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ISSUE 91 - JUNE-JULY 2022
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Issue 91 - June-July 2022
News & Views 23 ‘Don’t Fall for It’ with IPAF
Products 45 Evolving Choice
In Focus 19 AEW Awards
Campaign emphasising the importance of working safely to avoid falls from MEWPs has been launched by IPAF
New range from BG Electrical aims to help contractors keep up with latest trends in decorative wiring accessories and end user demands.
Association of Electrical Wholesalers (AEW) held its first Awards lunch in May at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley.
40 Charity hike in memory of Derek Thompson Staff of ETT & SparkSafe are
30 CEF Omagh Feature
50 Aurora’s LED IP65 Linear Pac
Forward-thinking wholesaler CEF has opened its tenth store in Omagh making it the biggest branch network in Northern Ireland.
A fantastic range of non-corrosive IP65 lighting options from Aurora are now available with a five-year warranty.
participating in two charity hikes to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Unit in Derek’s memory.
42 New Aztec range from Ansell Lighting
61 Jarman Distributors
63 Ireland’s Electrical Awards
Quality products at competitive prices from Jarman means they can be trusted to get the tool you need, when you need it.
Ansell is offering a variety of options including floodlighting issues for the most challenging conditions.
Find out who took home the gold at this year’s Ireland Electrical Awards.
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Kerry McLaverty, CEO, LauraLynn, with Leo Donovan, CEO, WEEE Ireland, at the presentation of a €40,000 cheque, generated by WEEE Ireland’s recycling of batteries across 2021
Battery recycling campaign nets “incredible” €520,000 for LauraLynn Children’s Hospice
WEEE Ireland has donated a further €40,000 to LauraLynn, bringing its total contribution to €520,000 since the partnership began 11 years ago. The gift to Ireland’s only children’s hospice will provide much-needed overnight respite stays for dozens of children with life-limiting conditions and their families.
Every battery recycled by WEEE Ireland goes towards a donation fund to support this vital work. “The funds that we have received from WEEE Ireland as a result of the battery campaign have had such a positive impact on the children and families who avail of LauraLynn’s care and specialised supports,”
said Kerry McLaverty, CEO of LauraLynn. Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland added: “WEEE Ireland is delighted to be part of LauraLynn’s story since 2011. As well as supporting the fantastic work of LauraLynn, recycling batteries plays a huge part in helping protect the environment for future generations.”
Byrne elected to Lighting Europe Board
Gabriel Byrne, Lighting Association Ireland (LAI) delegate to Lighting Europe, was elected to its Executive Board during the recent general assembly in Brussels. Gabriel is a long-standing member of the lighting business community in Ireland and is currently Chairman of Fantasy Lights Group, the company he founded more than 30 years ago. He was a founding member and
Kirby Group Engineering has made a significant donation to Acquired Brain Injury Ireland (ABII) to support their work in Meath. ABII has established support, social and cognitive groups to help people right across the country. Kirby’s donation of €25,000 for the team at ABII Meath will be used by the charity to pilot a new clubhouse for their county. Taidgh Dooley, Associate Director of Kirby’s Leinster Business Unit said: “Supporting the communities in which we work is very important to us at Kirby. We’re proud to play our part in helping the work of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland empowering people to live to their potential”. Barbara O’Connell, Chief Executive and Founder of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland added: “We are so grateful to the Kirby Group for its generous donation which will make such a difference to so many people living with brain injury in Meath”. Kirby donates €25,000 to Acquired Brain Injury Charity
the first Chairman of Lighting Association Ireland (LAI). He remains a guiding member of the LAI, and is also President of the Electrical Industries Federation of Ireland (EIFI). On his election Ourania Georgoutsakou, Lighting Europe Secretary General, said, “Gabriel’s long experience in lighting, both as a company owner and as a leader of industry associations, will be of great value to the Lighting Europe Executive Board.” Gabriel said, “The work done in Lighting Europe today will shape the future of Europe’s lighting industry for the next five to 10 years. Our members are collaborating to define sustainability for lighting across all applications and products, and our team is working with regulators to draft rules that are easily understood and enforced, and that accelerate the uptake of quality lighting.” www.lightingassociation.ie
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Ei Electronics is delighted to have supported Scoil Seanáin Naofa, Clonlara, Co. Clare in the purchase of 20 iPads for use by students. Ei provided a donation to the school which has over 290 pupils and 18 teachers, which contributed significantly towards the purchase of 20 iPads to the school during 2021. The iPads proved a useful resource initially when students were forced to attend classes remotely during the pandemic. Today, with a full return to classes, they are used widely by the pupils in the preparation of class projects and assignments. As part of its commitment to the community, Ei recently sponsored new outdoor facilities at Clonmoney National School. Some of which included two multi goals, allowing the students to play basketball, soccer, hurling and gaelic football, as well as a new balance beam being installed. Photo Caption: Pictured recently at the school with a number of students were Mick Guinee and Principal Donnchadh Kelleher. Ei Electronics provide technological support to over 290 pupils
