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Another outbreak of food poisoning caused by liver paté

Posted: June 12th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

There have been numerous cases of food poisoning caused by eating pate harbouring the Campylobacter bacteria, and yet new incidents keep on occurring. When Reading College catering students prepared food for a group of retired people, they were serving a group whose age made them particularly vulnerable to such infections. Yet, they were told to prepare the pate at a temperature too low to kill the bacteria present in so many raw poultry products. Eighteen elderly people fell ill after… Read more »

Worker saves colleague from choking

Posted: June 11th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

An oil terminal control room leader could have died after choking on a piece of chicken madras, had his colleague not stepped in to administer first aid. The control room leaser was eating alone when a piece of his curry became stuck in his windpipe. He tried unsuccessfully to dislodge the food by drinking water, and when he realised he was choking he went to seek help from colleagues in the adjoining mess room. When he came into the room… Read more »

Risky behaviour can lead to prosecution

Posted: June 9th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Prosecution for health and safety breaches does not always occur only following an accident or incident, as the director of an Ipswich roofing firm has found out to his cost. A member of the public saw the director and one of his employees working on the roof and, feeling concerned for their safety, reported them to the HSE. It was found that they had been using a petrol-powered disc-cutter while perched on the roof tiles, and had failed to use… Read more »

Basic food safety

Posted: June 8th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

All employees working in the food industry need to have a basic understanding of food hygiene and how to reduce the risk of food poisoning, but some businesses fail to ensure that they are adhered to – at their cost if they are inspected by environmental health officers. Food safety training teaches employees how to keep customers safe, as well as the legislation in place. The simple rules of food safety are: • Handwashing – before and after touching food,… Read more »

Hay-making can be risky without the right training

Posted: June 7th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A Lancashire farmer who was left paralysed by a falling hay bale is using his story as a warning to other farmers now that the hay-making is season is here. According to the Health and Safety Executive, eleven farm workers have died in baling incidents since this farmer had his own accident five years ago. He was just twenty-one at the time and was helping to stack silage bales for a neighbour’s farm when the incident occurred. Neither he nor… Read more »

Illegal shellfish are big business but they could destroy yours

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

Illegal shellfish rustling is becoming an ever-increasing problem all across the U.K. and fears are growing that these illicit crops could be the source of serious outbreaks of food poisoning. The legal shellfish trade is highly regulated, with molluscs being subjected to stringent testing procedures before they go to market to ensure any levels of bacteria are within accepted limits. Shell fish ingest bacteria which then live on in their gut, and can be responsible for outbreaks of E. coli,… Read more »

Could garlic prevent food poisoning?

Posted: June 3rd, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A study published in The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy describes the findings of a group of scientists based at Washington State University; namely, that a compound found naturally in garlic is more effective at fighting food poisoning bacteria than two types of antibiotic. Apparently, the derived compound, diallyl sulphide, was found to be one hundred times more effective than the antibiotics at tackling the Campylobacter bacteria, which is commonly found both on the surface of poultry skin and within the… 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 »

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