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What is LOLER and what does LOLER stand for?

LOLER Inspection and Testing

Are you trying to understand what LOLER is and what LOLER stands for?  Then simply read the post below to find out more about LOLER and Lifting Equipment. 

What is LOLER? 

LOLER 1998 is the regulation enforced by the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) which covers lifting equipment and lifting operations.

LOLER places duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment. This includes all businesses and organisations whose employees use lifting equipment, whether owned by them or not. In most cases, lifting equipment is also work equipment so the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) will also apply (including inspection and maintenance). All lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner.

LOLER also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination’. Records must be kept of all thorough examinations and any defects found must be reported to both the person responsible for the equipment and the relevant enforcing authority.

What does LOLER stand for?

LOLER stands for Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, which falls under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and is enforced by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). It is applicable to people and companies who own, operate or have control over lifting equipment.

What is the purpose of LOLER?

Lifting operations require specialist equipment to ensure that work is undertaken in a safe and efficient manner. LOLER is in place to check that lifting equipment is fit for purpose, compliant, and safe to use in order to ensure the safety of its operators.

LOLER regulations require that all lifting operations must be properly planned by a ‘competent person’, as well as appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. This means that workers must be properly trained to handle lifting equipment, sites should be properly inspected and work must be planned thoroughly by somebody with appropriate experience and knowledge before any work takes place.

As HSE advises: “If your business or organisation undertakes lifting operations or is involved in providing lifting equipment for others to use, you must manage and control the risks to avoid any injury or damage”. This requires lifting operations to be:

  • Planned properly
  • Undertaken by people who are sufficiently competent
  • Supervised appropriately
  • Carried out in a safe manner.

 

In addition to the above, LOLER also requires lifting equipment to be regularly inspected and suitably marked to indicate that it is “fit for purpose, appropriate for the task, suitably marked and, in many cases, subject to statutory periodic ‘thorough examination‘. 

What is a 'Thorough Examination'?

According to the HSE, a thorough examination is a systematic and detailed examination of the lifting
equipment by a competent person to detect any defects that are, or might become, dangerous.

The competent person will determine the scope of the thorough examination and they may use a number of sources to help them do this, such as industry guidance. HSE’s Contract Research Report Thorough examination and inspection of particular items of lifting equipment (CRR429) may also be a useful reference tool.

What is a 'Competent Person'?

Under LOLER, a competent person is defined as having “such appropriate practical and theoretical knowledge and experience of the lifting equipment to be thoroughly examined as will enable them to detect defects or weaknesses and to assess their importance in relation to the safety and continued use of the lifting equipment”. 

According to the HSE, a competent person should: 

  • Should not be the same person who performs routine maintenance as they
    would be responsible for assessing their own work;
  • Should be sufficiently independent and impartial to make objective decisions;

Who has obligations and responsibilities under LOLER?

According to the HSE’s INDG290 Lifting equipment at work, if you are an “employer or self-employed person providing lifting equipment for use at work, or you have control of the use of lifting equipment, then LOLER Regulations will apply to you”.

Persons or companies falling under this description are classed as ‘duty holders’ under LOLER and must make sure that when lifting equipment is used, the requirements of LOLER are achieved. These requirements include:

  • LOLER Inspection and Thorough Examination: According to the HSE’s INDG422 Thorough examination of lifting equipment guidance documents, both inspection and thorough examinations are fundamental key requirements of LOLER.
  • Testing of Lifting Equipment: All lifting equipment and accessories must also be sufficiently strong, stable and suitable for the proposed task, which often requires testing services.
  • Marking of Lifting Equipment: LOLER also requires equipment to be visibly marked with any information that should be taken into account for its safe use. This includes factors such as safe working loads and usage instructions.
  • Planning and supervision: Under LOLER, duty holders must ensure that all lifting operations are planned, supervised and carried out safely by people who are deemed competent.
  • Reporting: It’s essential to have inspection reports following a thorough examination or inspection of any lifting equipment

 

As the duty holder, you must also ensure that you keep relevant information relating to your lifting equipment, including thorough examination and inspection reports, LOLER test certificates, documentation,  and records of EC Declarations of Conformity etc. 

