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Stainless Band in the construction industry

As a major supplier of stainless steel strip, coil, blanks and strapping, the diversity in its processing capabilities has enabled Stainless Band to establish its self as a leading supplier in the construction industry.   The high strength and corrosion resistance properties of stainless steel make it ideal for high

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BDC 319 : Aug 2024

ISO 9001

Stainless Band in the construction industry

As a major supplier of stainless steel strip, coil, blanks and strapping, the diversity in its processing capabilities has enabled Stainless Band to establish its self as a leading supplier in the construction industry.   The high strength and corrosion resistance properties of stainless steel make it ideal for high demand environments such a building sites and areas of development. The quality and testing processes adhered to at Stainless Band make it a preferred supplier for many manufacturing companies who supply to the building and construction industry.   Stainless Band has been growing its customer base since inception by providing a knowledgeable multi-lingual sales team combined with quality products and a fast turnaround on deliveries. To exceed and maintain the Stainless Band service offering, it has recently invested £320,000, which includes a 1600 sq. ft. warehouse extension for dispatching materials equipped with some £45,000 of racking throughout the facility and two new forklift trucks.   The extra space created has allowed the company to fit a new Fred Cam line, which allows for the production of coil up to 650mm wide and to 4mm in thickness, with a minimum width of 10mm. The overall capacity of the facility is set to increase by 30% over the next 3 months, and significant improvements to the flow of material throughout the facility promise to further reduce turnaround times on all orders. Stainless Band has also employed an additional 10 staff members in both office and production roles, which not only supports the company’s expansion but also works to improve the local economy.   Stainless Band’s facilities are currently equipped to produce slit coil ranging from 0.10 to 4.0mm in thickness, widths from 2.50mm to 1500mm and standard grades including 1.4016 (430), 1.4301(304) and 1.4404(316L). Blanks are available ranging from 0.40-3.0mm in thickness and up to 3 metres in length, as well as standard sheet sizes. With various other products available and options for oscillate wound, bobbin wound, plastic coating and edge dressings/round edging, Stainless Band products are suitable for an extremely diverse range of end-user products and production methods. This includes products that are at prototype stage, as the industry is continually developing new products and tools to aid ease of work, safety, storage and final project finishes.   Following a recent audit, Stainless Band’s ISO 9001:2008 certification has been reissued until September 2018. The certification is a quality management system framework, ensuring efficiency, accountability, and environmental management. Stainless Band has retained this certification for many years by continually reviewing and improving manufacturing processes, product quality and service to its customers, and work is now underway to attain the new ISO 9001:2015.   End-use items commonly using Stainless Band strip and coil include hinges, restraint straps, one-piece joist hangers, timber truss, stop beads, wall plates, window hinge, and even tools such as stainless steel trowels. With such a diverse range of finished items using Stainless Band’s products it is no surprise that the company has a reputation of knowledge, dependability and quality throughout the construction industry.   For more information on Stainless Band, please call +44 (0) 1274 566 831 or visit www.stainlessband.co.uk.

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Featuring G A Smith: Interview with Claire Trusty, Health and Safety Officer

G A Smith – Reputable in Construction (The Following is a Promoted Article) Undoubtedly, one of the greatest – if not the greatest – challenges faced by plant hire firms is managing health and safety. Owing to its power and size, plant equipment is intrinsically dangerous and thus proper risk management is a fundamental part of haulage business’ operations. Beginning with just one wagon in 1987, G A Smith has since grown into specialist plant hire firm of multiple vehicles and multiple areas of expertise. Operating out of three depots in Birtley, Cramlington and Felton, and with four core areas of business – plant hire, bulk haulage, bulk handling and earthworks – the firm functions as a one-stop-shop in loading, conveyance and handling. Through diversification, the firm has established a leading reputation with its construction industry clients and is favoured for its technically-competent and professional services. Although the weight G A Smith places on health and safety is then perhaps unsurprising, the firm’s success in managing risk is somewhat remarkable. Training has been key for the firm; by providing operatives with the most up-to-date advice, knowledge and skills, risk of injury by human error or misdemeanour can be mitigated. With several SMSTS-trained site managers, a number of SSSTS-trained site supervisors and all operatives having undergone CPCS training or an equivalent, G A Smith leaves nothing down to chance and has built up a level of competence that, for the most part, prevents accidents from happening altogether. More than simply providing opportunities for training however, G A Smith has taken the decision to carry out some specialist training in-house rather than sourcing courses from an external supplier. Claire Trusty, Health and Safety Officer at G A Smith, says the benefits of internal training are manifold: “Taking a hands-on approach to training has enabled us to provide operatives with exactly the qualifications and skills they needs for each specific job. What’s more, we’re also able manage operatives’ practice more attentively and make sure not only that they have the right knowledge and the right skills to perform but, equally, that they’re effecting what they’ve learned in training on a day-to-day basis.” Conducting training in-house is also well-suited to the often unpredictable schedules and working hours of G A Smith’s operatives, and thus prevents the company from having to take time away from either site works or the customer. Training provided includes: manual handling, basic working at height and fire awareness. In addition, all operatives have recently benefited from a Self-Study Environmental Awareness with a view to easing G A Smith’s transition to a ISO 14001-accredited firm. Indeed, following recent audits, the company is now accredited with ISO 14001, ISO 18001 and ISO 9001, the successful achievement of which, Trusty highlights, will prove invaluable during tendering in the future and, more generally, reinstates G A Smith’s commitment to quality and corporate responsibility. ISO accreditation is just another seal of approval for the company which also possesses a number of highly-regarded industry accolades, including SafeContractor, Constructionline and CHAS accreditation. In respect of just what CHAS membership provides the business, Trusty echoes her sentiment on ISO accreditation as well as stressing that the principles of CHAS are, in many ways, commonsense. “When we first started to invest in health and safety, changing the business in line with the requirements CHAS, it was actually much more simple and much more intuitive than it first seemed. Ultimately, CHAS mandates that businesses recognise their responsibility to provide a safe working environment for operatives and mitigate risk to the public. When you look at it like that, there’s very little to dispute.” In terms of how those ambitions are actualised on site, G A Smith issues all operatives with an up-to-date health and safety policy and PPE during induction, reviewing potential risks and hazards on a site-by-site basis and making amends as necessary. Risk assessments, method statements and COSHH assessments are all completed internally and, likewise, reviewed regularly so as to identify any changes or emerging matters of address. With profound emphasis on health and safety, G A Smith continues to excel in the bulk haulage and handling industry, proving that the – whilst the industry may be characterised by risk – it need not be defined by accident or injury. And with express commitment to maintaining such high standards evident in the company’s recent successful audit for ISO accreditation, G A Smith can only grow in prominence.

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