All employees at Safelincs Ltd were offered a free car safety kit after the MD, Harry Dewick-Eisele, witnessed a car crash on his way to a meeting.
The occupant of the car was trapped in the vehicle due to a jammed seat belt. The situation became alarming when smoke was seen coming from under the bonnet and it was believed that the car could burst into flames. Had someone had a seat belt cutter the occupant could have been helped out of the smoking vehicle immediately. A fellow passing motorist had an extinguisher to hand in case the vehicle actually did catch fire.
Mr Dewick-Eisele said ´it was very distressing to see someone trapped inside a smoking vehicle and being unable to do anything to get them out. I made a note to myself to ensure that my car had all the essential items to help and assist at an accident`.
On ensuring he had a comprehensive safety kit in his car, including seatbelt cutter, extinguisher, warning triangle, emergency hammer, first aid kit, and torch, Mr Dewick-Eisele decided he would ensure that employees of Safelincs would not be put in the same position as he had been. `I do not want any of our employees to be in a similar situation and we have now issued staff car emergency kits for their private cars free of charge`, he said.
APEA Live 2013 is a trade show for the petroleum and explosives industry (APEA stands for ‘Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration’). Safelincs and Britannia jointly exhibited the P50 service free extinguishers to the refinery and forecourt industry. The P50 is particularly well suited to the harsh refinery and forecourt environment and reduces the cost of compliance dramatically, as traditional yearly fire extinguisher inspections in a safety critical environment require members of staff to accompany the service engineers. The P50, which only requires a visual inspection once a year without any servicing activities cuts out these burdens. The extinguishers are simply visually inspected by regular site safety personnel who receive introductory training when Safelincs install the extinguishers. The extinguishers have a ten year warranty and after ten years the P50 are re-furbished, giving them a further ten year life.
The show was well attended and we met some well known faces and made some new and exciting contacts.
Business Development Manager Stuart Baxter said ‘The atmosphere at this event is really friendly and constructive. Everybody knows each other and I am looking forward to follow up some of the new contacts we made this year’
If you would like more information on our P50 service free extinguisher, please contact us on 0800 612 6537
Safelincs has won a tender to install a defibrillator in each of a leading charity’s nine UK offices.
A defibrillator is a machine that delivers an electric shock to the heart when someone is having a cardiac arrest. These machines are also known as AEDs (Automated External Defibrillators).
Acting quickly when someone is in cardiac arrest and fighting for their life is crucially important. Around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the UK every year.
“There are no laws in force in the UK requiring employers to provide defibrillators for their workforce, but we are seeing an increasing interest in them from organisations,” said Stuart Baxter, Business Development Manager at Safelincs.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, the British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council UK all recommend the deployment of defibrillators in the workplace.