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Speedy has added the SmithLight to its fleet.

Safety on display

The Safety & Health Expo provided an opportunity to see new products targeted at this important market. EHN reviews some of the latest equipment displayed, appropriate for our industry.

The requirement for employers to meet legal workplace obligations means there is on-going demand for products and services addressing Health & Safety issues, despite the challenging economic climate. Proving the point was the considerable number of exhibitors that EHN spoke to at the recent Safety & Health Expo, held at the NEC, who reported steady business in recent months.

Euro Towers offers a wide range of work at height courses as well as equipment.

The Training Division of HSS was one of several national hirers with stands, and Regional Sales Manager Simon Collier suggested that business was actually increasing. “A lot of contractors have been downsizing their workforces, meaning that many remaining employees are having to be re-trained to do additional tasks. In this

way, businesses can gain a competitive edge.We are shortly launching a dedicated training website, and we will soon be introducing on-line courses on topics like working at height and good driving techniques, so people can augment their learning conveniently.”

Another hirer exhibiting was Speedy, and amongst new products it displayed was the rechargeable SmithLight, manufactured by Nightsearcher. It carries an IP65 dust and water-resistance rating, and is made from tough ABS and polycarbonate. The head can swivel, and it retracts into the base for storage and transportation. The LED lamps can illuminate on either or both sides. The unit produces little heat, making it suitable for use in confined spaces, and brackets enable the product to be attached to tripods or scaffolding poles.

A striking feature of A-Plant’s stand was a JCB 8018 utilities- specification mini excavator (reviewed in our January/February issue) in a high-visibility livery. The 1.6 tonne machine was shown fitted with a Slopemaster meter, developed by Prolec, which monitors the incline of equipment and warns the operator of potentially unsafe


conditions. The sensor is housed in a waterproof steel box and can be located anywhere on the body of the machine.

Safe work at height

Amongst equipment promoted at the Show for safe work at height was the Deskglider 42, from the appropriately named manufacturer, Working At Height. Mounted on swivel castors, it has a maximum platform height of 2.24m and is adjusted via a hand-cranked, braked winch. It offers 900mm outreach to facilitate work above desks of workbenches, and its narrow 650mm stowed width allows it to fit through doorways or lifts. A version with a folding mast is also available.

As well as its popular mobile aluminium towers, Euro Towers promoted the comprehensive range of training courses it offers. The company is a registered PASMA and IPAF Training Centre, providing a wide variety of industry related programmes dealing with topics such as mobile aluminium access towers, mobile elevating work platforms, and ladders, steps and staging equipment. Courses are available at the manufacturer’s dedicated training centre in Northampton, or at customers’ premises, provided there are suitable facilities at the host location.

Exhibiting for the first time at Safety & Health Expo was Tool@rrest, a new division of tool supplier Fisher & Banks. Tool@rrest is a tool tethering system developed to eliminate the risk of heavy objects being dropped from height and hitting personnel at ground level, a major, yet often overlooked, cause of on-site injury. The system uses tough tags that are fitted to items and which can be made from various materials to suit different working environments. Tools can then be clipped

securely to lanyards or work harnesses. It is fully warranted and

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