Asda store investigates amid health and safety fears

Health and Safety fears sparked by claims of mould and dirt at Asda store

An investigation has been launched by Asda after a worker at their big supermarket in Bristol claims that health & safety issues are not being adhered to.

The member of staff, who has remained anonymous, works at the Asda store, Bedminster. The anonymous worker became so concerned about the conditions in the store that they decided to take photographs, which clearly show signs of dirt and mould within the supermarket building.

Health and safety concerns at Bedminster Asda store

Asda at Bedminster

The member of staff has said the they have reported various health and safety issues with store management on numerous occasions but to no avail and believes that cost-cutting has led to the health and safety standards dropping within the store.

The supermarket has now launched an investigation into the claims made by the anonymous member of staff.

The anonymous whistle-blower said, “Despite me and other staff informing management of these health and safety issues – mould, no first aiders – staff were not listened to and there is still a hazard that customers are not aware of and should be aware of.”

A spokesperson at Asda has said that they do take food safety and hygiene very seriously and pride themselves on maintaining the highest standards within their stores.

They have now launched a full investigation into the allegations and would like to reassure all Asda customers that they are confident that high standards are maintained in all Asda supermarkets.

A spokesperson at the city council said that it is Asda’s responsibility to make sure that all food safety and hygiene standards are complied with across all stores.

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Classical musician sues the Royal Opera House

A classical musician is suing the Royal Opera House for causing “irreparable damage” to his hearing

A renowned viola player is suing the Royal Opera House for “irreparably” damaging his hearing and therefore ruining his musical career.

Chris Goldscheider claims his hearing was seriously damaged in 2012, when he was part of a Royal Opera House orchestra rehearsing Richard Wagner’s famous Die Walkure piece. According to the BBC, which has seen court documents relating to the case, Mr Goldscheider was “placed immediately behind” brass instruments.

Royal Opera House musician is suing the company for health and safety reasons

The Royal Opera House in London

The documents state that the sound from the booming brass instruments reached 137 decibels and “created an immediate and permanent traumatic threshold shift” within Mr Goldscheider’s hearing.

The musical father-of-two has not been able to perform since the incident; even everyday household sounds, like the clinking of glasses, causes him pain. His solicitor is claiming that the Royal Opera House did not provide enough training on how best to use the hearing protection which it provides to performing musicians.

The Royal Opera House denies responsibility for damaging Mr Goldscheider’s hearing, but the Musicians’ Union claims that many orchestral musicians suffer from hearing problems. According to figures collected by the BBC, there were seven hearing-related absences taken by Royal Opera House musicians in 2014/15.

Morris Stemp of the Musicians’ Union told the BBC: “Conductors are allowed to ride roughshod over health and safety considerations. They put players on the stage where they will be in harm’s way.”

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