Steve Siggee undertakes compliance and brake testing throughout the North region for United Plant, covering a wide range of customer sites across multiple locations.
How is your day organised?
My schedule is meticulously planned at least four weeks in advance, with our head office Compliance Team organising which customer assets require testing and when. So each evening, to plan ahead, I can look at my tablet and it oulines which customer site I will be working at, what type of assets I will be assessing, and how many assets will need testing. This device also allows me to access customer information and asset history, which means I am well informed of any issues before I get to site. All of these processes enable me to be a more efficient and productive engineer.
What is your most invaluable piece of kit?
My van is my office – it has everything I need to do my job to the best of my ability. It has been purposefully stocked to carry the precise tools and parts I need to make machines compliant. This means that during an assesment, I can replace non-compliant parts there and then. This gives our customers the peace of mind that following a test their asset is fully compliant and safe to operate.
As a compliance engineer what parts do you carry?
We carry a comprehensive range of parts including seatbelts and seat covers; mirrors; bulbs; beacons; reverse alarms; strobes and buggy whips; together with ‘safety kits’. I can manage my van’s inventory through my tablet with parts being restocked by head office as required.
What would you say is important to your customers?
My van is the first thing a customer sees when I arrive on site, so I make sure it looks immaculate. Plus it represents United Plant and how we operate, so first impressions really matter. Many customers will regularly audit engineer vans to ensure they are health and safety compliant, so ensuring the inside is kept tidy and well organised is a top priority for me.
What is the importance of compliance checks?
It is a legal requirement for company owners to ensure that all of their machines are safe and compliant for their use. The safety of the operator is paramount and every business has a corporate responsibility to ensure they regularly maintain their machines and provide a safe, compliant environment for their operators.
What are the benefits to the customer of receiving regular compliance inspections?
Every customer receives the following during an inspection:
- A risk assessment
- A job sheet, which includes any faults highlighted during the inspection and any part that was required to make the asset compliant
- A history of the service, including a date and time stamp of who performed the inspection
Once I have carried out an inspection, all details are added to that customer’s file. This is then emailed directly to the customer, providing them with a clear and transparent audit trail and a history of that piece of equipment, which is essential for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). If there are any site incidents, the HSE would require an audit trail of all work carried out on the asset in question, to ensure that the company is adhering to its legal requirements for safety. This is where our reports are invaluable.
What do you think the future will bring in terms of compliance testing?
Compliance testing is fast becoming an integral part of our industry, ensuring safety for those operating the machinery and working around it. It is because of this that United Plant has a dedicated Compliance team, with specially trained compliance engineers, all with custom designed compliance vans. With the growing importance of compliance, I can only see this team expanding, as more companies look to specialists to ensure they are meeting all legal requirements and providing a safe working environment for their employees.
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