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Hilti updates HAVS solution
In line with new legislation, Hilti has updated its Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) Solution to accommodate new vibration exposure limits. The company has also demanded that other tool manufacturers begin providing quantitative solutions and products to combat the issue. Walid Hussain, Product Specialist for Hilti, contends that “Not enough is being done to explain what measures must be taken prior to new EU legislation on 1 May. Very few people know that exposure limits have been broken down into two parts - Exposure Action Value A(8) and Exposure Limit Value A(8) - but how can companies properly assess the risk and allocate allowed work if these restrictions aren’t explained clearly?
“Another key factor is the productivity of the tool. If the product is more efficient and has a low vibration factor, then more work can be done within the new time limits. The question we must ask ourselves is why these two issues are not being spoken about openly and honestly?” The Hilti Solution, which is designed to convert information into an easy-to-use format, now takes into account the two legally defined exposure values, to which all measurements must be adhered, and highlights the information on an updated tool selection chart. The limits express tool vibration as m/s2. At any level of exposure, the risk must be eliminated or reduced to the lowest possible reasonable level. However, if exposure is above Action Value A(8), an employer must have a programme of actions to control risk and health, says Hilti. The explanatory booklet, ‘Reduce HAVS Health Risks’, can be downloaded from www.hilti.co.uk, or obtained by ringing 0800 886 100.
HSS takes more Eliet shredders
Pinnacle Power Equipment has supplied HSS with another 20 Major Elietshredders. HSS bought 50 units 18 months ago and the new order was based on the success the hirer has reported with the product in terms of reliability, performance, safety and value. The Eliet range features a special blade system that is said to give the capability of being able to shred wet and ‘green’ vegetation efficiently.
The Major is powered by a 9hp Honda engine and can process material of up to 5.5cm diameter.Twenty reversible blades deliver 40,000 chops/minute, and a safety screen keeps children and pets away from working parts. A steel shield and heavy-duty debris flap protects the operator from material kickback.
Hire Network unveils Award shortlist
The three hire depots shortlisted for The Hire Network 2005 Award have been announced as Concord Lifting Ltd of Barking, Essex, Hire-Equip Ltd’s Old Trafford depot in Manchester, and Rentatool of Norwich. They have been nominated by The Hire Network as the top hirers in October, November and December, in terms of performance and service. The winner will be announced at The Hire Show. On its stand at the exhibition, The Hire Network will be encouraging more hirers to join its line-up of independent suppliers covering the UK. The company co-ordinates the supply of tools, equipment, skips, powered access, cabins and other items throughout the country. More than1,000 hire organisations are currently involved in the Network.
Swan supplies Ransomes Spider to Leeds
The first UK commercial sale of the Ransomes Spider, the innovative remote controlled slope mower from Ransomes Jacobsen, has been agreed with Swan Plant Services, the grounds care equipment hire specialist based at Knutsford. The new machine designed for mowing steep slopes, will be leased out on a 30-week contract.
Chris Simpson, Transport and Fleet Manager at Leeds City Council Parks & Countryside, saw the machine at Saltex in September. “Hand and arm vibration is a particularly important issue and this machine, being remotely operated, alleviates this at a stroke,” he said. “I contacted David Curwell, Swan’s Plant Director,and we agreed that they would purchase the machine and that we would hire it. We will be using it throughout the winter on steeper embankments where we have carried out site specific risk assessments.”
Power Electrics switches to SMC
Power Electrics has embarked on a major investment programme to increase its generator fleet, with an order placed with Sandhurst Mfg Co (SMC) for 140 Genpac Powermaster generators, worth over £1.5m. Paul Ridley, Business Development Manager of Power Electrics states, “We were impressed with SMC’s response to our initial enquiries and their capability to meet our requirements quickly.” The hirer has bought Genpacs with outputs of 22, 50, 70, 150, 250 and 500k VA.
SMC Director, Chris Archer, contends “We designed our Genpac Powermaster range to meet the specific requirementsof the generator rental industry and have been delighted with the market response.”
Selwood opens two new branches
Selwood has opened two new branches, bringing its total to 33 throughout the UK. The new facilities are in Douglas, on the Isle of Man, and in Aberdeen. An initial tranche of £500,000 worth of new plant, incorporating telehandlers, mini excavators, rollers, compressors, dumpers and pumps, has been invested in the Manx operation, which will be headed up by Shaun McGee, who has over 20 years’ experience working on the island.
A further £500,000 has been invested in pumps for the Aberdeen branch, which will operate purely as a pump hire and sales location. The range includes 2-12in surface pumps, hydraulic and electro-submersible pumpsand super silent models with noise levels from 58db(A).
Speedy rewards top depots
Speedy Hire honoured its top performing depots for 2004 during its recent Supplier Day. The John Brown Depot of the Year award went to Speedy Hire Derby South. Speedy Survey’s Luton depot, led by Manager Steve Carey, was announced as the Specialist Depot of the Year, and runner up overall. The Most Improved Depot of the Year Award was accepted by Speedy Power Midlands Manager, Justin Palmer.
Following on from Speedy’s growth through a series of acquisitions,the company reported that it recognised the achievements of the new depots in its network. Chosen as Best Newcomer was Speedy Hire Grimsby, led by Manager Keith Mason, which joined the group following the acquisition of St Vincent Plant.