District Council fined £27,000 after an outbreak of Legionnaires has left a man fighting for his life

District Council fined £27,000 after an outbreak of Legionnaires has left a man fighting for his life

District Council fined £27,000 after an outbreak of Legionnaires has left a man fighting for his life

Tendring District Council has undergone an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the failure to comply with the risk management laws associated with legionella.

As a business owner, you have a legal duty to make sure that any engineered water system is safe from the growth of Legionella bacteria. Whilst it is possible to have fully trained staff within a business, it takes a lot of time and money in order to get staff fully-trained and competent in conducting these risk assessments.

The health and safety breach, in this case, had been caused by the lack of expertise and training when the leisure centre decided to bring legionella control in-house, the leisure centre was unable to meet the standards set out by UK law and left a man fighting for his life.

District Judge John Woollard said: "This was a fairly catastrophic failure on their part to manage council facilities, in particular in the prevention of legionella in their leisure facilities."

Getting water hygiene right is critical. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends choosing a contractor who you are confident will do the work required to the right standard. 

Hydraclean is a proud member of the Legionella Control Association. We follow their Code of Conduct and are a highly trained team of qualified L8 Risk Assessors and water treatment specialists. We are able to deliver legionella risk assessments, water hygiene services, sampling and testing, as well as L8 Compliance training both online and on-site to meet clients’ needs, on a national basis.

Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-46472282

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