1st February 2018

SevenHills Fabrication has developed a bespoke maintenance solution for Tesco which aims to make working at height safer.

SevenHills Fabrication, a sub contract engineering firm employing 70, collaborated with safety specialists HCL Safety to develop a modular access system for Tesco which enables safe access from one roof-top to another allowing maintenance and cleaning.

Engineers at SevenHills Fabrication were challenged to design and manufacture a companionway ladder system which could be adjusted to accommodate different heights. In addition to meeting stringent safety standards, the ladder also needed to be extremely light to allow for manual handling.

James Harding-Terry, managing director of SevenHills Fabrication, said: “We thrive on a challenge at SevenHills Fabrication and this project allowed us to demonstrate both our design expertise and fabrication skills.

“It’s important to get working at height right. Trips and falls whilst working at height account for 40 deaths and 4000 injuries each year. We’ve developed a range of working at height products over the past few months and we’ve also seen an increase in demand for bespoke projects like the one for Tesco.”

SevenHills Fabrication, which is based at Holbrook, Sheffield, was founded in 1926 and has survived war, recession and numerous steel crises, to mark its 90th anniversary this year.

The family-run business operates in a range of sectors including the construction and automotive industries and manufactures around 50,000 towbars each year.

SevenHills Fabrication has a turnover of more than £5m and also specialises in profiling, metal fabrication, tube manipulation and including prototype development.