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Worcester factory failed to protect workers despite previous accidents

Posted: January 30th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

There is little point in carrying out a risk assessment unless the findings will be acted upon. This seems like an obvious comment to make, and yet a factory in Worcester failed to act on the findings of one of its own risk assessments of a die-cast machine. Blow backs of molten aluminium are foreseeable, although unpredictable, and they represent a grave danger to those working on or around the machine. The factory in question had experienced three blow backs… Read more »

Why AED equipment and training can save lives

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

When a person suffers a heart attack or goes into cardiac arrest, the chances of successful defibrillation decrease by between seven and ten per cent with every minute that passes. Administering measured electric shocks during CPR can increase the chances of survival and yet requires specific equipment and training. Automated External Defibrillation first aid training would allow an appointed first aider to administer this life support treatment in the cases of cardiac arrest in the workplace. Tutorcare can also provide… Read more »

Thomas Cook to pay compensation for case of salmonella in Turkey

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

A couple who both contracted food poisoning during an all-inclusive holiday in Turkey have accepted a five-figure settlement from holiday company Thomas Cook. The couple both began to display the symptoms of food poisoning a few days before they were due to fly home, but a representative of the holiday company apparently warned them that seeing a doctor on-site would result in hefty fees. But, by the time the couple reached the UK, one of them was passing blood and… Read more »

How safe are your food preparation premises?

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

If your business prepares, treats or processes food, there are certain requirements that you must comply with in order to ensure that all risks of infection and contamination are kept to an absolute minimum. • Surfaces on walls and floors should be kept in a sound condition and must be made of appropriate materials that are impervious, non-absorbent, washable and non-toxic. • If necessary, surface drainage should also be incorporated into floors. • Ceilings must be finished in such a… Read more »

Controlling the risk of danger to social care workers

Posted: January 27th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Working in the care industry can be challenging, and it is essential that those who are employed in the industry receive the necessary care training that could protect them from the risk of violence or injury. A social care organisation providing services to people with learning disabilities was recently prosecuted and fined for failing to protect its own workers. The HSE conducted an investigation following an incident in 2009 when a client kicked a care worker in the eye, and… Read more »

Companies have a responsibility to train workers in safety

Posted: January 27th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A cleaner contracted to work at a vegetable packing plant lost nearly 50% of the use of his hand when it was crushed by a machine. The man was cleaning underneath a conveyor belt, when his hand became trapped between two belts and was crushed. The Health and Safety Executive investigation found that both the vegetable packing company and the man’s employer were at fault, although for different reasons: • Managers at the vegetable packing plant had failed to put… Read more »

A qualified first-aider can make all the difference

Posted: January 26th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A worker at a hard wood flooring company was injured when a large piece of the walnut board he was cutting split and punctured his arm. The subsequent investigation found that the safety guards and riving knife had been removed the previous day in order to use the circular saw to be used in a way for which it had not been intended. The guards and riving knife were not replaced despite the fact that the riving knife is designed… Read more »

£7,000 fine for bubble wrap machine accident

Posted: January 26th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Installing guards on potentially dangerous machines is inexpensive and generally easy to do, while a failure to so can result in terrible injury as well as hefty fines for the company involved. A Buckinghamshire factory discovered this at their expense when a worker was involved in an accident that resulted in the loss of three of his fingers. The machine operator was attempting to clear debris from the machine when his hand became trapped and was dragged inside, into plastic… Read more »

The importance of hand washing in food safety

Posted: January 25th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A number of recent prosecutions or closures of businesses serving food have been, in part, due to breaches of the law relating to hand washing facilities. Thorough hand washing forms part of food safety training, and is a basic requirement that is paramount in ensuring that food served to the public is safe to eat. The law stipulates certain requirements regarding hand washing facilities that must be respected: • The premises must provide an adequate number of flushing toilets, which… Read more »

Paediatric First Aid Training Courses

Posted: January 25th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Early Years Foundation Stage is a statutory framework designed to set certain standards relating to the learning and development of children between the ages of 0 and five years old. The framework also sets standards relating to their care, and this is where paediatric first aid courses come in. People working with children within this age range should be able to plan for potential accidents or illnesses as well as knowing how to respond quickly and effectively should an… Read more »

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