Hot Water Scalding An Ever Present Risk

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Responding to the recent case of a housing association fined £100,000 for failing to ensure that the water outlet temperature was properly controlled at its properties – resulting in the death of one of its residents – the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association issues some timely advice to landlords, carers and those who take responsibility Read more…


HSE will conduct Basildon Hospital inquiry

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An investigation into the death of a patient at Basildon University Hospital will now be conducted solely by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A joint police and HSE inquiry was originally begun on 22 August, after the death of the patient at the hospital on 20 August. The patient had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ Read more…


Legionnaires’ link to Corfu holiday

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There have been nine cases of Legionnaires’ disease in the UK, all linked to travel to Corfu since August, according to the Health Protection Agency. However, the HPA cannot rule out a UK source of the infections and is still investigating. It is advising people to be aware of the symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease if Read more…


Dumfries Infirmary legionella complete clean-up ‘close

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Health chiefs have said Dumfries Infirmary is “very close” to being completely clear of the legionella bug after costly clean-up action. More than £250,000 has been spent on the problem since it was discovered nearly a year-and-a-half ago. Protective filters have been installed and water supplies have been monitored on a monthly basis. Chief Operating Officer Read more…


Reducing Public Sickness Risks

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Over the past few years our society has been confronted by one health scare after another, Legionella, MRSA, E.Coli – when an outbreak of disease occurs in an enclosed space such as a cruise ship or whether these conditions target closed communities such as hospital wards or affect an even wider population, their effects can be deadly Read more…


Sunderland West End FC ‘Legionella Outbreak’ only a rumour !

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A NORTH East football club was forced to abandon a match following rumours of a suspected outbreak of deadly Legionnaires’ disease. Non-league team Sunderland West End FC abandoned Wednesday’s mid-week match after rumours that the potentially fatal disease was discovered in water pipes at their flood-lit pitch in Houghton-le-Spring. Club chairman Dave Young received a Read more…