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Scottish firms to be checked for legionella

11th December 2012 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Businesses with cooling towers across the west of Scotland are to be assessed to ensure they are appropriately managing the risks of legionella.

Specialists from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local authorities are visiting cooling towers and condensers in Glasgow, North Ayrshire, Inverclyde and Renfrewshire.

It comes after a HSE investigation led to the prosecution of Elite Precast Concrete after an employee suffered serious leg injuries following a collision with a forklift truck.

David Snowball, the director for Scotland & Northern England, said: "Inspections are a valuable part of our regulatory action. They are however no substitute for companies meeting their legal duties on a daily basis, given that legionella levels can increase to high levels in a matter of days or weeks."

Mr Snowball explained that the visits are being carried out to focus businesses' attention on making sure they are meeting their obligations when it comes to protecting workers and the public.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801504390-ADNFCR


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