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Health and safety illnesses and deaths – the facts (Part One)

Posted: November 4th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

It has been revealed that 1.1million people in Britain encounter an illness related to their work and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is said to be the most fatal. There were 148 people killed at work during the past year and that works out as 0.5 deaths for every 100,000 employees. The findings of the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) study indicated that industrial jobs were the most dangerous. There were 39 fatalities in construction, 29 in agriculture and 10… Read more »

Hygiene improvement called for at supermarket

Posted: November 3rd, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A hygiene inspection at a supermarket in Burton, Staffordshire revealed a range of potentially dangerous health issues it has been revealed. Based in the nearby village of Branston, the Morrisons store was examined at all levels by inspectors including the kitchens, bakery, salad bar and cake shop. One employee was seen leaving the raw production area having not washed their hands and food trays were stored on the floor beside bins. Bags of rubbish were left piled up on top… Read more »

Maternity hospital hygiene causes concern

Posted: November 2nd, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Health inspectors have raised alarm at the standard of hygiene at a maternity hospital where approximately 100 babies are born each year. A damning report was published on Tuesday 29th October highlighting a number of problems with the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital following three inspections. The inspectors first visited on 21st August before being alarmed enough to come back two weeks later. A third visit was then required and the issues were still not resolved. The problems include high amounts of… Read more »

Bonfire party warning ahead of firefighter strike

Posted: November 1st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A note of caution has been sent out in the lead-up to this weekend as people are urged only to attend organised firework events. Firefighters in England and Wales are set to go on strike on Friday from 6.30pm to 11pm as a result of the Government and employers failing to provide guarantees on pensions or jobs in relation to the pension age changing from 55 to 60. There is also a planned strike from 6am to 8am on Monday… Read more »

Bureaucrat loses her compensation claim after sex injury

Posted: November 1st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

After suffering an injury in a motel room while having sex on a work trip, an Australian bureaucrat has lost her bid for compensation. The woman, who cannot legally be named, had been meeting staff and taking part in training at a regional office before checking into a motel room that had been booked by her employer. In the November 2007 incident, she required hospital treatment after a glass fitting above the bed fell onto her while she was having… Read more »

Food snack van found to have breached hygiene rules

Posted: October 31st, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A van selling snacks to the public in the Staffordshire town of Burton-upon-Trent has been found to be ignoring food hygiene rules, potentially putting the health of local customers at risk. East Staffordshire Borough Council sent members of its environmental health team to inspect Deano’s Snack Van and found a number of serious food hygiene lapses. These included food being stored at the wrong temperature, in a fridge that wasn’t working, and that there was no provision for cleaning down… Read more »

How first aid training could save lives at your office Christmas party

Posted: October 31st, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

You might not think that anything worse could happen at your Christmas party than embarrassing yourself with bad dancing in front of your boss, but this isn’t strictly true. A medical emergency can happen at any time, so it could potentially happen while you and your colleagues are celebrating the festive occasion. Someone could fall ill or fall over and injure themselves at your office Christmas party, or have an allergic reaction to some of the food and go into… Read more »

London care home found to have violated fire safety rules

Posted: October 30th, 2013 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following an inspection by the local fire brigade, a care home in the south London district of Addiscombe has been found to have breached fire safety regulations. London Fire Brigade (LFB) inspected the Iyanala Residential Home in September 2013, and published the results of the inspection recently. The home was found to have committed nine offences under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, which included: • Failure to provide staff members with adequate fire safety training • Failure to… Read more »

Fine for Hull nursery over health and safety breaches

Posted: October 30th, 2013 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A nursery in Hull, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, has received a hefty fine after an accident occurred at the premises, and an investigation revealed failings in its health and safety policies. The nursery, run by Lilliput Lodge and located in Sykes Street, was investigated after an incident involving an infant falling from a nappy changing unit was reported. The accident, which happened in September 2011, took place when a nursery worker was alone with three infants in the… Read more »

Elland takeaway fined £17,000 for food hygiene breaches

Posted: October 29th, 2013 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A Chinese takeaway in Southgate, Elland, has been fined more than £17,000 after it was found to be breaching food safety rules and putting its customers’ health at risk. The Welcome Chinese Takeaway was inspected by environmental health officers from Calderdale Council back in April 2013. A number of serious issues were uncovered, including: • A lack of up-to-date records of food safety checks • Equipment and fittings in a state of disrepair • Dirty and unhygienic kitchen surfaces and… Read more »

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