Following on from our last post about working safely, we'll take some time to highlight something that really distinguishes our services - the training we have. Building on our experience - we work all over the world on diverse projects from offshore windfarms to fine art installations and BBC documentaries - the training we've taken to enable us to work in so many environments is crucial. In our team we have:
The 'basics' of safety on construction sites - this helps to ensure that we understand the risks of site work - and how to minimise them. Everyone who has to work outside the office - in client meetings, technical briefings, reconnaissance visits, installations and de-rigs - has this qualification.
We use MEWPS (mobile elevated work platforms) day in, day out - enabling us to install cameras from 3m up on an internal wall all the way up to 50m on a structure and beyond. This certification is held by all our engineers and we've probably operated more cherrypickers than most! This goes hand in hand with the IPAF harness use and inspection course - all our harnesses and other safety equipment are regularly checked by a qualified staff examiner.
Senior engineer Peter has this qualification - a week-long course covering the practical actions that managers need to manage health and safety in their teams. Including elements in controlling risks, understanding responsibilities, identifying hazards, investigating incidents, measuring performance and protecting the environment. This is an invaluable building block in making sure that safety is at the heart of everything we do as a company.
This is the one where, among other things, you're dunked into a swimming pool in a helicopter body. Two of our engineers have recently passed this course, so we can now work on most renewables, oil and gas installations, whether on land or at sea. Here's Luke, modelling the 'survival suit' look:
We're trained to build, inspect and use prefabricated access towers. We use these to safely work at height where scissorlifts or cherrypickers are not practical or unavailable.
We cover a lot of miles. Though for the more exotic locations we tend to take aeroplanes, the M4 to London is a second home to us, and we drive all over the UK. So it makes sense that our engineers have this qualification, which reduces the risks of dangerous situations on the road.
Three of our technical staff have Emergency First Aid at Work certification, useful both in an office environment and when we're working on site.
The GWO is an affiliation of companies working in the wind turbine sector - including Vestas, E.On and our clients Dong Energy and Siemens . The GWO course is specifically designed to optimise safety practices for workers in the offshore wind industry. Two of our engineers have recently completed this course, as well as Boat Transfer to safely transfer from boats to offshore wind turbines. Of course, all this training comes with a purpose - to ensure we can work safely and effectively, anywhere in the world, at any time. We're never complacent about the risks of our work, and we have more varied experience than anyone else in our sector. This means we can give you the peace of mind that having a highly professional, extremely well-trained and safety-conscious team can bring to your project.