Dangers of Legionnaires’ disease highlighted as landlord prosecuted

A report in the publication Inside Housing has stated that a housing association has been fined £12,000 following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a sheltered housing scheme. This led to one resident being hospitalised with the illness. The housing association pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard that Legionella experts had been contracted to carry out an investigation at the scheme in 2006. A number of problems were said to have been found with the scheme’s water system which should have been addressed immediately. However, the risk assessment was not received by the association’s staff until the middle of 2007. It was conceded by the association that it was their duty to ensure that they received this document and to check whether any urgent action needed to be taken by them.

This incident draws attention to the need for all social landlords to be aware of the dangers posed by Legionnaires’ disease and the steps that can be taken to prevent harm being caused to tenants.

Qube Environmental are ideally placed to carry out Legionella risk assessments in water systems throughout the Midlands and North West from our offices in Staffordshire and to assist with any Legionella Compliance Issues you my have.

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