Manufacturer Fined £450k after FLT Overturned and Killed 19yrs Man

A Derbyshire manufacturer has been fined £450,000 after a 19-year-old worker was killed when a forklift truck overturned. Manchester Crown Court heard that Ben Pallier-Singleton sustained fatal head and neck injuries during the night of 10 February 2015, when the forklift truck he was driving overturned on a sloping roadway in the yard of Vinyl Compounds’ site in Chinley. HSE inspectors and Derbyshire Constabulary found that Pallier-Singleton was not wearing a seat belt when the truck overturned, and that Vinyl Compounds failed to provide him with adequate training. Pallier-Singleton’s mother, Kathryn Pallier, said after the sentencing hearing: “Ben was and always will be my beloved son, and much-loved brother to … Read More

Elizabeth Sinclair nominated for Business Personality of the Year – Livercool Awards 2017

We think she deserves it, do you? Please vote here! We are thrilled to announce Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director of Epica Health & Safety, has been nominated for Business Personality of the Year for the Liverpool Livercool Awards 2017!  The awards see the best individuals, ​business owners, entrepreneurs and decision makers in the city awarded for their contributions. Thank you The Epica Health & Safety Team xx  

A Visitor Safety Centre – Stay Safe, Keep Well, Be Happy

AN astonishing visitors’ centre has been built at the new Lymm fire station to help residents of all ages learn about the justice system, emergency situations, police work and how to stay safe. The centre was designed with the help of a team of theme park designers and is stunningly realistic. It includes an electrical substation, urban street with zebra crossing, a mock building site, railway station and level crossing. There is also a crash scene with interactive virtual reality headsets to help teens understand the importance of road safety. A cinema room and interactive touchscreens will be used to help children learn about online safety and a burned out … Read More

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

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety were the headline sponsor at the Downtown Liverpool in Business annual City of Liverpool Business Awards gala dinner

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety were the headline sponsor at the Downtown Liverpool in Business annual City of Liverpool Business Awards. The team from Epica Health & Safety were there looking fabulous! Our Director Elizabeth Sinclair lived the limelight on stage.  She also announced the City of Liverpool Business award, which she presented to MSB Solicitors! The gala dinner was held on the evening of Thursday 13th July 2017 at the incredible venue Sefton Park Palm House. The City of Liverpool Business Awards (COLBA) was established by Downtown Liverpool in 2005.  The awards are to acknowledge and celebrate companies that have made a successful and significant contribution to economic … Read More

Safe System Devised but Not Implemented

Workman injured by goods falling from double-decked trailer.  It was also discovered that employees were not properly informed about pedestrian and vehicle segregation rules.  Little action taken in respect of the actions not being followed. A haulage company has been fined £100,000 after a load from the top of a double-decked trailer fell onto a workman below in February 2015. Warwick Crown Court heard that a Maxi Haulage Limited employee was injured at a site in Cape Road Warwick. Metal ducting, some 6m long and weighing 28kg, fell from the top deck of the trailer. The ducting struck his head and caused serious, life changing injuries, including a fractured skull. … Read More

HSE: fatal injury rate hits lowest on record but decline flatlines

The health and safety sector have welcomed a slight fall in the number of people who died in workplace accidents in 2016-17 compared to the year before, but unions have argued that the era of deregulation must end for the numbers to significantly fall in coming years. Provisional figures released by the HSE on 5 July show that 137 workers were fatally injured in the year to the end of March 2017, compared to 147 in the preceding year, and 142 in 2014–15. This is the second lowest annual number of fatal injuries on record: the lowest toll came in 2013–14, when 136 workers died. Looking at the overall downward … Read More

Anniversary of UK smoking ban ‘marks a decade of success’

In the space of 10 years there are 1.9 million fewer people smoking in Britain and “big changes in public attitudes towards smoking”. It has been ten years since venues in England prevented people from smoking indoors and ensured people could work, drink and dine without passive inhalation. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales already had bans in place, making 1 July 2007 the first time all indoor UK venues went smoke free, following recommendations put in place by the 2006 Health Act. According to Cancer Research UK, there are now 1.9 million fewer smokers in Britain – with the proportion of 16 to 24-year-olds lighting up falling from 26% to a record low … Read More

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety Host #COLBA17 Nominee BBQ

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety are proud headline sponsors of the City of Liverpool Business Awards #COLBA17. On Thursday 29 June 2017 they hosted the awards nominees BBQ evening.  All nominees received a gift bag from SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety.  SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety is easy to use software to streamline your health & safety management SafetyMate is designed specifically as a free solution to compliment the health and safety advice and practical health and safety training of Epica Health & Safety. Made to consolidate health & safety documentation and manage training, equipment and accreditations for businesses. SafetyMate™ is a secure service which allows users … Read More