Schneider Electric Ireland up for two ESG Awards
Schneider Electric Ireland has been shortlisted for two Business & Finance Media Group #ESGAwards in the Net Zero Carbon and Energy efficiency categories. The inaugural Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Awards, in association with Business & Finance, takes place on June 30, 2022. ESG provides a specific set of criteria, namely environmental, social, and governance, that companies can measure, benchmark and report against. ESG is vitally important because it now relates to internal practices and policies that lead to effective decision-making and, in turn, facilitates sustainable top-line growth into the future. The ESG Awards will celebrate
the companies and individuals who are actively striving to address and progress environmental, social and governance issues. With a variety of categories, the Awards will showcase the successes of ESG initiatives, examples of best practice and highlight the importance of transparency in this area. The ESG Awards’ esteemed judging panel will adjudicate on all entries across a range of criteria and recognise those setting the standards for ESG Excellence. They will recognise and reward the best in class under 15 categories while also choosing the best overall company and one outstanding individual demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and ESG. www.se.com
Recent figures have shown that electricians are asked on average, five times a year to provide mates’ rates with an average discount of 45% offered. The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of ElectricalDirect, asked 500 electricians for their opinions on mates’ rates, as well as how often they get asked and the typical discounts they offer. The results highlighted how electricians are losing hundreds of pounds and Euros every year to mates’ rates, but many feel unable to say no when friends or family ask for discounts, according to the research. On average, each worker who took part in the survey gets asked to reduce their quotes five times a year, with only 1% of respondents saying they never get requests. Based on the average day rate, an electrician loses over £125 a day, by offering the typical level of discount, which works out at £657 a year. For advice on how to handle tricky conversations about mates’ rates, visit: www.electricaldirect.co.uk/blog/how-to-handle-mates-rates Electricians losing out over mates’ rates
Research has shown that electricians are losing out on hundreds of pounds each year due to mates’ rates.
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Northern Ireland Branch
DON’T MISS A GREAT DAY OUT THIS AUGUST AT THE ELECTRICAL INDUSTRY CHARITY’S GOLF EXPERIENCE… Test your swing to raise funds for EIC
F ancy taking some customers for a game of golf? Why not treat them to an amazing trip to one of the top golf resorts in Ireland! The Electrical Industry Charity (EIC) Northern Ireland branch is hosting a fantastic day out on Thursday, 18 August at the popular Lough Erne Luxury Golf Resort – Faldo Course. Lough Erne Resort provides the ultimate golf experience set against a beautiful backdrop. Featuring two championship golf courses including the renowned Faldo Course; golfers can also hone their skills at The Golf Academy, or practise at the all- weather driving range. The charity’s own resident golfer, Gareth Howes will host this superb day guaranteed to be one to remember. The money raised through this event will help continue the fantastic work
being carried out by the EIC and go directly towards supporting those affected by co-occurring conditions such as addiction and mental health. The aim of the Customer Golf Experience is to raise awareness to encourage clarity on such problems, which will allow EIC to truly support those in need to recover. Successful events have already taken place this year to raise funds for EIC including a Summer Day at the Races at the start of June. Events like these, raise a substantial and necessary amount of money which can help change lives for the better throughout those who need it most in the electrical sector in Northern Ireland. For further information, please contact; Karen McAvoy T: +44 (0)7771 524770; E: firstname.lastname@example.org or Gareth Howes T: +44 (0)7342 888074; E: GHowes@atkore.com
• Shotgun start 11am, all finish together • 18-hole golf experience on the Faldo championship course
• Two course meal and prize giving after golf • Discounted overnight stay rate £180 – must be booked directly with Lough Erne Resort • Fantastic prizes
• 4 ball costs £480 +VAT or • 4 ball and hole sponsorship - £550 +VAT
“Book your 4 ball now and help support the fantastic work carried out by the Electrical Industry Charity here in Northern Ireland”
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Designer Group Training Director, Brendan Kearns, along with two Designer Group apprentices, were delighted to attend the National launch of the Access to Apprenticeship programme on Thursday, 5 May at TU Dublin. Supporting this important initiative is fundamental to Designer Group’s company values and enables young people from diverse backgrounds to gain an insight into apprenticeship opportunities, meet potential employers and learn more about their career prospects. The apprentices met with Minister Simon Harris on the day to discuss their experience with the Access to Apprenticeship programme and their journey with Designer Group. Designer Group has been working with TU Dublin supporting the Access to Apprenticeship programme since its inception in 2017 and are proud to have employed many apprentices from the programme. It’s dedicated Training Academy hosts workshops from each Access to Apprenticeship group as part of Designer Group’s commitment to the programme, where attendees meet some of its own apprentices and take part in practical workshops to get a flavour of a ‘day in the life’ of an apprentice. Designer Group attend National Launch of Access to Apprenticeship Programme
Braham Electricals first female Contracts Manager pictured with Director, Thomas Braham.
