Legionella's Outbreak Essay

7667 WordsNov 12, 200931 Pages
1 Who is ultimately responsible for the fatal disease outbreak? Why( /10) The outbreak cannot, and should not, be attributed purely to the Design Services Group or to the individuals working within the department. Significant failings are directly attributable to Barrow Borough Council as the employer and primary duty holder. The failings, which contributed to the outbreak, go from the lowest levels to the top of the Council as I will explain all along this case study. There’s plenty of evidence that there was no proper attention given to health and safety within the Borough ‘senior. Moreover, These failings were, unfortunately, compounded by the actions of a senior employee, Ms Beckingham. (Senior Architect) who in fact, was informed by a contractor about the fact of lacking of water treatment for the cooling towers. However,. Ms Beckingham even though acknowledged his concerns, failed to communicate these to other officers at the Council or to managers at Forum 28, or to take effective remedial action. The deficiencies identified may have been addressed if the contractor’s concerns had been formally recorded and communicated to the responsible person and also made known to the leaders of the organisation. Unfortunately, several mistakes are found regarding different levels and aspects. Consequently, regarding responsibility, as mentioned before several levels are involved. The Council, being an employer, has a duty to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of its employees and others who may be affected by its work. The Council failed to discharge its duty by failing to take reasonable care of the health and safety of members of the public. Furthermore, according to L8, there has to be a responsible person, a person of at least managerial status who would ensure, by delegation and monitoring, that the

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