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Spiroll at Centre of Successful Summit

Following on from a successful Prestressing Summit on Monday 8th October, Managing Director Stephen Carr said that he hoped Spiroll had played a key part in addressing the safety issues that face operators and management of prestressing beds.

Around 70 delegates attended the event, which included speeches and presentations given by notable speakers from within the precast industry, as well as Irene Stevenson (GS Training) and Gary Overton (Proskills) regarding training, and Alan Millband (Shakespeares of Nottingham) regarding the legal implications for companies making prestressed products. It was certainly nice to see a number of familiar faces and also some new ones at the event!

Mr. Carr was instrumental during the genesis of the current prestressing training scheme, and so far Spiroll Precast Services have trained over 50 companies worldwide. In addition to this, Spiroll supports the precast industry by providing prestressing audits, servicing stressing equipment, grip cleaning and maintenance. Because of his expertise in this area, Mr. Carr was asked to give a presentation at the summit, focussing on driving home the importance of safe stressing procedures at management level.

It is Spiroll’s belief that a gap in awareness exists between management and shop floor staff in many cases, compounded by a poor understanding of primary and secondary safety precautions and their implementation. This has been highlighted by the fact that in 8 years providing prestressing training, Mr. Carr recalls only 3 companies that have asked for the training to include module PS6; “Management of Site Safety”.

Although the industry is widely responsible, and stressing can be a safe procedure, tragic recent incidents such as the death of Brian Og Maguire have illustrated the need to afford stressing the attention and respect that is accorded to other perceived risks in industry, such as forklift trucks and cranes for example.

The fact that the 70 delegates who attended the summit only represent a small proportion of the companies that operate prestressing beds in Britain shows that there is still a lot of work to be done. To see just how hazardous the implications of unsafe stressing can be, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dq-agBEMLYI&feature=plcp.

If you are involved in the operation or management of prestressing and have any questions regarding training, safe procedures, and maintenance of stressing equipment, please do not hesitate to contact us.


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