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[post_content] => Would the headline ‘Man sets himself on fire at gas station’ grab your attention? How about ‘Naked man sets himself on fire at gas station’? It certainly grabbed our attention.
But the truth was harder to fit into a headline: ‘Naked man tries to set himself on fire at gas station in New Jersey but covers himself in diesel rather than gasoline and couldn’t get it to light’.
We don’t know from reports whether the man involved, said to be from Ohio, was high or depressed or just plain dumb, but he has in any case been charged with risking widespread injury.
Being a postman is not the safest job in the world but, in the US at least, they do have some protection – particularly from angry dogs. Apparently posties (or ‘mail carriers’ as they are called these days) are issued with a spray that dogs don’t like. If they are faced with an aggressive dog, the spray will send it packing.
Of course, such sprays can be hazardous – they are aerosols, for a start, and presumably also contain some sort of irritant. As was made clear last month at a post office in Pocahontas, Arkansas, where a bunch of the stuff went off – it is not clear how – and sent 17 people to hospital.
HOT AND CREAMY
It can’t be much fun to suffer from psoriasis, to be covered in dry and itchy skin. And, as it turns out, even the treatment can be hazardous. The UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning after more than 50 deaths have been reported. It appears that the emollient creams used to soothe the pain of psoriasis can build up in fabrics and make it easier for them to catch fire.
It was initially thought that certain emollients that have a paraffins content of more than 50 per cent were the most dangerous but MHRA now says that all emollients, including those that are paraffin-free, pose a risk. A BBC report cited the case of one poor chap who accidentally set himself on fire at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, when sparks from a cigarette ignited his clothing. MHRA now wants hazard communication on packagings with advice on how to minimise the risks.
BANG GOES THE CASE
A massive explosion in Liverpool in March 2017 that caused “utter devastation” and injured 81 people was an ‘insurance job’ gone wrong, according to police. A man has been charged with causing the blast and fraudulently claiming on his insurance.
The accused ran a furniture shop in New Ferry which, the prosecutor told Liverpool Crown Court, was on the point of bankruptcy. It is alleged that the owner had sold off much of his stock in the weeks before the explosion. Investigation found the blast was caused by a build-up of gas in the building; it is alleged that the owner had deliberately removed an emergency control valve and allowed gas to escape, in the expectation that it would find an ignition source.
Indeed it did, causing an explosion that destroyed or damaged 63 properties nearby and blew in the front of a busy Chinese restaurant, showering diners in glass and rubble. The prosecutor summed up the situation: “This was an insurance job, but perhaps one that, given the scale of what happened, went badly wrong."
The case continues.
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Not otherwise specified: Strike a light
// By Peter Mackay on 14 Jan 2019
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