The Human Risk factor


February 2015 NEWSLETTER
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Care home resident dies

The owner of a Leicester care home has been fined £100,000 after Walter Powley, a vulnerable 85-year-old resident, died from serious burns.

Four days after becoming a resident, Mr Powley fell in his room and became trapped between a wardrobe and a radiator. He suffered serious burns to the tissue of his right leg from the radiator pipe and valves, and superficial burns to both legs probably from hot water leaking from the valve. He died in hospital from his injuries eight days later.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated; the findings are shocking

The human factor associated with fire risk

A new fire risk management system specification (PAS 7) has been developed in conjunction with leading figures in the fire industry, to help to reduce human failings and poor management that so often contribute to the risk of fire.

Fire prevention is primarily seen as a case of dealing with the procedures associated with fire management and assessing the associated risks.   The question is; does this emphasis on physical measures miss the point?

Asbestos failure in Colwyn Bay leading to fines

A court has heard that businessman, Peter Rees allowed the spread of asbestos in an industrial building by not employing licensed contractors to remove the potentially deadly material.

Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard on the 21st January that after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) clear failings were identified with his management of the material.

Myth-busting by the HSE

The HSE Myth Busters Challenge Panel provides a mechanism to independently challenge potentially disproportionate or inaccurate advice or decisions, made in the name of health and safety.

“We think that communicating these decisions will help all our clients with a better insight into the ongoing ‘perception v’s reality’ arguments which appear in the media from time to time”.

Phil Jones

Disposal of dead batteries in a supermarket recycling container

Enquirer was in a supermarket attempting to dispose of dead batteries in a sealed plastic box that was normally located on Customer Services. After enquiring where it now was, they were told that because of health and safety they have to keep it in a cupboard.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

Managing Agent says a garden pond has to be fenced in

A residents association for a residential development of 75 dwellings has been told by their new managing agent that they must fence in the feature garden pond in the middle of the parkland grounds due to health and safety. The development has been like this for 25 years.

Read the Panel’s decision HERE.

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