Safety Alert: Fatal Crane Collapse in Crewe

Many people may be aware of a recent fatal incident involving the crane collapse in Crewe. Specifically, the incident occurred in Crewe at 4.30pm on Wednesday 21st June 2017.  It has currently been identified that two site workers died after being trapped under the crane.  A third man, believed to be the operator, was airlifted to Royal Stoke Hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.  Attending Police also identified that a house neighbouring the site was also damaged but the occupants were unharmed. A statement from Seddon, the Principal Contractor, read: “We are aware of an incident at our construction site on Dunwoody Way, Crewe. … Read More

Safe & Sound Week at Work 2017

Monday sees the Start of the Annual Safe & Sound Week at Work 2017 What Should we be Doing? Everyone should place great importance on worker involvement and consultation. Your employees influence health and safety through their own actions. They are often the best people to understand the risks in their workplace. Talking, listening and co-operating can help to achieve benefits. Health and safety representatives can help you with workforce consultation arrangements. Epica Health & Safety can advise and help steer a consultation committee allowing your Safety Director to effectively chair the meeting.  We can provide competent during the meeting to help save time and prevent confusion during the two-way … Read More

Men’s Health Week 12-18 June  

Highlighting specifically in this blog, four types of Men’s Health that are highlighted in this awareness week including; Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Penile Cancer and Male Breast Cancer.  Let’s look at these cancers. Prostate Cancer Prostate Cancer is a walnut-sized gland which is located behind the man’s penis, in front of the rectum and below the bladder. The main function of prostate is to make seminal fluid, the liquid within semen, that protects, supports and helps transform sperm. The cancer begins when healthy cells in the prostate change and grow out of control which forms a tumour. This can spread and become cancerous. Symptoms that you should look out for regarding … Read More

Diabetes Week 2017

Do you or anyone you know need help managing diabetes? While there are a lot of people who have a wider understanding on diabetes than others, we can all learn on how it should be managed. Many people are not getting the right support needed to look after their diabetes. We can help employers raise awareness in the workplace and carry out specific risk assessment for employees with diabetes to ensure the correct support and controls are in place while at work.  Making your workplace safer.  Contact us to arrange a diabetes assessment. Today, sadly 65 people will die from the condition and hundreds more will face the life-changing complications … Read More

Child Safety Week 2017

The annual Child Safety week takes places this week. The Child safety week is an awareness week ran by the Child Accident Presentation Trust. They started this trust to increase the awareness of the daily risks at which children are exposed and are vulnerable to. The trust provides a wide variety of useful resources to help practitioners run local activities and events to promote safety messages in an entertaining and engaging way. Great information but how does this affect me in the workplace? Do you employ people under 18 or have a work experience student on site? If your answer is yes, then you carried out a Young Person risk … Read More

SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety announced as Headline Sponsor of City of Liverpool Business Awards 2017

Epica Health & Safety is delighted to announce that SafetyMate™ is the official headline sponsor for the sold-out, Downtown in Business, City of Liverpool Business Awards on Thursday 13 July 2017 at Sefton Park Palm House. Speaking about this sponsorship, Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director at SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety said: “SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety is delighted to be sponsoring this year’s City of Liverpool Business Awards. This prestigious award ceremony will be the main catalyst to launch SafetyMate™ by Epica Health & Safety into the city of Liverpool. It follows research into the makeup and needs of our current and potential clients. SafetyMate™ by Epica Health … Read More

New Team Member at Epica Health & Safety

CHRIS WILSON – HEALTH & SAFETY Chris joined the Epica team the team having previously been engaged internationally in the Oil & Gas Construction Industry and within the Higher Education and Facilities Management environment. Prior to his international career, he was Safety Health & Environment (SHE) Department Manager of a national constructing Principal Contractor.  Chris has extensive project experience across a multitude of environments and has knowledge of regulatory and contractual matters in construction project environments. His earlier career spans the public and private sector in the UK engineering and construction markets and internationally in the military. Chris is the perfect fit if you are in the construction and engineering … Read More

Skin Cancer Cases Rising in the U.K

Skin Cancer Cases Rising in the U.K It’s approaching summer time and temperatures are already starting to increase, meaning the risk of skin cancers are more a threat.  Currently UK cases of skin cancer is rising, on average in Great Britain 6 people die from skin cancer.  Every year there are 1,500 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer, and 240 news cases of malignant melanoma which is linked with workplace solar radiation exposure. What are the dangers? In the short term… sunburn can blister your skin and make it peel, but even mild reddening is a sign of skin damage. In the long term… too much sun will speed up … Read More