Nationwide Platforms corporate statement regarding the Coronavirus outbreak
Our dedicated operational, safety and engineering teams have worked tirelessly to develop a COVID-19 Secure Plan. In line with the latest advice from the UK Government and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), this guidance has been designed to minimise the risks of COVID-19, and allow you, your workforce and our team to continue to work safely.
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5th June 2020
Nationwide Platforms has introduced its latest innovation in safety, SkyShield™, which has been designed to minimise the risks of COVID-19 when installed on its range of truck mounted platforms.
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As always, our priority is to keep you safe when working at height. If you wondered what steps we take to keep you and your colleagues protected, check out our latest video which demonstrates our COVID Secure method using Quill Supernova sanitising solution.
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Nationwide Platforms has reopened a number of its training centres after it temporarily suspended IPAF training services as a result of COVID-19.
Following the introduction of Government and industry guidance, Nationwide Platforms has now opened 15 training centres throughout the UK to provide a range of working at height training, including IPAF’s 3a and 3b Boom and Scissor Lift Training. It will also be offering IPAF’s 1b Static Boom and PAL+ courses as well as PASMA’s Tower Training at the majority of the locations.
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We hope you are keeping well during these challenging times. As the COVID-19 crisis continues, we are entering into a difficult period as many of our customer projects are now on hold for the next few weeks.
If you are affected by any project suspensions it may be necessary for you to leave equipment on site for a prolonged period. If the machine is not completely and fully isolated the battery could run flat causing delays when the unit is next needed.
To support this we have put together the following guidance for correctly shutting down and isolating the machine, along with a SkySentry - Activate & Immobilisation Procedure.
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For customers who are still operating, Nationwide Platforms will continue to support you.
We wish you and your colleagues the very best of health.
In addition to the above measures:
As always, the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers and team members is our utmost priority. During these uncertain times as the Coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold, we have made the decision to temporarily postpone all training courses until the 1st June with immediate effect.
While there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Nationwide Platforms locations, we have a duty of care to protect the health and wellbeing of our customers, staff and the communities in which we operate. As a matter of priority our Training Support Team are getting in touch with those that will be affected by this decision. If you have a training course booked up to and including 31st May, we will contact you to offer an alternative date, subject to availability.
As we continue to monitor the situation closely, we will provide further updates via our website as to when we are happy to continue providing our award-winning training solutions across the UK. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact 01455 552800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
From all our team at Nationwide Platforms, please take care of yourselves, your families, and your communities in the coming days and weeks.
As a national company with operational locations UK wide employing over 1,000 staff we are and will continue to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Nationwide Platforms are following government guidelines regarding the self-isolation of employees. We have and will continue to take proactive action in the encouragement of homeworking where possible as we support high-risk individuals within our workforce to isolate from business and customer locations.
As a result:
At this time, we are not in the position to share details of individual cases relating to any of our employee’s sickness or self-isolation but can confirm we are experiencing incidents in line with current UK averages.
We are not currently experiencing, and do not at this time anticipate any shortages which impact our ability to provide our customers with operated or self-operated powered access equipment, nor any of the additional services we offer, including but not limited to Traffic/Pedestrian Management and/or trackway.
We look forward to continuing to support our customers, ensuring you remain productive and safe in your work commitments and will provide updates should any of the above information be subject to change.
Please refer to our earlier statement for further information on our approach to COVID-19 above.
In response to the increasing risks associated with Coronavirus, Nationwide Platforms has created an internal Contingency Management Forum to ensure our organisation has planned for, and takes all appropriate actions to ensure that both the risk of an outbreak of Coronavirus in any of our locations is minimised and that corrective action plans are in place for such an eventuality. These plans and actions are designed to enable effective business continuity and maintain employee safety. These plans are primarily being developed in line with the latest government guidance.
Nationwide Platforms continues to assess developments with respect to this risk. Firstly, and most importantly, we continue to monitor the situation in the affected countries in which our supply chain operates. We are taking appropriate measures to enable us to continue to provide our customers with the industry-leading service and support they have come to expect of Nationwide Platforms throughout this situation.
We currently maintain a significant inventory of spares and parts in all of our depots, with a mix of both owned and consignment stock. Our stock levels are designed with a generous safety buffer to enable us to continue to deliver our business in most operating conditions, with no negative impact to our customers.
Our inventory supply arrangements are managed in conjunction with our external service partners and suppliers, with whom we have long-standing, strong relationships. In addition, we have robust supply chains, with many dual-source options in place. This means we do not anticipate any challenges regarding spares availability in the short to medium term. Our internal systems enable us to have clear visibility of inventory across all of our business locations throughout the UK and our overseas territories, thus providing us with additional flexibility of supply from within our global stockholding should a stock shortfall arise.
Assuming the current COVID19 virus outbreak is to persist over an extended period, we have mechanisms in place to review and prioritise maintenance decisions to ensure we focus on assets which maximise availability and services for our customers.
Nationwide Platforms introduce new machines into our fleet periodically via our wide supplier base with a global manufacturing footprint. Should the supply of new machines be impacted by a restriction on imports, we have invested heavily in recent years, and are confident that our existing modern fleet will continue to meet customer requirements.
We realise this situation remains very dynamic and develops day-to-day. We will continue to provide updates as we learn more and will confirm further details should new information come to light.
The health and safety of all our customers, suppliers and colleagues is of paramount importance to us and is our foremost priority. At this moment in time Nationwide Platforms are working to a ‘business as usual’ approach; though we hope this will remain the case we are continually looking to the latest government guidance to ensure we are doing all we can to combat the risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak.
To ensure we are working within safe parameters we have put in place a series of mandatory guidelines which must be followed by those that enter our business premises, including our Training Course Delegates, to ensure we are able to continue operating effectively.
We therefore require you to adhere to the following guidelines:
Should you experience symptoms that are linked to the coronavirus, please do not enter any Nationwide Platforms Training Centres.
If there has been a confirmed case of coronavirus at any of your business locations, please contact the Nationwide Platforms Training Team on 01455 552800 to rearrange your course for a later date.
Frequently wash your hands and/or use a sanitiser gel. Do not touch your mouth, nose or eyes unless you have just washed your hands.
Please do not enter any Nationwide Platforms office/workshop environments and remain in the confinement of the allocated training area.
Do not shake hands with an Instructor who is delivering the training course
Please dispose of all tissues in the bins provided
Use only the nominated rest room / washroom in the building, as advised by the Instructor on the day
By taking these necessary steps, we can minimise the risk of an outbreak at our locations and ensure your safety whilst in our duty of care.
We understand this situation remains very dynamic and further developments are being issued by government daily. We will continue to provide updates and adapt our processes if appropriate as further details and new information come to light.
Thank you in advance for your support.