At the tail-end of 2022, SafetyBuyer had the pleasure of helping Unilin, a Liverpool-based flooring business, to move into a new warehouse. Unilin produces sustainable and high-quality wood-based flooring solutions for the construction and interior sector. The company’s global reach extends to over 100 locations, driven by some 8,200 employees to produce floor covering, panel and insulation material.
For an organisation of this size, growth is constant, and this requires the highest level of planning and strategy. Further, when growth means developing and constructing new operational buildings, safety must be held at utmost priority.
As such, when continued expansion demanded the development of a purpose-build warehouse, Unilin reached out to Safety Buyer to provide construction safety equipment of the highest standard. With our experience in delivering products to ensure safe and seamless construction for projects at any scale, we were delighted to help.
The planning stage
From the moment of the initial enquiry, SafetyBuyer assisted by providing information about its services and expertise. Unilin used our contact form to detail its plan for a new-build warehouse in Liverpool. It was clear that this project would require thorough planning and careful adherence to regulations to ensure that safety would be maintained at the highest possible level throughout.
A vital aspect of a warehouse build is the constant presence of moving machinery and personnel. This can result in a high risk of accidents unless a project is carefully planned and appropriate safety equipment is employed effectively. For such builds, impact protection barriers are the perfect choice to help regulate the flow of traffic within the site, protect vulnerable piping and other essential indoor equipment, and ensure that pedestrians are kept clear from vehicle routes. SafetyBuyer has impact protection barriers for both indoor and outdoor use, and the modular aspect of the Flex barriers allows for a tailored layout to suit their floorspace and ensure staff are protected throughout the site.
For a build of this size, the need for efficiency and meticulous attention to detail was critical to ensure the smooth continuation of operations throughout construction. As such, safety is held paramount, to ensure that the build can be completed on schedule without any increased risk of accidents or injuries.
The client identified the necessary product to aid their safe expansion. From there, our in-house technical experts provided help in ordering all the correct components for Unilin’s specific needs.
The supplying of goods
In order to meet the required safety standards for construction projects and keep everyone on-site safe, project planners must perform a thorough risk assessment and consider which pieces of safety equipment may be the most appropriate. Failure to consider all the possible risks involved can result in an employee injury, which can delay construction and might lead to operational repercussions.
As such, in-depth telephone conversations were held to fully identify Unilin’s requirements. We also analysed the design and dimensions of the site, using a survey plan supplied by the client.
The technical team accounted for all the factors that might pose a risk to safety and the measures that must be taken to mitigate these. After careful consideration, we prepared a quote, alongside scale drawings for the proposed specifications and layout of the modular Flex barriers, for a final agreement and sign-off.
We supplied the goods directly to the site for installation by the capable Unilin team. In order to ensure the product was installed correctly and the fitting met the necessary safety requirements, we also conducted a technical support call to assist the on-site team. This also ensured that the team could test the equipment and ensure it performed properly.
As a result of our help, there were no on-site accidents during construction.
Our range of impact protection barriers
Assisting Unilin’s project and aiding in maintaining the safety of the new-build warehouse construction project was a fantastic opportunity, of which the team at SafetyBuyer is happy to have been a part.
SafetyBuyer has long supplied safety barriers to organisations that wanted to ensure the total safety of a construction site or other workplace. You can view our entire range of impact protection barriers here.
If you are carrying out an ambitious build or construction project and require safety equipment, speak to a member of the SafetyBuyer team who can advise you on what you need to ensure optimum on-site safety. Call us on 0800 043 0161 or fill out our contact form here.