Friday, 14 January 2022 / Published in News

As a company, we continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of our work. While marking in the new year, a range of training has been taking place across the board at Wilson & Scott. This ensures that all of our people (operatives and office personnel alike) are well equipped for the roles they do.

Last week, all Chargehands and Experiences Second Men attended the CITB SSSTS. The Supervisor Safety Training Scheme is a two day course that provides delegates with Site Supervisory roles. It also gives the knowledge required to aide in safely managing a site.

Moreover, all of our people have undertaken a ‘fit for work’ assessment. The Safety Critical Assessment makes sure that everyone who works for Wilson & Scott is safe to do their jobs.

Wednesday, 29 December 2021 / Published in News

Markings are pivotal for traveller safety. Road and highway markings are usually identified as patterns, words and lines that guide and warn pedestrians and drivers alike. Markings can also be used for vehicle parking and for areas nominated for other purposes. Each marking has a distinct meaning and prevents road accidents by cautioning passers-by of the kind of traffic that they should expect. Read on to know more about essential road and highway markings.

Longitudinal Road and Highway marking

Longitudinal markings are provided along the traffic lanes on the roadway. These markings can be identified by broken lines, continuous lines and double continuous lines. When these lines are drawn in yellow or white broken lines, they indicate that the driver can safely change lanes. Similarly, when a solid line is drawn, it indicates that crossing is prohibited in that area. The specifics of these highway and road markings can be witnessed in their arrangement and widths. The difference in width often indicates the degree of emphasis for each marking. It is thus, essential that these markings are made in clear and bright colours to provide the best visual solutions to pedestrians and drivers.

Junction Road and Highway marking

Several junction roads and highway markings are put in place to ensure smoothly channelled traffic. Give waymarking is identified as an upside-down triangle that can be seen in brown or red lines. It enables drivers to gauge their speed as vehicles are likely to pass before them. Similarly, thick white lines indicate traffic to halt in case of illuminated red light. In such cases, vehicles are required to halt before the line according to mandatory traffic laws.

Carriageway Road and Highway markings

In a single carriageway, the lanes are separated by central broken white lines. The gaps between these lines are indicative of a warning for potential incoming hazards. When the white lines are shortened, it indicates traffic travelling in the same direction. Double white lines are a common form of highway and road marking. These can be identified as one broken line or one solid line or two solid lines. The broken line allows drivers to overtake if they anticipate safe traffic ahead. A single solid white line prohibits drivers from crossing or straddling it unless they need to enter an adjoining road or overtake a stationed vehicle. Thus, each of these markings is essential to road safety and thus, should be drawn with professional precision.

Tuesday, 28 December 2021 / Published in News

Highway markings can be confusing with their various colours, shapes and locations. Be it the public or private sector, it is essential to understand the markings well before you undertake a marking job. Here is a guide on the most frequently used road markings. As you can see, the markings hold an important role in directing the drivers to have a safe drive.

Markings Across the Road

A white line across the road is meant for stopping either alongside traffic lights or in an area under police control. You are required to stop your vehicle if directed to do so. If there is a cycle box, you should stop at the advanced stop line before the vehicle rolls into the box. A thicker white line indicates to stop when seen next to stop signs. White double broken lines tell you to give way to traffic on major roads. Although stopping is not required, you should keep an eye on traffic crossing. A broken white line in a larger roundabout reminds you to give way to traffic from the right.

Markings Along the Road

There are several road markings done along the road. White edge lines are seen on the left-hand side of the road. To alert the drivers who stray off the road, these lines are sometimes ribbed. The edge of a carriageway is marked and these lines act as a guide to maintain a lateral position in the road, especially when the area is prone to fog or mist. The white centre lines which are broken separate opposite flows of traffic. The length and gap may vary depending on the speed limit. Whereas, in hazard warning lines the painted sections will appear longer compared to unpainted gaps. If there are double white lines with the nearest lines broken, you are allowed to overtake if safe. However, if the nearest line is solid, overtaking is not allowed.

Markings Along the Edge of the Road

Road markings along the road are usually associated with parking and waiting of vehicles. Single yellow lines indicate that drivers should not wait between the times given on signboards. Double yellow lines show the areas where there should be no waiting at all.

To ensure appropriately and professionally marked highway markings, avail the services of an experienced team. This will enable you to finish the job in the shortest possible time in a cost-effective way.

Saturday, 25 December 2021 / Published in News

It is vital to make sure that the traffic in your business car park is directed properly. You may have customers coming to your place or deliveries happening, and both should occur in the allotted areas for them. Appropriate car park markings will help your clients to clearly understand the designated area. Further, you will be able to avoid accidents because of wrong parking or congestions in your parking area. If the existing lines are faded, consider repainting as the freshly painted car park will give your business a professional ambiance. Read on to know more about car parking lines.

