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Building firm fined for lack of facilities

Posted: February 9th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A building company in Bristol failed to respond to an Improvement Notice issued by the Health and Safety Executive on one of its building sites. This error has now cost them dearly, as another of their sites was subsequently inspected and found to be lacking in even the basic washing and welfare facilities. Building companies are legally required to provide a heated room where workers can prepare hot food or drinks, change their clothing or rest. They also are obliged… Read more »

Bradford Council set to switch to national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme

Posted: February 8th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

Until this year, Bradford Council has been using a star rating to inform customers of the hygiene rating of restaurants and other food outlets. By April, however, the Council hopes to have switched over to the Food Standards Agency’s new national rating scheme that replaces the stars with a numerical score. This new scheme will not only establish nationally-recognised scores that enable customers to instantly see the hygiene levels of an establishment, but it will also extend to other food… Read more »

February is National Heart Month

Posted: February 7th, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

The figures are alarming: someone in the UK dies every six minutes as a result of a heart attack; a third of those taken to hospital die before they arrive; and the chance of survival can fall by ten per cent with every minute that passes without treatment. Various organisations are using the National Heart Month to raise awareness of this needless loss of life and to encourage businesses and organisations to put measures into place to deal with heart… Read more »

Accident ends in death for worker and prosecution for employer

Posted: February 7th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A construction worker was killed in an accident that the Health and Safety Executive has qualified as ‘entirely foreseeable’. The twenty-six year old father of one sustained fatal crush injuries to his upper body when he was struck by the boom of a crane. The crane had been in the process of lifting a skip filled with liquid concrete, when the skip overturned and the accident occurred. The subsequent Health and Safety Executive investigation discovered that the construction company managing… Read more »

What is anaphylaxis?

Posted: February 6th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Anaphylaxis is a relatively rare condition, causing between twenty and thirty deaths every year in the UK. For those who are prone to anaphylaxis, though, it can be life-threatening and an attack should always be treated as a medical emergency. Anaphylaxis is essentially a severe allergic reaction that can affect many systems within the body, and is generally triggered by a specific allergen such as bee stings or a certain food type. People who know about their allergy will often… Read more »

Identifying hazards in the care sector

Posted: February 5th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The care home and nursing sector provides essential services to vulnerable people, and it is essential that care homes provide a safe and secure environment for its residents. Risk assessments can reveal and identify certain risks or dangers, and any findings must be acted on in order to prevent accidents or injury. Unfortunately for the resident of a care home in Wrexham, no action was taken to secure the windows, despite an internal recommendation to avoid the use of chain… Read more »

Clearing snow and ice

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

With another cold snap descending upon us, many places of work will be faced with trying to maintain safety in the face of snow and ice. While people have a responsibility to take care when walking on snow or ice, it is every employer’s interest to protect the safety of their employees. Directgov has published guidelines on how to clear snow and ice effectively in anticipation of a cold February: • Clear public areas first thing in the morning. Car… Read more »

Who is responsible for health and safety when work is contracted?

Posted: February 3rd, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Three companies in Dundee have been fined for breaches of health and safety regulations following a fall that caused one worker multiple injuries. The electrician’s labourer had been employed by one company that had been contracted by another to carry out works for a third company. On the day in question, the young man of twenty-three was working at height when he fell through a roof light to the ground below, striking machinery on his way down. His left shoulder… Read more »

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Announce “Recovery of Costs”

Posted: February 3rd, 2012 by TutorCare comment-icon Comments disabled

With effect from April 2012 the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) propose to try to recover their costs from businesses that put their employees at risk and breach health and safety law. They propose charging duty-holders an hourly rate of £124 (they had been hoping to charge £133 per hour) per hour for them to intervene under their “Fee for Intervention (FFI)” scheme. A Change In Priorities The HSE has recently suffered a 35% cut in funding and this lies… Read more »

Pizza takeway owner receives fine and community service

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

The former owner of a pizza restaurant in Stockton has been ordered to pay a fine of £350 and complete a community order of 160 hours unpaid work because an inspection found his premises to be dirty. The former owner was prosecuted for four breaches of food hygiene regulations, including: • Failing to maintain food premises clean and in a good condition • Failing to keep food equipment clean • Failing to provide materials for cleaning hands • Failing to… Read more »

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