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Executive Hire News › Archives › June 2011 › Executive Report: Executive news

Executive Report : Executive news


PASMA has published its review into recommended best practice for the avoidance of falls from height when using mobile access towers.
As EHN reported exactly a year ago, there has been on-going debate concerning the relative merits of the Through the Trap (3T) and Advance Guardrail (AGR) methods for assembling, altering and dismantling mobile access towers.
The report, carried out in collaboration with the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), concludes that, when used in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions and guidance, both methods continue to provide an acceptable safe method of work, with AGR systems providing comprehensive fall protection and the 3T method using conventional components to minimise the risk of a fall.
In a foreword to the report, the HSE states that “the principles regarding the use of both processes given in HSE’s Tower Scaffolds guidance (CIS10) are still current. The AGR and 3T processes continue to provide recognised safe methods of work.”
Part of the review included an ergonomic research study undertaken by the Health and Safety Laboratory (HSL) into various aspects of tower assembly using both methods. This has confirmed that, with correct manual handling techniques and body positioning, the risks are kept within tolerable limits in both processes. The HSL also examined the seated and standing positions used in the 3T method, and confirmed that the seated position was found, overall, to be the preferable position.
The PASMA training committee has concluded that current PASMA cardholders do not have to re-train until their card has expired at the end of the normal five year period. It decided that the content of its current training course is sufficient to provide an acceptable working knowledge of the AGR process. However, it concluded that the Association’s standard Towers for Users course could be enhanced by extending the existing content to cover the latest developments in AGR systems, particularly integral type products. The report can be downloaded at www.pasma.co.uk

JCB wins Jewson order

Jewson’s Tool Hire division has placed a £5.5m order for more than 450 JCB machines, comprising 300 8014 mini excavators, 100 8008 micro excavators, and 53 VMT160-80 vibratory tandem rollers. The company has also invested in 200 Thwaites compact dumpers in a deal worth an additional £2.2m, and all the machines will be supplied by JCB dealer, Gunn JCB.
Richard Pedersen, Jewson Tool Hire Director said, “We selected JCB machines after extensive research into a number of suppliers. We have operated its mini and micro excavators and compactors for a number of years and they have proved to be an invaluable part of our fleet.”

The Hireman plans third depot

The Hireman, which has depots serving central and west London, has decided to let its customers have a say in where its third outlet should be situated. “Demand is such that we need to open a new depot,” said MD Bruce Graham. “We have compiled a shortlist of several possible locations, namely Walthamstow, Dartford, Croydon and Surbiton, all of which are near to the M25.
“We are conducting an on-line poll on our website, www.thehireman.co.uk, which will allow current and prospective customers to vote on their favoured location. We are also contacting clients directly to gain feedback on their preferences, as well as any other ways in which we can improve our service.”

Wacker Neuson results boost

The Wacker Neuson Group has reported its most successful quarter for more than two years. At €211.8m, revenue increased by 40.9% relative to the same quarter last year (€150.3m). Revenue was also up on the equivalent figure for Q4 2010 (€206.3m). The Group says that favourable spring weather allowed the construction season to get off to an early start in its core regions of Europe and the US. This drove light equipment sales up 44%, compact equipment sales up 54% and sales in the services segment up 19%. Group earnings grew faster than sales, with profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rising to €25.9m during the first quarter.

Portable Space chooses MCS

Portable Space, a hirer of site storage containers and cabins based in Bacton, Suffolk, has just implemented MCS’ hire software, MCS-rm and its customer relationship management modules to handle increasing levels of business.
MD Mark Black says that, by centralising hire contract handling, administration and invoicing, order processing times have already improved by 30%. “Essentially, a client can call any member of our team and they are able to pull up a comprehensive order history, together with details on quotations previously agreed. In addition, staff can see exactly which cabins are in stock and when they are expecting other units to be returned to our depot.”

