We are happy to announce that Mercury H&S Online Courses are now available to Mercury staff. As we are constantly striving to improve our performance and maintain high H&S standards, we decided to bring our training into 21st century.
Our Training & Development Department recognised the new trends in technology used in education i.e. online training as an opportunity to provide top class training and in the same time allow us to reduce the costs.
Mercury Academy can be accessed from anywhere in the world and provides standardised training for every user. In addition, all the courses take 50-70% less time to complete and are externally certified by Olive Safety.
The online courses covering aspects of Health & Safety training such as: Abrasive Wheels, Advanced Electrical Safety, Control of Hazardous Energy, Cuts & Lacerations, Fire Safety, Hot Works, Manual Handling, Mobile Elevated Work Platforms and Site Inductions – were designed by Health & Safety Department. Currently we have 7 online H&S courses available and 3 to be launched soon!
Each course has a theory part available online followed by a practical assessment with one of our H&S trainers.
The system was tested by staff from Amgen site. They completed between 4-6 courses in the morning and received practical part of the training in the afternoon. Using traditional classroom based training it would take normally 3 working days.
Their trainer, Robbie O’Dowd (H&S officer) said about Mercury Academy: “This is revolutionary approach to the training. Online training allows us to provide top quality training to all employees in a reduced time and on a lower cost! It’s the way to go!”
Trainee, Gerry Healy (mechanical supervisor): “I would recommend this training format to everyone, even those who are not using computers on daily basis. It’s very convenient and straight forward.”
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Valuable and much sought-after apprenticeship places will now be available for some north Mayo students as Gaelcholáiste Chomáin and Shell, on behalf of the Corrib Gas Partners, announce a partnership with Mercury Engineering which will offer an Apprenticeship Scheme exclusive to Gaelcholáiste Chomáin in Rossport. This scheme will offer two apprenticeships per year for 2012, 2013 and 2014.
These apprenticeships will be in the mechanical and electrical disciplines and are of a four-year duration as per the FÁS managed apprenticeship scheme.
Applicants to the scheme must have completed a PLC course at the Gaelcholáiste Chomáin in the year of application to the scheme.
Whilst the scheme will endeavour to offer work placements within the Erris region, notably on the Corrib Gas Project, there may be a requirement to complete work placements at other locations, due to variations in work schedules.
Jason Ó Mongáin, Principal of the Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, welcomed the initiative which adds to the educational offerings of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin.
“We have developed some cutting edge programmes here at Gaelcholáiste Chomáin such as our PLCs in Construction Technology with Renewable Energy Systems and Engineering Technology with Marine Engineering. These apprenticeships enhance our offering and represent further employment and training opportunities,” commented Ó Mongáin.
Mercury Engineering are delighted to be involved in this partnership and to be in a position to offer such valuable opportunities at a local level, particularly in the current challenging environment.
It is a measure of their commitment to their industry in investing in people to ensure long term sustainability and expertise, and also a testament to their commitment to the local community, as part of their work on the Corrib project. Shell are also delighted that this fantastic initiative will benefit the students at the Gaelcholáiste Chomáin.
Grant assistance for PLC courses is available for school leavers while a Back-to-Education allowance is also available for applicants in receipt of social welfare payments.
Courses commence in September 2012. The courses are full-time courses with participants attending skills training Monday to Thursday with relevant work placements each Friday. Places on courses are limited so anyone interested must contact Gaelcholáiste Chomáin immediately to register at (097) 88940 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Elizabeth II inaugurates Enniskillen Hospital built by Mercury Engineering in Northern Ireland
The Queen Elizabeth II officially opened the New South West Acute Hospital in the Northern Irish town of Enniksillen (located about 140 kilometers from Belfast) built by Spanish Contractor FCC with Mercury Engineering providing the building services. The new health facilities represent an investment of 340 million euros (276 million pounds) and carried out within three years.
Enniskillen Hospital is the first to be awarded under a collaboration between the public and private sectors in Northern Ireland and is part of a comprehensive investment program to improve infrastructure in the UK. It is also the first hospital built in the territory of Northern Ireland in over a decade.
