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Birch Lake Investments Ltd. Acquires International Safety Components (ISC) Ltd.

November 1st 2019

Birch Lake Investments Ltd. Acquires International Safety Components (ISC) Ltd.

We're delighted to announce that an agreement to transfer ownership of ISC Ltd. to private investment team Birch Lake Investments Ltd., has been signed.

Randy Snell will become the Chairman and Managing Director, replacing Founder and Chairman Denny Moorhouse, effective immediately.  Randy brings over 35 years of global leadership experience in aerospace and height safety industries and has an outstanding track record of developing passionate and high performing teams focused on delivering to customer and market expectations. 

“ISC is recognized as a leading provider for safety solutions in multiple industrial height safety markets,” said Randy.  “Their reputation as an industry innovator with strong brand loyalty is what drove our interest in ISC.  However, it was the strength and passion of the people of ISC that ultimately convinced us to invest in the company.

”Randy adds that the new leadership will be focusing on improving internal processes to make it easier for customers to do business with the company, as well expanding their product ranges to better serve the global markets they engage in.

The transfer of ownership provides Denny with a move into retirement after more than 50 years of industry-leading innovations in height safety devices.  As a young adult, Denny developed a passion for mountain climbing which led him to become a climbing instructor in the early 1960s.  His enthusiasm for climbing continued to grow and he soon looked for other ways to be involved in the industry.  In 1966, Moorhouse established Clogwyn Climbing Gear Ltd, where he began manufacturing innovative climbing safety gear that eventually led to industrial safety products and what is now ISC.

Birch Lake Investments’ acquisition of ISC fulfills Denny’s desire to see ISC remain an independent company.  “I was looking for an ownership transfer that would keep ISC independent and focused on expanding innovative solutions to height safety needs while continuing to invest in our team in Wales and the passion and commitment that our people demonstrate for providing safety solutions for workers at height,” said Denny.  “I have great confidence in the vision and leadership that Randy Snell will provide to drive ISC growth in all of our global markets.”  

With the new ownership comes a renewed sense of excitement and determination.  Randy has shared a growth strategy that focuses on meeting and exceeding customer needs and revitalising product innovation.  The team's first area of focus will be to improve supply chain execution and dramatically improve our lead-time and delivery performance.  Another key area of concentration will be accelerating the pace of product innovation and growing ISC’s product offerings in the markets we currently serve.  We are confident that by driving new levels of performance in these areas we can enable stronger growth for our customer partners.

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Response to RAPEX Rope Wrench Notification

October 24th 2019



We have been made aware of the notification on the RAPEX website [click here to read notification]

We would like to assure all of our customers that there is no safety issue related with the item supplied by ISC, namely RP280xx+RT270B1 (CE Marked Rope Wrench, with factory-fitted Single Tether) and RP280xx+RT270C1 (CE Marked Rope Wrench, with factory-fitted Double Tether).


There are a number of anomalies contained within the RAPEX document:

  •  The photograph included in the document does not represent the item supplied by ISC and is also an incomplete photograph of a system (that the rope wrench could be included into)
  •  ISC do have a valid EU certificate according to the PPE Regulation 2016/425 for the item supplied into the EU market. This determines that the product meets the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the PPE Regulation

In the event of a catastrophic failure of the Rope Wrench, whilst included in a full climbing system (not currently supplied by ISC), the injury risk to the user is not increased. The hitch (not supplied by ISC) could become tight on the climbing rope and require the climber to be rescued, rather than being able to self-rescue.  This would likely be included in any risk assessment and rescue plan detailed in advance of any work taking place, as required by legislation.


We are in contact with our local Trading Standards Office and they are liaising with the RAPEX Unit. This is the only course of action that we can currently take to correct these inaccuracies.


ISC currently have a valid EU Type Examination Certificate and are appealing the claims made in the RAPEX document.

We will provide a further update as soon as more information becomes available.   
Regards,   



Rich Hattier
Sales & Marketing Director

 

 

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EZYiD® The New Asset Tracking System!

August 23rd 2019

Welcome to EZYiD® The Future of Asset Tracking! 

