Category - Health and Safety

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 …

10
May

Equipment Safety: Hand trapped in pastry machine

Following an accident in which a worker suffered partial de-gloving of his hand when his hand was pulled through a pastry lid maker, a food manufacturing firm (Thomas of York Ltd in Helmsley, York) pleaded guilty to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations and was fined £6,500 with £691.45 costs at Northallerton …

10
May

Prosecution news: Safety breaches cause injury and death

Since February 2016, the implementation of the Sentencing Guidelines has seen a marked increase in fines and prison terms with directors of companies facing significant penalties.  In recent Health and Safety prosecution news, one man has been jailed for six years and another for eight months after two incidents on the same day left one …

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