Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.

Whirlpool told to recall unsafe tumble dryers.


The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) welcomes news that the government has given Whirlpool notice that it intends to require the company to recall up to 500,000 of its tumble  dryers over fire safety risks.

NFCC has been calling for changes to improve product recalls and manufacturing standards, including the need for a single Government backed register for UK product recalls, for a  number of years.

The dryers affected are the vented and condensing tumble dryers branded Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Swan or Proline, that were made between April 2004 and October 2015. More

 

HSE’s h & s guidance for new & temporary workers…

With summer arriving and the subsequent increase in seasonal work, it’s worth noting the HSE’s health and safety guidance for new & temporary workers…

Workers are as likely to have an accident in the first six months at  a workplace as during the rest of their working life.
Visit the  HSE website for advice on protecting new workers.
And 6 steps to protect new starters. All organisations must be aware of their health and safety responsibilities for agency workers and temporary employees too.   Be ready Read

 

CQC’s response to BBC’s undercover investigation inside a hospital for vulnerable people

CQC’s response to Panorama’s undercover investigation inside a hospital for vulnerable people

A recent edition of BBC’s Panorama captured evidence of shocking abuse taking place at a service for people with a learning disability and/or autism.

In response, Dr Paul Lelliott, Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals (lead for mental health), said:

“As soon as the BBC told us that they had evidence of abuse we alerted the police and they are now investigating.

“We will urgently explore ways in which we can better assess the experience of care of people who may have impaired capacity, or even be fearful to talk about how……

Read Dr. Paul Lelliot’s report

Care Home fined – resident died after eating chlorine tablets

A care home operator has been fined £270,000, after a resident of Lomond Court Care Home, Glenrothes, Fife (who suffered symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease) put chlorine tablets in his mouth and chewed them, leading to his death.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court heard how on 4 August 2015 a delivery of cleaning products was made to Lomond Court. These were left unattended in a corridor, in an unsealed box. In that box….

HC-ONE Limited of Southgate House, Archer Street, Darlington, County Durham, pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 3(1) and 33(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and fined £270,000.

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Nursing home in special measures after watchdog spots ‘signs of abuse’.

Nursing home in special measures after watchdog spots ‘signs of abuse’.

Experts from the CQC visited Eastcotts Care Home with Nursing in Calford Green Suffolk in April & discovered “institutional and unsafe practices” which they claim went “unnoticed and unchallenged” by senior staff.

Inspectors said physical intervention was sometimes used by staff members while others spoke to residents “very sternly and harshly” and told them to “sit down” or “sit”.  More