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HSS ADDS PLANT AND PLATFORMS IN LONDON
HSS takes the lead news position this month with the announcement that it has brought over from Ireland a selection of access platforms and other plant from Laois Hire, which is part of its Irish operation. The Laois Hire kit will be based at HSS’ large Beckton depot and is available throughout London.
Jon Overman, MD for HSS in London, argues, “for obvious reasons, there’s a lot of demand for this kind of equipment in east London at the moment. Our customers want to work with us for all their hire requirements, even beyond our core range, and, in response to that, we’ve decided to add plant to our fleet for the first time.”
Michael Killeen, MD of HSS Hire Ireland and Laois Hire, adds, “from humble beginnings in County Laois over 20 years ago, Laois Hire has grown to be a national supplier of plant and tool hire. As part of HSS Hire, I’m delighted to now introduce our products and services to the UK too.”
According to our colleagues at vertikal.net, who know more about the powered access market than we do, some of this Laois Hire access fleet has been re-hired from Irish access rental company, Skylift, as is evidenced by the logo on the featured machine.
Brandon driver survives horror crash
Rather than wishing to upset readers in the lead-up to Christmas, we are publishing this news story as a simple reminder to everyone to be careful when you are out and about over the holiday period.
This Brandon Transit van was totally written-off in an accident in early November on the southbound M6 motorway between junctions 2 and 3. Driver Andrew Pointon, who is based at Brandon’s Coventry depot, sustained a number of injuries, the worst of which is a badly broken leg. At the time of going to press, he is, thankfully, well on the road to recovery. Apparently, the Brandon vehicle was struck from behind by an HGV vehicle, which pushed it into another HGV. In total, five vehicles were involved in the accident.
Tim Smith, Managing Director Brandon Hire said; “Safety is a high priority for Brandon Hire and as a result of our focus on collision reduction we have received numerous national and international Health and Safety awards.”
Champion nominated for Hire Network Award
The team at the Doncaster branch of Champion Hire has been shortlisted for The Hire Network Award, which recognises staff excellence at an individual depot. Kevin Sherwood, Hire Manager with The Hire Network, told EHN “the Champion staff at Doncaster always provide good service. They recently fulfilled a particularly challenging, long-term order for generators that were supplied to two pubs in Doncaster and Retford.
“The kitchens were drawing a lot of power from the National Grid and a temporary solution was needed while upgrading work took place. Champion kept the generators well serviced and liaised closely with the clients.” Two other Award nominees will be chosen shortly, and the winner will be announced at the Executive Hire Show in February.
Hire-It! clears the air with WorkPoint
Having introduced an AirBench downdraught bench from WorkPoint Environments, Hire-It! (Kidderminster) believes its workshop staff are now protected from potential hazards when cleaning dust from off-hired power tools.
"We examined the risks to our employees’ health when cleaning and servicing equipment, and the AirBench was the ideal solution," said Director John Davies. "As responsible employers, we have a duty to address these risks as soon as we have identified them.” The AirBench captures dust blown or brushed from tools, drawing it down through the top surface and returning clean air to the room.
ALAN GUTHRIE CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AS EHN EDITOR
We are delighted to confirm that Alan Guthrie has just celebrated 10 years as EHN Editor and - the best news of all - seems determined to set out on another decade of hard labour in our hire industry. Publisher Robert Aplin is alleged to have stated, “Alan has made an outstanding contribution to the success of EHN over the last 10 years. EHN has built its reputation on editorial integrity and Alan has maintained this philosophy at all times. Alan is articulate, considerate and possesses the fundamental characteristic of all good journalists – he listens. He is a calming influence on every member of the Executive Hire Team and, above all, is a thoroughly decent human being.”
In April 07, Alan won the prestigious OPERC Outstanding Contribution Award for ‘excellence in journalism, maintaining high standards and impartiality’ with particular reference to EHN’s reporting on Hand Arm Vibration issues. This was the first - and only - time that the OPERC Outstanding Contribution Award was won by a magazine Editor.
In October of that year, Alan, as part of the founding Executive Hire Show team, was also Highly Commended in the Team of the Year Award at the HAE Awards of Excellence.
Show launches Energy Zone
Given the importance of protecting our environment and preserving resources, the 2010 Executive Hire Show will feature a large Energy Zone, centrally located at the front of the exhibition hall.
The Energy Zone will showcase products that will help hirers and their customers meet such obligations as: better fuel efficiency, less waste, reduced carbon footprints, encouraging recycling, lowering power consumption, extending product lifecycles and preventing pollution.
We are also delighted to confirm that Speedy Hire will sponsor the Energy Zone, as it has done for all previous Zones at the Show.
Each Show exhibitor has been invited to submit details of relevant products to be considered for inclusion in the Energy Zone.
Entries will be judged by an independent panel of leading hirers and those selected as ‘Finalists’ will be exhibited in the Energy Zone at the Show. As in previous years, all visitors to the Show will be invited to vote for their favourite product by simply leaving a business card in the ballot box beside their chosen item. All business cards will also be entered into a prize draw to win £500.