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Flintoff comes to rescue of unconscious cyclist

Posted: May 4th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Freddie Flintoff is currently on a charity bike ride that started at the site of the Olympics in ancient Greece and will finish at the Olympic Stadium in London. Unfortunately, the start of the bike ride was overshadowed by illness when fellow cyclist and Nintendo UK boss David Yarnton lost consciousness and fell from his bike. Thankfully for David, Flintoff had received first aid training and knew exactly how to react. He administered emergency first aid and moved Mr Yarnton… Read more »

Falmouth Beach Hotel fire not thought to be suspicious

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A fire devastated a large and popular seafront hotel in Cornwall earlier this week leaving the town of Falmouth with one hundred and twenty fewer rooms for visitors (and a smouldering eyesore) right at the beginning of the tourist season. It took more than seven hours and a hundred fire fighters to bring the fire under control, with the complicated layout of the hotel making the task in hand very difficult. The strong winds also hampered efforts as they fanned… Read more »

The importance of keeping hands clean

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

It may seem like a rather silly statement: if you work in a food outlet, you need to keep your hands clean in order to prevent the contamination of food or the spread of infection. Once you start to read reports of recent prosecutions for breaches of food hygiene regulations, you begin to realise just how difficult it seems to be to maintain clean hands. In some places, employees are not even provided with the basics: a washbasin, soap, hot… Read more »

Don’t let fire threaten your business’ survival

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

It is hard enough for many businesses to stay afloat in these straitened times: the difficult economic climate is challenging even the most successful companies. It is important, therefore, to ensure that your business is adequately protected against incidents that could destroy it in a matter of hours. Take the Sheffield Ski Village, for example. Despite a fire that destroyed its adventure playground last year, and fierce competition from new high tech ski indoor ski centres, the timber-framed ski village… Read more »

What is the difference between a first aider and an emergency first aider?

Posted: May 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

First aiders and emergency first aiders are the two types of first aider as set out by the Health and Safety Executive. All employers must ensure that they provide adequate first aid facilities and personnel in order to protect the lives of their employees in the event of an accident or illness at work. In a nutshell, an emergency first aider’s role is to maintain life and prevent the situation from worsening while waiting for the emergency services to arrive…. Read more »

Supermarket fined for failure to control pests

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Inspectors visited a branch of Sainsbury’s in Scotland last year when they received an anonymous tip-off about the substandard hygiene in the store, despite a £9 million refurbishment. When the inspectors arrived, they found that certain food packages showed signs of having been chewed by mice. Despite this, the affected products were on the shelves and available for customers to purchase. The company was subsequently prosecuted for failing to effectively prevent rodent infestation and for failing to deal with the… Read more »

How a passing first-aid trainer saved a woman’s life

Posted: May 2nd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

When Lynda Donaldson suffered from cardiac arrest outside her restaurant in County Down, she had been feeling fine and having a great day. She was just arriving back at her restaurant with her husband, when she suddenly felt dizzy. She didn’t even have the time to explain this to her husband before she collapsed. A passing nurse stopped to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation, but the real stroke of luck came when a first aid trainer drove past the scene. In his… Read more »

300 sub-standard food outlets in Wales

Posted: May 1st, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon 1

We have already mentioned the Food Standards Agency’s new food hygiene rating scheme as the national roll-out continues. For the most part, reports have been positive, but it is now clear that they may already be showing just how they will be useful for the protection of customers’ health! Inspections have been going on throughout the country in order to award the relevant scores, which range from 0 to 5. A score of 0 or 1 indicates sub-standard quality and… Read more »

Work-related deaths figure just the tip of the iceberg

Posted: May 1st, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the General Secretary of the union Unite, the real number of work-related deaths last year is eight times the official figure. Len McCluskey made the remarks as a report was published in time for Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28th. The aim of Workers’ Memorial Day is to raise awareness of the preventable nature of many workplace incidents and of any campaigns to reduce the risk of accident or illness in the workplace. This year, unions were firmly… Read more »

Sheep rustling on the rise in the U.K.

Posted: April 30th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Farmers are reportedly considering resorting to installing CCTV in their fields or using retina scans on their sheep due to the rise in livestock rustling across the country. In some parts, insurance claims are said to have increased by as much as twenty per cent as farm animals disappear. The fear is that these stolen animals are being taken to illegal slaughterhouses and the meat then sold on to butchers and restaurants. In these straightened times it seems logical that… Read more »

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