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Thorpe Park Hyperia

Arco Lends its Safety Expertise to UK's New Tallest and Fastest Rollercoaster

16 May 2024

Arco Professional Safety Services have completed the installation of fall protection systems on the UK's tallest and fastest rollercoaster- brand new Hyperia!

Due to open on Friday 24 May, Hyperia is the newest ride at Thorpe Park in Surrey.

Built by Mack Rides, the new attraction stands at an intimidating 72m (236ft) and will reach speeds of over 80mph.

The safety systems installed by working at height specialists from Arco Professional Safety Services provide a continuous safe connection on the rollercoaster, allowing maintenance crews to carry out routine and reactive tasks with confidence.

Arco installed Two MSA Latchways BridgeLatch fall arrest and restraint systems along the entire 111m (364ft) incline and crest of the rollercoaster, allowing workers to access the lift portion of the rollercoaster safely.

They also fixed MSA Latchways Mansafe fall arrest systems along the station return brake platform and the station exit maintenance platform.

Matthew Glass, fall protection manager at Arco Professional Safety Services, said:

"We were thrilled to be a part of this project for the Hyperia coaster, the latest attraction at one of the UK's top theme parks.

"This installation is the latest in a longstanding partnership with Merlin Entertainments that has allowed Arco, the Experts in Safety, to demonstrate our expertise in working at height safety and love of (safe) thrills.

"I know I speak on behalf of the whole team when I say we are looking forward to getting to experience the UK's new tallest and fastest ride when it opens."

Dan Warwick, health and safety director at Thorpe Park, said:

"Arco have been an instrumental part of the team, assisting us with the installation of working at height lines - a vital element of the Hyperia ride construction.

"With the ride standing at an epic 236ft tall, these lines will be used to safely enable our engineering team to get up and down the incredible lift hill for all maintenance and daily pre-opening checks.

"The lines will also be used by our staff and guests in the event of an evacuation being required on the ride. As part of this, the Arco team worked closely with us to ensure we have well-planned and expertly curated evacuation plans, which form a critical part of the overall project."

Arco Professional Safety Services provide consultancy, training, services and equipment to manage the most complex and high-risk, high hazard scenarios, specialising in working at height, confined spaces and respiratory management.

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Arco Partners with Mental Health Foundation to Protect Heads 'inside and out'

13 May 2024

Arco has pledged to donate a share of profits from its hard hat sales to the Mental Health Foundation, as part of a new partnership to "protect heads inside and out".

From next month, the UK and Ireland's leading safety experts will donate 10% of all profits from sales of own-brand hard hats to the UK's leading charity for mental health.

Arco announced the partnership today as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), underlining the company's commitment to keeping people safe at work, and its preventative approach to physical and mental well-being.

Guy Bruce, chief executive of Arco, said:

"Everything we do is focused on protecting people. We are Experts in Safety, and alongside the physical aspects of safety, we are increasingly aware of how important mental wellbeing is to keeping people safe.

"That is why I am delighted to embark on this partnership with the Mental Health Foundation, supporting their focus on protecting people's mental wellbeing.

"Prevention is at the heart of everything we do at Arco, and this completely aligns with the Mental Health Foundation's approach.

"Our collective fundraising activities will help the Mental Health Foundation work to prevent mental wellbeing problems and support people with understanding and achieving better mental health.

Arco will be organising activities and events throughout the year to further support the Mental Health Foundation's efforts to educate and build people's mental resilience.

The company is encouraging its staff to take part in the charity's challenge events, with Guy and his executive team leading the way by signing up for a 25km fundraising hike in the Peak District.

Mark Rowland, CEO of the Mental Health Foundation, said:

"We are delighted to be launching this partnership with Arco.

"The Mental Health Foundation are the leaders in good mental health in the UK, and Arco's support will help our work with some of the most vulnerable communities all over the country."

The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is "Movement: Moving more for our mental health".

Throughout the week, Arco will be providing its staff with daily updates and resources to support their personal and collective mental health, as well as holding a company-wide step challenge.

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  • Thomas Martin Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

    02 May 2024

    Arco chairman Thomas Martin has been honoured with a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising his "exceptional contribution to the safety and health industry over almost four decades".

    He was bestowed with the award at last night's Safety and Health Excellence Awards, part of the three-day Health & Safety Event, where Arco, the UK's leading safety company, has made its return for 2024.

