Here at WindCrane™, we’re proud of the fact that our wind speed monitors are built in Scotland, where we have some of the best workplace health and safety records in the entire world. Thanks to the efforts of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Scotland and other UK nations have become some of the safest countries in which to work, and this is particularly important in the construction industry. By its very nature, the construction sector is among the most dangerous industries in which to work, but health and safety conditions have steadily improved year by year. This has been possible in great part due to stringent legislation, such as the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) from 1974.
Research conducted by the Office for National Statistics, the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistical data, clearly demonstrate that fatal injuries in the workplace have fallen by a massive 86% since the introduction of the HSWA, while non-fatal injuries have fallen by 77%. Those figures are pretty mind-blowing – the improvement is an amazing achievement.
The HSE is constantly updating legislation in order to ensure that this workplace health and safety record continues to improve, and it investigates industrial accidents as an ongoing effort to achieve its goal. Part of the HSE’s remit is to oversee legislation related to the design and supply of products used in Scotland and the UK in general, and this includes products and equipment for the construction industry.
All products and equipment used in the Scottish construction sector must meet very stringent requirements, as set out in the corresponding European Union Directives. These requirements cover both the manufacturing process and the materials from which equipment is made, ensuring any product manufactured in Scotland complies with the highest standards available.
Products and equipment must be fit for purpose and robust enough to withstand the environments in which they are used. The HSE requires that all products manufactured here in Scotland meet the following characteristics:
- Designed and constructed to be safe, meeting the essential health and safety requirements listed in the Regulations.
- CE approved and marked
- Supplied with instructions in English
- Having a Declaration of Conformity
These regulations apply to manufacturers and importers of non-CE-marked equipment from outside the EU, as well as those who design and construct machinery for their own use. The Regulations are enforced by the HSE and local trading standards, which means that any equipment made in Scotland is guaranteed to offer top quality, high performance, durability and user safety.
WindCrane™’s data logger and its robust enclosure are built in Scotland: the product bears the CE Mark and has undergone all the required electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) tests. WindCrane™ comes with a lifetime guarantee, something we’re happy to offer as this is a product that literally never fails.
Made in Scotland is a phrase that is globally accepted as an indication of quality and reliability. Local manufacturers use it with pride on their products, and rightly so. This is why, here at WindCrane™, we take pride in the fact that we’re offering a construction industry solution that is Scottish-built, offering our customers the peace of mind they need to ensure that their wind monitoring equipment conforms to the highest standards in the world.