Dale Benton


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A Lincoln resident at the Order of St John Care Trust’s Beckside care home in North Hykeham has been reunited with her sister – 72 years after they last saw one another.

Kathleen Smith, 84, and her younger sister Violet Rossini, 80, last saw each other when they were just young girls before a family split saw them break apart for over seven decades.

Violet, who moved to Australia in the 1930s, had spent years searching for her sister before contacting the Salvation Army, who located Kathleen at the care home in North Hykeham.

Once Violet knew of her sister’s location, she and her grand daughter travelled over 30 hours to the UK to make the heartwarming renunion a reality.

“We’ve thought of each other and I’ve missed her a lot,” said Kathleen.

Violet added, “It’s like having a new family all over again.”

Kathleen and Violet will spend the next several weeks together making up for lost time before Violet returns to Australia, however the sisters intend on keeping on writing one another and video calling.

Construction sites across Lincoln will be under inspection this month as part of a national push to reduce death, injury and ill health within the industry.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will visit sites across Lincoln and around UK to inspect refurbishment projects and repair works currently underway.

Local inspectors from the HSE will make more than 2,000 unannounced visits to ensure high risk activities, such as working at height and the potential exposure to harmful dusts, are correctly managed.

The HSE will also be checking welfare facilities on site.

The latest HSE figures revealed construction workers are four times as likely to be killed at work compared to the average worker, with an estimated 70,000 suffering ill health as a result of their work.

These figures come despite a reduction in fatalities within the workplace in 2012/13.

Previous HSE inspections across Lincoln in April revealed 10 out of 38 construction sites were found breaching safety regulations.

Richard Lockwood, HSE Principal Inspector for a Construction Division covering Leicestershire/Lincolnshire said: “Too many people die every year on Britain’s construction sites as a result of entirely avoidable incidents.

“Just as importantly, the cause of ill health, such as unnecessary exposure to asbestos or silica dust can also have fatal or debilitating consequences.

“Often we find it is smaller companies working on refurbishment and repair work who are failing to protect their workers through a lack of awareness and poor control of risks.

“This initiative provides a chance to engage with these firms to help them understand what they need to do, so they can put in place practical measures needed to keep people safe.”

He added: “However if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily and irresponsibly put at risk we will not hesitate to take robust action.

“Companies who deliberately cut corners and put their workers or others at risk will feel the full weight of the law.”

Proud locals can share their love for Lincoln as a new scheme is being launched to help promote the city to tourists.

The Lincoln Ambassadors Scheme, launching September 20 as part of Lincoln BIG, will see volunteer ambassadors learn more about the various attractions and events that take place within the city and represent Lincoln to the many tourists that visit the city.

Lincoln BIG Chief Executive Matt Corrigan said: “Ambassadors will be encouraged to take on a variety of wide-ranging roles, so there is bound to be something to suit different tastes and to fit in with the amount of time people have to spare.

“We hope to create a pool of enthusiastic volunteers, who have good local knowledge, a desire to help others and a real passion to share their love of Lincoln with visitors.”

Volunteers will assist Lincoln BIG events throughout the city with roles such as stewards, information assistants, warden helpers and taking charge of welcoming visitors to Lincoln.

“In return for their participation, Lincoln BIG can offer relevant training and paid expenses,” Matt Corrigan added.

“This is a great way for individuals to get out and meet new people and gain a real sense of achievement in making a difference and improving the visitor experience in Lincoln.”

Those interested in becoming a volunteer and want to find out more are invited to attend the Lincoln Ambassadors Scheme Launch, which takes place on Friday, September 20, in City Square from 11am to 3pm.

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