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

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

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

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

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

Epica Health & Safety continue to make health and safety simple with the launch of new SafetyMate™ Web App!

A unique web based system that helps businesses control and manage their compliance system, training, accreditations, projects and equipment testing and maintenance. Liverpool – 15th May 2017. Epica Health & Safety launch SafetyMate™ An easy to use web based platform to streamline management of health and safety information. It is designed specifically as a solution to compliment the current health and safety advice, support and practical health and safety training that Epica Health & Safety provide. Made to consolidate health & safety documentation and manage training, equipment and accreditations for all businesses. SafetyMate™ is a secure service which allows users to view and control their health and safety information. Users … Read More

CDM15 Seminar – Liverpool

CDM15 FREE SEMINAR 16/03/15 FREE to subscribers for up to 3 places Non subscribers £85pp (ex VAT) Epica Health & Safety is pleased to bring you a high quality seminar to get you up-to-date on the proposed CDM Regulations 2015. Places are going fast so don’t miss your opportunity to attend. The seminar will provide you with the knowledge and details of the changes and the implications of the new regulations. To book your place call us on 0151 448 7940 or go to http://epica.org.uk/online-course-booking/ The course will be held at the below address on the 16th march 2015 at 10:00am and will run to 13:30 Partnership For Learning Charity … Read More

Asbestos

The law (2012 regs) states that anyone responsible for maintenance and repair of a commercial or industrial property has an obligation to identify asbestos in the premises and manage the risk. Asbestos-related diseases kill more people than any other single work-related cause. All types of asbestos can be dangerous if disturbed. The danger arises when asbestos fibres become airborne. They form a very fine dust and breathing asbestos dust can cause serious damage to the lungs and cause cancer. Before you commission or do any construction work that is likely to disturb asbestos, you will need to find out if there are any asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) in the premises or structure. You … Read More

Manual Handling

Manual Handling operations account for approximately 25% of all reported work related injuries every year. Manual handling is one of the most common causes of injury at work and causes over a third of all workplace injuries which include work related Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) such as upper and lower limb pain/disorders and joint and repetitive strain injuries. Manual handling injuries can occur almost anywhere in the workplace and heavy manual labour, awkward postures and previous or existing injury can increase the risk. Work related manual handling injuries can have serious implications for both the employer and the person who has been injured. Employers may have to bear substantial costs, through … Read More

HSE Activity

HSE were targeting inspections on construction sites for two weeks from 23rd of June. The HSE have just released their findings: A total of 560 sites were visited. The Inspectors focussed on significant health risk issues, such as respiratory risks from dusts containing silica materials, exposure to other hazardous substances such as cement and lead paint, manual handling, noise and vibration. One in 6 sites visit resulted in issuing enforcement actions. Work was stopped (Prohibition notices) on 13 sites. and enforcement notices were served at 85 sites 107 Improvement Notices. Notices of Contravention (FFI) were served at 201 of the sites. During the last recorded year the HSE have carried … Read More

Let’s fly the flag for life-saving health & safety law!

The 40yr old Act’s rules are founded on common sense, but they’ve been hijacked by jobsworth! Summer is well under way, so we can expect the usual litany of patronising health and safety announcements on public transport and elsewhere. Among the blindingly obvious bits of advice that have apparently passed mankind by in the millennia since we started to walk upright are the following: we should wear loose-fitting clothes in the heat, make sure we drink plenty of water and sit down if we feel faint. At Lord’s of all places, the players during the England v Sri Lanka Test stopped not for drinks, which have sustained cricketers since the … Read More