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Trapped to death at work

Issue No. 1866

A WORKER has been killed at a South Wales steel plant after becoming trapped in a piece of machinery. David Price, aged 54, from Newport, was carrying out maintenance work at the Alpha Steel plant on Saturday when he was killed.

A spokesperson said, 'A male person got trapped in machinery below the waist. 'It appears he was carrying out maintenance work at the premises involving a roller which formed part of the machinery.'

The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation. In 1997, two employees of the steel company were injured in a series of explosions when a burst pipe poured water onto molten metal in a furnace.

Sentenced for being ill

A WOMAN with severe learning difficulties was needlessly kept in hospital for ten years because no one would pay for proper treatment for her. Wakefield council has been ordered to pay the woman's relatives £20,000 in compensation.

The woman, who cannot be named, was only 19 when she was sectioned under the Mental Health Act for what should have been just six months. But she fell victim to a series of rows between the NHS and the council about who should pay for her treatment.

She was left to rot in a hospital where experts knew her condition would deteriorate.

MSP Tommy Sheridan jailed

SCOTTISH SOCIALIST MSP Tommy Sheridan was outrageously banged up in jail this week. He was thrown into Scotland's Barlinnie prison for seven days after refusing to pay a fine following his arrest at protests against the Trident nuclear weapons system last year.

As Tommy Sheridan said just before he handed himself over to the police: 'Nuclear weapons are a crime against humanity and should be removed from the Clyde and from Britain.

'It is the duty of all peace protesters to make a stand against nuclear weapons. Politicians in particular should be at the forefront of the nuclear disarmament campaign.'

Come to key ESF meeting

AN IMPORTANT national public assembly for this year's European Social Forum (ESF) will take place in London this Sunday 31 August. The meeting will be discussing the build-up to the ESF, as well as planning speakers and debates to take place at the event in Paris.

The meeting is open to everyone and activists should make it a priority. 12 noon, Palms Suite, University of London Union, Malet Street.

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Sat 30 Aug 2003, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1866
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