AYRTON GROUP ANNOUNCES 60 NEW JOBS AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THEIR NEW DUBLIN FACILITY

BUSINESS 05102016 NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION Ayrton Group, formerly known as Health & Safety Services (HSS), has announced the creation of 60 new jobs out of its Dublin and Cork offices. This jobs announcement coincided with the reveal of the company’s new re-brand to Ayrton Group and the Official Opening of their new Dublin offices and training facility in Tallaght. Making the announcement today were Kieran Linehan, Managing Director, Ayrton Group; Pat O'Neill, Operations Director , Ayrton Group; and Matthew Browne, Marketing Director, Ayrton Group. Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography

Ayrton Group, has announced the creation of 60 new jobs out of its Dublin and Cork offices. This jobs announcement coincided with the reveal of the company’s new re-brand to Ayrton Group and the Official Opening of their new Dublin offices and training facility in Tallaght.
Making the announcement today were Kieran Linehan, Managing Director, Ayrton Group; Pat O’Neill, Operations Director , Ayrton Group; and Matthew Browne, Marketing Director, Ayrton Group.
Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell PhotographyAyrton Group, formerly known as Health & Safety Services (HSS), has announced the creation of 60 new jobs out of its Dublin and Cork offices. This jobs announcement coincided with the reveal of the company’s new re-brand to Ayrton Group and the Official Opening of their new Dublin offices and training facility in Tallaght.

The opening of Ayrton Group’s new Dublin office and training facility follows year on year growth of +40% for each of the last 3 years, which has seen the company become one of Ireland’s largest safety training, consultancy and staffing solutions provider in the market. The 60 new positions announced will support the company’s growing activity across all its key markets, including Ireland, UK, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland & the Netherlands. The roles on offer include Environmental Safety and Health Managers, PSDP Engineers, Safety Officers, Sales and Back office support, with 40 positions being recruited for out of their Dublin office and 20 out of their Cork base.

 

BUSINESS 05102016 NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION Ayrton Group, formerly known as Health & Safety Services (HSS), has announced the creation of 60 new jobs out of its Dublin and Cork offices. This jobs announcement coincided with the reveal of the company’s new re-brand to Ayrton Group and the Official Opening of their new Dublin offices and training facility in Tallaght. Making the announcement today was Kieran Lenehan, Managing Director, Ayrton Group. Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography

Making the announcement today was Kieran Lenehan, Managing Director, Ayrton Group.
Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography

Commenting on today’s announcement, Kieran Linehan, Managing Director of Ayrton Group said: “We’re delighted to be announcing a recruitment drive, which follows a significant investment in our business. We have been long established as the Safety organisation of choice in the market and today’s announcement will reinforce the commitment we have to providing the highest standards of expert safety professionals, consultancy and training services.

 

“We are looking for experienced and skilled people to join our expanding team, which is a very positive recognition of an improving market. One of our aims is to attract home many of the skilled workforce who left Ireland during the downturn of recent years, by providing attractive positions and packages and the opportunity to join a dynamic and exciting company,” he added.

 

Speaking today, special guest Bobby Kerr, entrepreneur and business man commented, “I’m delighted to be part of today’s announcement, which is another indicator of positive growth in the Irish market. Ayrton Group is a great example of an independently owned Irish company that has adapted to challenges and is now in a stronger position for future growth.”

BUSINESS 05102016 NO FEE FOR REPRODUCTION Ayrton Group, formerly known as Health & Safety Services (HSS), has announced the creation of 60 new jobs out of its Dublin and Cork offices. This jobs announcement coincided with the reveal of the company’s new re-brand to Ayrton Group and the Official Opening of their new Dublin offices and training facility in Tallaght. Making the announcement today were broadcaster and businessman Bobby Kerr and Kieran Lenehan, Managing Director, Ayrton Group. Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography
Making the announcement today were broadcaster and businessman Bobby Kerr and Kieran Lenehan, Managing Director, Ayrton Group.
Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography

Ayrton Group has been operating from its headquarters in Newmarket, Co Cork since it was first established in 1993. The expansion of their offices in Dublin and the opening of the state-of-the-art training facility in Tallaght represents an investment of more than half million euro by Ayrton Group.

 

Speaking at the launch Linehan added: “We’re also very proud to be showcasing our new re-brand to Ayrton Group. It has been a vision of ours for some time and we believe that it is now the opportune time to launch the brand. It represents our ambitions and vision for growth beyond the sphere of health and safety and to ensure our name continues to be associated with outstanding service our clients have come to expect.”

 

 

Happy National Workplace Wellbeing Day!

Wellness in the workplace

Today is Ireland’s third annual National Workplace Wellbeing Day!  We all feel better and are more productive when we take care of our bodies through healthy eating and physical exercise.  This day is dedicated to promoting a healthy and vibrant atmosphere in the workplace.

Initiatives such as Workplace Wellbeing Day are a great way to improve staff morale, which results in reduced absenteeism.   Last year, over 300 companies in Ireland participated and hopefully this year will show even stronger numbers!

