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Executive Report : Executive news
EHN WORK AT HEIGHT SUPPLEMENT
Mailed with this issue of EHN is your copy of our Special Work at Height Supplement, which focuses on the requirements of the Writat Height Regulations (WAHR) and their implications for our industry. The WAHR will apply to work at any height, and in all industries - not just construction. They emphasise the need to undertake a thorough risk assessment of all tasks undertaken at height, and to ensure the most appropriate equipment and safety protection are used.
Originally, implementation was anticipated for summer 2004. But consultation has been extensive, with input from diverse groups, and introduction is now expected to be not before the end of February 2005. This delay may have led to indifference and ignorance, and we hope our dedicated Supplement will promote greater understanding.
We have interviewed people involved in drafting and commenting on the new Regulations, and we report the opinions of specialist training organisations and hire companies, who will be at the sharp end of implementation, in terms risk and offering advice on product selection and safe use. We also assess the latest products and services designed for this market. EHN believes the WAHR represent a tremendous profit opportunity for our industry. We hope our Supplement will further your understanding of the Regulations, and enable your business to benefit.
Long-lived Brendon power washer
Jansvans, a hirer based just outside Portree, on the Isle of Skye, has replaced a Brendon power washer after 16 years' reliable service. The business was established as a caravan sales company in 1973. It subsequently expanded to offer equipment for hire, as well as the sale of tools, electrical items and garden machinery.
The company bought its first 25KPE Brendon petrol power washer in April 1988 for the hire fleet. Typical applications include cleaning buildings, washing down construction site equipment and vehicles, and descaling the hulls of local fishing boats. When the time came for replacement, Jansvans had no hesitation in purchasing a Brendon 30KPE, the latest version of the original machine. It is designed for heavy-duty performance and is targeted at the hire and construction industries.
Charity in the pink with JCB
JCB is renowned for its yellow diggers but now, for the first time, one of its mini excavators has been produced in bright pink. The colour change will help raise money for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity. The one-off 1.5-tonne JCB 8015 will be hired out to construction companies in the north west of England, with rental fees being donated to the charity.
The idea is the brainchild of fundraiser, Cath Woods, a teacher from Blackburn, who was successfully treated for breast cancer in 1997. She has since raised in excess of £12,000 for Breakthrough. She approached Anderton and Kitchen, a civil engineering and hire company based in Leyland, who, in turn, alerted JCB's regional dealer, Gunn JCB. The latter donated the pink-liveried machine, which Anderton and Kitchen will transport between sites free of charge.
Stepping down at Search
After nearly 50 years in the hire industry, Roger Search is stepping down as Executive Chairman of William G Search Ltd, the company that his father founded. He will remain in a non-executive capacity for the immediate future. The business will continue to be run by his sons, Richard and Jamie, who have been Joint Managing Directors for several years. Roger Search's tenure has seen a number of significant milestones for the Leeds-based company. These include the opening of depots in Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool and Nottingham, launching Search's toilet hire business, moving into the event hire market and initiating a long-standing relationship with the BBC to supply equipment for its golf coverage.
Demon escapes inferno
It may have been the day after Bonfire Night for the rest of us, but for Devon-based Demon International Ltd, the night of November 6th proved a narrow escape from quite another type of inferno. The neighbouring warehouse to the company - which belonged to Tuffnell's Parcels - caught fire and burned to the ground along with 19 delivery lorries.
At the height of the fire, there were over 60 fire fighters from all over Devon on the scene. The fire started in the early evening and went on throughout the night, with specialist fire fighting equipment powerless to stop extensive damage to Tuffnell's, which was left with only a mangled steel frame. Whilst both of Demon's factory units suffered external damage to the cladding - fire fighters had to force entry and remove insulation material from the wall facing the fire to prevent both buildings from catching fire - mercifully, only minimal damage occurred inside the buildings. Demon has advised that, because the company is now having to use a different carrier until Tuffnell's get back on its feet, customers should, wherever possible, place orders before 3pm to ensure prompt despatch.
Power tool brands join The Hire Show
The Hire Show, now the only UK standalone show dedicated to the hire industry, has announced that major power tool brands including Bosch, Fein, Metabo and Milwaukee have now signed up for the event, which takes place from 26-27 January at Excel, London. Also reserving space for the first time at the event are Ditch Witch, Eurofloor, Haki, Integrated Solutions, Lincoln Electric, MBW, Merlo UK, Niftylift, Oil & Steel, SGB Youngman, Turner Access and Zenith Survey (Datum), plus many other well known industry names.
Air tools will be represented by Ingersoll Rand European Sales, which will be showing its latest products. Diamond blades will be displayed on the Marcrist stand, together with the company's core drills and abrasives. The event will also host a comprehensive selection of the latest mini and micro compact plant from companies such as JCB, Kanga Loaders, Takeuchi Mfg, Volvo Compact Equipment, and Cormidi.
Following the success of the 2004 Hire Show Party, the organisers are planning another event open to pre-registered visitors (hire industry only), which commences straight after the Show closes on the first day of the exhibition. The 2005 party is sponsored by the Show's organisers and EHN, SGB Youngman and Hire Association Europe.
It is described as a dedicated event for the hire industry, providing suppliers and buyers with the opportunity to network in a relaxed post-show environment. This year, the Party is to be held at the Ramada Hotel on the Excel campus. Attendees will be handed entry passes to the Party on registration at the Show. "This is an opportunity before people go on to their own dinner arrangements to take some light food and refreshments, along with some entertainment, to a provide a backdrop to making new contacts, renewing business relationships and, of course, having a good time," states Show Director Brian Hartigan.