Acting on intelligence, UKBA officers and their various organisations ‘opos’ checked the immigration status of all 24 occupants of two vehicles stopped on the A52 just outside Grantham at 06:00 on 17th May. Fingerprint scanners were used to confirm identities in some cases.

They found 11 men who are Indian nationals who had either overstayed visas or entered the UK illegally. The other was a Pakistani man was also identified as being in the country illegally.
They were arrested and taken to Grantham police station for further questioning.

Both vehicles were severely overcrowded, placing the safety of the occupants at risk, and breaching transport regulations. This was brought to the attention of the GLA as a critical breach of their licensing conditions.

The agencies involved in the operation are continuing their investigations but it is suspected that the men were travelling to work on a farm in Lincolnshire.

Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime

Talking about foreign workers legally or illegally working in the UK

It really ‘gets my goat’ when I read in some ‘linen draper’ (newspaper) some businessman prefers to employ migrant workers because they work harder than British workers.

What a load of old cobblers they employ them because they work cheaply, are easily threatened with the loss of their job, some are too scared to take a holiday in case they haven’t employment when they return and they tend not to be too concerned about safety at work because they do not want to be seen to be a troublemaker.

Here’s a horror story from a management and recycling company which has been fined after a worker lost most of his arm on an unguarded conveyor system at a Kent quarry.

Agency employee Vladislavs Golovacs, 45, from Gravesend but originally Latvia, was attempting to clear a blockage at Pinden Quarry, in Longfield, near Dartford, when the incident occurred on December 20th, 2010.

Dartford Magistrates heard on Thursday that a conveyor belt used to transfer waste into a sorting shed was juddering and vibrating, making sorting difficult, after a driving roller was blocked by stones.
The Latvian national, contracted to work for Pinden Limited, which owns the quarry, should have stopped the machine before removing the debris. Instead he removed the stones with the power still running and his left arm became trapped and was torn with extreme force.

It was ripped from his body from between his shoulder and elbow leaving just a quarter of the limb intact. Mr Golovacs was airlifted to hospital for an emergency operation, but surgeons were unable to reattach his arm. He has been unable to return to work since.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and found there was no guarding in place to prevent access to dangerous moving parts on the conveyor. Mr Golovacs had also received no training on how to safely clear blockages.

Pinden Limited, registered to Waldens Depot, Waldens Road, Orpington, Kent, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 for these failings. The company was fined £10,000 and ordered to pay £11,506 in costs .

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Andrew McGill said: “This was a horrific incident that was entirely preventable had appropriate guarding been fitted, and had Mr Golovacs been properly trained in how to clear a blockage.
“He knows to his cost that dangerous moving parts should be properly restricted when in operation, and isolated if access is required. However, it was the responsibility of Pinden Limited to ensure that happened – which it clearly didn’t on this occasion. Safe systems of work must be of paramount importance at all times.”

Obviously Pinden didn’t see Mr Golovacs as a ‘right person’.

It seems not a day goes past without some needless death in a hospital and it’s nearly always due to incompetence

IlieA father whose baby son died after being born in a hospital waiting room has said he believes his son might have survived if he had been given better care.

Steven Yorke and his partner Sara Proud went to Leicester Royal Infirmary on Sunday night when Sara realised she was in labour. When they arrived they were told to wait in a side room with other expectant parents.

But 80 minutes later baby Kyle was born while Mr Yorke was trying to find help. When two midwives did come to assist, the umbilical cord was wrapped around the baby’s neck. Kyle was quickly delivered and rushed off in the hope of being revived, but those attempts were unsuccessful.

Even after the birth, Sara was left to deliver the placenta in the waiting room and only realised Kyle had died when Mr Yorke found her and told her what had happened.

Leicester Royal Infirmary has admitted that mistakes were made.

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