How to be compliant with LOLER Regulations?

To be compliant with LOLER, you must ensure the various requirements summarised above are met within your business. This means ensuring that all equipment undergoes regular inspection and thorough examination by a competent person who is impartial and independent. 

A competent person is required to undertake a regular ‘thorough examination’ of all lifting equipment:

  • Before it is first used, if not EC Declaration is available
  • Immediately after the repair or replacement of an essential component
  • Whenever it is removed and refitted to the original chassis
  • Within 12 months of its last inspection (lifting accessories are usually 6 monthly)
  • A duty holder must ensure that all records of thorough examinations (as well as any other inspection or testing services) are readily available to inspectors from the relevant authority at all times, such as the HSE.

 

It’s important, therefore, to ensure an inspection and thorough examination is undertaken regularly and records are kept in accordance with the HSE guidance. Using an independent and impartial engineering inspection supplier can help you achieve compliance whilst minimising disruption to your business. 

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Electrical Testing and Fixed Wire Testing

Are you trying to understand what an EICR report is? and why you need one? Then simply read the post below to find out more about EICR reports. 

What is an EICR Report?

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended. It is a more detailed report than just a Visual Inspection and will involve the testing of various circuits which will require the turning off of the electrics at the main supply. This allows the contractor to identify any possible hidden defects or issues that cannot be identified during a Visual Inspection. The purpose of an EICR (formally known as periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Depending on the type/usage of an installation, it is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every 3 to 5 years (3 years for industrial, 5 years for commercial and privately rented properties).

Why have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

All electrical installations, over time, will deteriorate naturally as they are a working mechanism made up of various components and working systems. Much like an MOT for cars it is important that you ensure you carry out checks on the condition of the electrics at regular intervals. This will help identify any faults or defects which could require improvement and will ensure the continued operation of the installation in a safe and effective manner and your compliance with the “Electricity at Work Act 1974” and the “Electricity at Work Regulations 1989”. An inspection should always be carried out by a qualified and competent electrical engineer.

It is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every 3 to 5 years

How long will an EICR take?

There are several factors to be considered to determine how long an EICR inspection should take.

  • Size of the installation (the number of distribution boards/ number of occupied ways)
  • Age of the installation (fabric of the building/ electrical distribution)
  • Operational requirements (vacant/ occupied/ full production) 
  • Agreed limitations (scope of works/ specification)

 

However it will ultimately boil down to the number of distribution boards and occupied ways (circuits/fuses) the installation has – A site survey is always recommended if you have a large installation, the surveyor should be in a position to advise how long the inspection will take.

What will an EICR report tell me?

What will an EICR report tell me? 

An EICR will provide a full summary of the condition of the electrics and determine whether it complies with the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671). It will record a number of observations in line with BS 7671 and make various recommendations where improvement may be necessary or beneficial to improving safety in your property. Once the EICR is completed the contractor will provide you with a certificate outlining the overall condition of the electrical installation. Generally, an EICR will provide codings against the condition of the installation.

The classification codes are as follows:

  • Code C1:  his code indicates that danger exists, requiring immediate remedial action. The persons using the installation are at immediate risk (the inspection engineer will normally isolate the danger at time of test)
  • Code C2: This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be dangerous at the time of the inspection, it could become a real and immediate danger if a fault or other foreseeable event was to occur in the installation or connected equipment.
  • Code C3:  This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be a source of immediate or potential danger, improvement would contribute to a significant enhancement of the safety of the electrical installation.

It is recommended that corrective action to rectify any C1 and C2s is completed as soon as possible.

Original source of information: NICEIC Fact Sheet

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About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services on equipment within the work place. This includes electrical Equipment,  lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. 

T: 0330 113 7920

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Plant and Safety!

Merry Christmas

We would like to take the opportunity to thank our staff, customers, and suppliers for their support in 2020. It’s been a tough old year and we all deserve a break, so have a fantastic Christmas break, and remember to stay safe!

Note: Our opening hours over the Christmas period will be posted separately. 