Girl Power at Braham Electrical
Braham Electrical has appointed dedicated employee, Aisling Doyle as its new Junior Street Lighting Contracts Manager. Aisling is the first female in the company’s history to be appointed as a Contracts Manager. The Warrenpoint-based company are keen to encourage women into the industry and strongly believe that there are many roles for women to enter and develop to establish a gender- neutral culture. Aisling began her career with Braham Electrical in an administrative role in 2013 but showed a flare for contracts management in the street lighting section. She has been shadowing Street Lighting Director, Thomas Braham on many contracts and has been working closely with the contracting team to develop her competences in this area. Aisling has developed a depth of business knowledge in the organisation over the years and has a strong working
relationship with direct employees, customers, clients, and consultants alike. Aisling’s strongest attribute is her attention to detail, which allows her to complete her works with thoroughness, accuracy, and consistency. She is a great asset to the team who shows a true passion and interest in her new role. Aisling added: “Braham Electrical have always shown support towards my progression in my personal career, it is a great place to work and develop your skills with many available opportunities both on site and managerial positions. Offering more opportunities for women to enter the world of construction is something Braham Electrical are actively working on across the board and I feel delighted to be part of this.” Braham Electrical recognise the diverse perspectives and skills that women bring to the workforce, and hope Aisling inspires more women to bring their talent into our industry.
Stalwart of electrical industry passes away
John Fitzsimons, the founder of National Emergency Lighting (NEL), passed away in April. John was a stalwart of the electrical industry being thoroughly respected and fondly remembered by all who knew him. President of the EIFI and EMDA, John was instrumental in the development of the Irish National Standard for Emergency Lighting (I.S 3217) through his association and membership of technical committees of the IIRS initially and subsequently the NSAI. John served his time as an electrician and in his early career worked in the Electrical
Contracting Industry. He subsequently specialised in the Fire Alarm Industry joining AFA Minerva and then Champion Fire Defence with the view of developing the company’s early entry into the Emergency Lighting Industry. John’s legacy to the electrical industry is enormous. He educated, trained, mentored and supported a very large cadre of staff whilst he was at the helm of NEL. His past staff now permeate all areas of the electrical industry with many being company founders and operators in their own right.
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STRUCTURED AND CONSISTENT BUSINESS STRATEGY HELPS TRANSFORM PRECISION CABLES FOR SUSTAINABILITY… Continuing evolution gives Precision Cables the edge
P recision Cables has years, extensively expanding the product portfolio, a stock hold of over €9m, doubling of the workforce, an increase of storage capacity to approximately 55,000sqft, two new directors and a strong customer information policy through a cohesive marketing strategy. experienced significant growth over the past 10 Complete cable solutions Precision Cables continues to grow business through its exclusive partnership with Prysmian offering the renowned fire protection range FP® and the superior PRYS201B cables fit for any applications used in residential and commercial structures. To enable the business to provide a complete cable solutions destination, it strives to continually grow its cables and accessories portfolio sourced. A carefully handpicked range of suppliers throughout Europe that aligns with its core values and philosophy to only deliver products to the Irish market and is all backed up by an excellent procurement team who are constantly working to offer the latest and innovative products to
ensure Precision Cables remain at the forefront of the industry. Customer information policy Precision Cables has developed a clear defined marketing strategy focusing on informing and educating all its customers about its products and making it easier to access product specifications, applications, and regulation documents. A huge part of this programme is the newly re-developed website which has been designed to better showcase the extensive range of products and services it supplies. In addition, the new website will also mirror the expanding social media presence in terms of bringing regular updates on new products, emerging technologies, regulations, and CSR activities which Precision Cables undertakes. This is all part of the focus to keep a strong connection with customers through improved communication and marketing.
The company is delighted to announce that it has acquired Hartec Limited, a small manufacturing company who offer expertise in electro-mechanical assemblies and sub-assemblies, cable harness and sub-harness, box build and panel build, along with materials management. With a name change to Precision Cables Manufacturing Ltd, this will position the business better on the market, by making a clear relation with Precision Cables IRL Limited as the parent company. Together, the businesses are now fully compliant with ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management standard and can encompass this accolade going forward.
T: (NI/RoI) 00353 (0)42 9331436 E: email@example.com www.precisioncables.ie
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10/10 for Innovation Awarded to Powertrack 2021
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No working at height Re-usable project after project No specialist installers or training Rapid to install, modify and remove Saves on cost, time and energy
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EXCLUSIVE POWERTRACK RANGE LANDS AT EASTERN ELECTRICAL DUNDALK AND BALLYMOUNT… Novus48 Powertrack - first-ever reusable temporary power and lighting system
T wo branches of Edmundson’s Electrical are now suppliers of the exclusive product range, Powertrack by Novus48. Eastern Electrical Ballymount, Dublin and Eastern Electrical in Dundalk are delighted to be able to offer their customers this solution, one of the most innovative new products to come on the market for years. Powertrack is a modular temporary power and lighting system that enables safe, efficient and rapid deployment of power and lighting in any environment, but primarily in construction. Designed and built to last, Powertrack provides a sustainable alternative to conventional systems. The modules include lighting, emergency lighting, 4-way, long, medium and short runners, power,
starter, converter and slinky. Installation is quick and easy and being completely floor run, it eliminates working at height. Its triple insulation and plug and play connection system reduces safety risks. The product is the first-ever reusable temporary power and lighting system that is robust enough to go from project to project. The system has been carefully designed to eliminate extras such as towers, tie-wraps and plastic packaging. Powertrack reduces costs as it only needs purchased once. It’s incredible install speed reduces front end prelim spend and because it can be installed and modified by your site logistics team, there are no more costs for downtime and no more expensive maintenance visits.
