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<b>Tuesday 5 January:</b> Snow story, OAP arrests but less deaths in the workplace

Published on January 5th 2010.

TRAVEL CHAOS WORSENS AS MANCHESTER AIRPORT CLOSES due to the weather. Air passengers have been urged to check their flight status with the airline, and rail passengers are being told to expect long delays. The AA has warned motorists to be extra careful and not to travel unnecessarily after a number of collisions. Bus operator Stagecoach has suspended many of its services due to the conditions but was trying to maintain the main routes into the city.

MANCHESTER PLUNGED INTO SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES last night, with most waking up to thick snow on the ground. Forecasters predict the icy weather is set to last for another week, with bookies slashing the odds on this being the coldest January on record. Over 100 schools across Greater Manchester have closed because of the heavy snowfall.

OVER 1,600 OAPS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED IN GREATER MANCHESTER in the last three years, with the oldest, a 94-year-old man, being arrested for violence against another person. A total of 1,680 over-65s were arrested in the three years from October 2006 to November 2009, according to figures released by Greater Manchester Police. Suspected crimes include, criminal damage, theft and handling of stolen goods, and drugs offences.

NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE WORKPLACE DROP across Greater Manchester. Eight workers died and 6,236 were hurt last year compared with 10 deaths and 7,204 injuries the year before, the Health and Safety Executive says. Despite the drop, the HSE is urging employers to take ‘positive action’ to improve conditions in workplaces.

Samuel Johnson wisdom week: When two Englishmen meet, their first talk is of the weather

Cas says..“ Must be a snow news day.

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pedantJanuary 5th 2010.

Sheer numbers of deaths and accidents on their own would only be useful if the number of people in work was about the same as it was the previous year - the industry standard that companies measure their performance with is the number of accidents per 10,000 man hours. As unemployment has been much higher in the last year, the number of manhours in Gtr Manchester will have declined significantly. So in effect the situation probably isn't that workplaces are getting particular safer... just that much fewer people are actually working. Sorry to be a downer.

johnthebrief wisdomJanuary 5th 2010.

When two mancunians meet, their first talk is of the footie

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