Displaysense raise the issue of fire and safety protocols in the workplace
Released on: March 5, 2009, 7:07 am
Displaysense calls for businesses and workers to take note of
the upcoming national no smoking day and pay more attention to health
and safety following potentially disastrous incident in Telford.
Ever since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007 there have been mixed views
on the law, however a warehouse worker in Telford decided to defy the regulation and
watch some new office products go up in smoke.
Displaysense the UKs leading supplier of mannequins and shop display equipment were happy to receive a phone call from a customer, with what sounded like
a repeat order for products the company had only ordered a month earlier.
During the phone call the unfortunate reason behind the repeat purchase was
revealed. A temporary agency employee ignored the smoking ban, having snuck away
for a crafty fag and accidently set fire to half of a small storage room at the back
of their warehouse.
The company bought clothes rails, containers and display cabinets from Displaysense with the intention of using them in their offices after they
completed a refurbishment and had temporarily placed them away in a storage room
while the offices were decorated.
Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense commented, "Although our
products are high quality, they are not meant to be completely fire proof. It was
potentially a very dangerous situation and perhaps the individual involved should
take note of the no smoking day on the 11th of March and quit while he is behind."
Steve continued, "It just goes to show, with the various promotions the government
runs to highlight the risks of fire, some businesses aren't taking appropriate
steps to protect their business and the message isn't getting through to their
Given this incident, Displaysense are going to contact its customers to raise the
question about their businesses health and safety measures, and offer appropriate
solutions to protect their lively hood.
The fire and rescue services attend more than 30,000 work related fires around the
country each year, with impacts including businesses not reopening, loss of jobs or
even loss of life. With the no smoking day on March the 11th, the smoking ban and
increased monitoring of fire and safety protocols in the workplace, it is hoped that
this number falls and similar situations to that of the Telford warehouse can be
It is understood that employees at the warehouse managed to put out the fire without
needing to contact the emergency services. The worker in question has subsequently
been fired and told not to darken their doors or cabinets, again.
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point
of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and
manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over
1600 displays. The range is now extremely diverse including acrylic containers,
display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and
business card holders.
Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and
independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs,
shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and
architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers,
councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.
For further information please contact:
0845 200 8139