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|

10 Things you need to know about legionella and Legionnaires’ Disease

Legionnaires’ Disease is a respiratory disease, similar to pneumonia, caused by the legionella bacteria. Though thankfully rare (345 cases in England and Wales in 2016 - much higher in America), it has an approximately 10% mortality rate and steps must be taken to control it. If you are the responsible person for managing legionella risk, [...]

April 6th, 2017|Blog|

Didn’t he do well – not half!

We recently posted about our North West division manager, Phil Davis, training hard for the Liverpool half marathon. Well, the race took place on Sunday 2nd April and we're pleased to report that Phil completed it in a very respectable time of 2 hours 32 minutes. You can see Phil here post-race, still clutching his [...]

April 5th, 2017|Blog|

USA facing huge legionella problem

Legionnaire’s Disease should be a largely preventable illness due to the range of legionella control measures that can (and should, by law) be implemented. Yet despite this, the number of diagnoses of the condition has quadrupled in the USA since 2000 and New York alone recorded 718 cases in just one year. To put that [...]

March 27th, 2017|Blog|

Run Philip, RUN!!

Phil Davis, division manager of our North West office, is currently busy training hard for the Liverpool half marathon on Sunday 2nd April. Phil, who already has excellent sporting achievements under his belt having played cricket for Lancashire in the 1980s, is undertaking the 13 mile run as a personal challenge. We'll update you on [...]

March 24th, 2017|Blog|

Care home found responsible for death of pensioner from Legionnaire’s Disease

Reading Borough Council has been fined for not having sufficiently robust legionella control procedures Pensioner, Lewis Payne, spent some time in The Willows care home after being discharged from hospital where he had been treated for a broken leg. The home was supposed to be providing interim care until he was well enough to return [...]

March 16th, 2017|Blog|

New Legionella Awareness Course Dates Added

Training dates confirmed for the whole of 2017 Due to the popularity of our our Legionella Awareness training that has taken place so far this year, we have fixed dates for further sessions for the rest of the year. These are as follows: Bradford: Wednesday 26th April Wednesday 12th July Wednesday 11th October St Helen's: [...]

March 16th, 2017|Blog|