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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 »

Death cap mushroom claims two lives at New Year’s party

Posted: January 5th, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A New Years’ Eve party in Australia took a tragic turn when death cap mushrooms were mistaken for straw fungi and served up as part of the evening meal. Four of the guests were rushed to hospital after eating the poisonous mushrooms. One was later discharged, while two of the dinner guests unfortunately died. The death cap mushroom, while abundant in certain areas of Australia, can also be found closer to home. In 2010, one woman died and another was… Read more »

Fresh warnings from HSE as the number of workplace deaths rose in 2011

Posted: January 4th, 2012 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Health and safety measures sometimes come in for ridicule and criticism, and yet The Health and Safety Executive have been forced to issue new warnings to employers in the UK as deaths in the workplace are again on the increase. • In 2009/10, 147 people were killed at work. • This rose to 171 for the year 2010/11, with 24,700 workers suffering serious injury. Certain industries are, of course, more high risk than others; construction, agriculture, and waste and recycling… Read more »

How Christmas highlights need for greater food safety

Posted: January 4th, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Hopefully, most of us will have survived Christmas without suffering from food poisoning, and yet this is a time of year when the FSA receives more reports of food poisoning than at any other time of the year. The reason is most probably the massive consumption of poultry, with many people tucking in to their turkey, duck or goose. The FSA state that as many as one fifth of all reported cases of food poisoning are caused by poultry, and… Read more »

The importance of fire risk assessments

Posted: January 3rd, 2012 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire poses a significant risk to companies all over the UK. Every year, properties are severely damaged, lives threatened, and the survival of businesses is compromised when fire breaks out. A fire that broke out in a Lancashire business park before Christmas illustrates just how disruptive a large fire can be. Several warehouses were burned to the ground, local roads were closed, residents evacuated and even train travel was affected. Extensive fire fighting resources were needed just to get the… Read more »

Things could have been worse for factory worker

Posted: January 1st, 2012 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A factory worker from Cheshire had a narrow escape when his arm was dragged into a conveyor belt as he tried to help to clean it. Although he could have lost his arm completely, this ‘lucky’ worker got away with a crushed hand, broken elbow, extensive bruising and several weeks of absence. His employer, however, was found to be responsible for the accident that could have so easily cost the man his arm. An investigation into the accident revealed that… Read more »

Norovirus can cause havoc

Posted: December 31st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Norovirus season begins in July, despite the fact that it is known as the winter vomiting bug. And, this year, cases are up by nearly twenty per cent in comparison with 2010. This can have far-reaching consequences when an outbreak occurs in a hospital. Officials have said that twenty seven hospital wards have been closed following the discovery of the illness. The Norovirus is extremely contagious, and can be contracted in a number of ways: • From eating contaminated… Read more »

Oysters and the Norovirus

Posted: December 30th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

A study has been conducted on behalf of The Food Standards Agency in order to establish how many UK oysters carry the Norovirus. It found that just over three quarters of the oysters tested showed traces of the virus. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean that UK oysters are dangerous; indeed the FDA has stated that the findings are not in any way conclusive. The findings cannot distinguish between the infectious and non-infectious virus, and so it is difficult to ascertain… Read more »

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