ABOUT US

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About Us

Safety Squared is an independent safety engineering consultancy specialising in all aspects of fall protection and safety at height. This discipline covers the engineered protective measures that facilitate safe access and prevent falls from a height, including: fall-restraint, fall-arrest, work-positioning, rope access, suspended access, rescue, emergency-descent, powered climb-assist, walkways, stairways and ladders.

Safety Squared has been operating in the UK since March 1995 and has served clients in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, USA, Africa, Singapore, Japan and Australia. Our senior partner, Mr David Riches, has been serving the fall protection and safe access at height industry since 1988.

Our principle activites include advising manufacturers, installers, users and specifiers of fall protection equipment and systems, and technical support to enforcement agencies. We also actively participate in scientific and technical research and in the generation of standards.

If you would like to discuss a specific project, please contact us for a free 30-minute consultation.

The Team

David Riches BSc (Hons)

Founder

 

David started his career with a Royal Air Force Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship at RAF Halton. Subsequently, he gained a HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering and later an Open University Engineering Degree. He is currently applying for a PhD by published works.

David inadvertently started his career in fall protection whilst serving in the RAF. One day during a war simulation exercise, in which David’s squadron had commandeered a farm, he was performing an examination on top of tandem-rotor Chinook helicopter, which had been grounded because a serious bird strike. A simulated but realistic attack was suddenly made on the squadron of Chinooks by a unit from the SAS. A panic ensued. A pilot, having ignored procedures, ran to the cockpit of David’s Chinook and started the auxiliary engine, in order to provide hydraulic and electrical power to start the main engines. David, realising that he was about to be caught between two sets of whirling rotor blades, tried to climb down, but was knocked-off by one of the blades. He fell 12 feet onto the grass below but lived to tell the tale! David remarks: “Here at Safety Squared we know what it is and what it feels like to have a fall. If I had fallen onto a concrete surface instead of boggy farmland, I may not have been around to tell this tale”.

Upon leaving the RAF, David joined Barrow Hepburn Sala (now Capital Safety) as the Quality Manager at their Clwt-y-Bont Division, near Caernarfon. During the first two years, he oversaw an average of 2 modifications or drawing changes every working day in a drive to improve product quality, reliability and production efficiency. He then became the Division Manager, finally being promoted to Technical Director with a range of remits including research and development (R&D). After leaving Barrow Hepburn, David opened his own independent safety consultancy in March 1995, to serve all players in the fall protection market. Consultancy services are offered to companies who design and manufacture height safety and access equipment, and also companies whose staff work at height and need quality fall protection advice and equipment, including architects, safety officers and Government/MoD departments. David comments: “We cover all industry sectors where people have to work at height during their everyday operations and who require protection from falling. This can include workers on electricity pylons, wind turbine towers, inside ships or submarines, on aircraft, down mines, on cranes, on rooftops, or in factories or workshops. As we are an independent consultancy, free from the commercial pressures of having to sell products, our specialised services are utilised globally. We have unique knowledge and expertise. The advice we provide is generally technical in nature and is based on a wealth of testing experience and research”.

Image right: “David (in green RAF overalls) and Len Feathers, his colleague (far right) after successfully completing some horizontal lifeline testing at Cheddar Gorge”

David Riches BSc (Hons)

Founder

 

David started his career with a Royal Air Force Aeronautical Engineering Apprenticeship at RAF Halton. Subsequently, he gained a HNC in Mechanical and Production Engineering and later an Open University Engineering Degree. He is currently applying for a PhD by published works.

David inadvertently started his career in fall protection whilst serving in the RAF. One day during a war simulation exercise, in which David’s squadron had commandeered a farm, he was performing an examination on top of tandem-rotor Chinook helicopter, which had been grounded because a serious bird strike. A simulated but realistic attack was suddenly made on the squadron of Chinooks by a unit from the SAS. A panic ensued. A pilot, having ignored procedures, ran to the cockpit of David’s Chinook and started the auxiliary engine, in order to provide hydraulic and electrical power to start the main engines. David, realising that he was about to be caught between two sets of whirling rotor blades, tried to climb down, but was knocked-off by one of the blades. He fell 12 feet onto the grass below but lived to tell the tale! David remarks: “Here at Safety Squared we know what it is and what it feels like to have a fall. If I had fallen onto a concrete surface instead of boggy farmland, I may not have been around to tell this tale”.