The opening of the clinic has coincided with the two-day official visit to Northern Ireland by Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, as part of the Diamond Jubilee tour of the UK. Health Minister, Edwin Poots, welcomed the royal couple, who explained the features of the center.
The new health facilities have 315 beds in single rooms in an area of over 65,000 square meters. They offer the most modern clinical practice and the latest technology destine to improve patient care. The new hospital will offer a wide range of specialties with special emphasis on maternity and emergency services to complement existing services provided in the Erne Hospital, also in the town of Enniskillen.
Also, the new center has a building to house workers and a center of energy demand management making it one of the most modern hospitals in Europe in terms of energy efficiency.
The hospital has a residence building for hospital workers and a management center energy demand, making it one of the most advanced hospitals in Europe in terms of energy efficiency. The complex is designed as a set of three bands or lines of buildings, gardens interspersed with long, straight, and patios. Therefore, allowing the optimal use of natural light and ventilation, as well as provide a constant visual relationship with the environment. One of the most important features is the separation between staff and patients and public areas.
• Enniskillen center is the first sanitary building constructed in the Irish Country over a decade.
• The hospital has an investment of 340 million euros and three years of work.
The winners of the gradireland Graduate Recruitment Awards were announced on Wednesday at a gala dinner in The Mansion House in Dublin. Voted for by the students and judged by an independent panel of industry experts, these awards recognise Ireland’s most popular recruiters across a range of employment sectors.
The gala dinner and awards ceremony was attended by over 500 of Ireland’s most respected employers, third level careers services and professional bodies, making it the biggest gathering of the graduate recruitment community in Ireland.
Grad Ireland’s Top 100 leading graduate employers 2012 reveals Ireland’s most sought after employers from the perspective of those that matter most – the students and graduates who will provide the next generation of innovators and leaders in Irish business.
Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers survey is part of the European Student Barometer and is conducted by Europe’s leading graduate research firm, trendence. The data produced decide the winners of Ireland’s 100 and contribute also to a wider pan-European study across 24 countries.
Congratulations of all involved getting Mercury Engineering to its position of 78th in 2012. Mercury were also ranked in 10th Place for most popular Graduate Recruiter in the Engineering Section. For a full list of Ireland’s 100 leading graduate employers listed in order of the students vote, as well as broken down by sector and alphabeticially, visit http://gradireland.com/irelands100
Congratulations to our Polish division for the successful completion of the Nova Park shopping center in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Lubuskie voivodship, which will open for business on April 18. The mall, which will be the largest retail investment in the region, will deliver 32,400 sqm of GLA and house 140 retail units.
The development is being built by Irish investor Caleum Development and Hungarian developer Futureal. A consortium of Warbud and Mercury Engineering acting as the general contractor for the scheme.
“This official information puts an end to rumors and speculations. The investor has confirmed that the opening date is not at risk of any potential delay,” According to Caelum Development, which, along with Jones Lang LaSalle, is conducting the commercialization of Nova Park, the shopping center is already more than 87 percent leased out. Tenants will include fashion brands, as well as a Piotr i Paweł upmarket grocery store.
Established in 2002, Caelum Development has in its portfolio retail projects including Galeria Askana in Gorzów Wielkopolski, Galeria Młyńska in Racibórz, Wratislavia Center in Wrocław and Galeria Wisła in Płock. Budapest-based Futureal is active in the Hungarian, Polish and Romanian markets and is currently involved in a major urban revitalization scheme called Corvin Promenade in its home city.
Again in 2012 Mercury Engineering was shortlisted for two National Training & Development Awards by the I.I.T.D. (Irish Institute of Training & Development).
Mercury’s award submissions focused on our new Health & Safety “On-line Training Academy” in the “most innovative use of technology” category and our Fire Protection “LPCB 1048 Training Scheme” in the “Large Enterprises – Transport, Engineering and Logistics” category. Both submissions focused on the positive bottom line effect these projects have in Mercury.
