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Martin Wardell of MWA Technology Limited,
Health & Safety
Eric Fowler, regulation manager, National Grid
and Steve Lewis of Apex Engineers
Vista System’s prestigious
Call for action
and easy updateable illuminated signs across the region, their new corporate
were recently installed at Peter Alan Head head quarters required professional and
Office, Cardiff, Wales. prestigious signage.
Two business executives are Vista System International, a world The project consisted of 2 Vista Light
expressing concern about industry leader in Modular Curved Frame signs; a 4m high pylon and a big lit wall
estimates that 90 percent of connections Technology (MCFT), recently supplied its bracket over the main entrance to the
to third party UK primary gas meters are eye catching and flexible Illuminated Signs building. Flexibility and ease of updating
illegal. Martin Wardell of MWA Technology to “Morgan Signs” for installation at Peter were also key factors as the pylon needed
Limited and Steve Lewis of Apex Alan Head Office, Cardiff, Wales, one of to easily accept additional logos for
Engineers are so concerned that the the best known estate agents in South additional tenant names in the future.
national gas industry standard is being Wales. “Morgan Signs” works closely with
ignored, that they have combined to The client was looking for a flexible, Vista UK and specified Vista Light as their
launch a service to offer site surveys and affordable and attractively designed sign preferred system
are striving to alert the industry to act. system. Having almost 40 years For further information, visit
Wardell explains: “There’s a growing experience in house sales and 25 branches
requirement for real time monitoring of
gas consumption. Companies are turning
to energy monitoring companies to install
equipment which enables them to send
consumption data directly to a central Fireco adds power to
“In order to do this they connect to a
pulse output socket in the meter, but EDF’s fire safety
making this connection is regulated and
should only be undertaken by an Fireco Ltd. - the UK’s leading specialists specialist properties.
authorized person using a safe method. in fire prevention, fire safety and fire Fireco has been appointed by Lorne
Such a person is required to follow consultancy – has won a contract to carry Stewart PLC, one of the UK’s leading
national guidelines, which include a site out Fire Risk Assessments for EDF Energy building engineering services companies
survey, adherence to safety procedures at sites across the UK on behalf of Lorne and providers of facilities management
and the provision of suitable Stewart. services to EDF Energy.
documentation.” said Wardell. As part of the fire risk assessment Fireco are fire consultants to a number
According to Steve Lewis safety issues process required under the Regulatory of major UK organisations, assisting them
are being overlooked. “A major Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, Fireco to meet their responsibilities for Fire Risk
consequence of ignoring the standard will be making recommendations to Assessment through the company’s
could at worst be a fatal explosion or improve some of the physical features of training and consultancy services.
disconnection and removal of equipment. fire protection and fire management For more information contact Fireco on
The situation threatens many of our major within EDF Energy sites across the UK. (local rate) 0845 241 7474 Email
companies and institutions, especially Fireco assessors will also be advising or visit
those with multiple locations.” about means of escape, evacuation and
The partnership between meter compartmentation issues across various
equipment supplier, MWA Technology and
power and energy consultancy, Apex
Engineers, provides a site survey service
to site owners, landlords, contractors and
businesses wishing to ensure that their
gas connections are safe, in accordance
with regulations and logged by the meter
asset manager (meter owner).
“Our aim is to make more people
aware of the regulations which are
significant in terms of safe connections. A
complete service is offered to ensure
connections are made correctly, safely and
ready for any future changes. We can also
inspect retrospectively and, if the
connection conforms to standards,
authorize and register the connection,”
explained Lewis. Tel: 121 327 7771
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