Category - Health and Safety

26
Jul

Where there is smoke, there is fire – barbecue safety

Summertime brings the warm weather, and with that comes an increase in taking the kitchen outdoors by way of barbecues. Although fun, and tasty, barbeques present a very real fire risk and caution should be taken both whilst cooking and during the disposal after the event. Kent fire service has recently reported, an increase in …

26
Jul

Blatant disregard for health and safety law lands manager in jail

In what can only be described as a flagrant breach of law, a site manager was sentenced to over 3 year’s jail time. On 24 January 2015 Tasadaq Ur-Rehman was working on a site in Leicester, when he fell through a skylight aperture in a first floor roof and sustained serious head injuries, which ultimately …

18
Jul

Prosecution News: Company prosecuted after worker severs hand in blending machine

SPL International Ltd, a home brewing kit manufacturer has been fined after an employee’s right hand was severed while cleaning a blending machine. The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an incident on 21 October 2014. On the day of the incident the employee was asked by his supervisor to …

14
Jul

Care Homes – two recent deaths due to health and safety failings

Care homes have been in the news recently with two preventable fatalities occuring. The first case involves a care home based in Middlesex. The premise was fined £100,000 plus £50,000 costs for an incident occurring in 2011. An elderly resident of a Surrey home was receiving care from two employees of European Healthcare Group Plc. The resident died …

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 …

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