You Can’t Put A Price On Safety

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Viewpoint

Dave Broxton, Bohle’s managing director, discusses how price isn’t everything when it comes to ensuring that your staff are safe at work.

In the construction industry in 2022/23, there were 53,000 non-fatal injuries at work (Health & Safety Executive), highlighting critical health and safety issues.

Whilst it is impossible to know the root causes of each individual case, according to Dave Broxton – Bohle managing director – the only way to ensure that your business does not become a statistic is to provide your staff with the best, and safest, equipment possible to do their jobs.

“We’re working with a very dangerous material in glass and glazing”, Dave says. “Often at height and always with hazards. Most people think it’s the risk of cutting that is the key danger factor, but in many cases, it can actually be the weight of a falling glass pane that causes injury.

Dave Broxton

“For instance, if you take a relatively small piece of glass destined for a balustrade: let’s say it’s 21.5mm toughened laminated, 2m x 1.1m. That piece of glass alone would weigh around 120Kg – more than enough to cause crush injuries, or sever fingers and toes. Add height to the risk assessment and fatality becomes a potential outcome.

“We’re also seeing a trend for oversized, large glass panes, where you have double or triple glazed units that are extremely heavy. Whilst they look amazing when installed, the installation process itself can often pose a headache for the team installing it, due to the safety elements. The same applies to sashes with bonded glass components.

“First and foremost, it is an issue of health and safety,” Dave explains. “Given that they are increasingly handling larger, heavier units, installers and installation companies should have total confidence that the equipment they are using is up to the job.

“So, our message to customers is to always be safe, and be sure.  There are lots of cheaper alternatives on the market, and whilst you may spend less on the initial purchase, is it worth risking the health and safety of your employees with a product that isn’t tested and accredited? With Veribor, they can be 100% assured that it is fit for purpose.

Long-time Bohle customer, Luke Browes, managing director of Stowmarket Glass comments,  “When it comes to lifting equipment, we use Bohle for whatever we can get. For example, we buy the Veribor suction lifters on a regular basis, which we sell in the shop. And they’re just something that’s on the van day in, day out, because they are so useful. We couldn’t do installations without them!”.

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