyan Assurance Society) and £4,250 was awarded in another unreported case ofepilepsy in Hull, again for injury to feelings (Holmes v Whittingham). It isworth remembering that exemplary damages are not recoverable in discriminationcases as they are the creature of statute, damages being compensatory and notpunitive. Health and safety In relation to health and safety issues, there are signs that currentlegislation is being used creatively in order to increase financial recovery.The Trade Union Reform & Employment Rights Act 1993 introduced rights notto be subjected to a detriment or unfair dismissal on health and safety grounds.These rights are contained in Section 44 and Section 100 of the EmploymentRights Act 1996. The latter section provides that where an employer dismissesan employee for a prohibited health and safety reason the dismissal isautomatically unfair. The reasonableness of the employer’s action in dismissingis not a matter which is taken into consideration. It applies to all employeesregardless of length of service or age. The limit for the compensatory award inclaims of unfair dismissal was lifted to £50,000 with effect from 25 October1999. Discrimination Recently the Employment Appeal Tribunal considered two cases raisingspecific aspects of the statutory rights. In Harvest Press v McCaffrey, theEmployment Appeal Tribunal upheld the decision of a tribunal that an employeewho was dismissed after walking out of work because of a colleague’sthreatening and abusive behaviour was protected by the section and wasautomatically unfairly dismissed. A decision of the Court of Appeal last year may also have far reachingconsequences in relation to claims for discrimination. In Sheriff v Klyne Tugsthe Court of Appeal concluded that an employment tribunal has jurisdiction toaward compensation by way of damages for personal injury including bothphysical and psychiatric injury caused by the statutory tort of unlawfuldiscrimination. A claimant is therefore entitled to be compensated for the lossand damage sustained as the result of the statutory tort. These developments serve to underline the importance of employers conductingthorough investigations into any allegations of health and safety infringementand to ensure appropriate action is taken. Where risk assessments identify hazards which need the expertise ofoccupational health professionals, this may not be expensive, but an award by acourt or tribunal may be very costly. Janet Gaymer is employment law partner at international law firm Simmons& Simmons Case RoundupHarvest Press v McCaffrey EAT (1999) IRLR 778 An employee was dismissed after walking out of work because of thethreatening and abusive behaviour of a colleague.The case found this may be an automatic unfair dismissal if the reason forthe dismissal is that “in circumstances of danger which the employeereasonably believes to be serious and imminent” and which he could notreasonably have been expected to avert, he left his place of work. In thiscontext the word “danger” covers any danger no matter how it arose.Sheriff v Klyne Tugs (Lowestoft) CA (1999) IRLR 481If an employee claims racial harassment, abuse, intimidation and bullyingso that he suffers a nervous breakdown and becomes unfit for work, they mayclaim in the employment tribunal damages for personal injury including bothphysical and psychiatric injury.  Where this type of claim is made, the complainant may be well advised toobtain a medical report for the purposes of the employment tribunalproceedings.Teasdale v John Walker T/a Blaydon Packaging (12.4.99 Case No.2505103/98)A breach of the duty to take reasonable care of an employee’s health andsafety involving the replacement of worn out ropes for securing lorry loads isa fundamental breach of contract entitling the employee to resign and claimconstructive dismissal. Where the reason for this type of dismissal falls within Section 100 of theEmployment Rights Act 1996 the dismissal is automatically unfair. 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Update: New OH guidance

first_imgAs discussed in this column back in September last year, IOSH has publishedProfessionals in partnership, an OH guidance document that aims to enablesafety practitioners to become more involved in OH issues. The guidance encourages practitioners to develop their awareness of OHissues, to make appropriate interventions within their levels of competence andto form close working relationships with other OH professionals. It also actsas a signpost document, directing readers to useful OH publications andprovides website addresses of OH organisations. In order to gauge the efficacy of the new guidance, short ‘before’ and‘after’ questionnaires are being distributed to users. Professionals in partnership is registered as a project in the ‘knowledge’Programme Action Group of SH2 and the results from the questionnaires may beposted on the SH2 and IOSH websites, once sufficient data have been generatedfor analysis. The guidance has the support of several OH practitioner groups, including:Association of Occupational Health Nurse Practitioners (UK), British Instituteof Occupational Hygienists, British Occupational Hygiene Society, TheErgonomics Society, and Society of Occupational Medicine as well as the backingof the HSE’s SH2 team. If you would like a free copy of Professionals in partnership, pleasecontact Andrea Alexander on 0116 257 3100 or e-mail: [email protected]  The guidance and questionnaire are alsodownloadable from the IOSH website at: www.iosh.co.ukMembers may also be interested to know that IOSH has developed a CPD course,Occupational health for OSH practitioners, which is complementary to theguidance – please contact Zoe Whitehead on 0116 257 3100 for further details. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Update: New OH guidanceOn 1 Feb 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more