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HAE OPENS SHOW SURGERIES
HAE has confirmed several events and initiatives to be held during the 2011 Executive Hire Show. As well as having its usual stand, the Association will be running practical surgeries during the exhibition to assist hire companies with specific business advice, and several HAE partners will be taking part. It will also be presenting certificates to successful candidates of the Level 2 NVQ - Hire and Rental Desk Operations to kick off the Show’s traditional Party on the Wednesday evening. This presentation will showcase the commitment of hire professionals and will recognise the investment in training made by HAE members. From the successful candidates, one will be chosen to be the Hire Achiever of the Year, to be announced at the HAE Awards of Excellence at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 7 May.
MD Graham Arundell said, “Our members are major participants in the Show, so it made perfect sense for HAE to take a more active role for 2011. We are delighted to be part of next year’s line-up and to be given the opportunity to recognise our members’ achievements. The surgeries proved very successful last year, and members were keen to make sure they were part of our offering for 2011.”
GenQuip creates Fusion solution
GenQuip recently devised a special site solution for Balfour Beatty personnel working on the Forth Road Bridge, who found that tight space constraints meant a standard welfare unit was inappropriate.
The principal issue to overcome was the entry and exit to the welfare unit from the side. The manufacturer recommended that a re-designed doorway access at the rear of its Groundhog Fusion+ mobile unit would provide a satisfactory solution, and a total of six were delivered to site.
The Fusion+ is powered by on-board batteries, enabling all systems to operate without assistance from the engine-driven battery charger. This reduces fuel costs and extends service intervals. The water, heating and lighting are all powered by the same 12V system.
Makita makes an entry
Makita tools are being used to train police officers in appropriate techniques for making a forced entry into all types of property. A special Method of Entry skills course has been developed by the National Police Improvement Agency (NPIA) at Coventry, a central resource for British policing, where technical and tactical operations are developed.
The course includes guidance in using a DPC6430 disc cutter with a Nemesis diamond blade to slice through metal bars, security grilles and entrance doors. Training is also given on using the manufacturer’s impact drivers and wrenches, reciprocating saws and cordless grinders.
Specialist NPIA trainers have themselves attended bespoke courses at Makita’s UK headquarters at Milton Keynes.
New premises for Lyte
Lyte Ladders & Towers has re-located its manufacturing operations to Swansea Enterprise Park from its previous factory in Ystradgynlais, where it had been based for ten years.
Lyte, which employs 100 people, has been established since 1947 and manufactures a large range of domestic, trade and industrial steps, ladders, towers and bespoke access equipment. The new premises also include PASMA ladder and tower training facilities.
MCS opens in Sweden
MCS has opened a new office in Solna, just north of Stockholm. As well as offering service and support, the facility will be the centre of the software supplier’s Scandinavian sales and marketing operations, and Jenny Ferrar has been appointed to focus on new business development in the region.
Existing customers in Scandinavia include TLM i Linköping, a hirer of powered access, scaffolding and machinery. MCS reports it currently has more than 375 installations in 14 different countries.
MHM expands offering
Following last month’s news item on the launch of MHM Plant, Chairman Josh Llewellyn contacted EHN, telling us that the benefits of this innovative strategy are even more extensive than first thought. “Many hirers have been in touch with us since the MHM launch was published and, as a result of their enquiries, we are now only beginning to understand the opportunities that our approach can offer hirers in these challenging times.
“We know that the two most important issues facing many hirers are the severe restrictions on capital expenditure and the problem of having sufficient resources to effectively service fleet equipment. We are being asked to refurbish hundreds of TowerLight VT1 lighting towers and GenSet welders and generators. Our in-house facilities are already helping to increase hirers’ utilisation and revenue.
“In response to demand, we are also now offering a re-hire programme to those hirers that have previously purchased new lighting towers from our sister company, TowerLight. We confidently state that we have the largest stock of used VT1s in the UK and these units are available for re-hire or sale. These offerings are in addition to the already announced guaranteed buy-back plan and the re-seller option, on both new and used machines.
“It is now obvious to us that MHM Plant will be much more than just the product ranges we offer. Our developing range of solutions is based on serving the entire hire industry, as they are as appropriate for independent hirers, as they are for national companies.”
CPA to launch telehandler guidance
At the Executive Hire Show in February, The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, which is chaired by the CPA, will be launching new guidance on the safe use of telehandlers in construction. Every year approximately 100 accidents involving such machines on building sites are reported under RIDDOR.
The Group says that telehandlers are frequently regarded as a general tool to carry out many different lifting and transport activities, which may sometimes exceed the capacity of the machine, or of the operator, or both. Problem areas include visibility and awareness issues; overturning caused by travelling too fast; and lifting loads in difficult circumstances.
HSE is closely involved in the production of the guidance, as are principal contractors, specialist contractors, hire companies, unions and training organisations.
• JCB has introduced its Adaptive Load Control, a longitudinal load moment control (LLMC) system complying to industry standard EN 15000 on all its Loadall, Teletruk and Telemaster models sold in Europe and countries requiring CE marking. The legislation has been introduced to reduce the likelihood of forward overturning of a variable reach truck performing stationary loading or placing operations on consolidated, stable and level ground.
Dependent upon the machine type, JCB’s system uses a combination of proportional or two-stage hydraulic cut-outs for the boom function, along with a number of other sensors monitored by an onboard control unit, which then adjusts the hydraulic flow to control the boom out and boom down functions accordingly.
JCB says that the control overcomes the problem caused by a sudden stop creating additional inertia from a combination of weight and high reach, which can increase the risk of forward overturn.
ArcGen Hilta meets environmental standard
ArcGen Hilta has achieved the internationally recognised environmental management standard ISO 14001:2004. Since the end of July, the company’s quality team has been working across its sites at Wolverhampton and Gosberton in Lincolnshire to evaluate working procedures. Subsequently, new policies and procedures were introduced to minimise waste and consumption of resources, together with environmental training for staff.
Chief Executive Mark Hodgkins said, “Being green is not just about pollution and noise levels, but is an ethos which needs to transcend day-to-day working life and practices. This is an excellent achievement for our team.”
Meeting Case’s rodeo challenge
Three UK plant hirers recently competed in a rodeo themed European Operator Challenge. It was staged in France by Case Construction Equipment to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of its Customer Centre near Paris.
The three UK contestants were, Ian Stanton who runs Ian Stanton Plant Hire Ltd in Liskeard, Janean Ward of Norfolk-based MDH (Mini Digger Hire), and Ian Barclay of Barclay Plant Hire in Salisbury. These skilled operators competed against machine drivers from Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Poland, Serbia and Spain.
Various timed challenges included moving plastic ducks in containers of water on the pallet forks of a 420T compact tracked loader along a rough terrain course, and uncovering and then moving a plastic ball using the rear bucket of a 590 Super R backhoe loader.
The winning individual was Raphael Rosen from Belgium, with the Italians taking the top team prize. However, the UK had the distinction of providing the only female operator in the contest. Janean Ward has built up her thriving hire business with a Case CX27B mini excavator and a Red Rhino 5020T mini crusher.