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Working at height news from Safety Technology

The latest working at height news from the team at Safety Technology.

 

The news right now is obviously dominated by Covid-19 but utilities and renewables are still working hard to ensure that the UK’s power supply is reliable through the lockdown. We’ve taken major steps to ensure the safety of our staff and customers during this time but crucially ensuring vital services are available.

Utilities customers continue to require essential safety services such as PPE inspections and site safety equipment. We are operating a team to service these needs directly to ensure workers in the field continue to operate in safe environments.

For our customers in wind energy we are running limited onsite training courses to ensure technicians remain compliant during this lockdown.

 

Looking beyond Covid-19.

At the moment it’s hard to look beyond the impact of the current UK lockdown. We will however emerge at some point in the next 6-10 weeks. When we do there will be a number of challenges we will need to cover.

Training backlog

A lot of companies are delaying training for obvious reasons right now. But, this will create a huge bottle neck especially if certifications are close to their lapse dates. We’re working hard to talk to all our customers and build a schedule that ensures everyone meets their training needs.

Inspections backlog

As per training inspections have gone on hold where they aren’t close to deadlines. However, this will change especially if we have an extended locdown period. Customers could well find themselves with a huge raft of PPE and safety equipment that is unsafe and unsafe to use because inspections haven’t taken place. As with tarining we can help. We’re working hard to identify inspection dates and expiry dates so we can ensure to be able to perform these services.

Equipment 

Demand for PPE is likely to be high post lockdown as clients get back to work, hiring starts again and old equipment gets replaced. However the supply chain has been affected from top to bottom and demand is likely to outstrip supply. To mitigate against this we are working with our clients to forecast demand over the next 3-6 months so we can ensure there is no supply interruption to vital equipment.

 

Talk to us about future planning for training, inspection and equipment to ensure you don’t get caught out.