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SAFETY FOCUS ON FORKLIFT TRUCKS

SAFETY FOCUS ON FORKLIFT TRUCKS

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) will begin a week long programme of inspections from Monday 14 January 2019, focusing on forklift truck safety within the freight transport sector.

Forklift trucks (FLTs) are widely used for moving materials and goods, but they are involved in about a quarter of all workplace transport accidents. The deaths and injuries can ruin lives and businesses. Even when an incident does not cause injury, it can still mean costly damage to FLTs, buildings, fittings and goods. Particular issues include inadequate training, lack of thorough examinations and maintenance, use of non-integrated working platforms (man cages) and inadequate pedestrian/FLT segregation.

HSENI will undertake unannounced visits to freight transport operators to ensure that they are taking action to control the risks from using FLTs in their premises. The targeted initiative will look at forklift operator training, general maintenance and thorough examinations, key control and safe systems of work.

Urging businesses to make forklift truck safety a priority, Inspector Karen Todd from HSENI’s Transport Group said: “Those in control of work activities have a responsibility to devise safe methods of working and to provide the necessary information, instruction and training to their workers in the safe system of working.

“HSENI will provide advice during the targeted visits, and take enforcement action against poor practices especially where workers lives are at risk.”

For more information about forklift truck safety please visit www.hseni.gov.uk or call the HSENI helpline on: 0800 0320 121.

Notes to editors:

  1. The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body, sponsored by the Department for the Economy (DfE).
  2. HSENI is the lead body responsible for the promotion and enforcement of health and safety at work standards in Northern Ireland.
  3. For media enquiries please contact: HSENI Press Office on 028 9024 3249 or email media@hseni.gov.uk
  4. For Out of Office Hours please contact the Duty Press Officer on 028 9037 8110.
BEAUTY BUSINESS UNDERGOES £100K REVAMP

BEAUTY BUSINESS UNDERGOES £100K REVAMP

Tyrone businesswoman Roisin Doherty has announced the creation of eight new jobs at her successful hair and beauty salon; as a result of investing £100k into the redevelopment of the popular Coalisland business. The multi-award-winning salon has also introduced ‘Retail by Roisin Doherty’, a tailor-made hub, stocking specially curated beauty products, available to purchase within the salon.

Launched in 2015, Roisin Doherty Hair & Beauty burst onto the local scene and has experienced significant growth since first opening its doors. The newly configured space will accommodate the business’ additional services and provide more opportunities for training and development of staff. Roisin has worked alongside Cookstown based designer Neal Calvert, to create bespoke desks for all technicians with the latest technology included. The salon has been adapted to create a more immersive setting for all customers, allocating more space for services such as nail treatments, makeup applications and facials.

Speaking on the exciting announcements, Managing Director, Roisin Doherty, who is a well-known social media personality, said, “When I opened the business three years ago, I couldn’t have predicted how positively the local people would respond. We are delighted to be growing the team and developing the salon to cater to the needs of our customers. Everything has been carefully planned and considered so that we make optimal use of our space. The new retail hub enables our customers to purchase any of the products from their hair or beauty treatment, allowing them to use the same products as our experts.

Roisin continued, “We operate a highly professional yet welcoming environment. Our awards are testament to our outstanding team. I am confident we can continue to go from strength to strength. Plans are already in place for the next phase of the business.”

Juggling life as a businesswoman and a social media influencer, Roisin has also seen her lifestyle blog grow vastly in popularity. Admired across the beauty industry in Northern Ireland, Roisin’s blog showcases all her expert hints and tips and advice pieces in the world of beauty and fashion. Discussions are currently in place for the opening of further premises for the brand in the near future.

ASBESTOS SURVEYING COMPANY FINED AFTER FAILING TO IDENTIFY ASBESTOS

ASBESTOS SURVEYING COMPANY FINED AFTER FAILING TO IDENTIFY ASBESTOS

A Ballymena based asbestos surveying company was sentenced yesterday after failing to identify the risk of asbestos containing materials in a County Antrim retail outlet.

Asbestos Management Services (AMS) Limited pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Order and was fined £7,500.

Antrim Crown Court heard that the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) were made aware that employees of two separate contractors were put at risk of exposure to asbestos fibres while refurbishing a shop in Antrim on 7 January 2016.

Asbestos Management Services Limited had been contracted to conduct an asbestos survey during which a number of samples were taken.

The investigation found that an AMS surveyor had given the go ahead for work to take place prior to receiving the results of the sample analysis. Asbestos was later found to be present in the samples that had been taken by the company.

HSENI inspector Kyle Carrick said: “It is essential that asbestos surveys are always conducted in a structured, methodical and systematic manner so as to minimise the risk of exposure to asbestos from subsequent work activities.”

Statistics show that in 2016 asbestos related disease was recorded, as the primary or secondary cause of death, for 63 people in Northern Ireland.  Preventing exposure to asbestos is essential to reduce the incidence of asbestos related disease in the future.

Further information on the legal requirements of working with asbestos containing materials can be found on HSENI’s website at www.hseni.gov.uk.

HSENI working with its prosecution partner, the Public Prosecution Service, will continue to bring successful prosecutions where companies or individuals fail to appropriately address the health risks associated with exposure to asbestos containing materials.

NEW VENUE LOOKING A SLICE OF THE GROWING FOOD AND DRINK SCENE IN BELFAST

NEW VENUE LOOKING A SLICE OF THE GROWING FOOD AND DRINK SCENE IN BELFAST

Belfast’s Linen Quarter is set to welcome a new venue, Tutti Frutti, following a £250,000 investment that will create over 30 new jobs. The brainchild of the Bachus group, the successful multi venue hospitality group owners of Filthy McNasty’s, The Perch, Miel et Moi, Rita’s and more, Tutti Frutti will represent a brand-new bar and pizzeria with fantastic live entertainment three nights a week.

Set to open on Saturday 1st December, Tutti Frutti combines authentic Italian pizzas with all the local charm that Northern Ireland has to offer. Revellers will be able to avail of an extensive range of drinks and cocktails with quirky names that play on Northern Ireland colloquialisms and cultural references such as ‘Cavehill Sunrise’ and ‘Our Wee Samba’.

Speaking ahead of the launch, General Manager, Michael Johnston said: “We are delighted to be investing once again in the Northern Ireland hospitality sector and creating opportunities for those that wish to carve out a career within the industry. Our level of investment clearly outlines ongoing commitment and our vision for Tutti Frutti ensures we are continually looking to bring something new and fresh to the market.

“There is nothing like Tutti Frutti in the city. Often people venture for some food in the city and leave the restaurant in search of somewhere lively for drinks. With Tutti Frutti our aim is to provide a place where people can enjoy quality, tasty food and then want to stay for drinks and dancing. We are confident this will be a destination venue for the city with plans in place for original events and themed nights for all.”

Adding to Michael’s comments, Operations Manager Paul Langsford said, “From Bingo to Karaoke Nights, Can-Can, Opera Singers and Drag Performers; no two weeks will be the same at Tutti Frutti. This is a destination bar and pizzeria, somewhere that will further enhance the Linen Quarter as it becomes a viable alternative to the Cathedral Quarter. We can’t wait for the public to experience it and truly get a flavour of what’s to come.”

Designed by award-winning Dublin based interior designers O’Donnell O’Neill, Tutti Frutti is an eccentric and off-the wall space with eye-catching elements dotted throughout the venue including a bespoke ice-cream van serving speciality drinks. All installations in the venue have been carefully curated and planned for optimal impact. Tutti Frutti will be open three nights a week from 3pm until late.