Cleaning up the processing plant at Wainwright’s basalt quarry used to be an overnight job involving a lot of shovelling and brushing in confined spaces. With the very abrasive high silica content and the manual work involved it was also assessed as a high-risk task in terms of health and safety.
In the coating plant hot aggregate needed to be removed to prevent build up and occasionally a blocked elevator would need to be cleared, both potentially dangerous situations for operatives.
Wainwright decided they needed to find a way of eliminating manual involvement in these processes and after seeing the CompVac being demonstrated by Gotland at the Hillhead exhibition they felt this might be an appropriate solution.
Gotland subsequently installed one unit at the site for a trial period and as a result Wainwright decided to purchase two units — one permanently fixed in the screen house, driving up to 100ft of pipework to remove dust and spillages, and the second portable unit for various jobs around the site.