Furthermore, it is the first-ever reusable temporary power and lighting system for construction and other related industries. This ensures Powertrack is highly sustainable and results in significant Co2 reduction. It is plug and play, rapid install, re-usable and can significantly reduce spend on temporary installations against conventional set-up. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine about the latest range, Ian Brodigan, Branch Manager at Eastern Electrical, Dundalk commented: “We are delighted to be part of something new and innovative and as an exclusive supplier to the whole of Ireland, we think this fits perfectly with our branded products philosophy. “Having won best Health & Safety Innovation 2021 at the Building Innovation awards 2021, Powertrack was recognised as a transformational product that is actively improving health and safety in construction.” Ian continued: “We are excited to be partnering with a company who shares a passion for innovation and to create positive change in the electrical/ construction sector.”
Eastern Electrical Ballymount T: +353 (0)1 405 0400 Eastern Electrical Dundalk T: +353 (0)42 933 7101 www.ewl.ie
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Be prepared for 18th Edition updates GARY PARKER, ECA SENIOR TECHNICAL MANAGER TELLS YOU WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT AMENDMENT 2 TO THE WIRING REGULATIONS…
T here have been major events and changes since the release of the 18th Edition Wiring Regulations. Since the ubiquitous ‘blue book’ was published in 2018, the electrical contracting industry has encountered Brexit, Covid-19 and material shortages, Building Safety legislation and various green technology and other opportunities. Some of these have shaped the way we look at and think about electrical installations today. On March 28, 2022, the second Amendment to the 18th Edition was released. The new book (brown this time) is filled with important updates that electrical contractors need to know about.
RCD risk assessments These updated requirements relate to Regulation 411.3.3 – RCDs and socket outlets. Previous Editions allowed building owners to omit RCDs in some cases where a risk assessment had been done. This is still an option, but the requirements have been tightened up. Amendment 2 now insists that an RCD must be provided where children or disabled persons are present, regardless of whether a risk assessment has been done.
accordance with the Electricity Safety, Quality and Continuity Regulations (ESQCR), it shall be deemed that the connection between earth and neutral is permeant. Arc fault detection devices AFDDs are now mandatory for circuits supplying socket-outlets with a rated
current not exceeding 32 A in: •Higher risk residential buildings (HRRBs)
•Homes in multiple occupation (HMOs) •Purpose built student accommodation •Care homes This clarifies the specific locations where AFDDs are required. Of course, this does not restrict their uses in other locations. That is up to the designer, but it is worth noting that some limitations do remain regarding AFDDs. For instance, they are single-phase only and may require a minimum load to function correctly.
Further Amendment 2 updates to be aware of: • Protected escape routes • Protection against overvoltages • Bonding of outbuildings • Solar PV systems • Prosumer electrical installations • Certification
Here we shall look at a few of the major changes in BS 7671:2018+A2:2022 (from now, referred to as Amendment 2). Implementation and information The last update to the Wiring
Additional earth electrodes Some new wording has been added to Regulation 411.4.2 recommending that an additional connection to earth, by means of an electrode, is provided to PME earthing systems. As mentioned earlier, the word ‘recommended’ is key here. This is just one option, and not mandatory. The existing Regulation 114.1 still remains and says that where a supply is given in
Regulations will be withdrawn on September 27,2022. Any new work from this date must conform to the new Amendment 2. Some of the wording has also been clarified. For example, some readers took the word ‘recommended’ to mean ‘mandatory’. This has been made clearer throughout, and should now be easier to understand.
