IOSH Safety for Property Managers Course

Due to requests from our Property Management Clients we are now running an IOSH accredited Health and Safety Course specifically designed for Property Managers.

You can find full information about the course via this short video or by downloading the IOSH Safety for Property Managers Information document.

You can contact Phil Jones for more information or to register your interest via:

E: phil.jones@qcompliance.co.uk

P: 07973 735161

Fire and rescue incident statistics: England, year ending June 2018

This Q Note contains statistics about incidents attended by fire and rescue services (FRSs) in England. (1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018).

The statistics are sourced from the Home Office’s online Incident Recording System (IRS). This system allows FRSs to complete an incident form for every incident attended, be it a fire, a false alarm or a non-fire (also known as a Special Service) incident.

Key Facts

  • FRSs attended 556,884 incidents. This was a three per cent decrease compared with the previous year (576,545). The total number of incidents was on a downward trend for around a decade, though they have increased in recent years mainly driven by increases in non-fire incidents attended. The small decrease this year was predominantly driven by a decrease in fires attended.
  • FRSs attended 159,685 fires. This was a nine per cent decrease compared with the previous year (176,054). The decrease in fires is driven by a fall in secondary fires with primary fires also showing a decrease.
  • FRSs attended 226,466 fire false alarms. This was a less than one per cent increase compared with the previous year (225,899).
  • FRSs attended 170,733 non-fire incidents. This was a two per cent decrease compared with the previous year (174,592). For around a decade, there had been a general decline in the number of non-fire incidents. However, recent years have shown large increases, largely due to a rise in medical incidents attended. The recent decreases in non-fire incidents are mainly due to a decline in emergency medical responding linked to many of the trials stopping in September 2017.
  • Of all incidents attended by FRSs, fires accounted for 29 per cent and non-fire incidents 31 per cent. The remaining 41 per cent were fire false alarms, which continued to be the largest incident type.
  • There were 247 fire-related fatalities compared with 344 (including 71 from the Grenfell Tower fire) in the previous year (a decrease of 28%).
  • There were 3,106 non-fatal casualties requiring hospital treatment in the year ending June 2018.

For more information, visit:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/754457/fire-and-rescue-incident-june-2018-hosb2518.pdf

Essex council faces prosecution over Legionnaires’ case

A member of the public contracted Legionnaires’ disease at a leisure centre in Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.  Tendring District Council is being prosecuted after an investigation, launched by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was launched in November 2016 .

The visitor to the Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles centre fell ill and was hospitalised.  Tests showed the showers and fitness room at the council-owned complex contained legionella bacteria, the BBC reported at the time.

Ian Davidson, chief executive of Tendring District Council, confirmed that the local authority is to be prosecuted, but said its systems for managing the risk of legionella have been upgraded since the incident.

He said:

“As soon as we became aware of the presence of legionella bacteria at the new facility at Walton-on-the-Naze Lifestyles we moved to address the issue immediately, with the centre closed for three months while remedial works took place.

Our investigation was quickly widened to include a review of our systems and practices right across the council and, working alongside the HSE, these are now extremely rigorous.

It would be inappropriate for me to comment further about this specific incident and the charge ahead of the court case,” he added.

A hearing is scheduled to take place on 6 December.

HSE releases Great Britain’s annual injury and ill health statistics

Too many workers in Britain’s workplaces are still being injured or made ill by their work a new report shows.

Annual statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 1.4 million workers were suffering from work-related ill health and around 555,000 from non-fatal injuries in 2017/18.

The annual statistics, compiled by HSE from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) and other sources, cover work-related ill health, workplace injuries, working days lost, costs to Britain and enforcement action taken.

Despite Britain continuing to be one of the safest places to work, key figures for Great Britain show that in 2017/18 there were;

  • 144 fatal injuries at work
  • 4 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 7 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • 493 cases were prosecuted and resulted in a conviction. Fines from convictions totalled £72.6 million

Workplace injury and new cases of ill health cost Britain £15.0 billion a year with 30.7 million working days lost.

There have been no significant changes in the industries in which workers are most likely to be injured by their work, with construction and agriculture among the higher risk sectors.

These figures confirm the scale of the challenge HSE faces in making Britain a healthier and safer place to work and shows that there are still areas to improve on to prevent death, injury and ill health in the workplace.

The full annual injury and ill-health statistics report can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/