HSE to inspect cooling tower businesses in Scotland (7/12/12)
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has announced that they will be visiting businesses with cooling towers in the West of Scotland to carry out check to ensure that legionella risks are being managed.As part of a wider initiative to promote better legionella control, the HSE will carry out the visits in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and North Ayrshire.
Late November saw legionella found in the water system at a sheltered accommodation block in Lincoln. 51 residents at St Botolph’s court were provided with bottled water and advisory letters explaining how to prevent the spread of the disease. The water system was chemically flushed and initial laboratory results have come back clear. As a precaution the showers are still sealed off until the final results are received.
Stroke victim dies from Legionella bacterium (15/11/12)
A 95-year-old man contracted pneumonia found to be caused by Legionella bacterium whilst he was staying in a care home, recovering from a stroke. He was taken to Royal Berkshire hospital, where he died on October 30.