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Are you covered for first aid during the Olympics?

Posted: July 5th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

With the Olympics drawing ever closer, the preparations are coming to an end as the U.K. readies itself for millions of visitors. In London, Network Rail and the British Red Cross will be teaming up to provide a team of two hundred and twenty first aid responders who will offer help and assistance to those passing through London during the games. These first aiders will have a particularly challenging task on their hands: not only will they be faced with… Read more »

Police officers save man’s life at Luton Airport

Posted: June 25th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Two police officers put their first aid training to good use last week when a sixty-five year old man collapsed at the check-in desk and suffered a cardiac arrest. The officers were on patrol at the time and thanks to their training were able to administer CPR until the emergency services arrived on the scene. When the man did not respond to CPR, the police officers used a defibrillator to restart his heart twice. The man was taken to hospital… Read more »

Firm found guilty of health and safety breaches

Posted: June 24th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Both a manufacturing firm and its director have been prosecuted following an accident involving two teenage agency workers. The young workers were putting scrapped trolleys into a skip with the help of a makeshift lifting platform. As the platform was being lowered to the ground by a fork lift truck, it got caught and the two workers fell over four metres to the ground. One of the workers broke his back, while the other broke both his heels, requiring the… Read more »

Bad timing for a food poisoning outbreak at Sunderland City Council

Posted: June 23rd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

As many as fifty Sunderland City Council workers have been struck down by what is thought to be a case of food poisoning. Employees began to feel unwell and experience bouts of vomiting and diarrhoea after a two-day event at the council where refreshments were offered to the attendees. The Health Protection Agency has now been called in to investigate the incident and to attempt to determine the source of the outbreak. Such an incident would be unfortunate at any… Read more »

First Aid: what would you do? (2)

Posted: June 22nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

4. Seeing somebody choking can be a very frightening experience and often the first impulse is to try and remove the blockage. This should never be attempted using fingers down the throat, however, as it could cause the throat to swell. The Heimlich manoeuvre can be very effective, but only if you understand how to execute it correctly; if not, it can cause internal damage. The best bet is to try striking the choking person between the shoulder blades to… Read more »

First Aid: what would you do?

Posted: June 21st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In the last article, we talked about certain situations that may arise at work or elsewhere, to see if your initial reactions are correct. Remember that first aid training is designed to equip people with the knowledge and skills necessary in the event of an illness or accident. So, time to check how you did with the answers to the questions in the last article! 1. Lying someone on their back can have catastrophic consequences should they happen to vomit… Read more »

Test your first aid knowledge

Posted: June 20th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

You may think that common sense will always prevail in the event of an accident or illness, but first aid relies on much more than logic. First aid training provides people with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary for quick-thinking and decisive action. The training also dispels some old myths that can do more harm than good. So, what would you do in the following situations? The answers will follow in the next article. 1. You come across a… Read more »

Nearly half of one wedding’s guests fall ill to food poisoning

Posted: June 19th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Hosting a couple’s wedding celebration is a huge responsibility for any food business; the newlyweds will more often than not have saved for years in order to make this the most memorable day of their lives. Emotions will be running high and guests will expect food that they can eat without fear of falling ill. For one couple, however, this scenario didn’t materialise as the Hotel hosting their wedding served chicken liver pate that had been cooked a temperature too… Read more »

The dangers of unguarded machinery

Posted: June 18th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon 1

Working with machinery tends to carry a risk, but this risk is multiplied if adequate training and instruction are not provided, or if moving parts are not guarded. There are numerous accidents every year involving machinery and these incidents can have a terrible impact on the lives of those involved. A metal polishing company in the West Midlands was recently prosecuted following two accidents that occurred within five months of each other. Both employees had their hands dragged into polishing… Read more »

Keeping food safe over the summer months

Posted: June 17th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

As the temperatures rise over the summer months, increased vigilance is required to ensure that bacteria are not allowed to proliferate in areas where food is prepared or in food itself. The warmer weather provides an ideal environment for bacteria to multiply and food can quickly become dangerous if consumed. If you run a food outlet or business, it is essential to make sure that any employee who comes into contact with food understands the risks of contamination and how… Read more »

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