You can learn much more about AMD2 in an ongoing series of articles, videos and podcasts available at www.ECAtoday.co.uk. To speak to ECA NI and ROI Regional Manager, Alfie Watterson call: +44 (0)28 9147 9527 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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AEW ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL WHOLESALERS AWARDS 2022
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Before the awards lunch concluded however, there was one last award to present, the Special Recognition Award. This award is presented to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution over many, many years to the electrical wholesale industry and to present this award to the worthy recipient, Gay Byrne, President of the EIFI, was welcomed to the stage. The 2022 Special Recognition Award went to Gerry Kelly, an individual who started his career in the family business of Phibsboro Electrical. He was a founder member of Fegime Ireland, and he did trojan work for the AEW throughout the turbulent years of the 1990s. He is not only respected for his business successes, however, as he is, without doubt, also one of the most popular individuals in the electrical industry. SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
THE ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL WHOLESALERS (AEW) HELD ITS FIRST AWARDS LUNCH TO RECOGNISE AND CELEBRATE THE BEST PERFORMERS IN THE STAFF TRAINING PROGRAMME AND WEEE RECYCLING INITIATIVE… Inaugural AEW Awards lunch a huge success
F or the first time in its history, the celebrate and reward the businesses and individuals who have excelled in the WEEE Recycling and Staff Training Programme over the last year. Taking place on May, 18 at the Clayton Hotel, Liffey Valley, the event served as a great opportunity for all electrical wholesalers across the country to come together and renew old relationships which were sadly interrupted by Covid-19 over the last number of years. Association of Electrical Wholesalers (AEW) held an Awards lunch to The AEW were delighted with the large attendance, especially as each member group within the AEW was fully represented. There are six member groups within the association made up of CEF, EWL Electric, Fegime Ireland, IEBG, Kellihers and the Independents. All six member groups received two WEEE Recycling Awards, a ‘Best Performing Branch’, and a ‘Most Improved Branch.’ Similarly, all groups received two Staff Training Awards, a ‘Winner’ and a ‘Runner-Up’.
The lunch was hosted by RTE’s very own Sports Presenter, Des Cahill who kept the mood light and humorous throughout. His interviews with Leo Donovan of WEEE Ireland, Cel O’Reilly of the IEBA, Tracy Hewett of the EDA and Gay Byrne of the EIFI were particularly insightful and interesting, while his chats with some of the winners gave the audience some great entertainment. The 12 WEEE Recycling Awards were presented by Leo Donovan before lunch was served and the 12 Staff Training Awards were presented by Tracy Hewett after lunch. Speaking to Ireland’s Electrical Magazine about the event, Ken Legros of AEW said: “As it was an inaugural event for the AEW, it was important to do it properly and to create the right impression from the outset. So, we invested heavily in the room set-up, the audio-visual show and a professional presentation, which really paid off. It was evident that everyone who attended thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we hope to repeat the AEW Awards Lunch every second year.”
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AEW ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL WHOLESALERS AWARDS 2022 WEEE RECYCLING AWARDS
T he WEEE Recycling Awards were presented by Leo Donovan, CEO of WEEE Ireland and rewarded the best branch in each group and also the most improved branch in each of the six groups. WEEE Ireland is a not for profit organisation, committed to delivering cost effective compliance on behalf of its Producer Members. The organisation represents 96 per
cent of the Irish battery industry and 74 per cent of the household electrical and electronic industry. It has been operational since 2005 and has been the scheme of choice in Ireland maintaining majority market share across all sectors. WEEE Ireland operates under the approval of the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications.
EWL ELECTRIC Best Performing Branch: Joe Horgan, Eastern Electrical, Little Island Cork
CEF Best Performing Branch: James Eady, CEF Finglas
FEGIME IRELAND Best Performing Branch: Martin Flaherty, Flaherty Markets, Galway
CEF Most Improved Branch: Dermot Gilmartin, CEF Sligo
EWL ELECTRIC Most Improved Branch: Paul O’Brien, Eastern Electrical, Cavan
FEGIME IRELAND Most Improved Branch: Niall Curran, WESCO Drogheda
IEBG Best Performing Branch: Adam Kiely, MCK Electrical, Cork
KELLIHERS Best Performing Branch: Chris McDonagh, Kellihers, Ballymount
INDEPENDENTS Best Performing Branch: Miriam Gonzalo, Monaghan Electrical, Cavan
INDEPENDENTS Most Improved Branch: Stephen O’Sullivan, Maynooth Electrical Supplies
IEBG Most Improved Branch: Eddie Fleming, TEF Tullamore
KELLIHERS Most Improved Branch: Adam O’Donoghue, CT Electric, Ballina
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STAFF TRAINING AWARDS AEW ASSOCIATION OF ELECTRICAL WHOLESALERS AWARDS 2022
T he second part of the AEW Awards lunch was the Staff Training Awards presented by Tracy Hewett, Head of Education and Training with the EDA (Electrical Distributors’ Association). Founded in 1914, the EDA is the trade association for electrical wholesale distributors in the UK.The Staff Training Awards rewarded the best learner in each group as well as the runner-up with points being awarded for the results in each
individual module. A distinction earned three points, a credit earned two points and a pass earned one point. The more modules that a learner completed and the better the results achieved in each module, determined who won the awards. The Staff Training Awards consisted of 12 awards altogether, two for each of the 6 groups, one ‘Winner’ and one ‘Runner-Up’ These were presented in alphabetical order, starting with CEF.
