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.
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.
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.”
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!