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Health and safety fine for UK coal over fatal mine collapse

Posted: October 25th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The energy firm UK Coal has been fined £200,000 by Leeds Crown Court after it was found to have breached health and safety regulations. The breaches related to a collapse at a Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire, in which a worker tragically lost his life. Father-of-two Gerry Gibson, 49, died of asphyxiation in September 2011 after a section of roof collapsed on him whilst he was working 800m underground. Following the incident, which occurred after another collapse just days before,… Read more »

Reports reveal poor food hygiene standards at UK hospitals

Posted: October 24th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A new report has revealed that a large number of UK hospitals are breaking food hygiene regulations, potentially putting the health of patients at risk. The MailOnline website has analysed reports, obtained via a Freedom of Information request, from environmental health officers on a total of 769 hospitals. The publication’s researchers found that as many as 581 hospitals across the country were actually breaking food hygiene regulations. The figures showed that: • 62 hospitals were stocking food that was out-of-date… Read more »

UK businesses fined £5.5m for health and safety breaches

Posted: October 24th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has fined UK businesses a collective total of £5.5 million for breaches of health and safety rules. The staggering total of fines is from the HSE’s ‘Fees for Intervention’ scheme which it launched a year ago, and which makes companies which break health and safety rules liable to pay the organisations costs. These costs include enforcement action, as well as inspections and investigations. The types of incidents the HSE charged UK businesses more than… Read more »

First aid basics – what to do immediately after an incident

Posted: October 23rd, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The first few moments after an accident takes place or someone falls suddenly ill can be very frightening and confusing. It is natural to panic in these kinds of situations, but it is important to stay as calm as you can. This is why regular first aid training is a good idea, because it drills the important information into your brain so that you start using it without even thinking, even if you start to panic. Following an accident or… Read more »

Consumers told to abandon businesses which fail food safety checks

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A borough council in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, has told residents in the area to steer clear of food businesses with low food hygiene standards and choose higher rating firms instead. Carrickfergus Borough Council runs a Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, which awards businesses with ratings from zero to five following food safety inspections. The ratings are displayed online, and businesses can also display a green and black food hygiene rating scheme sticker with their rating within their own premises. Whilst… Read more »

CQC issues warning over ‘at risk’ patients at Crumpsall care home

Posted: October 21st, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a care home in Crumpsall, in Greater Manchester, with a formal warning to improve its standards or it could face further action. A CQC inspection report included that the residents of the Homeleigh facility are potentially being put “at risk” by lapses in the standards of care provided to them. Of particular concern to inspectors was the management of medicine, as multiple errors were uncovered in the way staff recorded the medicine administered… Read more »

Food hygiene fine for Ballymoney farmer

Posted: October 21st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A farmer from the Northern Irish town of Ballymoney, in County Antrim, has been issued a fine of over £1,000 for breaching food hygiene regulations. Thomas Taylor was prosecuted at Coleraine Court for breaching Food Hygiene Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006. Inspectors carrying out a routine check at his farm found a number of structural issues with some parts of his premises, including the bulk tank storage area and milking parlour. The farmer was fined £1,500 for the breaches. Commenting on… Read more »

Derry businesses scoring well for food safety

Posted: October 20th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the latest food hygiene ratings, nearly all the food businesses in the Northern Irish city of Derry are performing very well when it comes to food safety. Derry City Council’s rating scheme found that a total of 97 per cent of all food-serving businesses in the area achieved a rating of three stars or more. Ratings range from five stars, meaning ‘very good’ standards are being upheld, to zero, which means that ‘urgent improvements’ are necessary. A three-star… Read more »

Hidden cameras could be used to check care home standards

Posted: October 20th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the care home watchdog for England and Wales, is reportedly considering using hidden cameras and other unconventional surveillance methods to monitor care homes. A consultation will take place next year on proposals which include the use of hidden cameras and mystery shoppers to check up on standards at care homes. The CQC’s chief inspector for adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe believes that these covert surveillance methods can help to uncover poor standards of care, including… Read more »

66 premises in the West of England get zero food hygiene ratings

Posted: October 19th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following a recent round of inspections, a total of 66 food businesses in the West of England have been given a zero food hygiene rating – the very worst rating it is possible to get. The shocking results of the inspections were uncovered by the BBC Inside Out programme, but the ratings of all food businesses in the UK are available to view online. It is currently optional for businesses to display their rating on their premises. The worst offenders… Read more »

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