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

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

Epica Health & Safety named the Downtown in Business, Business of the week

We are delighted to announce that Epica Health & Safety have been awarded with the Downtown in Business, Business of the Week for the Liverpool region. Everyone at Epica Health & Safety delighted with the award and it coincides with the launch of SafetyMate™ our new easy to use web app. Elizabeth Sinclair, Managing Director “It’s a wonderful feeling that all the hard work, you and your team put into the business and services you offer, is recognised by such a prestigious business organisation.” This is the intake on what Downtown in Business Liverpool had to say about us in their Business of the week column. 

New Speeding Guidelines Come into Force in England And Wales

Strapping punishments are now in place across England and Wales for the most serious speeding offences. The new guidelines which have been distributed are as follows; if a driver is caught driving at 51mph in a 30mph zone, or 101mph on a motorway, it will start at a minimum of 150% of the driver’s weekly income, rather than a previous level of 100%. The new guidelines follow responses to a consultation that argued the previous guidelines did not properly consider the potential increase in harm that can result as speed above the limit rises. Moreover, with the new fines introduced this may help reduce the accidents happening on the road … 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 https://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

New member of the Epica team

We’d just like to welcome Jane to our team as our new Training Coordinator & Administrator. Jane will be in charge of health and safety training and will be here for any question you may have about the company and our health and safety services.