CEF Winner: Thomas Dunner CEF Dublin, City Centre
EWL ELECTRIC Winner: Patrycja Trudzik EWL Electric Head Office
FEGIME IRELAND Joint Winner: Glen Murphy, Euro Sales, Ringsend
CEF Runner-up: Paul Walsh CEF Dublin, City Centre
EWL ELECTRIC Runner-up: Neil Scally Eastern Electrical, Athlone
FFEGIME IRELAND Joint Winner: Lukas Plominski, Euro Sales, Ringsend
IEBG Winner: Donal Langford, Clonmel Electrical
KELLIHERS Winner: Peter Murray Ballymount Branch
INDEPENDENTS Winner: Ethan Kerin CSGL, Ennis
IEBG Runner-up: Keith Cotter, MCK Electrical Cork
KELLIHERS Runner-up: Emmet Gaule Waterford Branch
INDEPENDENTS Runner-up: Lauren Myers Monaghan Electrical
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A CAMPAIGN EMPHASISING THE IMPORTANCE OF WORKING SAFELY TO AVOID FALLS FROM MOBILE ELEVATING WORK PLATFORMS (MEWPS) HAS BEEN LAUNCHED BY THE INTERNATIONAL POWERED ACCESS FEDERATION (IPAF)… IPAF launches ‘Don’t Fall for It!’ targeted safety campaign
A campaign emphasising the importance of working safely to avoid falls from Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) has been launched by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). The ‘Don’t Fall for It!’ safety campaign outlines the possible underlying causes of falls from the platform when using MEWPs, which almost always lead to serious injury or death. It offers key advice to mitigate the most common risks, as identified in IPAF’s incident reporting and analysis. Peter Douglas, CEO and MD of IPAF said: “The IPAF ‘Don’t Fall for It!’ safety campaign aims to instil safe working practices and remind operators and managers of positive steps they can take to reduce the risk of such incidents. The message is simple – select the correct machine, don’t take risks, don’t cut corners, and wear the correct personal fall protection equipment in boom-type platforms.” Brian Parker, IPAF’s Head of Safety & Technical, added: “If you find yourself tempted to do something different to what you know is the right and proper way to work, or if ever asked to do something you think isn’t safe by a colleague or supervisor, then ‘Don’t Fall for It!’ Far better to think twice and save a life – whether it is a workmate’s or your own”.
Key points: Key points of guidance in the IPAF ‘Don’t Fall for It!’ safety campaign include: • Plan thoroughly – conduct a proper MEWP site assessment, select the correct machine for the work and use professionally trained operators and supervisors. • Know your machine – operators should be trained on the machine type they are using and familiarised on the specific model. Operators should assess that the machine is suitable for the task and conditions and adequate in terms of reach, articulation, and load-bearing capacity. Machine knowledge includes whether personal fall protection equipment (PFPE) should be used. • Clip on – if personal PFPE is required, all occupants of the platform must attach their lanyard to the correct
anchor point. Ensure movement within the platform is possible while attached, and do not move the machine or elevate the platform until and unless all occupants are attached. • Set up and manoeuvre the machine/ platform effectively – occupants should never need to over-reach, unfasten PFPE, step or climb on guardrails or otherwise extend the safe working envelope of the platform. Ensure vertical MEWPs are positioned and repositioned as necessary to allow easy access to the area of work. • Stay inside the platform/attached – always stay inside the platform. Where there is a requirement for PFPE, you must wear it. Do not exit the platform at height; unclip/exit only on completion of work when lowered to the ground.
For more information on IPAF’s safety campaigns and links to technical guidance visit www.ipaf.org/safe or see www.ipaf.org/training and www.ipaf.org/resources for the full range of IPAF training courses and safety and technical guidance materials.
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FESS OPERATIVE ASSESSMENTS
MARKED IMPROVEMENTS FOR FESS ASSESSMENT PASS RATES... Industry group updates to the FESS Operative Assessments
F ollowing recent updates to the Fire, Emergency and Security Systems (FESS) Operative Assessments by an industry working group, pass rates for FESS assessments have seen marked improvements. There are four sector disciplines recognised under FESS which mirror the FESS apprenticeship pathways. These are; Fire, Fire and Emergency Lighting, Security and Fire and Security. For those who have been working in the industry for a number of years without formal qualifications, it was agreed an assessment would be developed for a FESS Systems Operative to meet these sector requirements. The ECS FESS Operative assessments launched in July 2021 and questions are
aimed at a Level 2, covering aspects of installation, maintenance, and planning across each of the above pathways. All of these assessments are available by remote invigilation through the ECS Employer Portal and MyECS system to give greater flexibility and save time and cost. Concerned by a potential lack of clarity in the wording of some questions and lower than expected pass rates, the JIB contacted industry representatives in 2021 to review the question banks and ensure the questions were correct, properly constructed, and clear for users.
New question banks went live in March 2022 and pass marks have improved in all areas. Further promotion of the relevant training routes, for the Operative Assessment and qualification routes will continue to ensure relevant preparation and routes are available. To find out more about FESS Operative cards and the assessment options, please visit: https://www.ecscard.org.uk/ content/FESS-Assessment.
