Should you make workplace health and safety your priority?

With governing bodies releasing staggering statistics surrounding work-related accidents and illnesses, we want to raise awareness of the importance of workplace safety standards in all industries.

Whatever measures you need, from personal protective equipment (PPE) and machine guarding, to working at heights or in hazardous environments, we have the products and expert advice to help you, your workers and colleagues stay safe.

Safety in all areas

Personal Safety
Machine Safety
Electrical Safety
Site Safety

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From the outside of a building to everything inside, we have whatever you need to protect people and employees in your workplace.
Whether you need support with machinery, personal protection or working at heights – we have a wide range of products to offer you the right solution to reduce occupational hazards.

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SAFE ISOLATION ESSENTIAL FOR SAFE MAINTENANCE & ELECTRICITY AT WORK COMPLIANCE

When it comes to working on electrical installations, whether it’s maintenance of equipment or installing new machinery, implementing safe isolation procedures is essential to achieve compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations and stay safe. There are around 1,000 serious accidents per year at work due to contact with electricity and 10 times as many involving electricity, many of which could be avoided by following simple procedures and using the right equipment to the latest standards. Average fines for noncompliance have tripled over the last two years.

Guidance requires operators to work dead whenever possible and achieve this by following a clearly defined procedure which involves isolating the source of supply, locking off the supply and proving dead before any maintenance work is carried out.

Ensuring the right tools are available for the job might seem like common sense, but it’s still an issue among some maintenance teams, who may be potentially putting their lives and those of their colleagues at risk. For example using a multimeter to prove a circuit is dead is not permissible as it could easily give a misleading reading if set to the wrong range or if the batteries need replacing. A dedicated voltage indicator with no ranges, switches or batteries is by far the most reliable method for proving dead. Having the right locking off device to hand for all types of common circuit breakers or fuse holders is a must.

VIPLOKPRO150

VIPLOKPRO150

Complete safe isolation kit for all installations
The new LOKKITPRO kit enables safe isolation procedures
to be carried out on a wide range of distribution boards in all types of facilities

Many contractors are now turning to complete safe isolation kits which include all the necessary equipment to safely lock off the circuit being worked on and prove dead. The latest kits now include matching voltage indicators and proving units and contain a complete range of locking off devices and hazard warning labels for all types of site and installation. The kits keep everything to hand and simplify any compliance issues with the latest test equipment standards.

To simplify the whole process, Martindale Electric has put together two new safe isolation kits fully compliant with the latest edition of GS38 in handy combination carry cases. The most comprehensive solution for safe isolation available, the new kits contain the industry standard VI Series voltage indicators, matching proving device and the new 13 piece LOKKITPRO. The new LOKKITPRO kit enables safe isolation procedures to be carried out on a wide range of distribution boards in all types of facilities. The kit includes the complete range of Martindale locking off devices for MCBs, red spot type fuse holders and more challenging installations requiring cable locks.

voltage indicator

Proving the voltage indicator before and after use

LOK6 Universal Fuse carrier

Martindale LOK6 Universal Fuse carrier Lock Off inlcude d in the LOKKITPRO

Personal safety

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will protect you against health or safety risks and includes items such as safety helmets, gloves, eye protection, high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and safety harnesses. It also includes respiratory protective equipment (RPE). Making the workplace safe means providing instructions, procedures, training and supervision to encourage people to work safely and responsibly.



Machine safety

Machines and processes can create significant hazards to personnel when in operation. The Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC suggests physical guarding should be the main approach to mitigating these hazards. However, gates, guards and shields can impede operators’ interaction with machines or production lines. By using electronic sensing and intelligent safety systems, machines can be made safe to operate, compliant with health and safety law and deliver optimum productivity.

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Electrical safety

Any engineer working on a piece of electrical equipment or supply circuit needs to ensure supplies are isolated and locked off in such a way to avoid risk of electrocution by accidental energisation. Equipment also needs to be tested to ensure no risk to users, including testing circuits and machinery earthing, insulation, and to ensure all portable appliances are damage-free.

Site safety

Most slips occur when floors become wet or contaminated, and many trips are due to poor housekeeping. Slips and trips are the most common cause of injury at work. On average, they account for over a third of all major injuries and can lead to other types of accidents, such as falls from height or falls into machinery. It can be avoided by putting the correct signage in place, barriers where required, spill kits at the ready or even having the first aid kit correctly displayed.

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