Posted on 28 May, 2014 by Smith of Derby.
Here at Smith of Derby, our clockmakers refuse to compromise on the ‘preservation of time.’ That is why they are continuously travelling across the UK and the world to keep public clocks ticking every single day of the year. With 4500 elevated clocks across the globe under our maintenance and care our clockmakers and clock preservation team inevitably operate at high elevations on a consistent basis. With any company that works at high elevation there is an element of danger as well as various safety concerns to consider.
That is where Smith of Derby’s Health and Safety Coordinator Tony Kay comes in. While our clock maintenance team refuses to compromise on the ‘preservation of time’, Tony refuses to compromise on the ‘safety of Smith of Derby team members as well as members of the communities we work in.’
Following a recent meeting with Tony, he was pleased to report that the Health and Safety Audit for 2013 indicated 0 RIDDOR reportable accidents yet again. This has continued a trend of careful safety considerations both in the shop and at worksites by Smith of Derby clockmakers resulting in no reportable incidents over the last five years. This figure incorporates data that spans over 510,000 hours of clock maintenance and preservation. RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) reports are sent to the Health and Safety Executive of England which aims to prevent death, injury and ill health in Great Britain’s workplaces.
Tony works diligently to ensure that Smith of Derby is a certified member of organizations such as CHAS, Safe Contractor, Constructionline, and CSCS all in an effort to simplify processes for the client, prove competence of our clock preservation team, and guarantee the safety of the those involved at the site as well as the safety of the building and surrounding area. Smith of Derby also adheres to the principles of the Considerate Constructors. This scheme proposes that contactors are responsible for the environment that they are working in and consider the impact of their work on the surrounding environment and the site.
Although sometimes an extensive and time-consuming process to maintain certification in these various organisations, Smith of Derby understands the importance of the iconic heritage buildings that our clock maintenance team is consistently working on and/or around. These certifications symbolise our commitment to the preservation of time in communities across the world and our dedication to safety of our team members as well as the members of the communities we operate in.
For queries on how our certified clock preservation team can help restore or maintain a clock in your community feel free to contact us here.