Endress generates interest

Endress Generators reports that hirers have been quick to add its products to their fleets, following their UK launch at the Executive Hire Show. The Duplex alternator powered petrol and diesel models are designed for challenging applications where high start-up loads are needed, and can power sophisticated equipment that requires accurate waveform, frequency control and voltage stability. The generators, which offer outputs of up to 12kVA, also incorporate auto-idle and are IP54 insulation rated.
EPS Hire Centre of Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire chose a 406 Duplex model for heavy-duty applications, following the visit of Directors David and Jason Fielden to the Show. Jason says he has been “amazed at their start-up capability and the range of equipment that can be powered.”
Similarly, Griffiths Tool Hire has recently added 306 model Duplex generators at its Oswestry and Wrexham branches. “The versatility and high performance of these Endress machines have given an extra dimension to our portable generator fleet,” commented Director Kevin Griffiths.

A-Plant Lux invests in traffic fleet

To meet demand for traffic light sets offering low noise levels and ease of use, A-Plant Lux Traffic Control & Management has invested over £2.25m in new two-way and multi-phase battery powered systems manufactured by Hollco.
The sets have been supplied with purpose-built trailers and are approved to the latest Highways Agency UK Specification TR 2502A. They provide up to 20 days running time, operating 24 hours a day. Units can be recharged without having to be removed from the trailer, and batteries can be interchanged while the lights are still working.

Altrad buys Beaver 84

French-based Altrad Group, which acquired Belle Group in January 2009, has bought Beaver 84, a nationwide supplier of scaffolding, fencing and ground works products, from parent company SIG Trading.
The business, which will be renamed Altrad Beaver 84 Ltd and whose headquarters are in Basildon, also operates a hire activity at each of its ten depots, which extend from Romsey to Edinburgh and serve clients chiefly in construction and event management. It employs 150 people and annual turnover is approximately £25m.
MD Steve Tysoe told EHN, “This is a very positive move for us, as there are many synergies between the businesses. Virtually all the products in Altrad’s portfolio are relevant to us, and we are looking forward to supplying them to customers throughout the country.”

New HAE Chair elected

Stephen Dorricott, MD of Astley Hire in Leigh, has been elected as HAE Chair for 2011. He has been a Board member since 2006. “I am very honoured to be elected,” he said. “My father joined in 1974 and Astley Hire has benefited greatly from the services offered. I have personally been involved both regionally and nationally for over ten years with HAE. I am looking forward to having even closer involvement.”
Adrian Watts, Group Hire Manager of Hirebase, has become the new HAE Vice-Chair. These appointments, made at the Association’s recent AGM, confirm the Board leadership team at HAE, working with MD Graham Arundell.

Charles Wilson buys more Manitous

Charles Wilson Engineers has bought 40 additional Manitou telehandlers for its hire fleet, bringing the number of machines it has bought from the manufacturer over the last 25 years to more than 1,000. The latest order, supplied by local dealer Mawsley Machinery, comprises MT1840 (18m lift height) and MT932 (9m) machines.
The existing Charles Wilson fleet also includes Manitou rough terrain masted forklifts, semi-industrial and industrial forklifts, and Maniaccess powered access platforms. Pictured during the delivery of the latest machines are, from left, Andy Atkins-Smith of Mawsley Machinery, Gary Gay, David Wilson and David Gallagher from Charles Wilson, and Manitou UK’s Ivor Binns.

Dustfighter’s emergency response

Dehaco, a hirer based near Amsterdam specialising in demolition and waste handling equipment, recently supplied a Dustfighter machine made by TowerLight’s DF Ecology division to a contractor working at an industrial complex devastated by fire.
Emergency services had brought the blaze under control but, during clearance work, a number of ‘hot spots’ were uncovered that could have reignited. Dehaco suggested the Dustfighter, more commonly used for dust suppression, which produces a mist of water using
high-pressure jets and a powerful fan. Mounted on a three-wheeled trolley and with a range of up to 60m, the machine ensured that water was evenly spread across the affected area.

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