At The Ayrton Group we have some fun and exciting activities planned.  We are delivering fresh fruit to our offices, and will be serving delicious smoothies.  We also have yoga and pilates.
What is your company doing to celebrate National Workplace Wellbeing day?  We’d love to hear!

  

Stick a fork in me, I’m done!

Beginner or Expert – there’s always room for more learning!
According to the Health and Safety Authority the transportation and storage sector has the third highest worker fatality rate each year, after agriculture and construction.
There cannot be room for complacency when it comes to operating a forklift. Operating a forklift truck is a specialised skill. At Ayrton, we provide a variety of Forklift courses designed to train beginners, and provide a refresher to experienced drivers.

At Ayrton, we provide 3 forklift driving courses;
Forklift Training Refresher for where successful candidates receive a valid Fork Lift Driver certificate, which is valid for 3 years.

Our Forklift Training for Experienced Trainees course is a two-day course is designed for experienced operators who do not hold a certificate. Attendees would be experienced operators who are familiar with the steering characteristics of the lift truck and have the ability to manoeuvre both forward and reverse in a confined area.

Finally, Forklift Training for beginners will teach participants everything from Operating a forklift truck safely, reducing the risk of injury to operators and pedestrian, learning the consequences of taking certain kinds of chances to handling awkward loads. Those who achieve the required standard will receive Ayrton Group certificate at the end of the course.

For more, contact us, and read more on our Forklift courses >here<

HSA publishes 2016 Annual Report

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) today (Wednesday 16th August) published its 2016 Annual Report outlining major activities, achievements and outcomes over the course of the year.

Key highlights include:

  • 10,477 inspections and investigations undertaken
  • 6,497 inspections carried out in the high-risk farming, construction and fishing sectors
  • Written advice provided in over 4,301 inspections
  • 369 improvement notices and 413 prohibition notices issued
  • 17 prosecutions taken leading to fines of €614,000
  • 779 market surveillance checks of chemical products on the Irish market
  • Over 8,000 new users of the Authority’s BeSMART tool for small business managers
  • Over 13,000 courses taken on our e-learning portal
  • Participation of over 26,000 students on the ‘Choose Safety’ programme
  • Publication of 27 new guideline documents
  • Implementation of major awareness raising campaigns aimed at general workers, new workers, construction workers and farmers
  • Approximately 20,000 contacts to our customer call centre

The Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD said: “I welcome the progress made by the Health and Safety Authority in the pursuit of its goal of making workplace safety, health and welfare an integral part of doing business in modern Ireland. Tragically, 46 people were killed in work related activities in 2016.  Although this is a welcome decline of almost 20% on the 2015 figure, there is clearly still much to be done.  I urge all employers, large and small, to ensure that the safety and health of their employees, and anyone affected by their work activity, is at the core of their business pursuits. Anything less is unacceptable”.

 

Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive of the Health and Safety Authority said: “Last year was a successful year for the Authority although there are certain industry sectors, for example farming, that remain an area of concern.  As well as undertaking a wide range of enforcement activity across a variety of industry sectors, we also continued to focus on our prevention activity with the development of several important educational and awareness raising initiatives.  It is this combination of prevention and enforcement activities that I believe will deliver the best outcomes”.

 

Tom Coughlan, Chairman of the Health and Safety Authority said: “The remit of the HSA is exceptionally broad and includes an important role in relation to the risks to people arising from chemicals used at work and at home.  We continued a take a lead role nationally on chemicals and their health impacts, both in relation to workers and consumers.  Over 1,200 inspections under chemicals legislation were undertaken with a view to providing advice and support and, where appropriate, to take enforcement action”.

To download a copy of the 2016 Annual Report and Statistics Summary visit http://www.hsa.ie/eng/Publications_and_Forms/Publications/Corporate/ 

 

“Ayrton Group is a great example of an independently owned Irish company”

Broadcaster and businessman Bobby Kerr. Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography
Broadcaster and businessman Bobby Kerr.
Photo Karl Hussey / Fennell Photography

Speaking recently at the launch of the Ayrton Group, special guest Bobby Kerr, entrepreneur and business man commented, “I’m delighted to be part of today’s announcement, which is another indicator of positive growth in the Irish market. Ayrton Group is a great example of an independently owned Irish company that has adapted to challenges and is now in a stronger position for future growth.”

AYRTON GROUP ANNOUNCES 60 NEW JOBS AT THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THEIR NEW DUBLIN FACILITY

Judge dismisses €38k claim after child fell playing chase in school yard- “Games of chase in school yards throughout the country could not be prohibited”, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke

Games of chase in school yards throughout the country could not be prohibited, the President of the Circuit Civil Court, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, ruled today Monday.

“I just cannot accept the proposition that they should,” he told barrister Adrianne Fields who successfully defended a €38,000 damages claim taken against a school on behalf of a six-year-old pupil.

