Wednesday 11th of June saw the IDE regional meeting return to Scotland thanks to Stephen McCann and Craig MacWilliam MIDE, NFDC Scottish and Northern Ireland Regional Chairman. Both Craig and Stephen, who recently became a Full Member of the IDE, worked hard with the help of our hosts Scot JCB to organise the event which was very well attended.
Over thirty delegates attended the meeting, which was held at the JCB site in Glasgow, many staying on from the mornings NFDC regional, to be awarded with an afternoon of interesting talk and discussion from four guest speakers; Ian Forrest from Scot JCB, Richard Yarwood from ECY Haulmark, Paul Campbell from Pendrich Height Services and Former IDE President and Managing Director of C&D Consultancy Services, John Woodward.
With the sun beating down, delegates enjoyed a very nice buffet lunch before the afternoon session. They were treated to a tour to look at the many items of plant available in the compound.
Attended by members of the Scottish Construction Safety Group (SCSG) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) Edinburgh Branch members the meeting was also a great opportunity for the IDE and NFDC to exchange ideas with other industry professionals.
Following on was Richard Yarwood, MD of Warrington based ECY Haulmark. Mr Yarwood spoke to the delegates about the correct choice of attachment for the job and dwelled on the market leading Oil Quick hydraulic coupler of which his company are the sole UK dealer. The speed and safety associated with the coupler is making it a very big seller for the company with many high profile demolition company’s adding them to their fleet. Maintenance of equipment was another area Mr Yarwood pushed on, showing photographs of poorly maintained equipment and the very high costs of repair should regular maintenance not be undertaken.
Next to speak was Paul Campbell and Hasnain Naveed from Pendrich Height Services from Rosewell, Midlothian. Specialists in the provision of access at height the company provide services such as steeplejacks, rope access and lightning protection works. Mr Campbell gave a brief talk about the company’s services, in particular, tall chimney demolition. Paul came armed with technical drawings which he handed out to all of the attendees as part of their participation pack ended the presentation with an explanation on how some of the support systems are put in place. The presentation ended with a “fun” quiz: 25 questions on working at height in 5 minutes!. With such fierce competition from the safety professionals which included former HSE inspector Jim Skilling in the room it was a tie, with full marks between SCSG representative Alan Bradshaw and IDE member Peter Reilly – the latter who clinched victory and the prize – a bottle of Whisky – by answering the tie-breaker question.
Finally, Past President John Woodward addressed the members. He apologised for the absence of President Steve Jack who was currently representing the IDE at the EDA Conference in Madrid and Vice President Duncan Rudall who was representing IDE at meetings at the NFDC that day.
Mr Woodward rd first spoke about increase in the membership of the IDE and briefly touched on a more collaborative future with the NFDC. Mr Woodward then went on to speak about the proposed change in CDM regulations. Proving to be a very emotive issue and leading to a “lively debate”, it was questioned by some that the proposed changes will drive down the quality from some non IDE and NFDC members with the prospect of clients willing to look at projects solely on cost alone.
Jim Caldwell commented that there seemed to be a distinct lack of clarity in the new proposals and urged members to challenge the HSE should the changes be made law. Finishing off the afternoon, Mr Woodward confirmed that the IDE, now having sufficient funds available, have agreed three bursaries with Loughborough University to students writing research papers on Demolition related subjects. The bursaries are names after David Ross Turner, Richard Comley and Tony Hurley. Mr Woodward also stated that the IDE would consider a further bursary for a student at a Scottish University if suitable research was proposed.
The IDE would like to thank both Craig MacWilliam and Stephen McCann for organising such a successful regional event and to our hosts Scot JCB for their excellent hospitality.
Editorial courtesy of Paul Argent, RPA Design & Media and Stephen McCann, MIDE, Perseus
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