    Also on the night, Arco, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary, was commended in the Distributor of the Year award, with judges recognising the company's commitment to customer satisfaction and its joined-up approach to safety products and services.

    Thomas said he was honoured to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award.

    Thomas Martin, chairman of Arco, said:

    "I've always surrounded myself with experts, and this has enabled me to make an impact on our industry. Market leaders earn the right to comment, and career learnings ensure this is done responsibly. The award celebrates the first 36 years, and there's plenty more to do; I'd better get on with it."

    As the fourth-generation leader of the family business, Thomas started his journey in a London advertising agency before joining Arco in 1988. With a clear passion for the business, Thomas assumed pivotal roles within Arco, including Trading Director (Safety) in 1993, Supply Chain Director in 1998, and Joint Managing Director in 2002, before taking the helm as Chairman in April 2017.

    Presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award, host Dara Ó Briain said during Thomas's time as Joint Managing Director and now Chairman, he had helped shape Arco into one of the "premier businesses in health and safety, by both scale and impact".

    Testament to this, Arco has led the industry on responses to global emergencies and best practice, pushing for regulatory changes and championing expertise and corporate responsibility.

    In 2007, Arco joined the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) an alliance of companies, trade unions and non-profit organisations that aims to promote respect for the rights of workers worldwide. Arco is the first and only safety distributor to join the ETI.

    During the Ebola outbreak in 2015, Arco was the leading PPE partner in the UK's humanitarian response, supporting government agencies with advice on the correct products needed to keep volunteers safe but also in procuring and supplying the products to the front line.

    Most recently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, Arco stepped up to secure additional PPE for frontline workers, while advising government bodies on PPE regulations and standard.

    Following the crisis, Thomas gave evidence to the Public Accounts Committee on how the Government response could be improved for the future.

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  • Arco is now on TikTok and Instagram

    01 May 2024

    Arco has this week joined TikTok and Instagram, with new channels for Arco and Arco Professional Safety Services.

    Followers can expect to see expert safety insights, product showcases, in-office challenges, exclusive looks behind the scenes, and much more.

    The move into new social media channels is part of Arco's continuing efforts to engage with customers across a wide range of platforms and reach its customers wherever they are.

    The coming weeks will also see the launch of a video podcast, featuring conversations with a varied line-up of guests, who will offer their perspectives on key topics in the world of safety.

    Follow Arco and Arco Professional Safety Services on the social media channels below:

    Arco: Experts in Safety

    Arco Professional Safety Services

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  • Arco to Celebrate 140th Anniversary with Return to Health and Safety Event

    30 April 2024

    Arco will showcase responsible ranges and joined-up safety solutions at the NEC in Birmingham.

    Arco, the UK and Ireland's leading safety company, will be exhibiting at this year's Health & Safety Event, scheduled to take place from the 30th April to 2nd May at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

    The event takes place during a momentous year for both Arco and the health and safety industry, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA) and Arco's 140th anniversary.

    Arco's interactive exhibition can be found in Hall 4, Stand 4/G100 and has been designed to take visitors on a journey through the hierarchy of control, emphasising the importance of a joined-up approach to safety management. With a focus on consultancy, training, expert advice, compliance and sustainability, Arco aims to demonstrate its unparalleled safety expertise.

    Visitors to the Arco stand can expect immersive experiences, including virtual reality demonstrations where they will be placed in realistic environments, highlighting hazards within working at height and confined spaces. The stand will also showcase Arco's award-winning Responsible hi-vis and Responsible workwear product ranges, as well as its product-assurance process and independent UKAS-accredited laboratory.

    Ahead of the event, Arco has been shortlisted in four categories for the 2024 Safety and Health Excellence Awards. Arco is nominated for: BSIF Product Innovation Award Safety Product Category (Non-PPE), Campaign of the Year, Distributor of the Year and Marketing Campaign of the Year, as well as sponsoring and judging this year's inaugural Sustainable Company of the Year award. The winners will be announced during the award ceremony that will take place on the second night of the three-day Health & Safety Event.

    Gareth Wray, Marketing Director at Arco, commented:

    "We are thoroughly excited to be attending The Health & Safety Event during such a special year for Arco and the industry. We have gone above and beyond to create a truly engaging experience for visitors, showcasing our expertise not only in sourcing and delivering quality and compliant products, but in driving forward sustainable practices and offering joined-up safety solutions.

    "We look forward to interacting with the many attendees and sharing our expertise to drive positive change in safety practices."

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