(L-R): Malcolm George and Andy Williams – keeping staff safe.

Seamless transfer to Welshpool follows fire at SCA Stoke

Published:  21 December, 2009

STOKE: SCA's multi-site capacity came into its own after a fire in a planing machine at SCA‟s Stoke-on-Trent premises which occurred late afternoon on Friday 18 December.

There were no injuries and swift action by SCA supervisor Malcolm George and colleague Andy Williams ensured all colleagues were safe and machinery was promptly shut down. SCA‟s investment in sprinkler systems some years ago was also said to be invaluable and the fire was down to embers by the time the fire service arrived.

All other machinery at Stoke is undamaged, and this factor, plus a temporary shift of some lines to production at SCA Welshpool, will mean uninterrupted service to SCA's builders' merchant and DIY chain customers.

“Our staff were brilliant and enacted all our safety procedures responsibly, keeping themselves and their colleagues safe. The incident involved a planing machine producing PAR and mouldings for the BM and DIY sectors. We've already been able to ramp up capacity at SCA Welshpool to fulfil demand so there are no problems in meeting orders,” SCA Timber Supply managing director Rob Simpson clarified.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. SCA Stoke operations director Neil Emsley added: “People today often joke about health and safety procedures being over-the-top but in reality they can make a big difference. We're very proud of Malcolm and Andy for their highly responsible attitude.”

Further commitment by Andy Williams and Malcolm George, and from dedicated local contractors working throughout the weekend, will ensure the rest of the mill is up and running again by or before 22 December.

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