Upon leaving the RAF, David joined Barrow Hepburn Sala (now Capital Safety) as the Quality Manager at their Clwt-y-Bont Division, near Caernarfon. During the first two years, he oversaw an average of 2 modifications or drawing changes every working day in a drive to improve product quality, reliability and production efficiency. He then became the Division Manager, finally being promoted to Technical Director with a range of remits including research and development (R&D). After leaving Barrow Hepburn, David opened his own independent safety consultancy in March 1995, to serve all players in the fall protection market. Consultancy services are offered to companies who design and manufacture height safety and access equipment, and also companies whose staff work at height and need quality fall protection advice and equipment, including architects, safety officers and Government/MoD departments. David comments: “We cover all industry sectors where people have to work at height during their everyday operations and who require protection from falling. This can include workers on electricity pylons, wind turbine towers, inside ships or submarines, on aircraft, down mines, on cranes, on rooftops, or in factories or workshops. As we are an independent consultancy, free from the commercial pressures of having to sell products, our specialised services are utilised globally. We have unique knowledge and expertise. The advice we provide is generally technical in nature and is based on a wealth of testing experience and research”.

Image right: “David (in green RAF overalls) and Len Feathers, his colleague (far right) after successfully completing some horizontal lifeline testing at Cheddar Gorge”

Nathan Riches BSc (Hons)

Junior Partner

 

Nathan gained his degree at Loughborough University in 2012. He joined Safety Squared in 2013 taking on responsibility for accounting and business administration. In January 2017 Nathan became more involved with the safety and engineering aspects of the business and has benefitted from a series of training courses. He has provided technical assistance in a number of projects ranging from anchor post and coil energy-absorber testing to analysis of a fall-arrest system for lorry trailers. Nathan works in the computer-aided design department and generates most of Safety Squared’s 3D models and engineering drawings. Nathan comments: “Working at Safety Squared is very interesting and worthwhile, as we are involved with saving people’s lives”.

Nathan Riches BSc (Hons)

Junior Partner

 

Nathan gained his degree at Loughborough University in 2012. He joined Safety Squared in 2013 taking on responsibility for accounting and business administration. In January 2017 Nathan became more involved with the safety and engineering aspects of the business and has benefitted from a series of training courses. He has provided technical assistance in a number of projects ranging from anchor post and coil energy-absorber testing to analysis of a fall-arrest system for lorry trailers. Nathan works in the computer-aided design department and generates most of Safety Squared’s 3D models and engineering drawings. Nathan comments: “Working at Safety Squared is very interesting and worthwhile, as we are involved with saving people’s lives”.

Memberships

British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF)

Safety Squared are members of the British Safety Industry Federation, (BSIF). BSIF is the UK’s leading trade body within the safety industry. BSIF’s aim is to provide support and guidance on a wide range of occupational safety issues. Safety Squared sits on the Height Safety Group (HSG). David Riches comments: “Membership of the BSIF HSG allows us to meet and interact with other companies within the field of fall protection, whether manufacturers, installers, test laboratories or the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). This allows discussions about current issues within the market place and how these might be addressed. It also allows our views to be presented to Government departments and European safety organisations. As a result of these relationships, the HSG are informed in advance about forthcoming legislation, codes of practice and standards, and we are usually asked for comment, allowing us to influence the content of these documents.”

 

International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP)

Safety Squared are members of the International Society for Fall Protection (ISFP). The ISFP works with safety professionals around the world to create and improve access to a full range of fall protection information. Since its inception in 1988, ISFP has been working to reduce fall-related injuries and fatalities by promoting research and facilitating communication among industry professionals. David Riches comments: “We have presented research topics at a number of ISFP Symposia. The ISFP help us to demonstrate our competency to potential clients by giving us a platform to disseminate the results of our research and by the publishing of research papers.”

Memberships

Presentations

Safety Squared has made presentations at ISFP Symposia, Lyon Technical Symposia and the Slips, Trips and Falls Conference. Links to examples of these can be found on the resources page. Recent topics have included: (i) an introduction to fall protection; (ii) can hooped ladders prevent falls?; and (iii) performance of horizontal lifelines.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided on this website is accurate, it does not constitute legal or other professional advice. Safety Squared cannot be held responsible for the contents of any pages referenced by an external link.

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Contact Info

Email

david.riches@safetysquared.net
nathan.riches@safetysquared.net
safety@safetysquared.net

Phone

National: 01480 385942

International: 0044 1480 385942

Postal

Safety Squared
Fall Protection Department 5128
P.O. Box 6945
London W1A 6US