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LOCATION: Concrete products ARTICLE YEAR 2008
ACTIVITY: Access & Egress & Working at Height COMPANY: Tarmac
SUB ACTIVITY: N/A COMPANY LOCATION: Gordon Blocks, Aberdeenshire
BEST PRACTICE No: BP509 COMPANY TEL: 01224 742408
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: United Kingdom
TITLE
Creating a better working environment in the production plant
ARTICLE
There were certain manual jobs which had been traditionally undertaken at this site and three in particular required changes.

1. Screw conveyor installation – Spillages sometimes occurred when the pallet turner turned over the steel pallets for the cured blocks. These spillages led to the plant being shut down several times to shovel away the resulting dust and grit. The improvement was to install a steel cone shaped section under where the residue fell which now catches the grit before it reaches the floor.
2. Access – Block elevator units needed to be accessed for maintenance, but the only means of access was via a ladder. This was unacceptable so a work platform was installed.
3. Housekeeping – Traditionally, block machine moulds were stacked wherever they could be laid down, around the site. However, to create more space, purpose built racks were created to contain the heavy moulds.

The changes made around the site have provided the workforce with a better working environment.
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