Our Overseas Operations Director, Ian Fyall has recently been in Montreal attending the SAIA Annual Convention & Exposition. The annual event is in its 45th year and is one of the largest gatherings of scaffolding and access professionals in the world. The three-day event included an extensive line up of expert speakers, training and networking opportunities.
Ian was invited to speak at the event and share his insights and experience of working overseas to improve health and safety standards in the scaffolding industry. He talked about the challenges of working in different countries where he would often arrive to find health and safety practices were poor or even non-existent and staff were not adequately trained. He also shared his experience of working in dangerous environments and of overcoming language barriers and cultural differences.
His presentation drew on real life examples and of Simian International’s work in Iraq and South Korea and the positive impact he and his teams have had training scaffolders and improving health and safety standards.
In South Korea, we worked from September 2014 to May 2016 without an LTI in scaffolding covering over 4 million man hours and in Iraq through training and mentoring onsite achieved 5 years without a scaffold accident or incident. Ian believes this was achieved through building relationships and trust and ultimately caring about what you do and why you are doing it.
The event was well attended and offered a great opportunity to meet likeminded professionals from around the globe and share best practice and our visions for the industry.
Speaking about the event Ian said “It was a privilege to have been asked to speak at this prestigious event. My experience in visiting companies across the globe has given me a tremendous amount of insight into the various practices that scaffolding industries around the globe have become accustomed to, and it is not only my job but my passion to ensure that scaffolding companies, no matter where the location, are working to best practice at all times, and therefore improve safety across the world within the scaffolding industry.”