Lettings agent fined £50,000 over safety failures at two HMOs

A letting agency which is also an HMO landlord has been fined £50,000 after admitting 18 offences relating in particular to fire safety.

Lettings of London Ltd, which his based in a business park in South Barnet, North London, has been fined £42,596 and told to pay costs of £10,626 plus a victim surcharge of £170 over two HMOs it operated in Hatfield, Hertfordshire that council officers inspected last year following complaints.

The properties on Goldings Crescent were found to lack working fire alarms or fire blankets, broken self-closing fire doors and emergency lighting and several dangerous features including loose stonework and rusted metal handrails.

via Lettings agent fined £50,000 over safety failures at two HMOs.

Relatives of woman killed by truck in work zone file civil lawsuit

The family of a 24-year-old mother of two who was killed in December in a hit-and-run crash while fixing a guardrail in Union County has sued the 78-year-old truck driver who struck her.

The lawsuit filed on March 27 seeks unspecified damages against Douglas A. Jones, of Mansfield, and Estep Express trucking of Lexington, Ohio, both in Richland County.


Asda security guard stabbing suspect named after Bootle store attack

A man suspected of stabbing of an Asda security guard has been named by police and is due to appear in court today.

Emergency services were called to Strand Road Asda at around 6.50pm on Saturday following reports a man had been attacked.

On arrival a security guard was found to have suffered ‘superficial stab wounds to his leg and arm’.

He was treated at the scene by the ambulance service before being taken to hospital.


Safety warning over Bank Holiday DIY – Examiner Live

Health and safety chiefs are urging people to take care if some DIY is on the agenda today.

Thousands of accidents take place every year due to people making mistakes with power tools, ladders and gardening equipment.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) says falls in general are the number of cause of hospital admissions.

NHS England has said there were almost 4,800 admissions to hospital wards for injuries from drills and other power tools in just 12 months, up from 4,446 just three years earlier – a rise of more than 7%.

The NHS dealt with another 6,372 cases after people ending up in hospital after tumbling from a ladder, while more than 500 hospital admissions occurred following a mishap with a lawnmower.

via Safety warning over Bank Holiday DIY – Examiner Live.

U.S. Coast Guard Warns on Confined Space Entry After Three Die

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The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Safety Alert on the dangers of confined space entry – citing a recent casualty where three people were asphyxiated on a drilling rig (MODU).

10 crewmembers were on board the MODU preparing it for a heavy lift transport to an overseas ship breaking facility. They were successful in dewatering three of the MODU’s four legs. However, the de-ballasting system was inoperable in the fourth leg because piping and valves had been previously removed. To continue pumping, the crew rigged a portable diesel engine driven pump to discharge the tanks.

Each leg had six decks. The first two uppermost decks had access hatches that allowed easy transfer of crew and equipment between the decks. The remaining decks were accessed via manhole hatches that were too small to allow passage of the portable pump and had to be enlarged. As each ballast tank was fully discharged, the manhole cover at the bottom of the tank was enlarged and the pump was lowered. 

via U.S. Coast Guard Warns on Confined Space Entry After Three Die.

The worst food hygiene ratings of Plymouth venues this year – Plymouth Live

In the first four months of this year, the Food Standards Agency has ordered 16 businesses to improve their food hygiene.

All of the cafés, restaurants and takeaways in this list have been inspected this year, and handed a poor rating due to standards not being up to scratch.

Each establishment is checked in three categories, including hygienic food handling, cleanliness and condition of facilities and building and management of food safety.

Six businesses have been handed a zero rating.  This means that urgent improvement is required. If improvements are not made in a set time-frame, the business can be forced to close.

via The worst food hygiene ratings of Plymouth venues this year – Plymouth Live.