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Power supplier prosecuted over fatal work accident

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

A power supply company based in London has been prosecuted for health and safety failings after one of its employees died in an explosion. UK Power Networks (Operations) Ltd was prosecuted following the death of 59-year-old Colchester resident John Higgins, who was working for the company at its site in Essex when the fatal incident occurred. Mr Higgins was working to manually adjust voltage ratios on a device in May 2008 when it exploded. The explosion caused a fire, and… Read more »

Care home makes improvements after CQC warning

Posted: January 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Workington has made urgent improvements to the standards of care it delivers to residents after being issued with a formal warning from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Branthwaite Nursing Home was reportedly visited by CQC officers in a surprise inspection in August 2012, and again later in the year. Following the visits, the following problems were revealed: • One instance in which a diabetic patient with mental health problems was not given medication on time, causing… Read more »

Bangladesh garment factory received two fire safety warnings before blaze

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

A factory in Bangladesh which burned down in November 2012, in a huge fire which also killed 112 employees, had previously received two serious warnings to improve fire safety measures. This new information about the factory, which was used to produce clothes for Wal-Mart Stores Inc., was provided by emergency services officials. In a recent statement to the press, the director general of the Fire Service and Civil Defence, Abu Nayeem Mohammad Shahidullah, said that the factory was also operating… Read more »

The 10 things care workers need to know about infection control

Posted: January 19th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In health and social care environments, cleanliness and hygiene are hugely important. Knowing how to maintain exceptionally high hygiene standards in care environments is the key to preventing the outbreak and spread of infection. The best way to learn about infection control is to undergo a relevant care training course. For now, here are the 10 most important things you need to know about preventing and controlling infection: 1. The importance of infection control 2. How people become infected 3…. Read more »

Record number of food safety warnings issued by FSAI

Posted: January 18th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has revealed that in 2012, it handed out a record number of official warnings to businesses caught flouting food safety regulations. The FSAI handed out a total of 109 Enforcement Orders to food premises and other food serving businesses, after carrying out investigations and finding breaches to food safety regulations. The body has also revealed that: • 3 food businesses were simply ordered to improve standards • 15 businesses were give Prohibition Orders… Read more »

Berkshire labels firm handed health and safety fine

Posted: January 17th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A company based in Berkshire has been fined at Reading Magistrates Court after breaching safety regulations and failing to prevent an employee being injured. The firm, Berkshire Labels Limited, was investigated after an employer lost one of the fingers on his right hand and broken another finger after getting his hand caught in a machine. The employee was reportedly trying to clean a coating roller on a finishing machine when the incident occurred. Although the machine was working, the employee… Read more »

Why safety and first aid training is essential for teachers

Posted: January 16th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In a school environment, teachers and teaching support staff temporarily take on the roles of parents in ensuring that all pupils are safe and well looked after. This is known as acting in loco parentis (in the place of a parent). As teachers are responsible for the health and safety of children during school hours, it is vital that all teaching staff undergo the right safety training to prepare them for any emergency situation that may occur. By undertaking an… Read more »

North Yorkshire businesses perform poorly in fire safety audit

Posted: January 15th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the latest figures, many businesses in North Yorkshire are not properly adhering to fire safety regulations, potentially putting staff and customers in danger. North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service recently completed a lengthy fire safety audit of businesses operating in the area. For audits taking place between April 2011 and March 2012, a total of 1,416 businesses failed their fire safety audits. Nearly 40 of these underperforming businesses were handed enforcement orders by the fire service, requiring them… Read more »

Poole care home criticised by CQC over medication management

Posted: January 14th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A care home in Poole has been criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an announced inspection revealed poor management of residents’ medication. The Shores care home in Poole, which cares for people with learning disabilities and has a capacity of up to seven residents, was visited by CQC officers in November 2012. The inspectors found a few worrying problems relating to medication awareness training and management. For example: • Out of date medication was left in people’s medicine… Read more »

Swansea shop fined over food hygiene offences

Posted: January 14th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A convenience store in Swansea has been fined £5,000 over a series of food hygiene breaches, which included neglecting food safety training for staff and failing to keep the premises clean. The Premier Store in Fforestfach, which is managed by a firm known as Actseen, was found guilty of seven food safety breaches of the Food Hygiene (Wales) Regulations 2006. Officers from Swansea Council’s environmental health team visiting the shop in May 2012 on a routine inspection found a host… Read more »

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