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First aid training put to good use in Yorkshire as woman saves little girl

Posted: June 9th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon 1

A woman from North Yorkshire who had recently completed a first aid training course found herself having to use her new skills to save a little girl who had a horse riding accident. The Northern Echo reported that Wendy Scott, 49, was at Richmond Equestrian Centre in North Yorkshire when the accident happened. A ten-year-old rider, Katie Benbow was nearly crushed by her pony when it tripped and fell on top of her. Wendy, who had completed her first aid… Read more »

Potato firm fined by HSE after employee loses fingers

Posted: June 8th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a cooked potato company in Telford for health and safety breaches after a worker lost two fingers in a machine. Swancotes Foods was fined £10,000 over the incident, in which a 38-year-old cleaner working at the plant last February lost two of his fingers whilst reaching into a machine to remove some raw potato. Telford Magistrates Court heard that the guards on the potato processing machine had not been properly maintained, and… Read more »

Why is nutrition training so important for care workers?

Posted: June 7th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

As a carer, you have responsibilities to provide committed and consistent care, to show a dedication to improving the everyday lives of vulnerable, elderly and ill people. The foundation of quality care is meeting the essential daily requirements of the people receiving care, starting of course with proper nutrition. Nutrition is not as simple as providing patients with enough to eat and ensuring they stick to a reasonably healthy diet. Every patient has different needs when it comes to nutrition,… Read more »

Smethwick bar shut down for fire safety violations

Posted: June 6th, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

A bar in the West Midlands town of Smethwick has been shut down by the fire service after a string of fire safety violations were uncovered. Fire safety officers found that the fire alarms at Gill’s Bar and Restaurant appeared to have been disabled, and that emergency signs, smoke detectors and fire doors were not installed in the Rolfe Street venue. The escape routes in the restaurant weren’t properly marked, and the owners had seemingly ignored official fire safety advice… Read more »

Develop staff skills and learning with extra training

Posted: June 5th, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

It is a given that all employees who undertake certain tasks are either trained or experienced enough to do it competently and safely. Two key examples of this are people working within the health and social care sector, people who need specialist training to care for vulnerable individuals, and those who have any responsibility for preparing, handling or serving food. There is also a legal requirement to ensure that people doing certain jobs are given the right health and safety… Read more »

FSA orders 13 Flintshire businesses to improve food hygiene

Posted: June 4th, 2011 by Craig comment-icon Comments disabled

Following the launch of a new food hygiene scheme launched by the Food Standards Agency (FSA), a total of 13 businesses in Flintshire have been ordered to improve their standards. The FSA food hygiene scheme involves rating businesses such as hotels, restaurants, pubs, cafes and food shops on a number of requirements. Inspectors check how food is handled, prepared, cooked and stored, as well as how it is cooled and reheated. The condition of the premises is also taken into… Read more »

East Lancashire care home failing to meet standards

Posted: June 3rd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

The Victoria Residential Home in the East Lancashire town of Burnley has been found by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to be failing to meet standards. Of the 16 essential safety requirements, the Victoria Residential Home is failing to meet 7. Inspectors from the CQC who visited the home last March found that it was not as hygienic or clean as it should be, and that the home was understaffed. A report from the CQC following the inspection also highlighted… Read more »

A brief guide to making your work premises safe from fire

Posted: June 2nd, 2011 by Eloise comment-icon Comments disabled

Fire safety is incredibly important within the workplace, and employers have a legal responsibility to protect their employees and members of the public. If you are setting up a new business or you feel you aren’t necessarily meeting all standards required of you, the following tips should help you to make your premises safe from fire. 1. Research the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 – these are the rules you need to adhere to 2. Carry out a fire… Read more »

Heinz fined for health and safety failures after worker loses a finger

Posted: June 1st, 2011 by Dermot comment-icon Comments disabled

The international food company Heinz has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and fined after an employee lost a finger in a workplace accident. HJ Heinz Company Ltd was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay court costs of £4,496.50 after an unnamed employee lost an index finger whilst operating industrial machinery at the company’s factory in Kitt Green, Wigan. The incident occurred in April 2008, when a 65-year-old employee was making a new part for a packaging… Read more »

Reading care home owners hit back at CQC criticism

Posted: June 1st, 2011 by Craig comment-icon 2

The owners of a care home in Reading have expressed irritation at a recent report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on standards at the home. The Orchard Lodge care home, on Baskerville Road, has 11 residents, many of whom have dementia. After a visit in February, CQC inspectors claimed that the home had failed to meet 12 out of 17 ‘essential’ standards of care, quality and safety. The report stated: “The home did not ensure that people had… Read more »

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