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Landlord criticised by tenants over fire safety failures

Posted: October 30th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The residents of a block of flats in North West London have spoken out to Inside Housing in criticism of their landlord, over accusations that fire safety measures are not being taken. Brent Housing Partnership (BHP), the owner of Landau House in Kilburn, has been accused of ignoring resident’s requests to install more fire doors in the building. These requests were made following a fire which broke out at the building, as well as a recent assessment by a contractor…. Read more »

Somerset boy uses first aid training to help injured skateboarder

Posted: October 29th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A schoolboy from the Somerset city of Wells has been praised for using his quick wits and first aid training to help a skateboarder who had broken his leg. Patrick Woods, 11, was visiting a skatepark in Watchet with his brother and grandmother when the incident occurred. He noticed that a teenage skateboarder had fallen and injured himself, and rushed to his aid. Patrick, who had undergone first aid training since the age of five, was able to assess the… Read more »

Do I need training to plan events and activities for care home residents?

Posted: October 29th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Activities and events are crucial to the wellbeing and even the health of people who use care services. There is nothing better for maintaining an exceptional quality of life, and new skills and knowledge can even be learned through these stimulating activities. However, if you are work in a care home, nursing home or hospital, and you would like to plan events and activities for the people under your care, it is very important that you undergo specific training first…. Read more »

Swindon takeaway blamed for food poisoning

Posted: October 28th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A Chinese takeaway based in the Wiltshire town of Swindon has been fined more than £14,000 after several customers complained its products had given them food poisoning. Environmental health officers moved in to investigate the New World Express restaurant after a number of its former customers had complained to the council. A catalogue of food safety breaches had already been uncovered on its last inspection back in 2008, but the most recent checks showed that standards hadn’t improved. Upon visiting… Read more »

Suffolk chicken company fined for health and safety breaches

Posted: October 27th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A chicken company based in the Suffolk village of Flixton has been prosecuted and fined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after two employees suffered injuries in two separate incidents. The first employee to sustain injuries at the 2 Sisters Food Group factory was 42-year-old Shaun Alexander, whose hand was crushed in a machine back in 2009. Malcolm Raven, 54, was also injured at the plant just a month later. Mr Raven was clearing an enclosure when his arm… Read more »

Cheshire Fire Service issues fire safety warning to local businesses

Posted: October 26th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to businesses in the county that they could face huge legal bills and prosecution if they don’t adhere to fire safety rules. Fire chiefs have told the Knutsford Guardian that legal action has been taken against many firms in the area who failed to put fire safety measures in place, despite being warned by fire safety officers on numerous occasions. The service recommends that businesses carry out fire risk assessments… Read more »

Care home training: how to cater to special diets

Posted: October 26th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The average care worker employed in a nursing home or hospital will have too many responsibilities to count. Amongst these, one of the most important is providing adequate nutrition and hydration to the people under their care. It is not always as simple as providing people with enough to eat and drink, however. You need to understand the principles of proper nutrition, and the effect food has on the body and on health in general. You should be able to… Read more »

Westbury care home impresses CQC with improvements

Posted: October 25th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) last March, the Greengates Care Home in Westbury has now made all recommended improvements and was able to impress inspectors returning to the facility for a repeat visit. On the first inspection, a number of problems were discovered at the home. As well as basic issues such as cleanliness and a “lack of homeliness”, inspectors also found issues with care training for staff. This resulted in poor record keeping and… Read more »

Scots need first aid training, according to charity

Posted: October 24th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Scottish charity St Andrew’s First Aid has warned that people in Scotland are too dependent on the emergency services, and that more than three quarters of the general public do not have any basic first aid skills. To address this skills shortage, the charity is launching a super-hero themed campaign in order to raise awareness of how important first aid training can be in an emergency situation. As many as 34,000 people end up in hospital every year due… Read more »

X Factor house fails fire safety checks

Posted: October 23rd, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

According to the Daily Mirror, the Hertfordshire mansion which currently houses the remaining X-Factor contestants has failed fire safety checks. Inspectors visiting the £4,000-a-week Hertford Heath home found a number of fire safety problems, some caused by the messy behaviour of the inhabitants. However, other issues, such as a lack of emergency exit signs, suggest the owners of the house may need a little fire safety awareness training to ensure conditions are up to standard. Commenting on the situation, a… Read more »

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