The next level in RFID technology and a system that will exponentially change the way that assets of all shapes and sizes are tracked! EZYiD is the solution for all asset tracking compliance issues and for vastly reducing human auditing fatigue and human error.

Watch the video below for more information and why you need EZYiD!

www.ISC-EZYiD.com

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MRA Partnership

July 31st 2019

ISC has partnered up with the Mountain Rescue Association (MRA) in a sponsorship agreement to support its rescue efforts and operations across the United States.

Established in 1959, at Mount Hood, Oregon, the MRA celebrates its 60th year dedicated to saving lives through rescue and mountain safety education.

Its mission has always been to improve the quality, availability and safety of mountain search & rescue and remains the only nationally accredited organization in North America to provide critical SAR resources in remote locations.

Members of the MRA will answer the call, no matter the time, no matter the conditions and ISC are proud to sponsor this group of professional rescuers, who make the outdoors safer for all to enjoy.

 

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Martin Barnett Joins ISC

July 12th 2019

ISC is incredibly excited to welcome Martin Barnett to the team as our North American Sales & Training Manager! Martin's skill set will be a tremendous asset to our ability to offer technical demonstrations and training for industry technicians as well as helping to expand our reach and ability to support our partners in North America and beyond!

Martin teaches Rope access, Industrial fall protection, Tower climbing/rescue, PPE Inspection, Artificial high directionals and several types of rescue techniques. He is SPRAT® L3 & National Cave Rescue Commission (NCRC) L3 certified and is medically trained as a First Responder. He is also American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) trained. Martin has worked in manufacturing; he is a former firefighter and has been volunteering with Alpine Rescue Team for the past five years.


As an Expedition Guide, Martin has summited the highest mountain in all seven continents. He has climbed technical peaks all over the world and his last expedition was walking across Antarctica to the South Pole. When he is not participating in Rope Access/Rigging, he also enjoys mountain biking, SCUBA diving, snowboarding and his main hobby, rock and ice climbing.

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Out with the Old, in with the New...

June 25th 2019

As part of a series of improvements scheduled throughout 2019, we are proud to welcome to our factory in North Wales, a new 100 Ton Butterley Machine Press! Introducing new equipment is always an exciting and challenging time, but even more so when it weighs in excess of 12 tons and stands over 3.5m tall.

To “press” is the act of applying pressure to flatten, soften, shape or smooth and is one of the stages many ISC products will go through during the manufacturing process. We take 3-6mm 6/7000 series Aluminium plate in its annealed (heat treated) form and using a “pierce and blank” tool (die), apply pressure to cut out components ready to be used during production.

The new press is capable of repeating this process at a rate of 300 pieces per hour, whilst delivering a maximum press weight of 100 tons. This will be run alongside our 70 Ton Press, to keep up with manufacturing demand during peak times.

Installing such a large and heavy piece of machinery is not without its challenges, first we had to make some room. This involved the decommissioning of a much smaller and older Press, allowing us to reconfigure the Press Shop layout and releasing a suitable space where the new press would live.

Once the old press was disposed of, we turned our attention to bringing in the new machine. Weighing in at a hefty 12 tons, this wasn’t going to be easy, but thankfully we could rely on the expertise of professional machine installers J.H. Kemp Ltd. 

Using a specially adapted forklift truck fitted with a hydraulic lift attachment, the new press was lifted clear of the trailer. Notice how the rear of the fork lift has an extending chassis to add additional (and much needed) ballast during transportation. The total transit weight now approaching 25 tons!

The next stage was to navigate this colossal weight across the car park towards the Press Shop, located at the rear end of the factory; a distance of around 100m. The surface of the route was carefully surveyed for any undulations which may upset the balance of the fork lift and lead to a catastrophe, something we obviously didn’t want to happen.

Having successfully completed it’s journey down to the Press Shop, the next challenge was access. The margins were tight, the Press Shop door providing only 2 inches of clearance, we all watched on with bated breath…

Thankfully Garry (Press Shop Supervisor) was spot on with his measurements and the Press was finally inside. With some skillful maneuvering, it was lowered into position, establishing itself as the pride of the ISC Press Fleet!

 

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