I am delighted to announce that Mercury collected two “Outstanding Achievement Awards” last Friday night as well as the “Overall Winner” for Large Enterprises – Transport, Engineering and Logistics category for our LPCB 1048 Training Scheme submission. (see pictures attached). Mercury held off stiff competition from PM Group, ESB International and Veolia in our category to claim the top prize.
Much gratitude goes to the Health & Safety department – Shay Lacey, Paul Cassidy, Ed Mangan & Robbie O’Dowd – and the Fire Protection department – John Littlefield, Frank Robinson & Liam Tighe – for their efforts, dedication and support for their respective initiatives.
Sincere thanks also to the Training & Development Team – Ewa Duraj & Brendan Butler – for their work on these training projects and for compiling excellent award submissions.
The Sunday Business Post will be showcasing these awards in a special supplement in their newspaper on Sunday March 25th.
Congratulations to everyone involved and thank you for the commitment you have shown to people development.
Congratulations to our United Kingdom colleagues on surpassed 1Million Man Hours without a Lost Time Injury!
Mercury UK is very pleased to advise that the UK direct operations have achieved a Company safety record of 1Million Man Hours without a Lost Time Injury on 17th February 2012. Our last HSE reportable incident being recorded on 20 October 2009. Since this time we have operated on some 22 projects which makes this a more remarkable achievement. This safety milestone could not have been achieved without an enormous amount of hard work and effort by everyone working on our projects. There has been an enthusiastic and ongoing safety commitment from project management, supervision and all of the workforce and subcontractors to provide continual training; preventative programs; communication of safe work practices; sharing of lessons learned from observations and incidents; and good site safety vigilance so that everyone works safely every day.
“As we have moved into 2012, we are all faced with a difficult global financial situation, and it is important that in times like this we stay focused on what we are trying to achieve here – and most importantly…..we achieve it safely.” “It is this commitment that has made this accomplishment possible,” Reaching this milestone without a lost time accident is a significant safety landmark and emphasizes the priority that each of our employees place on safety.
There is no one thing that makes a workplace safe—combined efforts from responsible employees with quality training and skills, a company that recognises the importance of workplace safety and continued growth, and quality safety programs and procedures collectively help keep us safe each day. “At Mercury, safety is not just a written policy that sits on a shelf, it is a critical, active part of our everyday business,” says Barry DeFalco (Director South/East. “Health and Safety is of critical importance to Mercury Engineering and achieving this is testament to the dedication of our staff and our internal policies and procedures. We have a strict risk assessment and near miss incident reporting system and we don’t leave any margin for error, which extends across the whole business. “Part of learning and maintaining our position as one of the safest M&E companies is ensuring employees, subcontractors, visitors and clients can carry out work on-site, secure in the knowledge that every step has been taken to keep them safe.”
Well Done Everyone!
How much fun was yesterday’s annual Mercury Engineering ‘Open Day’ for local schools!
Yesterday 01.03.2012 the Mercury Training Department entertained 68 students from 3 local schools. Kicking off with an introduction by our Managing Director Michael Kennedy who emphasis our core values of; commitment, dedication and innovation. Michael also stressed the importance the construction industry has within the domestic market and the skills required from school leavers “if we don’t have the skill set in construction to build highly specified facilities then the knock on effect is that the multi-national business will not chose Ireland – we all have a part to play”.
Following Michael’s introduction there where presentations given by our Divisional Managers on our mechanical, electrical, fire protection and data technology services…. did you know that when James Bond sets off sprinkler system in his movies it is complete Hollywood fiction as systems can only detonate one-by-one once heat is applied!
These facts and more we examined in a cracking quiz for the students including engineering, Mercury flagship projects and our global offices by country flags…. personally I thought it was a bit devious putting up the new Libyan National Transitional Councils flag! Proceedings ended with a highly entertaining personal protection equipment (PPE) demonstration by our very own Graham Casey that our employees use on a daily basis along with safety features at home and in the workplace.
