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Why Signs Can Be Dangerous and Ruin Your Reputation

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bbccamdenSigns need to look good but also need to be safe and not endanger members of the public or the sign erectors installing them.

Two very serious incidents reported in the national news over the past few days highlight the issues.

A young man lost is life when a large shop fascia fell on him in North London and a sign erector was severely burned when he hit a high currency electrical cable when installing a site sign in the South of England.

Unpredictable weather adds further danger to the issue. The Met Office have once again issued an amber warning in parts of the UK with strong winds of up to 80mph expected this week. Storm damage to building infrastructure, fascia signs, flags and poles can be hazardous if orderly care during installation as well as provisions put in place for sign maintenance are not carried out.

For sign buyers and for sign installers a duty of care is required to members of the public and employees. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 is a landmark in law. For the first time, companies and organisations can be found guilty of corporate manslaughter as a result of serious management failures resulting in a gross breach of a duty of care. The Act makes it very clear that every possible effort is made to minimise risk to individuals and the consequences for not doing so for the leadership of organisations means severe penalties not to mention a loss of reputation and trust.

When buying or having signs erected it pays to ensure your sign contractor is fully accredited for robust and certified Health & Safety practices. There are several national Health & Safety schemes available to sign makers as well as approaches to assessing risk and methodologies prescribed by the Health & Safety Executive which are all designed to avoid the unnecessary tragedies of recent days.

Glasgow based sign maker EVM makes Health & Safety in the workplace and on-site its biggest priority. EVM believes that sign makers and sign buyers must be held accountable for the risks and the price for negligence in specifying and installing signs.

For more information on EVM’s commitment to Health & Safety read about our accreditations via our website. http://www.evm.co.uk/about/iso-accreditations

(image available via BBC News http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-21234216)


Extreme Weather Conditions – EVM Sign Maintenance and Safety Service

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With the extreme weather conditions over the weekend set to continue, the Met Office have issued an Amber Warning across Scotland with expectations of flooding and severe gales.

As a contingency, EVM offer sign maintenance services all year round and will be particularly attentive to your needs during severe weather conditions that may cause disruptions to your business. If the winds do affect any of your signs, please be assured that we are standing by to retrieve these within 4 hours of you reporting the damage to us, with the view of reinstating them to full order as soon as weather conditions allow.

If the weather reaches a point where the Met office issues a Red Alert warning we will provide you with an emergency hotline for emergencies out with our normal working hours. In the meantime please contact us on usual office number at 0141 554 2000 for assistance. When you call please have the post code of the location you wish us to attend and details of the damage or incident concerning the signs or hoardings thereby enabling our teams to reach the area concerned with the minimum of delays.


Emergency Response for Signage

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Due to the severity of the high winds in recent days, EVM are currently responding to calls regarding damaged signs from customers.

If the winds do affect any of your signs then we will endeavour to retrieve these as soon as possible, returning them to our facility with a view to re-instating them as soon as weather conditions allow. If your site has retrieved any damaged signs please request that they are moved into a secure space if possible and then inform us of the Site Agent’s name and contact number so we can contact him/her to arrange uplift.

For immediate attention please contact 0141 554 2000 and we will arrange for our teams to attend to any requirements for repairs and re-instatement of signs.  When you call please have the name of the site and the postcode of the incident you would like to report to us thereby enabling our teams to reach the area concerned with the minimum of delays.


Illuminated Signs – the salesman that never sleeps

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Illuminated Monolith night and day

 

In our last post on preparing your signage for the winter period, we touched upon the great advantages that illuminated signage can yield for your business throughout the year – especially during the winter. As the days are shorter and we’re in the dark for longer, it is important for you to stand out and get noticed.  With this in mind it is important to consider the options available for illuminated signs and how to get the best value out of them.

Neon and Fluorescent Lighting

Traditionally illuminated signs were produced using both neon and fluorescent tubing however these materials were not without fault.

Neon signs are produced by crafting and bending delicate glass tubing into the required design.  This is then illuminated by a means of a high voltage ionizing a purified gas mix.  This type of sign requires significant power to run and will require even more as the gas becomes depleted.  Components of the signs can also experience burnout because of the high voltage needed and unfortunately have been known to be the cause of fires and therefore a fire switch is an essential part of the installation.

Fluorescent bulbs are typically straight components making them ideal for backlit displays and similar signs but not very useful in illuminating signs other than simple square or rectangular shapes. Fluorescent bulbs provide greater benefits than using traditional incandescent lamps producing both more light and emitting less heat. An issue with fluorescent bulbs is their decreased efficiency in adverse weather conditions limiting their use outdoors.

LED Lighting

LEDs are more becoming increasingly economical and more readily available for use in a wide variety of sign making situations.

There are differences in the lighting effects between the different types of bulbs and it is important to understand these differences when considering the best solution to meet your needs.

There are a number of advantages that LEDs have over traditional lighting for your illuminated signs. Firstly they last a lot longer than traditional lighting.  The bulbs we use come with a lifespan guarantee of between 7-10 years.

Secondly they are much, much, cheaper to run than traditional lighting as they use a lower voltage which can provide great cost reductions over the lifetime of your sign. Bear in mind, however, your initial investment will be more than you will pay for fluorescent bulbs but probably much less than you would pay for a complicated Neon sign.

Thirdly because LED’s emit very little heat compared to traditional bulbs they are generally much safer and less likely to fail (or burst into flames) due to heat build-up.

LEDs and Illuminated Signs

The total cost of lifetime ownership of LEDs makes a very attractive investment. Due to the increased lifespan of LED bulbs, there is less need for on-going maintenance. Because LEDs are much smaller than ordinary bulbs or neon tube, and they come on flexible cable, LEDs offer a far better way of illuminating smaller letters in your signs or curved shapes.

When installing your illuminated signage, there are a number of techniques and design effects to help further increase the impact of your sign.

A variety of colours can be produced using LEDs as the colour is controlled through the voltage.  This also means that the colours can be easily changed through a simple electronic controller and set to a timer or a light sensing Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor that will ensure that when the sun is out, your sign stays out as well.

Illuminated signs are becoming a far better investment than they used to be so, if you have an idea for an illuminated sign for your business or operation, then please get in touch and we’ll be more than happy to ensure we turn your bright idea into a bright new sign that will help you get more customers round the clock.

 


Severe Weather Conditions – Emergency Repairs

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As you know we are all expecting extreme weather conditions to affect Central Scotland and the West in the next 24 hours.

As a contingency, please be assured that we are standing by to attend incidents that may occur as a result of these conditions.

If the winds do affect any of your signs then we will endeavour to retrieve these within 4 hours of you reporting the damage to us, returning them to our facility with a view to re-instating them as soon as weather conditions allow. If Site has retrieved any damaged signs please request that they are moved into a secure space and then inform us of the Site Agent’s name and contact number so we can contact him/her to arrange uplift.

As usual we will manning an emergency hotline for emergencies out with our normal working hours. In this case please telephone 0141 554 2000 for assistance. When you call please have the name of the site and the postcode of the incident you would like to report to us thereby enabling our teams to reach the area concerned with the minimum of delays.