Silica Dust : A Widespread Hazard

The inhalation of Respirable Crystalline Silica Dust (RCS) is a widespread hazard and significant cause of ill-health in the construction sector. The effective elimination or control of RCS dust is one of three top priorities for HSE now, and in the coming years. Silica is a natural substance found in most rocks, sand and clay and in products such as bricks and concrete. In the workplace these materials create dust when they are cut, sanded down etc. Some of this dust may be fine enough to reach deep inside the lung, this is known as respirable crystalline silica (RCS) and can cause harm to health. Significant exposure to RCS can … Read More

10yrs Since the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act Gained Royal Assent

Despite 25 convictions under the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act since it received royal assent ten years ago, none have been given to a large organisation. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act, which came into force on 6 April 2008, clarifies the criminal liabilities of companies including large organisations where serious failures in the management of health and safety result in a fatality.  Prosecutions will be of the corporate body and not individuals, but the liability of directors, board members or other individuals under health and safety law or general criminal law, will be unaffected. The corporate body itself and individuals can still be prosecuted for separate health and safety offences. … Read More

Making Sense of Health and Safety

Making sense of health and safety is our vision and today we received feedback that we did just that! At Epica Health & Safety we always harp on about keeping health and safety simple and practical. Health and safety doesn’t need to be complicated. Our client, Fire Protection Compliance Ltd, received a great piece of feedback regarding our construction safety service we deliver for them. Ready for Fire Protection Compliance Ltd to begin fire protection works at Liberty Court, student accommodation in Birmingham.  Epica Health & Safety developed a Construction Phase Plan with accompanying project management system for them. The Client and Principal Designer provided feedback on the document, “On … Read More

Fall from Height Leaves Apprentice with Serious Injuries

Apprentice left with serious injuries after a fall from height. Coach builder Bespoke Bodies of Warrington, Cheshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(1)(a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations and Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act. It was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £3339. The 25 year old apprentice sustained three fractured ribs and a ruptured spleen as a result of the incident on 14 April 2016. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard that the apprentice was assisting other employees cleaning the valley gutters on the roof of the company’s workshop in Warrington, Cheshire.  The apprentice stepped backwards onto a fragile … Read More