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Hampshire roofing firm fined for health and safety

Posted: April 20th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The boss of a roofing firm in Hampshire has been fined in Staines Magistrates Court for failing to implement the correct health and safety measures on a construction site. Dan Shea, the owner of Blackmoor Roofing, reportedly arranged for his company to remove used roof tiles from a house in Surrey that was being dismantled by a demolition firm. A neighbour who lived opposite the Esher property alerted the HSE after spotting workmen in removing the tiles in an unsafe… Read more »

The importance of fire safety in a care environment

Posted: April 19th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire safety rules and regulations are designed to save lives and protect both people and property. As the owner of a business, organisation or facility, you are responsible for fire safety and the health and safety of all people on the premises. A crucial part of fire safety is the fire risk assessment, which is designed to flag up potential hazards and help you to eliminate them through implementing fire safety measures. One of the first things you are required… Read more »

Bexhill rest homes score top marks in food hygiene rating scheme

Posted: April 18th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A number of care homes in Bexhill-on-Sea in East Sussex have been awarded top marks in the local council’s newly introduced Food Hygiene Rating Scheme. Rother District Council, which was one of the first to pilot the national scheme, awarded a five-star rating to more than ten care and rest homes in the area. A rating of five is the highest mark it is possible to get under the scheme, indicating that the facility has “very good” food hygiene standards…. Read more »

London taxi drivers get first aid training

Posted: April 17th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Taxi drivers, especially those working in busy city centres, often take fares who are drunk or otherwise intoxicated. They see a lot of injuries, especially when waiting in taxi queues outside busy nightspots. This is why one group of taxi drivers has decided to better prepare themselves for their weekend work around the pubs and clubs of London, by attending a first aid training course. Explaining why his taxi firm has decided to get first aid training, operations manager Tony… Read more »

How much do you know about schizophrenia?

Posted: April 16th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

As someone working within the health and social care sector, it is very important to gain at least a basic understanding of some of the conditions and illnesses you are likely to encounter. One such condition is schizophrenia, a mental disorder that is often misunderstood or wrongly classified as something else. To improve your working knowledge on the subject of schizophrenia, it is recommended that you take a short schizophrenia awareness training course. Specially designed for people who either work… Read more »

It’s First Aid Awareness week

Posted: April 15th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

This week is First Aid Awareness Week (11th – 15th April). To mark the occasion, St Johns Ambulance has released some startling statistics which demonstrate just how important first aid skills are in the workplace and in public areas. The research showed that one in five people have actually witnessed someone having a heart attack whilst at work. It was also found that of the 30,000 people who suffer heart attacks in close proximity to hospitals and other medical environments,… Read more »

Building firms fined £400,000 for fatal breach of health and safety laws

Posted: April 14th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Two building companies from Glasgow have been fined a total of £400,000 for health and safety breaches after a worker fell from scaffolding and suffered fatal injuries. The incident occurred in April 2007, when 50-year-old James Kelly was erecting stonework on a sports extension at Glasgow Academy. He was on the third level of a scaffolding loading tower, about 30 feet up in the air, when he fell. Mr Kelly was rushed to hospital, but later died due to his… Read more »

Wolverhampton care home ordered to improve standards

Posted: April 13th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Wolverhampton has been ordered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to improve its standards, following an inspection in December 2010. The Wrottesley Park care home, which has 63 beds and is located in the Tettenhall part of the city, was found by inspectors to be lacking in a number of key areas. They found many problems with the storage and dispensation of medicines, such as drugs being stored at the wrong temperatures and residents not being… Read more »

The CIEH food policy and how it affects you

Posted: April 12th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

If you work within the food industry or any that deals in the manufacturing, handling or preparation of food products, you are likely to undergo food safety training at some point in your career. This sort of training is essential, as it helps you to adhere to regulations, uphold standards and protect the public from harm. Most reputable food hygiene training courses are accredited by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the charitable organisation which campaigns, advises, informs and… Read more »

Sheffield contractor fined after worker CO poisoning incident

Posted: April 11th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A firm from Grimsby has been fined in Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court after three workers suffered carbon monoxide poisoning on a demolition site in November 2009. The workers, Paul Wainright, Richard McKearnan and Tony Deakin, were working within an asbestos enclosure in Huddersfield along with two other men. After finishing their task, they entered a decontamination unit (DCU) one at a time to complete a three-stage cleansing process. This included disposing of their overalls, showering and washing respiratory equipment, then finishing… Read more »

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