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Hylands Hotel owners fined £40k for breaching fire safety rules

Posted: February 26th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a hotel in the Cheylesmore suburb of Coventry have been fined nearly £40,000 after breaching fire safety regulations. Cumberland Court Ltd, the company which owns the Hylands Hotel on Warwick Road, was prosecuted after inspections from the local fire service uncovered a series of shocking safety breaches. Officers from West Midlands Fire Service found a range of problems, including non-functioning fire alarm systems on all levels of the building and blocked, locked or poorly maintained fire exits…. Read more »

Study raises concern over anti-psychotic medication in NI care homes

Posted: February 25th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The results of a new study carried out in care homes in Northern Ireland has raised concerns that powerful anti-psychotic medication is being overused. The research, which was conducted by scientists from Queen’s University in Belfast, involved the analysis of the prescribing records for around 250,000 people. The data used in the study was from people aged 65 years or over living in Northern Ireland care homes and private properties between 2008 and 2010. What was found in the study… Read more »

First aid tips – heart attacks

Posted: February 25th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Of all the medical emergencies that can happen in everyday life, a heart attack can be the most frightening to experience. It can also be very scary to witness. In such a situation, there really is no substitute for proper first aid training. If someone appears to have a heart attack in front of you, you must immediately call 999 to request an ambulance. The pain from a heart attack will not simply go away on its own – a… Read more »

Hotel owner fined for breaching food hygiene rules

Posted: February 24th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The owner of a hotel in the Cambridgeshire city of Ely has been ordered to pay more than £4,000 in fines and costs after admitting five breaches of food safety regulations. Upon visiting the Nyton Hotel in August and September 2012 on a routine inspection, environmental health officers from East Cambridgeshire District Council found a number of worrying problems with food safety regulations. These issues included: • Unacceptable storage of food – inspectors found raw shell eggs being stored above… Read more »

2 out of 3 Sussex businesses failing on fire safety

Posted: February 24th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to results from the latest round of tests in East Sussex, around two out of every three businesses are putting lives at risk by neglecting fire safety measures. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service inspected a total of 119 public and commercial buildings in the area, carrying out the checks between October and December 2012. The results were surprising, as it was revealed that only 35 were meeting fire safety regulations. The remaining 84 were not up to scratch… Read more »

ABTA launches new industry health and safety guides

Posted: February 23rd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) has released a health and safety guide for the travel industry, and it is planning to release another next month (March 2013). The aim of the guides is to address the challenges and issues the travel industry is currently facing in relation to health and safety, and hopefully improve health and safety training, practices and policy. According to an ABTA survey, around 89 per cent of the Association’s members believe that when it… Read more »

First aid tips – treating burns

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

In an emergency situation, there is no substitution for proper and thorough first aid training. However, there are some basic tips that everyone should know, regardless of how much first aid training they have undergone. Burns are amongst the most common types of injury you are likely to encounter. Serious burns should only be treated by a trained first aider or medical professional, but you can deal with minor burns simply by remembering the following advice: • The best way… Read more »

Social landlords in Southampton urged to improve fire safety

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Landlords of social housing developments in Southampton have been urged to improve fire safety measures at their properties after two firefighters died fighting a blaze at a tower block back in April 2010. The incident which prompted the call for fire safety improvements took place at the Shirley Towers block in Southampton, when a fire broke out in the building. After becoming entangled in cables that had fallen from ceilings, an occurrence which was dangerous and should have been prevented… Read more »

How the right training can help to reduce construction accidents

Posted: February 21st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The construction industry has a higher rate of accidents, injuries and fatalities than any other industry. This is due to the more dangerous and hazardous nature of the work, but it could also be down to insufficient training and poor health and safety practices. Every construction company owner or site manager should be looking to do everything they can to reduce workplace accidents. It all starts with proper health and safety training, and there are many courses available to help… Read more »

Building firm denies allegations in HSE prosecution

Posted: February 20th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A building company with its head office in Oxfordshire has denied allegations that it breached health and safety regulations in an incident that led to the serious injury of a worker. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) made the decision to prosecute JB Leadbitter after a sub-contractor suffered serious head injuries when working on a development in Plymouth known as the ‘Village by the Sea’. The worker, David Windsor, was reportedly hit by a vehicle when working on foot at… Read more »

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