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services on equipment within the work place. This includes electrical Equipment,  lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. 

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Christmas Opening Hours

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Please note that our working hours will be as follows over the festive period:

  • 24th December:  8:30am to 12pm (Half Day)
  • 25th December to  3rd January: Closed (Please see out of hour contact details below)
  • 4th January:  Normal working hours (8:30am to 5pm)

 

Emergency/ Out of Hours Contact Details 

For any urgent requirements during the festive period, then please contact us by phone or email:

  • Email: sales@plantandsafety.co.uk 
  • Phone: 0330 113 7920 (Option 1) 

 

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services on equipment within the work place. This includes electrical Equipment,  lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. 

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What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

Electrical Testing and Fixed Wire Testing

Are you trying to understand what an EICR report is? and why you need one? Then simply read the post below to find out more about EICR reports. 

What is an EICR Report?

An electrical installation condition report (EICR) identifies any damage, deterioration, defects and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended. It is a more detailed report than just a Visual Inspection and will involve the testing of various circuits which will require the turning off of the electrics at the main supply. This allows the contractor to identify any possible hidden defects or issues that cannot be identified during a Visual Inspection. The purpose of an EICR (formally known as periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine, so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Depending on the type/usage of an installation, it is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every 3 to 5 years (3 years for industrial, 5 years for commercial and privately rented properties).

Why have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?

All electrical installations, over time, will deteriorate naturally as they are a working mechanism made up of various components and working systems. Much like an MOT for cars it is important that you ensure you carry out checks on the condition of the electrics at regular intervals. This will help identify any faults or defects which could require improvement and will ensure the continued operation of the installation in a safe and effective manner and your compliance with the “Electricity at Work Act 1974” and the “Electricity at Work Regulations 1989”. An inspection should always be carried out by a qualified and competent electrical engineer.

It is generally recommended that an EICR is carried out every 3 to 5 years

How long will an EICR take?

There are several factors to be considered to determine how long an EICR inspection should take.

  • Size of the installation (the number of distribution boards/ number of occupied ways)
  • Age of the installation (fabric of the building/ electrical distribution)
  • Operational requirements (vacant/ occupied/ full production) 
  • Agreed limitations (scope of works/ specification)

 

However it will ultimately boil down to the number of distribution boards and occupied ways (circuits/fuses) the installation has – A site survey is always recommended if you have a large installation, the surveyor should be in a position to advise how long the inspection will take.

What will an EICR report tell me?

What will an EICR report tell me? 

An EICR will provide a full summary of the condition of the electrics and determine whether it complies with the current British Standard for electrical safety (BS 7671). It will record a number of observations in line with BS 7671 and make various recommendations where improvement may be necessary or beneficial to improving safety in your property. Once the EICR is completed the contractor will provide you with a certificate outlining the overall condition of the electrical installation. Generally, an EICR will provide codings against the condition of the installation.

The classification codes are as follows:

  • Code C1:  his code indicates that danger exists, requiring immediate remedial action. The persons using the installation are at immediate risk (the inspection engineer will normally isolate the danger at time of test)
  • Code C2: This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be dangerous at the time of the inspection, it could become a real and immediate danger if a fault or other foreseeable event was to occur in the installation or connected equipment.
  • Code C3:  This code indicates that, whilst an observed deficiency is not considered to be a source of immediate or potential danger, improvement would contribute to a significant enhancement of the safety of the electrical installation.

It is recommended that corrective action to rectify any C1 and C2s is completed as soon as possible.

Original source of information: NICEIC Fact Sheet

Contact us today for support with your electrical compliance requirements

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Plant and Safety Ltd are a national NICEIC Approved Contractor for wide range of Electrical Compliance and Electrical Testing Services, including but not limited to Fixed Wire Testing (EICR). Click here to learn more about our Electrical Testing Services, or contact us using the phone number and email address below. 

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services on equipment within the work place. This includes electrical Equipment,  lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. 

T: 0330 113 7920

E: sales@plantandsafety.co.uk

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What causes electrical fires within the workplace?