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JOB DESCRIPTION: An ideal job for a trainee accounting technician in a fast-moving, dynamic company working on all aspects of accounts with the chance to progress in their career and further their training through the company. JOB PURPOSE: To assist the Financial Director and accounts team in all financial activities relating to the accounting and administration requirements for Core Electrical Ltd Group. MAIN JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: • Sales order processing, checking documentation for accuracy, and production of sales invoicing and credit notes. • Maintenance of sales ledger including producing debtor reports and monthly statements and issuing statements in a timely manner. • Credit Control duties to ensure that debtor days remain low and that any problem accounts are flagged up early to adhere to Credit Insurance parameters. • Cash Book, record all bank receipts and lodgements, update debtor’s accounts and reconcile. • Purchase order processing, checking documentation for accuracy and authorised approval and posting of supplier invoices and credit notes. • Maintenance of purchase ledger, reconciling monthly supplier statements and resolving any disputes in a timely manner. • Preparation of creditor payment runs. • Track expenses relating to specific projects and jobs. • General ad hoc and admin duties, filing and archiving of records, updating price lists, adding information regarding new product lines or services, etc. SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS: • Trainee accounting technician (ATI) or trainee CPA is desirable or 1-year minimum experience in an accounts office • Previous experience with bookkeeping practices, specifically Sage 50 / Sage 200 is desirable. • Experience with Microsoft Office including excellent Excel skills. • Good organisational and analytical skills and attention to detail are essential. • As in most roles within a dynamic Company, a flexible approach to the job role is essential. • Fluent in written and spoken English. ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT CORE DISTRIBUTION IRELAND
TECHNICAL SALES EXECUTIVE LEINSTER REGION
At Core Distribution Ireland, part of the Core Electrical Ltd Group, we require a Technical Sales Executive to join our Sales Team. This external role is to provide the highest level of support to our customer base predominantly in the Leinster region for range of products and systems that Core Distribution supply. THE ROLE: • To advise and support Electrical Consultant Engineers, Electrical Contractors, and Electrical Wholesale Customers on the correct products and best systems to be used within any given project. • Where required to be able to prepare quotations based on the interpretation of information given within the tendering process. Offering market-leading solutions which show the USPs of our product range. • Working closely with Core Distribution’s manufacturing partners to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of market trends and pricing structures, as well as liaising and supporting the internal Sales Team. THE REQUIREMENTS: • To have the knowledge and ability to interpret technical drawings and specification information and convert this information into project solutions. • To have sales experience working within the Irish electrical market, dealing with Consultant Engineers, Electrical Contractors, and Electrical Wholesalers. • Excellent communication skills, professional email communication ability and a good telephone manner. Strong customer service skills, a confident, approachable, enthusiastic outgoing personality is a must. • The ability to work with Microsoft, Sage & CRM Applications. AutoCAD and design experience would be useful but not essential. • Technical qualification and/or experience essential. • A full clean drivers’ licence is essential as a company car is provided.
RENUMERATION: Depending on experience.
Apply by email only. CV & Cover Letter to email@example.com www.coreelectrical.com
Apply by email only. CV & Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org www.coreelectrical.com
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Chrome* *iCON 15 only
THREE NEW COLOURED COVERS IN THE RANGE
Match your decor with iCON
EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTOR FOR IRELAND
17b Goldenbridge Industrial Estate, Tyrconnell Road, Dublin 8, D08 WD50 Core Ireland T: +353 (0)1 453 7033 E: email@example.com www.coreelectrical.com
CORE DISTRIBUTION IS WELL RENOWNED ACROSS IRELAND FOR PROVIDING ITS ELECTRICAL WHOLESALER AND CONTRACTOR CUSTOMERS WITH HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS AT COMPETITIVE PRICES… New iCON coloured covers range
C ore Distribution Ireland, part of the Core Electrical Group offers wholesaler and contractor customers high quality products at competitive prices. It’s latest offering provides customers with the option to upgrade their existing iCON fan to a beautifully
simple twist and click. Clean the cover by gently wiping over with a damp cloth. These colours have a soothing effect on us mentally, strong blues such as the navy stimulate clear thoughts, whilst lighter blues like the turquoise are very
matt finish meaning the colours never overpower a room. These cooler tones make a warm and steamy kitchen/ bathroom have a bright and clean feel to them. No matter what style your bathroom or kitchen is these colours will look brilliant. Whether you have marble, porcelain or wooden flooring/surfaces these classic colours will be easy to fit in anywhere. Core Distribution specialises in many ranges catering for wholesaler and contractor customers’ needs. Taking great care and pride in how products are packed and delivered is central to Core’s ethos generating repeat custom time and time again. Specialising in many product ranges from its brand partners keeps Core ahead of the game in a competitive market.
good at calming the mind and aiding concentration. That is why they work so well in our homes; we want to be relaxed and what better way to do so than knowing your bathroom/kitchen is being properly ventilated. Grey on the other hand represents neutrality and balance. The iCON fan gives a balance to any room it is in by
“Now with a range of trendy covers, your iCON will give any room great coordination whilst giving your décor a brilliant pop of colour.”
