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Legionella Awareness Day campaign highlights increase in cases

Freedom of information request reveals 35% increase in cases of Legionnaire’s Disease Statistics gathered for Legionella Awareness Day on 30th August through freedom of information requests, has revealed that 1300 cases of Legionnaire’s Disease have been reported in the UK since 2014. The areas worst affected are Greater Manchester, Greater London and Nottinghamshire. This represents [...]

October 10th, 2017|Blog|

Why do organisations fail to comply with legionella regulations?

A look at the main reasons that lead to failure Looking over our blog and the kinds of stories that we’ve covered, it really highlights the main reasons that organisations fail to meet their responsibilities for legionella control. By that, we’re not referring to the specific details such as failing to conduct proper monitoring or [...]

October 10th, 2017|Blog|

£1 million fine for legionella breakout caused by bid to save money

Court fines JTF Wholesale for health & safety breach Back in January, we posted news of a legionella outbreak caused by a display hot tub in a JTF Wholesale store. There were 21 confirmed cases of Legionnaire’s Disease linked to the incident, 2 of those affected died as a result. The court case was heard [...]

July 24th, 2017|Blog|

Sick building syndrome

Could your building be making staff ill? Sick building syndrome (SBS) is a term that has been coined to describe a range of symptoms thought to be linked to spending time in a certain building, usually a workplace. It covers a range of symptoms including headaches, nausea, aches and pains, fatigue, shortness of breath and [...]

July 24th, 2017|Blog|

The Aquatrust Training Academy

As a service provider we believe that we have an obligation to offer a high level of expertise in our field, after all that is what you, the customer, pay us to do. As an employer, we understand that this expertise comes from the knowledge and skills of our staff and only by continuing to [...]

July 14th, 2017|Blog|

Legionella Control Association Re-registration

Today Aquatrust has received its new LCA certificate that keeps us registered with the LCA until August 2018. We got the certificate early in the process by reviewing our statement of compliance, completing our internal audit and acting upon the advice of the external audit in a timely manner (Oh and paying on time too!) [...]

July 13th, 2017|Blog|

Hosepipe creates perfect breeding ground for legionella

A recent incident demonstrates the danger of legionella from something as innocuous as a garden hose pipe. 63 year old Stephen Clements died just one week after cleaning his terrace using a garden hose that had been left out across the lawn for a number of months. (Read the story here) The hose, filled with [...]

July 7th, 2017|Blog|

Electronic Legionella Management

Around a year ago we made the decision to invest in a comprehensive legionella management system in order to provide a better service for clients and to make our own systems more efficient. After much research we opted for Zetasafe due to its simplicity of use and its legislative compliance capability. Using a system like [...]

June 28th, 2017|Blog|

Tank Refurbishment

We have recently completed a tank refurbishment project for a local hospital. The client had two Braithwaite Sectional Steel Tanks that had been off-line for some time and were heavily corroded. The job was to get them back up to spec in order to start using them again. This required several stages of refurbishment: Preparatory [...]

June 26th, 2017|Blog|

Service engineer required

We're hiring yet again! Due to company growth, we require an additional service engineer for our Yorkshire team, based from head office in Cleckheaton but covering the whole of Yorkshire and occasionally further afield. You can see full details on our Careers page. Closing date is 30th June 2017.

June 22nd, 2017|Blog|

Scalding in Edinburgh hotel due to absence of thermostatic mixer valve

Fatal incident could have been avoided The Premier Inn chain of hotels has issued an apology and paid compensation to the family of a guest who died after she was severely scalded by the shower at their Newcraighall hotel. The incident happened in 2012 to 59 year old Kalyani Uthaman from India. She died in [...]

June 21st, 2017|Blog|

Training key to preventing legionella outbreaks states report

Managers in hospitals failing to implement proper systems A report just published by Develop Training Limited (DTL) into continuing outbreaks of Legionnaire’s Disease in hospitals has concluded that many managers are failing to implement systems to ensure basic precautions and that modern training techniques would help to combat the maintenance failings that can allow legionella [...]

June 16th, 2017|Blog|

Aquatrust Hiring Again

Admin Support Required The team at Aquatrust is growing again; we are seeking an additional member for our admin support team in our head office in Cleckheaton to help with administration, coordinating engineers and services and offering a high level of customer service for clients. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of our [...]

June 9th, 2017|Blog|

Engineer Shadowing

Gary and Jayjay’s day out ‘on the tools’! So, as an engineer, how would you feel if the MD decided he was going to come out with you for the day? Even the most confident and self-assured person might feel a bit nervous and intimidated in that scenario but our engineer Jayjay Pickles (pictured here) [...]

May 26th, 2017|Blog|

There’s always time for a barbecue!

At Aquatrust we believe in working hard but we also think it's important to reward that hard work and have a bit of down time together as well. Just a couple of weeks ago we were out celebrating the achievements of the north west team and yesterday we all got together with a barbecue for staff [...]

May 26th, 2017|Blog|

Health & safety fines rise due to new rules

Fines increase by 148% on previous year It has been reported that the amount UK firms are paying out in health & safety fines rose significantly in 2016 following the introduction of new tougher legislation. More than £61 million was paid out in 2016 which is an increase of 148% and the average fine rose [...]

May 25th, 2017|Blog|

Ventilation Clean – Forterra

“Enough power to suck up a brick!” We have just completed a ventilation system clean project for our client, Forterra Building Products Ltd. The ventilation system is used in the production of bricks and is vital for taking the red brick dust from the atmosphere through the system where it is ultimately recycled (it produces [...]

May 12th, 2017|Blog|

New Engineers Join the Aquatrust Team!

New additions to both the East and West divisions strengthen our team We're delighted to introduce our newest team members. With our business expanding rapidly, we required additional engineers to strengthen our team and enable us to continue to deliver the level of service we pride ourselves in. Therefore we have recruited Nigel Birch to [...]

May 5th, 2017|Blog|

Legionella Bacteria Breakthrough Reported

Study sheds new light on how legionella bacteria escapes the body’s defences One of the reasons that it’s so important to manage the risk of legionella is that the bacterium has evolved to escape the body’s natural defences, making it a potentially deadly virus (it has an approximate mortality of 10%). A new study, published [...]

April 28th, 2017|Blog|

Too busy to attend legionella training?

At an Essex care home, this led to death from Legionnaire’s Disease Everybody is busy and we all have to assess priorities in our jobs so how do we decide what tasks we do and what are less important? An inquest into the death of a resident, Kenneth Ibbotson, at the BUPA-run Hutton Village Care [...]

April 10th, 2017|Blog|