What Causes Electrical Fires

Electrical fires are common in both workplace and residential settings. According to data from Home Office Statistics, more than 16,000 non-residential fires are reported each year in the UK despite the fact that fire safety regulations have tightened, and a large proportion of these are found to take place at work and as a consequence, there were 318 fire-related fatalities during period 2018/19. It was estimated that fires cost the UK economy £8.3 billion!

What is an electrical fire?

An electrical fire is a failure or malfunction within the electrical components of equipment or machinery can cause electrical fires. Electrical fires originate in electric wires, cables, circuit breakers, and within electrical components. Fires start in electrical panels from overloaded circuits or the age of the panel. The panel and circuits become overloaded when the distribution of electricity is inadequate. Occasionally, lighting equipment acts as a source of heat that is too close to easily combustible materials.

What are the common causes of electrical fires?

In 2018, our global consumption of energy was 62 billion kWh per day. We rely heavily on electricity to power our businesses, homes, and for a growing number of electric cars. Do not assume your electrical systems are functioning properly because they work on a day-to-day basis with no issues. Electrical systems pose an ongoing fire risk. Understanding common causes of electrical fires and following preventive measures to maintain your electrical systems will mitigate your chance of a fire.

Electrical Fires cost the UK economy £8.3 billion 

Poor electrical installation maintenance

Poor maintenance is the leading cause of electrical fires. Performing regular maintenance on electrical panels (distribution) will reduce the risk of fire. Maintenance includes an inspection and test of the electrical installation, circuit breakers, wiring integrity etc. known as a “Electrical Inspection Condition Report”, commonly referred to as a EICR certificate. This inspection will identify faults and observations including but not limited to, correct cable size and breaker rating, loose terminals, damaged accessories, and equipment all of which can lead to a fire.

Aging equipment and faulty appliances

Aging equipment and faulty appliances cause a staggering number of electrical fires. According to Home Office Statistics, 3,667 faulty appliances (25.9%) were the sole cause of fire-related incidents in the workplace. In order to prevent this, it is important to have a qualified/competent company/person to regularly PAT test your equipment to ensure it is still safe to use. It is also important your staff are vigilant and keep an extra eye out for any signs of damaged equipment, cables, and plugs.

Keeping up with healthy & safety and regulations

Aging In this current “blame culture society” it is vitally important to protect your business from any unnecessary attention. Claims for breaches under the headings of health and safety and regulations can be extremely costly and even the potentially of imprisonment. By complying with the Electricity at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, regular electrical inspection and testing of your installation and equipment will demonstrate, “so far as is reasonably practicable” to the Authorities, you have made all efforts to maintain the electrical installation and the equipment operated and used by your employees. In addition, Insurers will normally want evidence of an inspection regime to support that the installation is being maintained 

Electrical panels and circuit breakers

A circuit breaker protects an electrical circuit from damage by automatically shutting off power to the circuit. Breakers trip because of overloaded circuits, power surges or spikes, a short circuit, and ground fault. If the circuit breaker fails, it can damage appliances or equipment on the circuit or lead to a fire. Keeping your electrical panel and circuit breakers up to date reduces the failure rate. Some of the warning signs that you need to replace circuits is a burning smell in the electrical panel, the breakers trip frequently or will not stay reset, physical damage, and old age. 

How to put out an electrical fire

A There are several classes of fires. In the case of an electrical fire, do not try putting it out with water. Trying to put out the fire with water will only worsen the situation and puts you and others in more danger. Water conducts electricity and putting water on or near a power source can give you a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse.

Two options to put out an electrical fire are a handheld fire extinguisher or an automatic fire suppression system. If suppressing the fire with a handheld fire extinguisher, then you must use a CO2 or Powder extinguisher. The drawback of using a fire extinguisher is that a person must be present when the fire starts. A person will need to grab the fire extinguisher and release the fire suppression agent from the extinguisher.

Original source of information: GOV UK Fire Statistics Monitor

How to put out an electrical fire?

There are several classes of fires. In the case of an electrical fire, do not try putting it out with water. Trying to put out the fire with water will only worsen the situation and puts you and others in more danger. Water conducts electricity and putting water on or near a power source can give you a severe electrical shock. It might even make the fire worse.

