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Common Induction Standards refreshed in 2010

Posted: January 12th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Common Induction Standards 2005 have proved to be very valuable resource for employers, as they allow them to ensure that employees are adequately trained and informed to begin working in the care industry. At five years old, however, it was felt that these standards needed updating and revising in order to reflect the changes and new challenges within the industry. The standards were therefore refreshed in 2010 following consultation with the care sector. There are now eight rather than… Read more »

Are your business’ activities covered by Health and Safety law?

Posted: January 12th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Health and Safety regulations cover all working situations, whether they are high or low risk. They are designed to protect workers regardless of their professional activity and as an employer you are required to ensure that you take the appropriate measures to keep them as safe as possible. Some laws apply to specific hazards, some to specific industries, and you must make sure that you are aware of these laws and comply with them. Failure to do so could have… Read more »

How E. coli and HUS left one woman with 35% kidney function

Posted: January 11th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A 64 year-old woman from Plymouth is trying to raise awareness of E. coli and HUS, after she became infected and ended up in intensive care. She became ill in August of last year and ended up having to stay in hospital for three weeks as doctors battled to save her life. It was thought at the time that the outbreak was caused by infected crab meat, although in this case no crab meat had been consumed. E. coli is… Read more »

Working at height is a risky business

Posted: January 11th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Working at height can be a risky business, as a horticultural nursery worker found out at his expense when he fell through the glass roof of a greenhouse while carrying out maintenance works. In this case, the employer was found to be at fault for not providing the right training or for reducing the risks their workers were exposed to. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 are designed, however, to prevent this type of accident from occurring. They apply to… Read more »

Suffolk County Council’s Highways Department breached health and safety

Posted: January 10th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive has taken legal action against Suffolk County Council following its findings of three breaches of regulations designed to protect workers’ safety. The Council’s highways department employs one hundred and twenty road workers, four of whom have developed hand arm vibration syndrome as a result of working with vibrating machinery over a period of several years. Hand-held machinery such as power drills and chain saws can cause persistent but tiny amounts of damage to nerves and… Read more »

Worker crushed by 1.5 tonne weight

Posted: January 10th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Once again, a lack of understanding of the risks and the absence of adequate safety procedures has resulted in serious injury that could easily have caused loss of life. A maintenance engineer was left minus the tops of three vertebrae, plus a broken shoulder and two cracked ribs when a one and a half tonne counterweight descended on him and pinned him to the junction box of the zinc galvanising machine he was working on. An investigation into the incident… Read more »

Nursery fined after worker falls through glass roof

Posted: January 9th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

An absence of adequate health and safety training has been identified as one of the main contributing factors in an accident at a horticultural nursery in Evesham. A 21 year old man was left unable to work for three months following a 3 metre fall through a glass roof onto a concrete floor. He sustained multiple injuries, including concussion with blood on the brain and a fractured hand. An investigation into the incident by The Health and Safety Executive found… Read more »

How a lack of training and first aid procedures can endanger life

Posted: January 9th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A logistics firm based in Lichfield has been fined a total of £60,000 for serious health and safety failings that could easily have cost the life of one of its fork-lift truck drivers. In August 2008, a sixty-year old fork-lift driver was loading computer cabinets onto a trailer, when he noticed that one of the cabinets was unstable on the forks. He stopped the fork-lift truck in order to prevent the cabinet from falling, but was unable to do so… Read more »

The Mental Capacity Act: protecting vulnerable adults

Posted: January 6th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Anyone who works with or cares for a person who is unable to make their own decisions must be aware of The Mental Capacity Act and its implications. It is designed to protect those who are made vulnerable by a lack of mental capacity that impairs their decision-making capabilities. There are numerous reasons why a person may not be able to make decision on their own, ranging from mental health conditions and learning difficulties to brain injuries and being in… Read more »

Emergency First Aiders at Work

Posted: January 6th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

All employers must undertake a first-aid needs assessment in order to ascertain whether their company requires the appointment of a qualified first-aider, and if so, how many. For low-risk companies, the presence of a first-aider may prove to be unnecessary, but they still need to choose an ‘appointed person’. This individual will need to take responsibility for any first-aid equipment (replenishing the first-aid kit, ensuring use-by dates are respected etc.) as well as for contacting the emergency services when necessary…. Read more »

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