Everything you need to know about Worksmart Fire Door Inspection

– Hi Mark, you’re heading up the new Worksmart Fire Door Inspection division, could you tell me a bit about it and how it came to be?

Worksmart Contracts have been installing fire doors and screens as integral elements of their glazed partitioning and multi trade fit-outs for many years and the new Fire Door Inspection service has grown out of the drive to be experts in everything we do. Worksmart Fire Door Inspection does exactly what it says on the tin – we inspect fire doors, using an approved 90 point checklist, to evaluate whether they are compliant with the regulations and fit for purpose. We create a report for our customer that identifies any failings and they can then take the necessary remedial action.

– How long in the making has Worksmart Fire Door Inspection been?

We have been working behind the scenes for about 8 months, researching, undertaking training and accreditation, speaking to trade associations and developing our website and service offer before launching earlier this month.

– What makes Worksmart FDI different to its competitors?

We are the only company in Scotland accredited by the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) – the first scheme of its kind in Europe – and are supported by installation expertise, in the form of Worksmart Contracts, as well as our fire door manufacturing partners. So we can offer a complete package – installation, inspection, maintenance and repair.

– What’s your role within Worksmart FDI?

I am the manager of the Fire Door Inspection Service, which, so far, has entailed the research, training and accreditation previously mentioned as well as helping with the development of our website and fire door inspection app. Going forward, my role will involve operational planning, customer service and day to day management.

– How do you see Worksmart FDI developing over the next 5 years?

Given the current focus on fire safety, there is already potential for demand to outstrip our capacity and we have already started training additional fire door inspectors so that we are in a good position to meet that demand. By developing strong relationships with our customers and other members of the fire safety community we are aiming to be the first choice for fire door inspections in Scotland!

View the new FDIS website here – Worksmart Fire Door Inspection

A Day in the Life of: Barry Wilson, Estimating Director

A Day in The Life of: Worksmart’s Estimating Director

Worksmart’s Estimating Director Barry Wilson took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down and talk us through an average day in his world.

Hi Barry, thanks for sitting down with me today. Before we delve into your day, could you give me a brief description of your position?

My job title is Estimating Director which entails the overseeing and managing of the pre-contract commercial and estimating function within Worksmart.

What time do you wake up in the morning?

Normally about 6.30am.

What kind of breakfast do you have to prepare you for your day?

I don’t eat breakfast. I only drink water in the mornings and quite a lot more throughout the day!

When do you arrive at the office?

It generally varies but will usually be any time between 7.30am and 8am.

What do you prioritise when you arrive?

First of all, I check on any emails from the night before then delve into whatever the priority is for that day, so long as any late-night e-mails received don’t need urgent attention.

What’s Next?

Whatever the next priority is for that day and that week and beyond. We tend to have a minimum of at least 3 to 4 deadlines to meet in any one week, so it may involve getting the team involved in take offs or getting packages out for pricing to sub-contractors or concluding bids and tenders for submission.

With estimating you’re always working to a deadline so you’re constantly prioritising which tender is due next or what package you need to get out next to make sure you get that tender in on time.

What part of the day do you least look forward to?

Probably first thing in the morning! I’m not much of a morning person even though I get up relatively early.

What part of the day do you most look forward to?

I most look forward to my dinner!

Seriously though, I enjoy the variety of people you come across in the day-to-day goings on in my role. Most are from the professional community, but others can be end-user clients that ordinarily don’t get involved with projects, so when that instance occurs you need to give them a guiding hand through it. That can entail practical advice as well as design input. The variety makes the role interesting as you’re not pigeon-holed with one type of client every day.

When will you leave the office?

It can vary but generally between 5.30pm and 6pm. Family life dictates those times with Dad’s taxi needed for football, child minder pick-ups and the likes. Although if there’s an important tender due in then that can be much later. The midnight oil gets burned now and again.

Does the work continue at home?

No, I try not to. I made a conscious decision recently to take email off of my phone and I feel a lot better for it. This is especially noticeable on holiday, where one minute you can be relaxing by the pool and all of a sudden, an email comes through and it plays on your mind till you get back to the office. Modern technology has taken over our lives I think to the detriment of our own wellbeing at times!