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Families of legionnaires’ victims still waiting for answers

By Water

THE families of three men who died of legionnaires’ disease are still waiting to find out if a company linked to the outbreak will face manslaughter charges. Victims Richard Griffin, of Westbury Park, 79-year-old William Hammersley, of Chesterton, and Harry Cadman, aged 71, of Stoke-on-Trent, all died after being struck down with the disease which was linked to Fenton discount…

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Primary school reopens to Year 5 and 6 pupils after legionella scare

By Water

A primary school is to partially re-open today after the potentially harmful bacteria legionella was discovered in parts of its water supply, the Guardian Series reports. Nightingale Primary School in London was closed on Monday after inspectors at Redbridge council found legionella in two buildings. The airborne bacteria, commonly found in man-made water systems, is considered low-risk when managed properly but can cause Legionnaires’…

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HSE prosecutes firm over burns incident

By Fire

A Flintshire-based gardening company has been fined £23,000 after an employee suffered burns while using a cigarette lighter to set fire to a pile of giant hogweed doused with petrol. Greenstripe Ltd was prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive after an investigation found the employee had been told by his manager to burn the waste vegetation. Warrington Crown Court…

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College owner fined £24,000 for breaches of Fire Regulations

By Fire

The owner of Abbey College, an independent school in Malvern, has been fined £24,000 at Worcester Crown Court yesterday for serious breaches in fire safety law, and agreed to pay prosecution costs of a further £25,000. Hekmat Kaveh pleaded guilty to breaching the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service brought the prosecution against…

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Giles Green presents at WMSoc conference ‘What will L8 and HSG274 mean to you?’

By Giles Green, Water

Giles Green, Zeta’s Technical Director, presented recently about Other Risk Systems in his role as chairman of the WMSoc Technical committee at their conference ‘What will L8 and HSG274 mean to you?’ [teaser img=”/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Giles-Green-WMSoc-conference.jpg” ][/teaser] Giles presentation very much emphasised the need for risk assessment driven processes, for legionella control and assessments, to become living documents that remain up to…

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HSE publishes new legionella guidance HSG274 Part 2

By Water

The HSE this month (April 2014) published  its new guidance HSG274 Part 2 ‘The control of legionella bacteria in hot and cold water Systems’. The guidance is freely available to download here http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/hsg274part2.pdf and contains important changes that you need to be aware of to manage the risk. A key change is in the guidance around recirculating hot water systems and…

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Former care home owner given suspended prison term after fire safety breaches

By Fire

THE former owner of a Knutsford Care Home has been given a 12 month suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to breaches in fire safety. Richard Dickinson, 67, of Denbigh Court in Runcorn, appeared before Chester Crown Court on Friday, December 13 after pleading guilty to three counts of breaching the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. These related to the…

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