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Shetland engineering firm fined over worker fall

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

An engineering firm based in Shetland has admitted health and safety breaches which led to an employee sustaining serious injuries, and has been fined £26,700 as a result. Ness Engineering was prosecuted after employee David Thomson, 22, fell from the bucket of a telehandler after a piece of metal hit him. He fell up to nine feet to the ground and sustained serious injuries to his back, arm and hand. Lerwick Sheriff Court heard recently that the managing director of… Read more »

First aid training: vital preparation for medical emergencies

Posted: September 22nd, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

Going on a first aid training course can give you important skills and knowledge that could help you save lives, in a wide number of different situations. Many people go on first aid at work training courses, sent by employers who are legally required to have qualified first aiders. These courses teach participants how to deal with a range of workplace medical emergencies – from bleeding, shock and unconsciousness to injuries and allergic reactions – and these skills can also… Read more »

Healthcare provider admits failings at new care home

Posted: September 21st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

The healthcare provider Housing 21 has been forced to admit that standards at its new care home in Yate are not what they should be, after several complaints were made about tenants being left unaided for days. The facility, which is made up of 60 self-contained apartments, is designed for people aged 55 or over who need round-the-clock care. The home only opened in January but unsatisfactory staffing levels have prompted a number of complaints already. It has been reported… Read more »

Packaging firm fined for ignoring safety warnings

Posted: September 20th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The owners of a packaging manufacturer in Bolton have been prosecuted and fined for deliberately ignoring health and safety warnings over a period of three years. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted company directors Yvonne Barrett and Anthony Smith after they failed to ensure that guards were fitted to the machines they used to produce packaging for fast food outlets. These guards are designed to protect workers fingers from becoming caught in the rotating machinery. The company, First Packaging… Read more »

Cardiff council bar fails food hygiene inspection

Posted: September 19th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

A private members’ bar in the headquarters of Cardiff Council has failed food hygiene inspections, leaving the council open to accusations that it is “sending out the worst possible message” to local businesses. The bar, which is located in the basement of County Hall, was subject to a series of inspections by environmental health officers. Problems such as a dirty ice machine, food being stored at the wrong temperature and a lack of a hand washing sink were identified. The… Read more »

A closer look at the duties of the ‘responsible person’ for fire safety pt.2

Posted: September 18th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As the responsible person for fire safety within a business or organisation, there are certain duties you must fulfil. This requires you to take a fire safety training course to learn all that you need to know, and you should ensure that the course you choose is one designed for fire marshals. We have already looked at a few of the duties of the responsible person (see pt.1), but there are a few more. For example, the responsible person must:… Read more »

A closer look at the duties of the ‘responsible person’ for fire safety pt.1

Posted: September 17th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

In every business or organisation, there should be one person who has some degree of control over fire safety policy and fire prevention systems within the premises. This person is called the ‘responsible person’, and can be the owner or manager of a business or simply someone who has been appointed by the owner. The main aim of the responsible person is to ensure that everyone who uses the premises can escape if a fire should break out. If you… Read more »

Cornish nursing home failing in its duty of care

Posted: September 16th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has identified the St Theresa’s Care Centre in Callington, Cornwall, as failing in its duty of care, as elderly residents were found to be going without adequate food and drink. This was the verdict following a surprise visit to the Cornish nursing home last August, when inspectors found that some residents did not appear to have sufficient nutrition and hydration. In addition, only three out of the 19 people monitored had been given a bath… Read more »

81 per cent of parents don’t know first aid skills

Posted: September 15th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

According to new research, as many as 81 per cent of parents don’t have even the most basic of first aid skills. This means that if their baby or child were to need emergency medical help, this 81 per cent of parents would not know what to do. The research, undertaken by Tesco Baby & Toddler Club, found that most parents had not had any first aid training prior to having children. This is despite the fact that one in… Read more »

Roofing firm fined over unsafe working practices

Posted: September 14th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A roofing firm based in Derby has been fined by Derby Magistrates Court after two of its roofers were seen working on a roof in Swadlincote without using any safety equipment. Aquacoat Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after its inspectors, who happened to be passing the Oldfield Drive site in June last year, saw that the contractor’s roofing team were not using any safety equipment to prevent anyone from falling and injuring themselves. Working at… Read more »

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