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Bedford dry cleaners fined for putting workers at risk

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

In July of last year, inspectors from The Health and Safety Executive received an alert from an Environmental Health Officer at Bedford Borough Council. When they visited the premises of the dry cleaning chain, they were horrified to discover that the gas-fired steam boiler presented a risk to those who worked there. The boiler was found to be severely corroded and several burners were not working correctly. The flue was cracked and damaged, and inspectors concluded that both workers and… Read more »

Plan your summer first aid cover now

Posted: April 23rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

This year is an exceptional one for the U.K. Not only will we be celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in June, but then Olympic fever will engulf us just a month later. This could mean that businesses will experience high demand for holiday leave during these periods. If this is the case, it is important to ensure that your business will have adequate first aid cover during these periods. Accidents and illness can occur at any time, and first aiders… Read more »

One star rating for Peter Andre’s café

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

A café bar in Sussex, owned by the pop star Peter Andre, has failed to achieve more than one star following an inspection by food safety inspectors. The rating must be a blow for the café which only opened in November last year. The manager of the café, Andre’s brother, maintains that the café is always spotless, and that the inspectors’ concerns were addressed immediately. When inspectors visited the café, they found that major improvements were needed and decided to… Read more »

Lack of training has tragic consequences for tree feller

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

Tree felling is an obviously high risk activity, requiring knowledge, expertise and the right equipment. It is important to provide operatives with adequate health and safety training so they are able to carry out tree felling work in a safe and effective way. Unfortunately, this was not the case in Worksop in 2009, where a sixty year old man was participating in the felling of a large tree. The tree did not fall in the direction the workers had anticipated,… Read more »

How first aid training saved a toddler’s life

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

A toddler from Middlesbrough had a stroke of luck that saved her life after having a seizure at her home. Her grandmother had carried the unconscious girl into the street outside the house in a desperate attempt to get help. Luckily, she was seen by a bin man who was on his rounds. Even luckier, the thirty four year old man had recently completed a first aid training course. He reacted quickly and decisively, administering the kiss of life before… Read more »

All that glitters cannot be eaten

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

The Food Standards Agency has released a warning over glitter and other decorative elements used on baked products. It is advising both food businesses and consumers to avoid using products that are marked non-toxic or for ‘food contact’, as they may unsuitable for consumption. As the cup-cake comeback continues the demand for food products that are decorated with glitters and dusts is also increasing. Decorative designs are increasingly elaborate and imaginative, but that has also resulted in the use of… Read more »

Sushi causes salmonella outbreak in U.S.

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

Sushi has been growing in popularity in recent years, and has become a familiar sight in sandwich bars and supermarket sandwich aisles. It is easy to forget, however, that eating raw fish can be risky. A fish processor in California has been forced to recall nearly twenty seven thousand kilograms of yellowfin tuna products recently, due to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning. The products are sold to restaurants and supermarkets rather than to individuals, but this may make it more… Read more »

Food poisoning can make itself felt long after infection

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

Eight months after contracting campylobacter from her hotel restaurant in Spain, one woman is still feeling the effects of her bout of food poisoning. She was on an all-inclusive luxury holiday in Spain, a popular type of holiday with us Brits, when she fell ill shortly after eating a chicken kebab and salad. When she began to experience cramps, sickness and diarrhoea, the woman took to her bed and was unable to leave her room for days. When a doctor… Read more »

Fall from cherry picker results in fine for employer

Posted: April 19th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A construction worker had a very narrow escape when he fell from the cage of the cherry picker he was working on in an incident of March last year. The dramatic accident saw the worker fall four metres from the cage, into the path of a moving bus. He was dragged for fifteen metres partially under the bus before the driver noticed that something was amiss and came to a halt. The worker suffered from severe injuries to his head,… Read more »

£2000 fine for restaurant in south London

Posted: April 18th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A restaurant in Norbury, south London has been fined £2,000 following an inspection by food safety officials. The owner has also been fined more than three thousand pounds in court costs, making this an expensive way to be told your kitchen is too dirty. Inspectors found numerous breaches of food hygiene regulations, despite a number of visits, including: • A failure to elaborate and implement a food safety management system • A failure to provide staff with food safety training… Read more »

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