Two options to put out an electrical fire are a handheld fire extinguisher or an automatic fire suppression system. If suppressing the fire with a handheld fire extinguisher, then you must use a CO2 or Powder extinguisher. The drawback of using a fire extinguisher is that a person must be present when the fire starts. A person will need to grab the fire extinguisher and release the fire suppression agent from the extinguisher.

Original source of information: GOV UK Fire Statistics Monitor

Contact us today for support with your electrical compliance requirements

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Plant and Safety Ltd are a national NICEIC Approved Contractor for wide range of Electrical Compliance and Electrical Testing Services, including but not limited to Fixed Wire Testing (EICR). Click here to learn more about our Electrical Testing Services, or contact us using the phone number and email address below. 

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services on equipment within the work place. This includes electrical Equipment,  lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. 

T: 0330 113 7920

E: sales@plantandsafety.co.uk

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Plant and Safety Achieves NICEIC Approved Contractor https://plantandsafety.co.uk/plant-and-safety-achieves-niceic-approved-contractor?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=plant-and-safety-achieves-niceic-approved-contractor https://plantandsafety.co.uk/plant-and-safety-achieves-niceic-approved-contractor#respond Mon, 05 Oct 2020 19:11:46 +0000 https://plantandsafety.co.uk/?p=2619 Plant and Safety Achieves NICEIC Approved Contractor Status for Electrical Testing and Repair Services Following the launch of the Plant and Safety Electrical Inspection and Testing division, we are proud to announce that the company is now accredited as an NICEIC Approved Contractor for Electrical Inspection, Testing, and Repair Services.  The company was recently audited… Read More »Plant and Safety Achieves NICEIC Approved Contractor

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Plant and Safety Achieves NICEIC Approved Contractor Status for Electrical Testing and Repair Services

NICEIC Approved Contractor

Following the launch of the Plant and Safety Electrical Inspection and Testing division, we are proud to announce that the company is now accredited as an NICEIC Approved Contractor for Electrical Inspection, Testing, and Repair Services. 

The company was recently audited and assessed by the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) to achieve the ‘NICEIC Approved Contractor’ certification for its electrical testing services. The assessment process included an in depth audit on the company’s policies and procedures, the competence of our electrical team, and work recently completed at our customer sites. 

Following a successful audit and assessment process, Electrical Division Managing Director, Martyn Jupp, said the following “A great achievement by the team to gain full NIC EIC registration, to be approved to carry out Inspection and Testing of Domestic, Commercial and Industrial buildings along with any repairs required to achieve compliance. As a national provider for these services, our customers will now have even more confidence in our capability to keep them compliant as an NICEIC Approved Contractor.’

What is the NICEIC Approved Contractor Scheme? 

The NICEIC Approved Contractor scheme is for electrical contractors undertaking design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of electrical installations to BS 7671. The scheme covers:

  • Electricians working on commercial and industrial installations
  • Electricians working on domestic installations
  • Electrical installation condition reporting (testing, inspection, PIRs)
  • Street lighting installers
  • Security systems Installers
  • Any other activity covered by BS 7671

Click here find out more about the NICEIC Approved Contractor Certification scheme. 

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Plant and Safety Ltd are a national NICEIC Approved Contractor for wide range of Electrical Compliance and Electrical Testing Services, including but not limited to Fixed Wire Testing (EICR). Click here to learn more about our Electrical Testing Services, or contact us using the phone number and email address below. 

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services on equipment within the work place. This includes electrical Equipment,  lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. 

