Brett Landscaping has been recognised for its commitment to employee safety by winning the ‘Occupational Health and Safety’ award at the recent Mineral Products Association (MPA) Health and Safety Awards 2018.

The production team at Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire, collected the award on 7 November at the prestigious ceremony at 30 Euston Square, London. The judges were impressed by the team’s thorough approach when conducting a full review of the production process leading to the design of a new system which would dramatically reduce health and safety risks on the factory floor.

The previous plant equipment had carrier moulds which could only have curves in two dimensions, however, the Trief and Kassel kerbs produced by Brett Landscaping are curved in three dimensions. This meant that around 1000tpa of kerbs had to be cast in floor moulds, which required significant manual effort and coordination when handling the kerbs which can weigh up to 170kg.

Brett Landscaping identified the most commonly sawn sizes of kerb and worked with local mould suppliers Olympic Moulds and Dixon Engineering to develop new plant equipment which allows three-dimensional kerbs to be cast mechanically, reducing manual handling by up to 90%.

John Firth, Production Manager at Brett Landscaping’s Barrow-upon-Soar site commented: “The Trief and Kassel production team have really worked hard to build and grow these ideas into a reality.

“The commitment from the team has delivered us into a ‘win-win’ scenario to the benefit of everyone involved in the production process making the working environment clean, safe and more cost effective.”

Brett Landscaping were also ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Engineering Initiative – Elimination of Hot Works’ category for replacing welded components with bolt-on components in a Rumbler Drum used for distressing bricks in their Poole factory. Replacing the components has meant operatives no longer need to use hot works within a confined space on a regular basis, improving health and safety within the factory.

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