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RCI December 2017

Zink COMPANY NEWS 01992 801927 www.almhm.co.uk A third of all falls from height in the workplace reportedly occur when using a ladder, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and within the construction industry it is said to account for 45% of fatalities each year. Businesses are now also seeing huge penalties as a result of accidents, with a £1 million landmark fine recently being issued to a bakery following the tragic death of a self-employed contractor who fell from a stepladder. Most recently, a British supermarket chain was issued with a fine of £2.5 million after breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 when a contractor was fatally injured due to a fall from height. So, with this renewed focus on ladder safety training within the sector, WernerCo is now urging all businesses to ensure that all employees or sub-contractors using work at height equipment are fully trained and competent to do so. Paul Bruton, product development director at WernerCo, commented: “For construction professionals, working at height can often be a daily occurrence. The recent news that a Hull-based bakery company received a landmark £1 million fine for a tragic stepladder fatal accident 012 RCIMAG.COM DECEMBER 2017 Copper Stainless A member of staff from Moy Materials, supplier of waterproofing and insulation systems, won “Trainer of the Year” at the 2017 Liquid Roof Waterproofing Association (LRWA) Awards. The awards ceremony, which took place in Hotel Football, Old Trafford highlighted and recognised the quality, professionalism and workmanship that companies and employees have dedicated to one of the fastest growing sectors of the roofing industry. The company was nominated for “Liquid Roofing Project of the Year >1000m²” with Plan Construction Solutions and “Trainer of the Year” for its employee Paul Sutherland. But it was Paul that walked away with the trophy. The award, nominated by the LRWA, recognises those who have made an outstanding contribution to training in liquid installation in the UK. Director of Moy Materials, David Broom, commented: “Recognising the talent of professionals within the UK roofing industry is integral to the trade and the LRWA awards is a fine example of this. We pride ourselves on our technical service offering and our trainer, Paul, has been essential to this for our company. The awards ceremony is a fantastic opportunity for industry professionals to come together to acknowledge the achievements of our industry and serves as a benchmark for high standards in the industry going forward.” www.moymaterials.com Paul Sutherland wins trainer of the year On Friday, August 11, Richard Soan (pic below, middle) held his annual charity race day at Brighton Racecourse in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and Whoopsadaisy. Teenage Cancer Trust is said to be the only UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and is further proof that more needs to be done to raise awareness of the importance of safety training when using work at height equipment.” Paul continued: “We would urge all employers and businesses across manufacturing, processing and engineering sectors to ensure that anyone using ladders or stepladders has completed Ladder Association accredited training before tackling any job at height.” Paul added: “The half-day courses cost less than £100 so there really is no excuse for businesses not to find the time or money to send staff onto them, especially given the chances of survival for young people aged between 13 and 24 who have been diagnosed with cancer. Whoopsadaisy is a Brighton-based charity helping children with Cerebral Palsy and similar motor disorders to live life as independently as possible. The event was a success with over 500 people sitting down to a three-course lunch and then enjoying an afternoon of racing. Fundraising took place throughout the afternoon with some generous bids for the auction items. Richard said: “This event just gets bigger and bigger each year. I can remember when I first started organising this day and we had 90 people in attendance. What amazing support we now receive for two very worthy causes.” www.richardsoan.co.uk Race day raises £35,000 for charity Avonside Group expands with Chartwell Roofing acquisition consequence of not doing so could prove fatal.” WernerCo holds regular training sessions at both its Burton upon Trent and Maldon facilities. If you feel you or your employees could benefit from ladder training, call WernerCo on 01621 745800 or email: ukcustomercare@wernerco.com Company fined £1 million for working at height fatality For a round-up of the event and all the award winners, see p.60 Tony Burke, managing director of Avonside Group Avonside Group Services has announced that it has acquired Chartwell Roofing, which is based in Bourne, Lincolnshire. Avonside says that this is the latest in a series of acquisitions that form part of a wider growth strategy for the Group. Tony Burke, managing director for Avonside Group, commented: “We are delighted to bring Chartwell Roofing into the Group, its location and client-base fit into our strategy and we have every confidence that our new colleagues will continue to develop their business.’’ The latest announcement follows on from the recent acquisition of Bracknell Roofing by Avonside Group. www.avonsidegroup.co.uk


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