T: 0330 113 7920

E: sales@plantandsafety.co.uk

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Suspected Electrical Fault: 2,000 pigs die in a fire https://plantandsafety.co.uk/suspected-electrical-fault-2000-pigs-die-in-fire?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=suspected-electrical-fault-2000-pigs-die-in-fire https://plantandsafety.co.uk/suspected-electrical-fault-2000-pigs-die-in-fire#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2020 17:30:46 +0000 https://plantandsafety.co.uk/?p=2609 Suspected Electrical Fault: Farmer ‘devastated’ after 2,000 pigs die in fire A Kilkeel farmer said he is “devastated” at the loss of at least 2,000 pigs in a fire, which is likely to have been an electrical fault and the Fire Service is treating it as an accident. The farrowing house at Glenmarshal Pedigree Pig,… Read More »Suspected Electrical Fault: 2,000 pigs die in a fire

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Suspected Electrical Fault: Farmer 'devastated' after 2,000 pigs die in fire

Suspected Electrical Fault: Farmer Devastated After 2000 Pigs Die in Fire

A Kilkeel farmer said he is “devastated” at the loss of at least 2,000 pigs in a fire, which is likely to have been an electrical fault and the Fire Service is treating it as an accident.

The farrowing house at Glenmarshal Pedigree Pig, a shed where sows and their piglets were kept, was destroyed.

Owner Trevor Shields said fire fighters did a “tremendous job” in stopping the fire from spreading.

“In layman’s terms it’s the maternity ward and there were 140 sows in there with baby piglets, up to about three weeks old,” Mr Shields said.

“Total number somewhere around 2,000 and they are just gone, which is very sad.”

Mr Shields said Glenmarshal is a well-known name in the pig breeding world and a regular prize-winner at the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society’s Balmoral Show.

“Our losses are quite substantial because this is one of the top breeding farms in Europe and there’s bloodlines that have just been wiped away,” he said.

“We’ll just have to put the pieces together and get over it because they are gone.

“Some of the lines may still be here on the farm in other parts, but there will be lines that have been lost. Some of those could go back as far as 40 years.

“The animals that we show at Balmoral are born from 1 September. Unfortunately they are gone.”

Speaking in the assembly, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots described the fire as “an absolutely awful thing to have happened”.

He said he had asked his department’s veterinary service to get in contact with the owner.

“I would hope that they will be able to ensure that in terms of animal welfare and all of that there, they can give qualitative advice and support to the individual,” the minister added.

‘Difficult Conditions’ 

Four fire engines were called to the scene and the blaze was brought under control by 23:50 BST.

Assistant Group Commander Martin Healy said they arrived to a well developed blaze and they “worked in difficult conditions to prevent the fire spreading to adjacent buildings”.

He said it was “a very difficult scene to witness” and he was thankful they were able to stop the fire spreading to other sheds where more pigs were housed.

Cmdr Healy said one of the farm workers suffered slight burns to his feet and was treated at the scene before being brought to hospital.

Special animal rescue teams worked alongside fire crews at the scene.

Engines, from Kilkeel, Newcastle and Warrenpoint, attended the incident along with the Animal Rescue Team, a Command Support Unit and a water tanker.

Original Source: Kilkeel: Farmer ‘devastated’ after 2,000 pigs die in fire, 8th September 2020. Read the full article here.

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Plant and Safety Limited are a national provider for a wide range of Electrical Compliance and Electrical Testing Services, including but not limited to Fixed Wire Testing (EICR). Click here to learn more about our Electrical Testing Services, or contact us using the phone number and email address below. 

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services on equipment within the work place. This includes electrical Equipment,  lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. 

T: 0330 113 7920

E: sales@plantandsafety.co.uk

Plant and Safety Ltd, Birmingham Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire, WS14 0LB

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Plant and Safety Launches Electrical Testing Division

Plant and Safety, industry experts in Testing, Inspection, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services announce the launch of our Electrical Testing Division. 

Plant and Safety’s Electrical Testing division will complement the company’s existing Mechanical Testing, Inspection, and Certification services to support customers in keeping their electrical systems and portable electrical equipment both safe and compliant.

Key services offered by our Electrical Testing Division will include:

  • Fixed Wire Testing
  • Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing)
  • Thermal Image Inspections
  • Electrical Remedial Services
  • Emergency Lighting Testing
  • Fire Alarm Testing

Plant and Safety Managing Director Ryan White said “As our company continues to grow and develop, we are excited to launch our Electrical Testing Division, which will offer additional Inspection and Testing services to both new and existing customers. The launch of our Electrical Testing division gives Plant and Safety a unique service offering to enable the business to offer more services to keep customers both safe and compliant.”

