Legionnaires’ cash payout

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A MAN from Sheffield has received a £20,000 out-of-court settlement after catching a potentially fatal disease at work. The 38-year-old caught Legionnaires’ disease, a rare form of pneumonia, after working as a subcontractor on cooling towers for Sheffield fencing manufacturer Estate Wire at its site on Birley Vale Close. He became so ill he had Read more…


Views sought on revised ACOPs

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched consultations on the revised content of two Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs). Changes to the ACOPs Workplace health, safety and welfare regulations (L24) and Safety in the installation and use of gas systems and appliances (L56) have been developed by HSE and industry stakeholders. Following an initial Read more…


Death from Legionnaire’s Disease under investigation

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One person has died and another is recovering after an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in South Yorkshire. Few details have been released by health authorities but medical chiefs confirmed yesterday the situation, in Doncaster, was being monitored, and there was currently no risk to others. Dr Wendy Phillips, director of the South Yorkshire Health Protection Read more…


Bacteria discovery closes Launceston hospital

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A hospital in north Cornwall is to close for four weeks after tests showed that legionella bacteria was present in two locations. Officials at Launceston Hospital, which has 20 beds, say that levels pose a minimal risk to patients and staff. The closure is being implemented to allow a disinfection of the water system and Read more…


Basildon Hospital admits legionella protection failures

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A hospital has admitted failing to protect the public in Essex from the potentially fatal effects of Legionnaire’s disease. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted Basildon University Hospital under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Two patients died after contracting the disease in 2007 and 2010.  Eight patients and visitors had been Read more…


Government’s new help for sickness absence is welcomed

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New Government proposals, published today, to help businesses manage sickness absence have been broadly welcomed by the leading professional body in occupational health and safety. Dame Carol Black and David Frost CBE were commissioned in 2011 to take a critical look at sickness absence in Britain. Today, the Department for Work and Pensions published its Read more…


Lung infection identified using ‘breath-print’

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Identifying the “smell” of different types of lung bacteria could lead to a simple breath test to diagnose infections, a study on mice, in the Journal of Breath Research, suggests. Breath analysis could reduce lung infection diagnosis times from weeks to minutes, the Vermont researchers said. Scientists have already researched breath tests to diagnose asthma Read more…


Hospital open again after bacteria find

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A SEASIDE hospital forced to close by the discovery of legionella bacterium will re-open today. Withernsea Community Hospital was closed on December 21 after the discovery of the bacteria in its water system, although health chiefs were quick to point out that this was not the strain that causes Legionnaire’s disease. The minor injuries unit, Read more…


Legionella concerns at Guernsey’s King Edward VII Hospital

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The water system at Guernsey’s King Edward VII Hospital is due to be flushed after “unusually high levels” of the legionella bacteria were found. A Health and Social Services Department spokesman said nobody had been infected by the bacteria. To combat its spread the showers have been shut off, water temperature increased and staff have Read more…