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Worker has tendons severed by unsafe machine

Posted: May 29th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A young worker from Telford had three tendons in his hand severed because the safety device on a bagging machine did not work. He had been employed by the sand and gravel supplier for just four months when the accident occurred. He was trying to clear a blockage from the bagging machine when he caught his hand on the device that seals the bags of gravel and sand. The machine was still running when the man put his hand inside… Read more »

The priorities of first aid

Posted: May 28th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A qualification in Emergency First Aid at Work can make all the difference in the event of an accident or illness occurring in the work place. The course covers a whole range of skills, including the priorities of first aid. It is essential to be able to assess a situation quickly, calmly and effectively and then take appropriate action. Time really is of the essence in an emergency, and having the knowledge and skills that allow swift and decisive action… Read more »

Textile firm fined for allowing untrained wool sorter access to dangerous machinery

Posted: May 27th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A textile firm in Bradford has been fined having been found guilty of serious breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act. The prosecution was brought about after a new member of staff who was employed as a wool sorter was asked to clean debris from a machine. When the thirty year old man, who had received no training with such machinery, started to do as he had been asked, his hand was dragged into the unguarded machine. By… Read more »

Policeman saves life with CPR

Posted: May 26th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A policeman from Corby has been awarded a Royal Humane Society Resuscitation Certificate for saving the life of a teenager who had stopped breathing. The eighteen year old had been out in Corby, and had taken drugs; he collapsed in the street and when the officer arrived on the scene he was lying prone. The policeman put him in the recovery position, but the young man then stopped breathing. Fearing that the teen was about to go into cardiac arrest,… Read more »

Nineteen year old agency worker loses thumb during training

Posted: May 25th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A nineteen year old agency worker was being trained at an adhesive tape manufacturing plant when he hand was pulled into the machine. Although he was airlifted to hospital, doctors were unable to save his thumb. He spent five days in hospital and seven months off work. The accident has had a significant impact on his life. The subsequent investigation carried out by the Health and Safety Executive found that the man was being shown how to fix a common… Read more »

How a failure to act resulted in a ban for restaurant owners

Posted: May 24th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Two former owners of a restaurant in Melton have been issued with a lifetime ban from managing a food business after they failed to act on an improvement notice. Despite the previous notice, inspectors found several breaches of food hygiene regulations when they conducted a follow-up visit last year. The six breaches included dirty surfaces and floors and one kitchen surface cleaning cloth that was tested was shown to be harbouring the potentially dangerous bacteria E. coli. Staff had nowhere… Read more »

Council provides food safety training for substandard restaurants

Posted: May 24th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Enfield Council has decided to tackle poor food hygiene standards in ten restaurants by providing them with food safety training. The ten restaurants all scored either zero or one out of five possible stars during recent hygiene inspections. Restaurant staff are being trained by Council health officers and the initiative seems to bearing fruits, with six out of the ten improving their ratings. One restaurant has improved significantly and now bearing the rating of five stars. Councillor Chris Bond, who… Read more »

Risk assessments are not just a box-ticking exercise

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Risk assessments are an essential part of ensuring the health and safety of colleagues and members of the public. They are designed to identify potential dangers, enabling the elaboration and implementation of an effective health and safety programme. When recommendations are ignored, it is often only a matter of time before the risks are demonstrated in dramatic and sometimes tragic ways. Falls from height make up a significant proportion of accidents in the workplace, and any risks should be managed… Read more »

Preventing falls from height

Posted: May 21st, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Falls from height represent sixteen per cent of all work place accidents and can have devastating effects for those involved. While some risks may be self-evident, particularly for those who work at height in the construction industry, others may be less so. It is for this reason that risk assessments are so important in identifying potential risks as well as the measures that can reduce those risks: • All working at height activities must be subject to a risk assessment;… Read more »

What could happen if your food hygiene standards are not up to scratch

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

The Food Safety Act 1990 clearly sets out the regulations that govern food hygiene standards in the U.K. and local council environmental health teams are employed to ensure that food outlets comply with these standards in the interest of both customers and employees. Food Safety Management programmes and food safety training are essential for all businesses operating in the food industry, and a failure to ensure that standards are maintained can incur serious penalties that can prove very detrimental to… Read more »

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