But Intelect Engineering bosses have warned the risks of other firms ignoring new legislation are "significant"
A Teesside engineering firm has won a string of contracts worth more than £1m - after becoming one of the first in the North-east to adopt strict industry safety rules.
Intelect Engineering, part of the Middlesbrough-based Intelect Group, says the orders have led to a “significant” boom in business that could trigger more expansion and jobs.
The company invested £70,000 towards accreditation under the new CE Marking of Structural Steelwork regulations.
They claim their outlay is already starting to pay off - but bosses have warned other companies to get to grips with the new legislation or risk falling foul of the law.
Intelect Engineering’s director, Phill Bodsworth, said the latest contracts had been secured on the back of the company’s recent accreditation following a successful audit for the new rules, which came into effect last year.
The regulations are not guidelines but law, and any company found operating outside the legislation will be liable for prosecution.
Aimed at reducing the risk of accident and injury to people working on or around steelwork structures, the legislation is seen as a “much-needed wake-up call” by many in the construction and engineering industries, according to Phill.
He said: “Intelect has always operated to its own strict standards as well as those required by the industry but we felt it was absolutely vital to achieve this new accreditation.
“We needed to invest £70,000 in training and new equipment to be awarded the BS EN 1090 under the Construction Products Regulations 2011 but as we can see it is already paying significant dividends.”
Intelect’s senior design engineer, Martin Heywood, who led the programme resulting in the successful certification, said: “Not every fabricator is aware of the new regulations, introduced by the EU, or has taken the necessary steps to be certified. The implications for those who remain unaware or who ignore the regulations are significant.”
Intelect’s latest contract wins are all for leading UK food industry clients at premises in Yorkshire and include three mezzanines totalling £600,000, plus a further £400,000 in the installation of associated plant and equipment.
Phill added: “We are sure the new accreditation played a big role in our securing these latest contracts and we are now in a position to move ahead with our expansion plans.”
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