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NEWS G-DECK BUILDS ON PRODUCTION


Construction safety decking systems manufacturer G-DECK has delivered a £1,000,000 investment plan to increase capacity, reduce lead times and underpin quality assurance as the company continues to grow.


Based in Leicester with manufacturing facilities in the Polish city of Walbrzych, G-DECK has experienced such high demand for its safety deck systems that the company has invested in a second factory and a state-of-the-art laser fibre Kimla Power Cut machine. The investment programme will dramatically increase the company’s output capacity, ensuring production remains cost-effective and lead times remain short as demand continues to increase.


Ty Wilson, Sales Director of G-DECK said: “We manufacture three G-DECK systems – our standard metal decking system, our G-DECK Dual system, which combines our trademark metal decks and patented brackets with scaffold tubing, and our G-DECK Lite system with plastic coated metal legs. Demand is high for all three systems because they combine high safety standards with ease and speed of installation.


“We are committed to ensuring our customers receive the products they need on site on time so, as we continue to grow, we’re reinvesting in the business to keep that promise and maintain the quality standards that have made us first choice for


CALLS FOR HSE TO STRENGTHEN WORKPLACE COVID RULES


The British Safety Council is calling on both Government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to strengthen and enforce COVID-secure workplace rules to protect workers.


Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that COVID deaths are higher among low-paid and manual workers in England and Wales, underlining the need for stronger COVID-secure workplace rules to protect workers and for enforcement when rules are broken in the workplace.


Almost 8,000 workers have died where it is believed that the cause was directly due to Coronavirus. Workers whose jobs involve regular exposure to COVID-19 or working near others, continue to have higher COVID-19 death rates. However, the British Safety Council says, “the HSE, the UK regulator responsible for workplace safety, has not brought a single prosecution against an employer for breaking COVID-19 rules, even though people clearly mix in workplaces, which increases the potential to catch and transmit the virus”.


While HSE Inspectors always act in proportion to risk, the regulator considers COVID-19 to be a ‘significant’ rather than ‘serious’ risk, which according to the


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so many construction contractors, housebuilders and scaffolding companies.”


The new factory brings G-DECK’s total manufacturing operations to 80,000 sq ft, along with 72,000 sq ft of office, fabrication and stockholding accommodation at the company’s Leicester headquarters. The new Kimla Power Cut machine will enable precision cutting of metal G-DECK components up to 10 times faster than before, enabling the company to increase the volume of product produced, maintain short lead times and provide exacting standards of quality assurance.


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British Safety Council is the nub of the issue and “limits the toughness of its sanctions”.


A ‘significant’ risk is one that causes non-permanent or reversible health effects, whereas a ‘serious’ risk is one that causes a permanent, progressive or irreversible condition.


Lawrence Waterman OBE, Chairman at the British Safety Council, commented: “The number of workplace COVID deaths is saddening. Whilst it is difficult to definitively attribute COVID-19 infection and transmission to a workplace activity rather than general societal risk, in those cases where this has been reported and confirmed as a workplace outbreak, it is hard to understand that such instances are categorised as ‘significant’ rather than ‘serious’.


“The Government has a difficult challenge in balancing the health of the economy with workers’ health and workplace safety, but there are some obvious steps that can be taken to help control the virus. Workplace inspection and enforcement of COVID safety rules is one of these steps. Ensuring the HSE is properly funded to undertake its role, is paramount and accords with the same treatment the Chancellor has provided to other parts of the economy during the pandemic. Keeping workers healthy and safe will help the country to boost its economic recovery once the virus has been brought under control.”


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