Veronika Trjasunova, now aged 13, sued through her mother, Natalija Saveljeva, Guardian Angels National School, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

She had sued the school on the basis that its staff had been negligent in having failed to stop a game of chase, in which Veronika was engaged during a lunch break in the hard surfaced school yard in April 2010.

Ms Fields, who appeared with Newman Solicitors, for the school had lodged a full defence to the claim, denying negligence or breach of duty by the school and told the court that the allegation staff had failed in the exercise of care and supervision was specifically denied.

Judge Groarke heard that Veronika had been taking part in a game of chase with other children and had fallen, breaking her left arm.  Other children had fallen on top of her.

Veronika’s legal team had alleged that the school did not have adequate numbers of staff in the school yard to supervise between 100 and 150 children engaged in different play activities and had failed to intervene and stop the game.

Judge Groarke, dismissing the claim against the school, said it was physically impossible to stop young children chasing one another in a school yard.

Veronika had been engaged in a game of chase with other children and when she fell other children had fallen on top of her.  Falling to the ground had not been part of the game.

“She was engaged in a game of chase pure and simple and, while it is most regrettable that she became unbalanced and fell, this was simply an old fashioned accident and I fail to see any liability on the part of the school for that accident,” Judge Groarke said.

Dismissing Veronika’s claim the judge said he believed no prudent, responsible and reasonable parent would have prohibited the game of chase that had been taking place in the school yard on the day.

The school did not seek an order for costs against the girl’s mother.

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Globally, 6,300 people die every single day due to workplace accidents. In Ireland, our numbers are much smaller, with 14 recorded deaths so far in 2017 and 45 recorded workplace deaths in 2016.

World Day for Health and Safety at Work was established 14 years ago to create awareness, encourage safer workplace environments and to memorialise the lives that have been lost due to workplace accidents. It is held on 28 April and has been observed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) since 2003.

The day has evolved to be an opportunity to memorialise those who have lost their lives due to workplace accidents, also marked as Workers Memorial Day.  This year is the third year the day has been observed in Ireland. Organisations including Congress, Ibec, Construction Industry Federation, Health & Safety Authority and Ayrton Group are all observing a minute of silence to remember the lives lost and are inviting other businesses to join in.

We invite you to join us in observing a minute of silence, in remembrance of the lives who have been lost, and to move forward dedicated to a safer workplace environment throughout Ireland.

 

National Safe at Home Week

This week at Ayrton we’re celebrating the importance of safe at home week! We of course are incredibly big advocates for safe work places and the importance of safe working environments for all. However, we are also adamant believers that what you learn within these courses can be brought home and applied to achieve the optimum safe place in your home also.

 

 

National Safe at Home weeks highlights the importance of safety at home. Home is a safe place and it is naturally ingrained within society that it should be space of comfort and security. With this said it is so important to apply the same care you have learned to apply when take precaution at work, to apply this caution at home to ensure safety always.

 

 

Think work safety, think home safety – there should be no difference in efficiency and stringency of method when considering one’s safety. Think food safety, think fire safety and think ergonomics – these are all concepts that should be handled with care throughout every aspect of life, from work to home.

 

We are advocates for safety at work, and at home. So, this National Safe at Home week know safety, no accidents!

By Melissa Hegarty for Ayrton Group

November Newsletter

In this months newsletter we look at:
Why a Heinz beans ad was banned on health & safety grounds in UK by watchdog,
The rebranding of HSS to Ayrton Group and examine Which country in Europe is safest to work

http://ayrtongroup.newsweaver.co.uk/Newsletter/1vvbe1vowrdlmx1b01v6o6?email=true&a=11&p=51153661

Don’t make unnecessary journeys!

Don’t make unnecessary journeys!

‘Don’t make unnecessary journeys, don’t take risks on treacherous roads..!’

The words that will live with us forever, that now famous phrase exclaimed by RTÉ News Reporter Teresa Mannion during ‘Storm Desmond’ as it battered Ireland’s west coast.

Solid advice from Teresa, who had the public’s safety in mind as she made sure we all knew how crazy the wind and rain was! But what if you needed to be on the road that night for work? Or any day for that matter. We’re not blessed with a tropical climate, and those who drive for a living or are involved in fleet management are all too familiar with the hazards that come with taking on the nation’s’ roads. In fact, a  recent research paper by Professor Anne Drummond of UCD found that 23% of fatal road traffic accidents involved a worker.

You need a system that ensures your business – and drivers – are protected from road accidents, damage to cars, trucks, vans and company jets…….. (OK scratch the last one) and not to mention ever increasing insurance premiums.

Here’s a question: If you had to sit your driving test again tomorrow, would you pass?

One-to-One vehicle training is something all those who spend a large chunk of their time on the roads should look at doing. Do you have staff travelling a lot for work? Perhaps a one day training course is something to consider. At Ayrton, we provide a half day lecture to those taking part, followed by one to one vehicle tuition.

Our defensive driving course also offers participants an insight to stats and costs associated with road accidents, ensures drivers are aware of all their responsibilities and helps eradicate poor habits & attitudes. Click HERE for more information, or drop us a line today!