Hoping to develop his career, Dan applied for a promotion at the Hammersmith head offices of Immediate Media. As a wheelchair user however, this created an issue for the company’s facility manager Edel. As the firm’s offices were based above the ground floor, he understood that in the event of evacuation Dan would be unable to transfer from his wheelchair and therefore at potential risk.

Edel contacted The Stair Climbing Company – who specialize in access and evacuation for wheelchair users across the UK – for assistance. Chris from the company met Dan and Edel at his current workplace, discussing how they would customise their Skyline stair climber model in order to attach to Dan’s chair and fulfill the requirements of all involved. 

The Skyline was trialled at the head office, with Dan and the team being fully trained on how to use the kit in event of evacuation. (As standard, staff at firms using evacuation chairs are ‘refresh trained’ every 6 months to ensure they are ‘Ready to go’.) Immediate Media swiftly became not only fully prepared to welcome Dan, but also futureproofed for the benefit of other wheelchair users seeking employment in their workplace.

“The relationship between The Stair Climbing Company and Immediate Media has developed, allowing us to not only meet Dan’s requirements but also create an ongoing pattern of servicing and retraining when required, giving faith to entire team.” – Edel

The Skyline is a product that now works around the UK, allowing wheelchair users the comfort and dignity of staying in their own chair in the event of an emergency. The Stair Climbing Company work closely with The National Trust, Blackstone,  and Carnival Cruise ships to facilitate the same evacuation processes, ensuring that wheelchair users can be safely and comfortably evacuated regardless of circumstances.

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  • Sean McQuaid

    Stadium Operations Manager – Colchester Utd FC

    “JobServe Community Stadium recently approached The Stair Climbing Company to service all the Stadium’s Evacuation Chairs and provide training for the staff of Colchester United Football Club. Chris and his team meticulously reviewed the current provision, serviced it, and provided recommendations to improve the operation of the equipment. Following this, they worked closely with us to come up with a mutually convenient date and time for staff training. On the day, Chris provided training for the staff with a high level of professionalism and followed this up with additional material to help with the future operation of the equipment. In summary, the Club were very happy with the service provided, and we would have no hesitation in using their services again.”

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    Richard Battley

    HSE Manager – England Rugby

    “At Twickenham Stadium we have committed to ensuring the venue is accessible to all. Whilst the design of the stadium brings its challenges, in particular the level two bars which had limited access via external stairs, we believe the recent procurement of the stair climber has provided sufficient and reasonable adjustments enabling wheelchair users quick and safe access. Not only does this improve our customer experience but is also available during our C&E events in the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation and is one of the many controls adopted within our ongoing inclusive access improvements. Certainly a worthwhile investment.”

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