A big thank you to all our presenters for making the day very interesting, we got some excellent feedback from students and teachers. I am sure you inspired some of the 68 students who visited Mercury yesterday to choose a career in engineering. Who knows we just might have changed someone’s life!
Well done to all involved.
In the ISPE’s International Facility of the Year (FOY) Awards, Ireland’s new National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) has received special recognition.
Mercury Engineering carried out the electrical works including installation and commissioning of power, lighting, lighting protection, PA system, communications and life safety systems. These works were carried out within a live 6,500sqm Greenfield development which provides training and research solutions for the bioprocessing industry.
According to the ISPE ‘Advancements in pharmaceutical manufacturing sometimes come through innovative collaborations that can ultimately lead to “game changing” outcomes. From its regular consultations with industry, the Irish Government determined it was clear that the manufacture of biologics would have a significant impact on the existing pharmaceutical industry and require a highly skilled workforce. The government convened key stakeholders in government, industry, and academia and together they developed the NIBRT Greenfield Facility.
Located on the perimeter of the University College Dublin, which is Ireland’s largest university, the NIBRT building is designed as a medium scale bioprocessing plant specifically for providing manufacturing research and training solutions to industry. The Facility of the Year Awards Judging Panel was impressed with the realization of a novel idea through innovative collaborations that resulted in Ireland now having a competitive advantage in developing biopharma investment’
The state-of-the-art facility was developed as a result of an innovative collaboration between University College Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin City University and Sligo Institute of Technology.
This year we will be educating some local students and their teachers on some of the engineering skills required on our flagship projects and giving them a chance to try out some personal protection equipment (PPE) that our employees use on a daily basis. Our engineers & electricians will answer questions and Human Resources staff will inform students what is important through the experience of real people, in a real working environment and the real challenges.
The Event’s details are as follows;
Category: Company Tour
Audience: Secondary Level-Junior Cycle, age 13-15, local schools
Admission: Free but pre-booking essential
Available places: 15 plus teacher
Organised by: Mercury Engineering, Ewa Duraj
Venue: Mercury Training Room, Mercury House, Ravensrock Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, D18
Contact Details: Ewa Duraj | email@example.com | 012139265
Minister Quinn encourages students, schools and parents to participate in Engineers Week 2012
Log onto www.engineersweek.ie to find an event close to you
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., today joined Engineers Ireland in encouraging students, schools and parents to get involved in Engineers Week 2012, which will be taking place across Ireland between the 27th February and 4th March 2012. The week-long series of activities across the country is run by Engineers Ireland and is a campaign held annually to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession to Ireland.
The theme for Engineers Week 2012 is “Connecting Our Lives”. During the week events for students of all ages, aimed at highlighting the importance of engineering to our daily lives, will take place across the country. Highlight events over the week include the launch of the 2012 State of Ireland infrastructure report on Monday 27th February and an “ethical hackathon” highlighting security issues for third level technology students on Tuesday February 28. Throughout the week volunteer engineers will enter schools to explain the importance of maths and engineering employers across Ireland will welcome the public on organised tours of their facilities so they can learn more about the vital role engineers play in the community. In the context of the ongoing roll-out of Project Maths, Minister Quinn said that the week can support classroom learning by providing hands-on examples of real-life maths. Minister Quinn said: “I hope that the events planned as part of Engineers Week 2012 will show students that maths is important in every day life. This is a key principle of the new Project Maths programme, which is being rolled out across all post- primary schools. “I encourage schools to log onto www.engineersweek.ie to see which organizations are hosting events in their local area and to find out the many activities available for students”. Speaking today John Power, Director General, Engineers Ireland, said: “Engineers Week will run from the 27th of February until the 4th of March. The week is focused on highlighting the career opportunities available to Irish students in engineering.
We’d encourage students, teachers and parents to log onto our website and find an event close to them. We hope that by the end of the week people will have a better understanding of what engineers do and specifically within the organisations in their local area.”
For further information and to see a full list of events taking place during the week
log onto www.engineersweek.ie.