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Executive Report : Executive news
Scottish hirer banks on JCB minis
Fraser Tool Hire of Lanarkshire has become the first hirer in Scotland to buy JCB’s latest 8014 mini excavators. The company has bought two of the 1.5-tonne machines, which feature a tubular boom, a new cab and a 1.1-litre capacity engine.
The machines have been put straight to work at the site of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s new world headquarters in Edinburgh. Fraser has supplied a significant amount of equipment for groundwork applications during the two-year construction phase, and the 8014s are being used to fulfil landscaping duties that are integral to the development.
Director Colin Fraser states that the company has offered JCB equipment since its foundation in 1983. This year alone it has bought two Dumpster tracked dumpers, four other mini excavators, eight hydraulic power packs and telescopic handlers for its fleet.
Gem’s Premier selection
Oxfordshire based Gem Tool Hire & Sales has appointed Premier Diamond Products (PDP) as first choice diamond tool supplier to its Banbury, Bicester and Rugby depots. Gem’s Marketing Director, Richard Collier states that PDP was chosen from six suppliers, for its combination of quality and effective point-of-sale materials, including eye-catching merchandising stands.
“We have attracted several new customers and established clients prefer the PDP products over the old brands we stocked. The Pinnacle 17mm-high segment blade is a big success. Customers are delighted with the fast speed of cut and extra blade life. Terry Webb and Ron Price from PDP spent two days training our salesman and counter staff. A hands-on, dry diamond core demonstration helped us understand the importance of using the correct machine for better control and performance. Staff can now deal with diamond enquiries more professionally, ultimately increasing sales.”
Hewden adds CAT hammer
Hewden reports that it is adding the new CAT PH126 hand-held hydraulic hammer and the PP120 hydraulic power pack to its fleet. The two companies have spent the last 12 months developing the PH126, which is designed for low vibration and light weight.
Jonathan Brennand, Head of Product at Hewden, states, “The PH126 has a vibration level of only 3.1m/s2, therefore, under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, a worker could safely use the product for up to six hours.” The 26kg hammer is claimed to produce the same blow energy as a 35kg pneumatic hammer, but can be powered by the compact, economical hydraulic power pack. Other features include wheelbarrow-style handles to reduce back strain, and larger wheels for manoeuvrability.
Platform Company harnesses the web
The Platform Company has re-designed its corporate website, www.platformcompany.co.uk, to assist visitors in meeting the Work at Height Regulations, which came into effect earlier this year. Designed to make it easy for any contractor to find the most appropriate aerial work platform for a particular project, the site gives the specifications of all the company’s machines available for hire. It also encourages visitors to explore other important issues, such as IPAF training, the use of safety harnesses and maintenance of equipment.
Wacker rammers chosen for low vibration
Since the launch of Wacker's BS50-2 rammer earlier this year, Morrison Plant Services has purchased 28 units to add to its existing fleet of nearly 600 rammers, the bulk of which are Wacker models. Morrison Plant Services is the internal plant hire company of Morrison plc and provides equipment to the Utility Services Division for its nationwide utility contracts.
John Mackenzie, UK Operations Manager for Morrison Plant Services, states “As a responsible employer, the hand arm vibration (HAV) situation is of particular concern to us and so part of our procurement process involves the careful comparison of vibration performance.
This comparison has shown us that Wacker machines consistently come out on top.”
The BS50-2 is powered by Wacker's own WM80 two-stroke engine specifically designed for vibratory rammers and featuring auto shut down if left idling for an extended period of time. It incorporates a three-stage air filtration system and is said to produce lower emissions. The machine offers an impact energy of 76J.
A-Plant catches them young
A-Plant welcomed 60 youngsters from eight schools across Manchester to participate in a Construction & Enterprise Challenge Day held at the hirer’s National Training Centre in Salford. The youngsters who participated are all following the GCSE course in construction and the event informed them about careers in the industry.
Each school competed in teams of six, undertaking activities such as plotting a cost-effective route for an A-Plant delivery and planning the design and construction of a structure strong enough to hold a small weight. A-Plant’s Human Resources Director, Ray Britton, states, “The day informed students about A-Plant and the construction industry in general, and helped identify teamwork, leadership and other qualities that employers such as ourselves are looking for. Over 1.65 million people in Britain work within the construction industry and it is estimated that, over the next four years, 70,000 new jobs will be created each year.”
Path steps further ahead
Path Recruitment reports that, a few months on from its acquisition of Orchard Recruitment, the integration of resources is enabling it to provide enhanced service to its plant and tool hire recruitment customers. Path Managing Director Ian Horton states, “the purchase has meant an expansion of our client and candidate base and an increase in our geographical coverage”.
Path is supporting the Shell Technology Enterprise Programme (STEP), which involves placing undergraduates in businesses to gain experience in their field of expertise. The company has provided a number of placements for undergraduates this summer.
TCP dumpers speed rail station contract
Two TCP Hi-T500 compact tracked dumpers hired from Belswains Plant Services of Hemel Hempstead are helping a specialist foundation company to remove spoil from a tight location at nearby Apsley Station. Aspin Foundations has been awarded a contract by Birse Rail to install eight piled foundations for a new footbridge. It has to be positioned approximately 100m from the old site as part of the overall contract to extend the platforms to enable them to accommodate longer, 12- carriage trains.
According to Barry McMahon, Aspin's Contracts Director, “The Hi-T500 is fantastic for this difficult site where we have to negotiate narrow gaps and 30° inclines.” Manufactured by Taylor Construction Plant, the machine is powered by a 10hp Kubota diesel engine and is 700mm wide.