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

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

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

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

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