new coloured cover. Airflow Developments has always offered the flexibility to upgrade
from your standard while iCON fan and that is not to say that this upgrade means the existing colours are going anywhere. Now with a range of trendy covers, your iCON will give any room great coordination whilst giving your décor a brilliant pop of colour. Colours such as Ultimate Grey, Turquoise and Navy Blue are in, making any room sleek and stylish. These are some of the new bathroom colours for 2022, helping you stay in the modern era. The covers are easy to fit with a
extracting dirty air, letting new fresh air take its place. It’s almost hard to believe that such a technical and highly recommended product can be so seamless and quiet in any room. Turquoise and navy blue and ultimate grey are classic bathroom colours as they always give a nice airy open feel to even the smallest of utility rooms. With a
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KLAUKE TOOLS OFFER LIGHT, HANDY AND EASY-TO-USE PRODUCTS TO EASILY ACCESS THE MOST HARD-TO-REACH PLACES… Installing wiring doesn’t need to be tedious
A nyone who has ever installed wiring in a few densely packed control cabinets knows that the work doesn’t get tedious if you have the right tool at hand. Klauke tools have the perfect products for any cross section. EK50ML (Micro) – For tubular cable lugs from 0.75 to 25mm² and cable end sleeves from 0.14 to 50mm² The Micro tool from Klauke works electromechanically and, with its intuitive PowerSense function and one-lever operating concept, delivers top-quality crimping results with minimum exertion. This neat solution helps avoid repetitive strain injuries (RSI) when crimping. EKWF120ML for cable end sleeves from 6 to 120mm² This battery-powered hydraulic tool stands for ergonomic, safe and reliable working. Easily crimp cable end sleeves
with minimum effort, and quickly. As the tool relies on force, every end sleeve is secured correctly even on different cable types and sizes. Another tool for lasting, convenient ease of use. EK30IDML for tubular cable lugs from 6 to 120mm² The EK30IDML works with the proven indent press. Ideal for crimping all standard R-, SG-, F- and Q-Series cable lugs for Class-2, -5 and -6 conductors without having to change any dies. This is a compact ‘catch-all’ solution.
to ensure correct installations are made, and tool information can be seen on the handy display for peace of mind. For more information or to request
EKM6022 CFB/CFM for tubular cable lugs from 6 to 300mm² and cable end sleeves from 10 to 240mm² Users benefit from the ergonomic centre of gravity of the EKM6022 CFB/CFM and its ease of operation. Every crimp is monitored
demonstrations, contact: T - +44 (0) 1986 891 519 E: email@example.com www.klauke.com
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Jim Perry (centre) of Edmundsons who sponsored skillELECTRIC event held in May as part of SkillBuild NI. All finalists took home an Edmundson Electrical goody bag full of tools.
A TALENTED TRIO OF ELECTRICAL APPRENTICES FROM NORTHERN IRELAND HAVE MADE IT THROUGH TO THE FINALS OF SKILLELECTRIC 2022… The heat is on with SkillELECTRIC
T he regional heat for SkillELECTRIC took place in May as part of the Construction Industry Training Board NI (CITB NI)’s annual SkillBuild NI Finals 2022. SkillELECTRIC is the electrical industry’s top skills competition, celebrating the best practical and technical skills from across the UK. Sponsored by Edmundson Electrical, the NI heat held at CITB NI’s Nutt Corner Training Centre put our very best recruits through their paces. The top three competitors were: 1st – Daniel Knox, South West College; 2nd – Josh Young, North West Regional College and 3rd – Thomas Magee, Belfast Metropolitan College. All finalists were presented with a fantastic bag full of tools from sponsor, Edmundson Electrical – a hugely enthusiastic supporter of the colleges’ electrical apprenticeship courses. Only the highest scorers from all regional qualifying heats combined will be invited to take part in the SkillELECTRIC grand final in November. The UK finalists will be announced later in the summer.
SkillELECTRIC provides a platform to showcase the best young talent working in the industry and highlight the opportunities that becoming an apprentice electrician provides. Those who demonstrate exceptional talent also have the chance to represent their country at EuroSkills and WorldSkills events around the globe. SkillBuild Seventy-nine of the brightest recruits and top performers within construction and trades apprenticeship programmes from across Northern Ireland competed against each other at the SkillBuild NI to win in categories ranging from electrical installations to wall and floor tiling. The SkillBuild NI competition is designed to test skills, technique, ability within tight timeframes, and identifies the top performers in 10 different trade areas. Winners from the NI finals – to be announced in July – will have the opportunity to represent Northern Ireland in the SkillBuild UK National Finals leading potentially to represent Team UK at WorldSkills in 2024.
The biannual WorldSkills event is the largest and most prestigious vocational competition in the world. SkillBuild NI competitors regularly out perform all other regions of the UK at both SkillBuild UK and WorldSkills competitions. Ireland’s Electrical Magazine will showcase the victorious electrical apprentice of the 2022 competition in the August/September issue of the magazine. Commenting on the popular industry contest, Barry Neilson, Chief Executive for CITB NI said, “Our young people are more ambitious now than ever and we hope that SkillBuild NI National Finals will be part of their journey and future careers within the construction industry.”
CITB NI, Nutts Corner Training Centre, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, County Antrim, BT29 4SR. T: +44 (0)28 9082 5466 www.citbni.org.uk
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