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Hip replacement manufacturer admits errors

Patients in the Manchester area who have received a hip replacement should be aware that one of the world's largest manufacturers of hip replacement implants, DePuy, has been found to have made errors in the production process. An orthopaedic surgeon said that the errors could result in pieces of the metal implants breaking off and entering the bloodstream. The news was revealed after an investigation by the press led to the company admitting that it had made errors in the technique it used to measure parts used in its devices.

More than 350,000 DuPuy hip replacement units have been implanted into patients in the U.K. alone. The spotlight is on the company's Yorkshire-based production facility, where it is thought that the mismatched or inaccurately sized metal-on-metal type implants have been manufactured. The effect of having mismatching components can lead to increased wear of the implant, but in addition, the health implications for patients who have had the faulty hip surgically implanted may be drastic.

Two families sue after holiday illness

Two families are suing a holiday company after falling ill during a Greek Holiday. Colin Lewis, aged 40, from Widnes, was struck down by Salmonella while holidaying on the Greek Island of Crete in August 2015. He was staying with his family at the Iberiostar Hotel Complex.

IKEA's toy drum kit could pose a choking hazard

Retail conglomerate IKEA has called for customers who have purchased their toy LATTJO tongue drum to return the product after concerns that the it could pose a choking hazard to youngsters. There have been no reported accidents involving the toy, and the news announced in the Manchester press said the recall was a measure to avert a possible incident. Parents returning the toy will receive a full refund and can visit the company's website for more details.

The toy has been sold since November by IKEA, but the potential dangers only became apparent after further testing by employees of the company. When it announced the recall, the retailer confirmed that the toy had passed the toy safety requirements before its release onto the shelves. The drum kit comes with a set of drum sticks that have a rubber ball attached to the ends. What IKEA discovered later was that the rubber balls could be unscrewed or pulled off.

More than 6 million cars recalled in 5 years

Over 6 million cars have been recalled in the U.K. since 2011 according to official figures procured by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. Drivers in Manchester may well own one of the cars since many of the recalled vehicles were produced by some of the most popular manufacturers. The companies who issued the most recalls over this period included Toyota, Honda and Vauxhall, while BMW and Fiat were also in the top five.

Toyota and Honda have a strong reputation for the reliability and quality of their cars, yet between them, they have issued over 2 million recalls. A spokesperson for Toyota explained that many of the recalls were made to address potential problems that might never occur. It requires less than 10 reported incidents of a problem for an investigation to be launched, which could then lead to the recall of thousands of vehicles for preventative fixes. He pointed out that manufacturers who issued no recalls either had a faultless car, which is next to impossible, or they were not investigating the cause of the failures.

Dementia patient injured in accident at care home

A dementia patient suffered severe burns when she tripped over a wire in a care home. Brenda Williams, 75 years old, was injured when she fell during the night and landed on a pipe. The pensioner had arrived at the Campion Care Home in Swansea, just two weeks before the accident happened. 

Brenda had woken up in the middle of the night and tripped over a wire that was running across her room. The boiling pipe was not adequately covered and cause a deep and painful burn to her arm. Brenda's dementia is so far advance that she thankfully has no recollection of the incident.  As soon as she was discovered she was rushed to Morriston Hospital in Swansea. The injuries were so bad and the burn so severe that even the hospital staff were horrified. The burn on her arm was 10 inches long and another burn on her arm covered a six inch area.

Brenda's husband,  Colin said that it was a hard decision to put his wife in a care home but he had no choice after his own health deteriorated. He was left devastated by the accident. The pair have been married more than 50 years. 

The family were awarded a compensation payout after the care home were found to be negligent. The boiling hot pipe should have been properly covered to prevent this type of accident happening 

Man loses fingers in veneer press accident

A Dundee worker underwent surgery and had to have two fingers amputated after an accident at his workplace involving a veneer press. Employers and workers in the Greater Manchester area may aware that health and safety requirements for this type of equipment require all personnel using the machinery to receive adequate training and written instructions. The company admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was fined £5,000 by the Dundee Sheriff Court.

The incident occurred in December 2014 when the man was providing cover for the usual operators of the veneer press who were on leave. The court heard that the man had received training on the press in 1997 but was not required to regularly turn the machine on in the morning. A colleague, who was also a health and safety official for the firm, attempted to turn on the machine in order for it to be at a working temperature for the start of the shift.

Young Engineer crushed to death in work accident

Family and friends have paid tribute to a 25-year old who was crushed to death while working at a dairy factory. Fergal Beamish was working at a dairy factory in Cork, where was crushed to death by a lorry. At the time of the accident the lorry was shunting units that are used to move trailers. Accident happened early in the morning approximately 10 AM.

Former City Trader crushed to death on Construction Site

A city trader turned builder was crushed to death in an accident at work. Richard Laco, aged 31, was killed when a one tonne concrete landing fell on top of him at a building site. He had been working at the site of the new £600 million Francis Crick Medical Centre in Kings Cross, in North London. 

IKEA issued furniture safety warning after two children killed

An urgent safety warning has been in relation to wardrobes and drawers from IKEA after two children were killed when they fell on top of them. A two year old boy was crushed to death in February 2014 when a chest fell on him and pinned him to the bed. Three months later a 23 month old child was also crushed to death when a three-drawer chest tipped over.

Companies fined after avoidable work accident

One worker died and another was seriously injured in a work accident that the Health and Safety Executive said could have been prevented if the project had been better planned. Workers in the Greater Manchester area may be aware of the dangers of construction projects that involve working at heights. The two men were working on scaffolding on the inside of a tower at a cement plant when the accident occurred. Waste material fell on the two men, knocking one off the scaffold causing him to fall to his death and injuring the other.

An inspector for the HSE said that the danger of falling debris should have been anticipated and measures put in place to prevent the potential danger to the employees. It held two separate companies responsible for the failure, the firm that was responsible for the project and also the scaffolding company, and said that the two businesses should have coordinated their activities better. Both of the companies admitted that they had breached sections of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.