Wireless technology keeps new retail site safe

Nottingham based wireless communication specialist Ramtech Electronics has completed the installation of 27 WES units onto the site of a new shopping centre in Leeds, safeguarding the construction workers on this £350m development.

Main contractor for Land Securities’ Trinity Leeds, the city’s new shopping destination opening in spring 2013, Laing O’Rourke chose Ramtech for the 6 storey, steel frame building as the WES system provides a reliable and flexible fire alert system that protects their employees and allows them to meet Health & Safety requirements.

After the 2010 launch of WES, a revolutionary new wireless fire alert system for construction sites, the device has now become an instrumental part of the health and safety practices for a number of high profile construction companies and their projects.

The 27 battery powered WES units at the Trinity Leeds development need no power cables and take minimum installation. They are linked to a base station in the Laing O’Rourke office across the road that monitors their activity. Should an alarm be triggered a 122 decibel siren will sound plus a strobe light. The wireless nature of the systems means they can be moved around the site as the project develops.

Andy Hicks, managing director of Ramtech Electronics commented: “This is a great project for Ramtech to be involved in as it demonstrates the flexibility of the product on a multi level site. Laing O’Rourke needed a cost effective system that they could easily move around the site as the project develops and WES delivers that. Since we launched the product we are seeing increasing demand from contractors looking to protect their
employees and meet the increasingly stringent HSE regulations for fire alert standards on construction sites.”

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