NESHEP meeting summary august 2013

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NESHEP August Site Visit to Caterpillar Factory (Peterlee)

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NESHEP meeting summary august 2013

  1. 1. NESHEP Main Meeting (6th August 2013) Our annual site visit was held at the Caterpillar Site, Peterlee. A small handful of NESHEP members attended Tuesday’s meeting as place’s where limited. Attendees were given the opportunity to tour the site with the assistance of our tour guide Derek Quarmby. The group was welcomed at the Learning Centre of Light and had a brief safety induction followed by an excellent presentation on the background and history of Caterpillar. DEREK QUARMBY – (Caterpillar Peterlee Ltd) Members were chaperoned to the reception building where they were provided with ear defenders/headphones and were able to hear Derek throughout the morning, high visibility vests and safety glasses were also provided and were required to be worn throughout. Members were also advised to stay inside the green footpath as a safety precaution and to give way to on coming vehicles. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions throughout, Derek was extremely helpful with his wealth of experience/knowledge on the Articulated Trucks produced within the factory. Attendees were able to see in stages how the articulated trucks are manufactured, including the robotic plasma cutting technology used for cutting steel. The manufacturing process is set up in stages (1–17) to create the final truck. The site was extremely clean (one NESHEP members stated it was cleaner than some food processing plants he had visited), well organised and Caterpillar prides themselves on recycling 97% of their waste. The overall visit was extremely interesting and received great feedback from our members. NEXT MEETING Our next meeting will be held at the usual venue of the Wilton International Centre, Redcar. Tuesday 1st October @ 10.00am. Details on this meeting are to be confirmed, however you will be notified as soon as possible.
  2. 2. Names and companies attending our August 2013 meeting: John Raftery – Arco Ltd Derek Weatherill – Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering Alan Bassett – Cognition Media Ltd Dave Swalwell – Deborah Services Ltd Mick Stephenson – DP Consultancy Ltd Liam Stephenson – DP Consultancy Ltd Chris Rhodes – Guest Simon Ellis – Guest Colin Ellis - NESHEP Bianca Kemp - NESHEP Gareth Bland – R Bland Please note that attendance of meetings can count towards your CPD.

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