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If you would like to find out more about our Electrical Testing Services, then contact Plant and Safety by phone or email on the following: 

T: 0330 113 7920

E: sales@plantandsafety.co.uk

Plant and Safety Ltd, Birmingham Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire, WS14 0LB

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the UK, Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers for Inspection, Testing, Certification, Lifting Equipment, and Training Services. 

Plant and Safety Accreditations NPORS

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New Career Vacancy: Lifting Equipment Engineer (West Midlands) https://plantandsafety.co.uk/new-career-vacancy-lifting-equipment-engineer-west-midlands-2?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-career-vacancy-lifting-equipment-engineer-west-midlands-2 Thu, 04 Jun 2020 09:20:04 +0000 https://plantandsafety.co.uk/?p=2165 New Vacancy: Lifting Equipment Engineer (West Midlands) Plant and Safety Limited are a national provider of Testing, Inspection, Certification, and Training Services. We strive to deliver the best customer service and ensure that our customer’s people and their equipment remain both safe and compliant.  Due to continued growth, Plant and Safety are looking for a Lifting… Read More »New Career Vacancy: Lifting Equipment Engineer (West Midlands)

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New Vacancy: Lifting Equipment Engineer
(West Midlands)

LOLER Inspection and Testing

Plant and Safety Limited are a national provider of Testing, Inspection, Certification, and Training Services. We strive to deliver the best customer service and ensure that our customer’s people and their equipment remain both safe and compliant. 

Due to continued growth, Plant and Safety are looking for a Lifting Equipment Engineer to join our business. The candidate should be located in the West Midlands, ideally within driving distance from our Head Office located in Shenstone, Lichfield. 

This particular role will be primarily supporting a local council to carry out inspections on hoisting equipment within residential homes. A full clean driving licence and a DBS check will be required, along with a friendly and professional approach when dealing with inspection work in residential homes. Note that you will also be required to support other contracts where required.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Working on various customer sites across a wide range of sectors within the West Midlands and surrounding areas. Further travel may be required from time to time depending on customer requirements. 
  • Completing statutory examinations on lifting equipment and accessories including overhead cranes, hoists, slings, shackles, chains, and wire ropes etc
  • Advising customers on on their legal requirements as defined under the relevant regulations 
  • Completing maintenance, repairs, and installations of lifting equipment (if this is within your skill set)
  • Carrying out on site testing on lifting equipment including runway beams, lift shift beams, and crane systems 

Desired Qualifications and Experience: 

  • Mechanical engineering background with relevant qualifications (i.e. Apprenticeship, NVQ, Diploma, Degree etc)
  • LEEA qualifications are preferred, but not essential
  • Minimum of 3 years experience within the industry completing lifting equipment inspections
  • Experience with maintaining, completing repairs, and installing fixed lifting equipment is preferred, but not essential. Equipment should include Overhead Gantry Cranes, Hoists, and Swing Jibs etc. 
  • Experience in completing on site testing on lifting equipment in line with the relevant British Standards

Salary and Benefits

  • Full time – Permanent 
  • Competitive Salary 
  • Company Vehicle and Private Usage
  • Company Mobile Phone 
  • 25 Days Holiday Per Year
  • 3% Minimum Company Pension Contributions
  • Further development and training opportunities

How to Apply for the Role

If you wish to apply for this vacancy, then please email us with a copy of your CV to careers@plantandsafety.co.uk. A member of our team will be in touch once we have recieved your email. 

T: 0330 113 7920

E: careers@plantandsafety.co.uk

Plant and Safety Ltd, Birmingham Road, Shenstone, Staffordshire, WS14 0LB

About Plant and Safety Limited

Plant and Safety Limited are the UK trading business for the LB International Group, which operates from the Middle East, and Africa. Plant and Safety are national providers of Inspection, Testing, Certification, and Training Services on equipment within the work place including lifting equipment, work equipment, plant equipment, and access equipment. Plant and Safety Limited are an NPORS Approved and Accredited Training Provider. As an NPORS approved training provider, NPORS course attendees will be issued with an NPORS Training Certificate. 

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