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Our Latest Case Study for Hanson Building Products – Kirton Brick Works

Brian Reid – Production / Quarry Manager

The quarry at Kirton in Newark, Nottinghamshire has been in operation since 1955, with Hanson Building Products taking over the site in 1989. The quarry site currently spans 2sq.km, with Brian and his team being responsible for the extraction and transport of over 170,000 tonnes of clay per year.

The Challenge

Brian and his team had been using analogue radios for some time and although the radios were an essential tool for them it was felt that the time was right to look at a more up to date, digital solution so to provide clearer communication across the quarry.

The environment the radios would be used in meant that any solution needed to withstand the harsh environment the quarry has plus ensure that communication is clear to all radio users wherever they are on site. The continual movement of large plant vehicles across the site calls for the highest requirement for health and safety so equipment provided needed to meet their strict standards.

The Brief

  • Provide robust, rugged radios that will withstand a harsh environment
  • Easy to use
  • Provide clear, instant communication across all the site, in and outside of buildings
  • Have health and safety features built into the radio
  • Be future proof

The Solution

We recommended the robust and rugged PD705LT which is IP67 rated meaning it can cope with the severe dust and water within the quarry.

The built in lone worker alarm and emergency button provide the health and safety features needed. For the members of staff working indoor then the more compact PD505 was ideal, it is small and easy to use. Each radio model operated through the RD625, small, compact repeater. The repeater enabled excellent coverage all over the site, in critical areas and back into the offices located at the front of the site.

The Outcome

The swapping over of the analogue system to digital was done with professionalism by Zycomm, minimal disruption and an their understanding of the business meant that everything went as smoothly as possible

The initial trial of the digital radios proved an instant hit with all the staff on site, everyone was impressed by the clarity of the audio from the radios even in those maybe sometime difficult to reach areas.

Brian Reid, Production / Quarry Manager commented that the order books are already full for the next year so efficiency alongside safety is key to the operation running smoothly in the quarry.

Our health and safety systems now run better and more effectively, meaning we can react quicker to situations, sometimes stopping them before they have begun.

Brian Reid
Production / Quarry Manager, Hanson UK

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