The health and safety of the workforce is a priority for every employer, especially when the job involves operating industrial equipment. Invergordon-based Safety, Welding & Lifting (International) Ltd provides a range of services to support any business that uses lifting and working-at-height equipment.
Set up in 1994 to supply lifting equipment to major industry, SWL has become one of the largest providers in Scotland of the following services:
- Load testing and calibration
- Inspection of lifting and safety equipment
- Complete lifting solutions
- Forklift testing and certification
- Rigging / de-rigging of lifting projects
- Supply, hire and repair of lifting and safety equipment
In 2009, SWL became ISO 9001 accredited and since then has added research, development and design to its successful inspection and testing services.
Today, SWL has an extensive client base incorporating all the major industry sectors, such as oil and gas, renewable energy, engineering, fabrication and the food industry. Current clients include Subsea 7, Technip (UK) Ltd, Global Energy Group, Orkney Ferries, Baxters, Siemens, and SSE.
Another introduction to the market place, which has proved so successful, is the launch of a unique online technology based product called WEBCERT. This system enables SWL customers to dispense with cumbersome paper based certificates and store them safely online.
As well as letting customers know when certificates are about to expire, the WEBCERT system saves the client time and money when it comes to having their equipment inspected. SWL engineers have instant access to the customer’s account at the point of inspection so they can view all the product data and move swiftly from item to item.
SWL are now investing in the next generation of mobile technology for its engineers – robust hand-held devices with RFID chip readers, which will speed up the inspection process and reduce costs even more for customers.
SWL is as dedicated to investing in people as it is in technology. As a member of the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association, every engineer has undertaken LEEA accredited training.
SWL is now in talks with a major pipe welding company about sharing that expertise, as it sends a lot of equipment overseas for periods longer than six months, which means they require inspection whilst out of the country.