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Executive Hire News › Archives › August 2005 › Executive Report : Executive news

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Speedy enters construction equipment hire

Speedy Hire has expanded into construction equipment rental with the purchase of 125 JCB compact excavators. The order comprises 1.5-tonne 8014 minis and 762mm-wide Micro units, as well as JCB hammer attachments. Initially, 25 Speedy depots will offer the machines.
Philip Prince, Speedy Group Head of Marketing, states, “This expansion means we can offer a one-stop shop for equipment hire of all kinds at our depots, rather than customers having to look elsewhere for construction equipment rental. The JCB machines were chosen after thorough testing against others in terms of features, benefits and back-up service.”
Speedy has also bought Thwaites 1-tonne Hi-Tip high lift dumpers for its fleet.

Diamondmasters adds Adamas

Diamondmasters, the Cheshire based diamond tools and machinery specialist, has been appointed as the UK sales agent for Adamas products in the tool hire market. Diamondmasters Managing Director, Steve McKenzie, contends, “Many hirers will remember Adamas from the late 1980s and early 90s for its innovative and robust diamond tools and machinery. Our partnership adds equipment including floor saws, table saws, diamond drilling equipment, wall saws and handheld concrete cutting and grinding machines to the Diamondmasters portfolio.
“Adamas products enhance our construction equipment offering. We are already the official UK sales agent for Longdia Gmbh, formerly known as Longyear. We now offer hirers a one-stop solution for both machinery and diamond tool requirements.”

PASMA roadshow hits the heights

PASMA, the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association, is staging its free Methods Measure Up roadshow this month. Sessions will explain the implications of the Work at Height Regulations and the two methods of assembling, dismantling and altering towers currently approved by PASMA and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Each event will include practical demonstrations, plus screenings of Don’t Fall For It!, a DVD produced by PASMA and the HSE. Every delegate will receive a free copy. Sessions will be held in Edinburgh, Kenilworth, Peterborough, Liverpool, Sheffield and London. For details visit www.pasma.co.uk.

Higher Concept pedals for charity

Dan McKenna (right), Northern Business Developer for Higher Concept Software, recently raised over £400 for the British Heart Foundation in the London to Brighton cycle ride. Dan and his partner for the event, Nigel Young, endured 31° temperatures to complete the challenge in just over four hours.

All aboard for Saltex

A free water taxi service has been introduced for next month’s Saltex exhibition, organised by the Institute of Groundsmanship. Visitors using public transport or using park-and-ride facilities will be ferried along the Thames to the Windsor Racecourse venue. Featuring more than 400 exhibitors, the Show runs from 6-8 September and is aimed at grounds care and open space management professionals. Our Garden & Grounds Care Market Report product review, beginning on page 29, highlights many of the launches scheduled for the Show (www.iogsaltex.co.uk).

HAV Update

Given the importance of hand arm vibration, this Executive News section is devoted to items on the topic.

HAE to form HAV working group

The HAE is to establish a working group to further develop the ‘traffic light’ system for classifying the vibration level of hand-held tools. It will comprise representatives from the hire industry, manufacturers, building contractors, utilities and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
“The traffic light system was, first and foremost, an exercise in raising awareness of hand arm vibration (HAV),” states HAE Managing Director, Kevin Minton. “We now need to concentrate on furthering users’ understanding of the issues, so that they can identify appropriate solutions and minimise risk. I am not aware of any other cross-industry group tackling this important issue.” The first meeting of the new working group is expected to take place in the autumn.

Bosch web site dispels myths

New advice that is available on the Bosch web site (www.boschpowertools.co.uk) aims to dispel some myths surrounding the new vibration regulations. The manufacturer suggests that employers should not make drastic changes to working practices or equipment without understanding the full facts. It claims that the majority of hand-held power tools do not produce extremely high vibration levels, and those that do are seldom used for excessive periods. Bosch says HAV risks can be minimised through measures such as proper training and the avoidance of exerting excessive pressure on equipment during operation. It suggests that safe working times can be calculated on the HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk/vibration/calculator.

Hewden launches guidance booklet

Hewden is helping its customers understand the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations with a new advice booklet on HAV, available free via its web site (www.hewden.co.uk). As well as outlining the legislation, it explains Hewden’s new labelling system for hand held/guided equipment.
This comprises: ‘traffic light’ information according to the HAE model, indicating whether vibration levels are high, low or medium; a Vibration Pocket Information Card, explaining measures to eliminate, reduce and control exposure; and data on the vibration reading of individual tools.
Hewden is testing equipment to find out the exact vibration level of every tool. Eventually this will be denoted on each piece of equipment. Head of Technical Services, Alan Huddart states: “Typically hire companies have had to rely on manufacturer’s data, but our testing will help us to advise our customers on how to work with each individual tool as safely as possible.”

Makita first for Hire Center

Hire Center claims to have become the first rental company to add Makita’s new HM 1810 AVT breaker to its fleet. It has bought 300 of the unit, which is designed for low levels of vibration.
The HM 1810 AVT, reviewed in EHN last month, employs technology originally developed to limit the damage caused by earthquakes, to achieve a vibration rating of 8m/s2. It has an impact energy of 63 Joules.
Hire Center Brand Director David Himsworth, states " We make the health and safety of our customers our top priority. We do this by offering the best tools, and by ensuring that all our hirers receive adequate instruction before using equipment they have hired."

 

     
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