|As a safety signage and products brand, what opportunities do you see within the construction industry?
Anthony Garlick, General Manager, Spectrum Industrial: Although massive advances in safety have been made within the construction industry, it is still statistically one of the most dangerous industries to work in within the UK (the most dangerous for fatalities). Equipment and correct training can prevent many accidents, but we see safety signs as an integral part of creating a safe site and a safe place to work by highlighting hazards and reinforcing safety messages.
How do Spectrum’s wide selection of products meet the requirements for this industry?
Anthony Garlick; All our products comply to the very latest signage standards (ISO EN 7010) to ensure consistency of message. In addition, our products are manufactured using weather-resistant materials and UV resistant inks, proving a product that will last in these demanding environments.
|What are the major trends you are seeing in the marketplace?
Peter Clayton, Head of Sales Spectrum Industrial; We have been seeing an increased demand in large site-specific notice boards, which provide the site with a single point of access for the essential documentation required for all modern sites. In addition, we have seen increased emphasis on companies wishing to brand all their safety signage with their own company logo – not only providing an essential safety message but also reinforcing their company brand throughout the site.
Which channels within construction show the most development?
Peter Clayton; Two of the growing sectors within plant and equipment industry are quarrying and recycling. I think the general acceptance that more stringent safety standards are required push the quarrying side, whereas the massive growth in the recycling industries and the associated plant equipment has pushed sign sales there.
Why has Spectrum chosen to attend Plantworx?
Paul Kantecki, Managing Director; The show is recognised as being one of the leading plant & construction shows within the UK, and as such we felt it imperative that we attend to present our company and brand to the industry. Our product range and service lend itself perfectly to this market.
Safety Signage and Products manufacturer Spectrum Industrial will be exhibiting at Plantworx 2019, held at the East of England Arena, Peterborough, 11th – 13th June.
Plantworx is the UK’s dedicated working construction event with a huge product showcase for worldwide construction equipment manufacturers and is expecting over 20,000 visitors to the event this year.
Spectrum Industrial will be demonstrating a wide selection of their product portfolio of Health and Safety Signs, Lockout Tagout and inspection monitoring products including Scaffolding Tags and Ladder Safety.
Paul Kantecki, MD Spectrum Industrial said, “We are looking forward to exhibiting at the Plantworx event this year. At Spectrum we have been manufacturing and providing businesses with solutions to help identify, manage and reduce safety risks and hazards for over 20 years. We hold one of the largest manufacturing capabilities in the UK for both signs and safety products and offer an extensive product range and our state-of-the-art design and manufacturing service enables us to offer bespoke signage”.
As well as the wide selection of products Spectrum Industrial will be showcasing, they will also provide advice on a number of services they can also offer their customers. Paul continues, “ We pride ourselves on being experts within the industry so that we can also help businesses who need advice and support, by providing Site Safety Surveys, Product Training and offering our Mobile Training Unit free of charge to our customers for exhibition, events, training and open days, enables us to offer a solution based service as well as quality products”.
Spectrum Industrial will be on Stand Number PA21.
On April 28th 2018, workers at the Shop Direct Distribution Centre, employed by Logistex Limited carried out refurbishment works on the Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) when an accident occurred.
Workers had activated the emergency stop circuit, presuming this would prevent the machinery from operating. They then proceeded to replace sensors on the lift part of the equipment which weighed around 800kg.
The the control panel was switched on which caused the lift to drop. A worked trapped his foot between the lift and the frame of the truck he was standing on.
Emergency services were called out to the incident and fire and rescue service released him from beneath the lift. His injuries were so severe that his second and third toes had to be cut back to the knuckle. His other three toes required exploitative surgery to identify damage.
Oldham Council investigated the matter and found that refurbishment work had been inadequately planned and risk assessed. In particular it identified that work was being carried out whilst it still had power and had not been correctly isolated or locked out.
Oldham Council prosecuted the firm under Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act and Regulation 3(1) (a) of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
Logistex Limited pleaded guilty to the two charges and was fined £12,000 for each offence, plus costs of over £8,000. An additional Victim surcharge of £170 was also added.
Proactive Implementation of Health and Safety Guidelines
This case highlights the need for electrical machinery to be correctly isolated and powered down. If correct procedures had been in place and followed, the likelihood of such an incident would be greatly reduced.
Had an in-depth risk assessment had taken place, it would have identified the need for Lockout procedures and equipment to have been used. Energising switches that could be accessed and operated caused the equipment to become unexpectedly re-energised whilst it was being worked on.
Lockout and Tagging Supplies
In reality, the pieces of Lockout and Tagging equipment needed to effectively lockout the control panel may have only cost a few pounds. There will be a cost Companies may be reluctant to go through risk assessment procedures as they may be seen as a waste of time. Especially when down time on machines reduces productivity.
Spectrum Industrial supply a wide range of both Electrical and Mechanical Lockout equipment. Simple to use, with the right guidelines put into place, Lockout equipment can avoid injuries, accidents and helps save lives.
Safety Site Surveys
We also offer Site Surveys where we can help identify any potential hazards and help companies put procedures and guidelines in place to avoid such accidents.