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AAT Product Display

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AAT’s Sales, Hire & Parts department had the pleasure of being invited to attend the annual ESB Renewables O&M Wind Safety Conference, held this year in the stunning Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, County Offaly, Ireland. This year’s focus was on preventing dropped objects and promoting the use of the correct lifting appliances. ESB are one of Ireland’s largest utilities companies and own several wind farms throughout Ireland and the UK.  Managing Director, Eddie Devlin, and Sales & Hire Manager, Fraser Queen, made the journey over the Irish Sea to display products and give a presentation on dropped object prevention and the extensive range of solutions available to the delegates. They displayed a wide range of the bespoke products AAT can supply. Lifting bags for large torque wrenches, pulley systems to reduce manual handling and tool tethers to prevent dropped objects, were just some of the products which were on display.

AAT Product Display

AAT Product Display

In the afternoon, Fraser gave a short presentation to over 90 delegates from ESB Renewable’s various sub-contractors who attended the event. The presentation was based around AAT’s new scheme to promote Handling Or Moving Equipment & Storage, HOMES. Fraser discussed the importance of using tool tethers to prevent dropped objects, using correctly sized lifting bags and storing equipment safely. He finished by discussing how important user training is for technicians using the equipment on site.

AAT Safety

AAT Safety

Fraser said, “It was a pleasure to be invited to talk about and display the range of safety equipment we supply. Dropped objects is something we at AAT are very aware of, and whenever we can, we will promote solutions to avoid them. Tool tethers and dropped object prevention is something which is becoming of increased importance, both within and out with the wind industry.”

ESB Energy for Generations

ESB Energy for Generations

Rob Farrell, Renewables O&M at ESB Renewables O&M Wind, said, “We have been seeing an increase in issues between incidents, audits and feedback from our sites that managing falling objects and drop zones is an area in need of focus. So much so, we’d dedicated a whole session at our conference to it. One of our contractors put us in contact with AAT because of some work they have done with them in improving how they lift abnormal sized tools especially.”  AAT have a wide range of PPE, lifting equipment and safety products. If the product you are looking for does not yet exist, we may be able to create a bespoke solution to meet your needs.  Please contact the Sales, Hire & Parts department for further information on any of these products and many more. AAT Safety, custom safety solutions for your business. Helping you look after your number one asset!

Specialist Wind Turbine Safety & Lifting Company, AAT, start 2018 settling into their new premises. The new buildings provide office, workshop and storage space over two floors.

Commenting on the move, Lauren Strachan, Operations Administrator, said, “The new offices are ideal to support AAT’s continued growth and expansion. On the 1st floor, we have our new, more spacious office which accommodates our growing staff level and on the ground floor there’s far more storage and workshop space.”

Located in the town of Ayr, on the West Coast of Scotland, the premises are conveniently situated to provide immediate operational support for wind farms within the Central Belt of Scotland and further afield throughout the UK and Ireland utilising motorway and ferry transport links.

The premises consist of modern office spaces, increased storage space for parts and equipment and a new bespoke workshop area. Speaking on behalf of AAT, Sales and Hire Technical Manager, Fraser Queen, commented, “The new workshop space will allow us to increase our repair and maintenance service for service lift motors and brakes, chain hoists and a wide range of lifting and safety products. The increased roof height of nine metres will allow our testing capability to move to new heights. Our technicians are trained by the leading manufacturers of powered equipment for the Wind Industry.”

AAT currently carry out repairs and maintenance on a wide range of wind turbine service lift motors and brakes including the Tractel Tirak and Tractel BlocStop, PowerClimber Titan hoist and DUAL UpPro S Motor & UpSafe OSL.  In addition to wind turbine service lifts, AAT also repair and maintain wind turbine electric chain hoists manufactured by Liftket, ABB, Kito, Demag, Tractel and Yale.

Commenting once again, Fraser stated, “Looking forward, AAT aim to increase the range of brands that we service and maintain and our aim is to be the UK’s leading centre for the repair and maintenance of powered equipment found within wind turbines.  This move provides us with ample space to maintain our current demand and develop our capabilities.”

In addition to repairs and maintenance, AAT’s new premises provide further capacity for the examination of lifting equipment in accordance with the requirements of LOLER and PUWER and the inspection of a wide range of working at height personal protective equipment (PPE).

Our new Mobile Workshop hit the road earlier this year and has been on site constantly carrying out maintenance and repair of wind turbine elevator motors and brakes.

The 4-Motion all wheel drive Volkswagen allows the workshop to access the most remote wind farm sites.

The workshop has been kitted out with two work stations to allow our technicians to carry out maintenance and repair tasks on site.  Our technicians are able to carry out function, electrical and loads tests of each unit prior to being refitted.

In addition the vehicle carries a wide range of spare parts for elevators and hoists and spare motors and hoists.

Our new service aims to reduce the down time associated with equipment being removed from site for repair or planned maintenance and at the same time ensuring that our Clients comply with LOLER and PUWER.

E Devlin

Company Director