The festive period is traditionally a time to relax with family and over indulge on mince pies and turkey, that’s unless you work for QSC, as Key Account Manager, Marcell Foster, explains.
“Many manufacturing sites operate around the clock at full production capacity. This maximises productivity, but leaves very little scope for refurbishment, maintenance or new equipment projects. The Christmas shut down period is therefore an ideal opportunity to complete such tasks and for QSC one of our busiest times, providing project safety support to manufacturers, their staff and contractors.
This Christmas, we provided site safety support on a wide variety of projects. From redevelopment of a Test Track, to installation of a 350-metre canopy, refurbishment of a Seam Seal line, to reinforcement of steel structures for new robots, new burners in ICFO ovens and the creation of a booth.
Our teams supervised excavations, concreting, electrical and mechanical works, working at height, Fork Lift movement, Hot Works and on one project managed 50 contractors within an area the size of a small classroom!”
Marcell continues: “During the two week Christmas shut down period we supervised a total of 270 people, who worked 27,516 hours collectively with no recorded accidents or injuries.
Our team were commended for their work and willingness to go the extra mile, along with special thanks to Shane Moore, Steve O’Brien, Daniel Dale, Marius Pennou and Mihai Corescu from QSC for their assistance.
Project safety can be very demanding, with ever-changing situations, one-off applications and multiple contractors. It needs to be more dynamically managed than day-to-day operational safety and is challenging, but so rewarding when projects not only complete on time, but do so with a great safety record.