Category - Health and Safety

14
Jul

Look out, Rodents are about!

Whilst it is true that you are never very far away from a rodent,  the implication of a rodent infestation in your premises could have catastrophe consequences for all concerned. Shaafiek Christian, from the CSC Helpdesk looks at two recent cases in further detail. In the first case, The Good Fortune Restaurant in Portsmouth was …

29
Jun

Firm fined as employee contracts skin disease

Hereford based, TRP Polymer Solutions has been fined £40,000 after a worker contracted allergic contact dermatitis Hereford Magistrates’ Court heard how the sensitising ingredients in the rubber components caused the skin disease to occur. TRP Polymer Solutions Ltd. pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and Regulations …

29
Jun

Falling stock results in fatal injury

An employee of Interfish Limited was killed after boxes of frozen fish fell on him, resulting in a £500,000 fine for the company. Helping to clear a stack of boxes from the cold store area, Tomas Suchy, 22, was hit by more falling boxes and suffered severe and fatal injuries. After an investigation into the incident …

28
Jun

A tiger cannot change his stripes

A zoo in South Cumbria has been fined £255,000 after it pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches after a tiger escaped through an unlocked gate and killed an employee. The 24-year old Sarah McClay was attacked in the keeper’s corridor of the tiger enclosure in May 2013, suffering multiple injuries and was later pronounced …

23
Jun

Monocular Vision: Fundamentals of carrying out a risk assessment

The Action For Blind People Charity provides the following advise for producing a risk assessment for someone with monocular vision (sight in one eye). For individuals suffering with monocular vision the key risk factors for the individual and others are: A loss in the field of vision to the side, for example people and objects outside the …

15
Jun

Sentencing Guidance: KFC fined £100k for lack of hot running water

The impact of the Sentencing Guidelines are being felt across the foods industry with astronomical fines now been issued for both food safety and health and safety related offences regardless of whether actual harm has occurred. The Pontypool branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken has been fined £100,000 after being found guilty of operating without hot …

14
Jun

Walk-in freezer safety: Are you protected against the risks?

To ensure that perishable and frozen foods are stored at the correct temperatures the use of walk in chiller and freezers are an essential requirement in the food industry. With many employees having to access these units on a daily basis, we look at the potential risks and practical tips to reduce the likelihood of …

14
Jun

Carehome prosecuted over breaches in bedrail safety

Beacon Edge Specialist Nursing Home in Penrith, Cumbria, a BUPA Care Home (CFC Homes) has been fined £400 000 after health and safety failings resulting in the death of a resident. The case related to the management of bedrails in relation to a vulnerable resident who died at the home. The company failed to ensure …

14
Jun

Swimming pool safety: Are your guests at risk?

Now that the warm whether has arrived, the use of swimming pools is more common. How safe is your swimming pool? Do you know what precautions you need take to keep guests safe? We take a look at a recent prosecution at Down Hall Country House hotel, Essex, where two guests drowned in its unusually-shaped …

13
Jun

Practical tips for barbecue safety

As summer approaches, the sunshine encourages us all to move our cooking outside and enjoy barbecue season. Cooking and eating outdoors brings a new set of food safety risks that shouldn’t be ignored. Summer usually sees an increase in the number of accidents involving barbecues with typical injuries including burns, scalding, cuts and fire related incidents. The undercooking …

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