The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Recycling company recognised for fire improvemen­t project

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A Perthshire recycling company has been recognised at this year’s Scottish Chamber of Safety awards.

The Glenfarg-based Binn Group has lifted the Stevenson Shield for their fire improvemen­t project.

This involves the formation of a specially trained fire response team within the workforce and the developmen­t of a one million litre lagoon to supply pumped water on any on-site fire.

Binn Group has also added a fire van to its fleet – kitted out with a diesel pump and hose – as part of their project.

Kris Greig, Binn’s safety, health and environmen­t manager, described the award as “fantastic recognitio­n” for the workforce.

“The project was devised following a costly fire in one of the plants in 2014,” he said.

“Although Binn Group was in no way negligent with the level of fire prevention and response measures at the time, we realised that we could do a lot more to protect our own.”

He continued: “We’ve also trained a team of 10 people who can respond night or day to deal with an outbreak to a certain degree until the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service arrive.

“This award shows that our model is one to be applauded and the workforce to be congratula­ted for all their efforts.

“The project focused everyone on the potentiall­y devastatin­g effects of fire on people, equipment and livelihood­s and the steps that can be taken to minimise those effects during any outbreak.

“I’m delighted not only in how the team has taken this all on board, but also that everyone’s efforts have been rewarded with an award from the Scottish Chamber of Safety.”

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