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£220k fine for hotel after trailing cable lead officers to major infringements

A food inspector from South Kesteven District Council visited Stoke Rochford Hall Hotel in Lincolnshire.  During the visit the inspector was concerned to find a damaged electrical cable crossing a walkway in the kitchen, along with exposed cables in the dishwashing area. Improvement notices were issued to the company giving it time to carry out the […]

Contractor prosecuted after two die in RTA due to fatigue

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has prosecuted a contractor after two men suffering with fatigue died in a road traffic accident. Zac Payne, 20, and Michael Morris, 48, died when Zac fell asleep at the wheel of his work van. His employer, Renown Consultants Ltd, had instructed the men to take on an […]

Passerby shopped window cleaner for unsafe work

A window cleaner has been ordered to pay £20,000 for unsafe work at height after a member of the public photographed his team balancing on a 45cm ledge with no safety protection. Men employed by Henry Robertson Ronald Brown, trading as Ronnie Brown Window Cleaning, were cleaning the windows of a hair dressing salon in St Helier, […]

Are metalworking fluids making your staff sick?

Machining workshops use fluids to cool and lubricate metal when it’s being machined, drilled, milled etc. But what’s good for the work process is not so healthy for the lungs and skin. Metalworking fluid (MWF) is the collective name given to oils, water-based fluids, pastes, gels and aerosols used during the machining of metal. They may […]

Controlling legionella risk during the pandemic

Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia caused by the bacteria legionella pneumophila. Ironically, action taken to close buildings to control coronavirus may in turn cause an increase in cases of Legionnaires’ disease, an illness with striking similarities to COVID-19. This disease is spread when tiny droplets of infected water are inhaled, e.g from showers or splashing […]