Selection of Paint

the choice of paint will have an impact on the longevity of your car park markings. Unless you want to paint every year, go for quality paint that can withstand elements from the outdoors. Water-based paint gives you a good maintenance option. It will dry in a very short time and will be beneficial if you have to provide access to your car parking sooner. Another advantage is that the parking can be cleaned up easily. Alternatively, you can choose oil-based painting. Check the local rules whether it is allowed to use, as some municipalities prohibit the use of such paints.

Thermoplastic Line Marking Tape

The cost-effective, lead-free, reflective thermoplastic tapes are another alternative to paints. It is suitable for car parks and most tarmac or concrete surfaces. The quick curing time allows you to release the car park to customers all most immediately. Additionally, the work can be done by a single person using a thermoplastic gas torch. As the material is much thicker than paints, expect the car park markings to stay longer.

Preparation and Marking

You should use the right tools like a stencil kit, masking tape, brush, or roller to mark your parking space properly. For a larger parking area, you will need a line marking machine. Prepare your area by removing all rubbish, dirt, debris, etc. The surface needs to be clear for the paint to adhere adequately, otherwise, you will end up having uneven results. Cleaner the park, you will have a better surface. If you are using a line marker machine, make sure you are familiar with the working of it before you start painting.

Approach professional and experienced line markers to get the job done smoothly. A knowledgeable team will have a good understanding of statutory regulations which will benefit you to a great extent.

Christmas Jumpers
Friday, 24 December 2021 / Published in News

As the week draws to a close and Christmas is upon us, we will be closing our doors until the 4th of January. Our people have done a brilliant job this year, and we would all like to take a moment to thank our operatives and office staff alike for the work that they do.

The festivities have come into full swing at our Poyle Office, where the consignment of Christmas Turkeys arrived. A Secret Santa was held and everyone has been in great spirits, looking forward to a winter break; and to celebrate in some normality.

We wish all of our clients and readers a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. Let’s bring on 2022 with all pistons firing!

Mosaic
Monday, 20 December 2021 / Published in News

They say that working in Compliance can be quite harsh. Our Compliance Manager Jason wanted to set the record straight, and show that Compliance has a soft side.

The Mosaic Day Centre in Tunbridge Wells recently opened their doors to their newly renovated premises, which is operated by the Tunbridge Wells Churches Street Teams. The centre provides lots of different support, services, and advice to local residents in need. One of the services that this fantastic location runs is a daily soup bowl. This is a way to offer food and drink as well as a friendly place to rest and meet other people in similar situations.

Jason said: “it was a warming time at the soup bowl, I met people from all walks of life who have been affected by difficult times and struggles. Being able to give my time brought joy not just to them, but to me as well. I chatted with some of the people who dropped in, reminiscing about our youth in Tunbridge Wells and hearing their stories, some heroic and even daring. It is wonderful to see the support services available and the efforts by the Church Team and Local Authorities to ensure everyone has the help and support they need”.

Mosaic also offers assistance with pre-employment support, such as CV and debt advice. Housing support is also provided by the Centre for those who need it. Within the centre, there is a great amount of amenities. For instance, there is a  washing machine and dryer, shower room and clothing available. Temporary shelter provisions are also available if the need arises. The Team have also linked up with a local children’s charity to provide rooms for courses. Areas for counselling are also available.

If you would like to know more then please visit www.twstreetteams.org. Better still, have a look for local soup bowls in your area, volunteers are in great demand this time of year and it truly is a welcomed offering.

Jason on an audit

Dylan and other volunteers stood by the charity table
Friday, 17 December 2021 / Published in News

At Wilson & Scott, we constantly aim to support local charities and we have a volunteer day initiative to help support this. This year, in the spirit of Christmas, our Health & Safety Manager Dylan Thompson Elf & Safety Manager for the day. Dylan volunteered to assist the James Hopkins Trust with their Santa’s Grotto and Breakfast in Newent.

As one of Santa’s Elves, this is what Dylan’s day looked like:

“Santa’s Elves were first tasked with looking after the families as they arrived. We then guided the families to the breakfast with Santa and, after breakfast, there was a meet and greet. Afterwards, the Grotto opened for the day. I met the families as they came into the grotto, guiding them to Santa’s room, and supported the charity at their sales desk. The Trust were selling Christmas themed items and all the money was to fundraise to support the charity.”

The James Hopkins Trust provides vital care, respite, and family support for life limited, and life threatened young children. All of us here at Wilson & Scott would like to wish a very Merry and restful Christmas to all the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to help the lives of others, at the Trust and across the country; we hope that our Elf & Safety Manager brightened the day of those who came along!

