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Property landlord jailed for fire safety breaches

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

In September 2010, a woman and her three year old daughter were killed by a fire at their rented home in Milton Keynes. Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority subsequently found a number of fire safety breaches at the property: • Insufficient fire detectors and alarms • Failure to conduct an adequate fire risk assessment • Absence of safe evacuation procedures or routes The landlord was prosecuted by the Fire Authority and has been jailed for four months. He has… Read more »

Food safety breaches at Scotland’s National Stadium

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

Hampden Park Stadium will play host to London Olympics football matches this summer and yet the results of Glasgow Council’s food safety inspection last year revealed some worrying breaches of food hygiene. The hospitality suites are usually used for corporate clients and for concerts, with some hospitality packages costing well over two thousand pounds. When inspectors visited last year, however, they found a range of breaches that could have resulted in an outbreak of food poisoning: • Work surfaces were… Read more »

Cardiff care authority accused of negligence

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

A Cardiff woman is accusing Cardiff authorities of care negligence after her father was left trapped in his flat following a massive stroke. The sixty-one year old man was recognised as being a vulnerable individual who was unable to look after himself adequately, and for this reason he received daily care. Tragically, he suffered a huge stroke while in bed, meaning he was unable to get to his alarm which had been left in another room. Although care workers continued… Read more »

20% of construction sites fail safety inspections

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

The Health and Safety Executive sent inspectors to visit more than three thousand construction sites as part of a national initiative to improve safety in the construction industry. While the results of these inspections show a slight improvement in the standards of safety on construction sites, one in five of the sites visited failed their safety inspection. In just over six hundred cases, inspectors were obliged to stop work immediately. The Chief Inspector of Construction, Philip White, said: “It is… Read more »

Are chickens causing urinary tract infections in humans?

Posted: March 29th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new study at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, seems to have found evidence to suggest that the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections in humans can be contracted from chickens rather than from human contamination during the processing. The way that we produce our chickens is also thought to be causing the E. coli bacteria to become resistant to drugs, which could have serious implications for public health. As the food industry has become increasingly reliant on antimicrobials during… Read more »

New food safety device from Cardiff University

Posted: March 28th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Scientists at Cardiff University have developed a food safety device based on the chemical reaction that causes fireflies to light up. The flies use a chemical reaction known as bioluminescence to emit a light in order to attract a mate. The device uses the same chemical reaction in the device in order to detect certain bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Food samples are placed inside BART (Bioluminescent Assay in Real-Time), as the device has been called, where the presence… Read more »

The importance of food hygiene

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

For businesses preparing, selling or serving food, effective food hygiene measures are essential in the fight to minimise the risks of food poisoning. The short-term consequences of food poisoning have been widely mediatised with each outbreak, particularly in the most serious cases. Most people will feel unwell for a few days when they contract food poisoning. They may experience nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting and a high temperature, but without more serious consequences. For others, however, food poisoning can be life threatening,… Read more »

The dangers of working from height

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

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 stipulate that anyone working at height or involved in the process of working at height must be competent to do so. Working at height presents some obvious risks that even those without health and safety training are aware of, and yet many avoidable accidents occur every year. This is often due to a lack of planning and the failure to put the adequate safety measures into place. Recently, a futon company was prosecuted for… Read more »

£300,000 fine for company that failed surveyor

Posted: March 25th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A surveyor was killed by a reversing lorry as he talked on his mobile phone, while he was working on the project to widen the M25 near Dartford. It is thought he did not hear the lorry reversing up behind him as he was walking along the closed-off central reservation, and was hit by the eight-wheel vehicle. He died at the scene of the accident. The subsequent Health and Safety Executive investigation found that the accident had been allowed to… Read more »

How reducing food waste could help those in need

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

A labour MP is bringing forward a private member’s bill in parliament, asking for a law to force supermarkets to donate edible and healthy food waste to charities. With a rising global population, the world’s food resources are under ever-increasing pressure, and yet it is thought that up to half of all edible food waste is destroyed or sent to land-fill. Increased financial hardship in the UK and elsewhere is likely to mean that more and more people are struggling… Read more »

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