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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.

EXTRA CARE’S AT-HOME DIALYSIS SERVICE IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EXTRA CARE’S AT-HOME DIALYSIS SERVICE IS THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND IN NORTHERN IRELAND

As one of the largest providers of domiciliary care in Northern Ireland, it stands to reason that Extra Care is the only charity with the ability to provide APD treatment for dialysis patients. APD, or Automated Peritoneal Dialysis, is used to treat patients with kidney issues at home. This is particularly advantageous for patients with mobility issues, for whom a daily or even a weekly journey to the hospital isn’t possible.

This particular form of dialysis greatly improves the patient’s quality of life, taking place at night for a period of 8 to 10 hours while the patient is asleep. One of Extra Care’s APD service users, Tony from Newtownards, explains the importance of receiving daily visits from his Care Worker in order to facilitate this process.

With distinctive humour and in considerably good spirits, Tony describes how APD has changed his life. “It makes things significantly easier for me,” he says. “I’ve been receiving at-home dialysis from Extra Care for over two and a half years now, and it saves me a great deal of bother as I no longer have to travel 45 minutes each way to the City Hospital in Belfast and back.”

He also explains how the process works for him. “My Care Worker, Denise, comes to my house five days a week and takes readings which she then punches into the dialysis machine,” he says. “She’ll measure my blood pressure, BPM and other vitals, leave me with a fresh batch of peritoneal fluid, then it’s up to me! I connect myself up to the APD machine and leave it to do its work overnight.”

Extra Care’s Chief Executive, Brian Hutchinson, believes the delivery of this service in the home remains true to Extra Care’s mission, which is to ensure that people receive comprehensive care at home.

“All care staff who assist in the provision of this treatment have been trained at the City Hospital in Belfast and are NVQ qualified,” he says. “That means our APD treatment is as effective as anything a dialysis patient might receive in a hospital, demonstrating once again that, for Extra Care, we have an ongoing commitment to make life for our service users as comfortable as possible. We are proud to be the only provider of APD, allowing people to remain at home with dignity.”

HOME CARE PROVIDER EXTRA CARE OFFICALLY OPENS NEW HUB

HOME CARE PROVIDER EXTRA CARE OFFICALLY OPENS NEW HUB

Extra Care, Northern Ireland’s longest established domiciliary charity is proud to announce the creation of 10 new jobs in its new Cookstown office.

The expansion has come after the charity identified an increased need for home care services in the local and surrounding areas, as well as the need to have a presence in the community to support its Care Workers.

For over 80 years, Extra Care has been leading the way in how domiciliary care is delivered. The almost 350 strong team of Care Workers are trained to care for clients in their own home, all of whom have a varying degree of physical or mental health needs. Services provided range from domiciliary care, bespoke dementia care plans and mobile night services.

Care services are currently provided to clients across Northern Ireland including Antrim, Carrickfergus, Belfast, Ballymena, Lisburn, Ballyclare, Larne and Newry.

Jamie Smyth, Extra Care’s manager for the Cookstown area said, “We are so pleased with the expansion. Not only are we able to care for more people in the area, we are also able to offer jobs to Care Workers locally. After listening to our clients and identifying significant demand for our mobile night service, we are now able to increase our care service as well as provide consistent Care Worker support locally.

“We are currently recruiting Care Workers to join our experienced and expanding team. Extra Care prides itself on its excellent staff benefits, including flexible working hours, paid induction training and career development opportunities. We would love to hear from anyone who is interested in working in the care profession in the local area.”

Chief Executive of Extra Care Brian Hutchinson said, “Our goal is to ensure that we provide person-centred care, enabling people to remain in their own home for as long as possible, living with dignity and comfort.  As people’s needs change, we believe our support is at its most effective when delivered at home, where surroundings are familiar and the client is most content.

“The expansion and creation of new jobs in Cookstown is testament to the great service currently provided by the Extra Care staff across Northern Ireland. We are looking forward to provide care for people in the area.”

To find out more about existing roles, or to apply visit https://extracare.erecruit.co.uk

TAKING KERR OF BUSINESS

TAKING KERR OF BUSINESS

One of Northern Ireland’s leading providers of tyres and automotive services has affirmed its commitment to invest up to £2million in the business, creating at least 15 new jobs and a new training facility upskilling the next generation of fitters.

Kerr’s Tyres & Auto, a family-run business first established in 2002, has announced plans to invest in its current premises throughout the province with plans to open a further two additional centres over the next two years.

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