Dylan the Elf

Monday, 06 December 2021 / Published in News

As the winter weather settles in across the country, we would like to share with you some tips for driving in adverse conditions should you be making trips out and about this festive season.

 

Before setting off

Be sure to check your vehicle’s functions. Check your tyre tread and depth, ensure your tyres are properly inflated; make sure that you have enough oil and fluids in your engine (especially antifreeze!); check the correct function of wipers and lights and make sure that any luggage that you’re carrying is securely fastened down.

In severe levels of winter weather, it is a good practice to check the roads before you travel. National Highways (previously Highways England) provides to-the-minute traffic reports on the Strategic Road Network across the country. You can also use apps like BBC Weather for alerts and weather warnings in your area. The worst thing is being caught off-guard in a snow storm!

Once on the road, be sure to keep an eye on any changing conditions; this is most important on longer journeys when different parts of the country could be experiencing multiple weather fronts.

Stopping distances are doubled in the rain and 10x greater in ice.

With that in mind, it is mindful to leave extra space between other road users.

 

Skidding and Aquaplaning

Skidding and aquaplaning can also cause issues in bad weather. To prevent this, make sure you brake and accelerate gently and, if you do start to skid:

Stop braking and accelerating, as the tyres find grip carefully steer the car into the direction of the skid. For example, if the rear of the car skids to the left, steer quickly and smoothly to the left.

(This deals with a front wheel skid, mostly caused by going round corners on slippery roads too fast or braking heavily in corners).

 

Hopefully these few tips will serve you well over winter, and remember, if driving conditions are extremely bad or you’re unsure about being on the road, it’s better to stay at home.

 

#PurpleLightUp
Friday, 03 December 2021 / Published in News

Friday 3/12 marks Purple Space’s Purple Light up, raising awareness and celebrating disability in the workplace.

“#PurpleLightUp is a global movement that celebrates and draws attention to the economic contribution of the 386 million disabled employees around the world. Since 2017, #PurpleLightUp has been driving momentum for disability inclusion across hundreds of organisations, reaching thousands of employees in different ways.”

At Wilson and Scott, we work shoulder to shoulder with people from all walks of life. We recognise the contributions that disabled people have made, and continue to make, throughout our industry, and how important inclusion is in the workplace.

To celebrate #PurpleLightUp, we are pleased to share an excerpt of an article that Yvette De Souza, whom we recently wrote an article about, has written:

I have a new ‘friend’ who is with me 24/7. No matter what I do I cannot get rid of her.

She’s there with me constantly; keeping me company.

She is silent. Invisible to the naked eye.

No, she is not a figment of my imagination. No, she is not a ghost.

Nobody can see her, including me; but she is there with me. She is in my head…..literally.

I have a new ‘friend’.

 

I have named my new ‘friend’ Glenis – Glenis the Glioma. 

The brain tumour that I was diagnosed with in February 2020 – Date of birth unknown.

 ‘The size of a tennis ball’, the consultant said, referring to Glenis.

But how? I replied.

I had no symptoms. No pain. No headaches.

How did this tennis ball bury itself inside my head?

My life was derailed in a matter of seconds.

I have a new ‘friend’; a ‘friend’ I do not want.

 

‘It has to come out’, they said.

‘We have to cut open your skull’, they said.

But why? I’m not in pain.

‘We have to’, they said. ‘For your sake, Glenis has to go’, they said.

You have a new ‘friend’, they said.

 

Fast forward to the present day; treatment over.

Time to proceed with my new life – version 2.0 as my oncologist likes to call it.

On the outside, I look, walk, act, and talk like I used to; but on the inside my invisible ‘friend’ has had an impact.

I battle with different ailments daily; no one day is the same.

I do not let that stop me from moving on with my altered life.

I have a new ‘friend’, I will not let her win.

 

 

My memory, my confidence, my concentration, and vocabulary have all been impacted by my new ‘friend’.

I am determined not to let her define me; I am more than Glenis.

Every day I fight to overcome Glenis; every day I become that little bit stronger.

I may not be able to do the exact same things I used to, but I will give everything a try at least once.

My new ‘friend’ will always be with me; even though she wants to do

Monday, 29 November 2021 / Published in News

Wilson and Scott have had the great honour of appearing in an episode of Grace’s Amazing Machines on the BBC CBeebies channel (Sky 608, Virginia Media 702).

We showed Grace how our line marking machines work, with a focus on one of our Multi Marks, and how we keep the country moving! Be sure to tune in to learn more about the work we do, the episode is live on TV and the BBC iPlayer.

S3, E17 and E20