15 May 2016
By Lionel Drage, chairman of the SEMA SAIC group (SEMA Approved Installation Companies)
Thankfully racking collapses are few and far between. But they can and do happen, causing serious injury or fatality; and loss of reputation through claims for corporate negligence. Sadly, it is almost always due to bad practice.
11 May 2016
By Matt Grierson, President of SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers’ Association
This particular racking collapse made national TV coverage this weekend when we saw a trapped worker walk to safety after being buried for eight hours under tons of collapsed racking at a warehouse. SEMA would not wish to comment on the circumstances leading to the collapse at this stage as the HSE will be investigating.
10 January 2016
SEMA’s President Matt Grierson says that the legal onus on end users of storage systems to implement rigorous safety measures has now grown significantly. The association offers structure and support on compliance to purchasers and users of storage equipment.
20 December 2015
Load signs need careful scrutiny by the customer to ensure that they actually do help protect workers from injury. Alan Worrell of SEMA’s Technical Committee clarifies end users’ responsibilities and summarises the origins and value of this key piece of signage.
15 December 2015
SEMA was established as far back as 1968. So for almost half a century, the association has acted as a beacon in terms of best practice; and much of its work is regarded as exemplary. 2015 has been another landmark year and, by means of illustration, our Code of Practice for the Design and Use of Racking Protection is recognised as the most comprehensive in Europe.
20 November 2015
SEMA’s President Matt Grierson reviews the association’s achievements in 2015 and looks forward to 2016 in its continued mission to put zero harm at the heart of the storage industry.
25 June 2015
SEMA's Steve Hall concludes the lead body's Three Steps to Safety campaign by offering best practice guidance to end users on the maintenance and repair of storage systems including the best use of rack protection measures. Again, it's as easy as 1-2-3!
25 May 2015
Colin Hinton of the Storage Equipment Manufactorers' Association's Technical Committee outlines best practice enshrined in Europe's foremost reference; the SEMA Code of Practice on Rack Protection.
10 May 2015
Safe storage follows a three step process; safe design; safe installation and safe maintenance. As part of SEMA’s Three Steps to Safety campaign, the association’s President Matt Grierson outlines how to choose the right suppliers at Step 2: the installation stage.
05 May 2015
SEMA’s president, Matt Grierson will chair the association’s Standards & Regulations Seminar 2015 on Wednesday 3rd June.
01 April 2015
As part of SEMA's Three Steps to Safety campaign, the association's Vice President Chris O'Connor explains how safe storage design makes commercial and practical common sense.
01 February 2015
SEMA's new president, Matt Grierson urges everyone in the storage industry to get involved in making the industry a zero-accident place to work.
04 December 2014
Racking and Storage - Let the Buyer Beware!
Don't know what standards your existing storage schemes are designed to? Fed up of the time it takes to check the details on a storage firm's quality credentials? Ever wish someone else had done the leg work on health and safety, use of trained labour and correct storage design so you can sign on the dotted line?
Help is at hand from SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers' Association. Each of SEMA's five membership groups places health and safety at the heart of its agenda and together they cover the full supply chain. With a mandate to establish and continually improve safe working practices in the storage industry and a 50 year history, SEMA works cohesively with the HSE, CSCS, RoSPA and other lead bodies.
27 October 2014
The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is backing SEMA's requirement for installer training to be on-going in the storage equipment industry. CSCS is the leading certification card scheme for construction. CSCS cards provide proof that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications.
17 October 2014
Storax and Moresecure remained victorious at the SEMA Distributor Group (SDG) Supplier of the Year awards 2014.
13 May 2014
On the basis of safety, SEMA completely opposes the use of cutting out and replacing sections of damaged uprights without offloading in order to save money on rack replacements. This method is not underwritten by any of the main rack manufacturers whose products are being modified or by the statutory authorities because:
06 May 2014
Jonathan Bennett, Chairman of the SEMA Distributor Group gives guidance on safe racking installations from cradle to grave.
Whether or not there’s a future for brick and mortar retail, the warehouse will remain a key part of a retailer’s estate. It’s been estimated that there’s a racking collapse every week in the UK, fortunately most collapses don’t cause serious injury or fatality but prosecution under corporate manslaughter legislation remains a distinct possibility.
15 April 2014
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturers' Association will launch two new Codes of Practice at its Annual Standards & Regulations Seminar on Wednesday 4th June.
08 April 2014
SEMA, the Storage Equipment Manufacturer's Association will launch two new Codes of Practice at its Annual Standards & Regulations Seminar on Wednesday 4th June.
17 February 2014SEMA’s Distributor Company QA scheme saves you risk and time!
Every SEMA Distributor Company (SDC) is to be independently audited on quality in a pioneering scheme launched by the group in 2014.
It’s the first scheme of its type for the storage industry and all SDCs must be independently audited on no fewer than 25 quality measures to retain their membership status.