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CHISLETT LIGHTS UP
Morris Site Machinery has sold six SMC TL90 LED lighting towers to Spalding-based Chislett Hire. Director Mike Woodfield said, “We have been using machines in the SMC range for over ten years and they have always been reliable, robust and cost-effective.”
All six of the new machines were out on hire soon after delivery to customers across Lincolnshire and surrounding areas. The TL90 LED incorporates a large 130-litre capacity fuel tank and is claimed to give a running time of up to 133 hours with a noise level of at 60dB(A) at 7m.
Pictured, above, at the delivery of the machines are, from left, Chislett’s Julie and Mike Woodfield, and Robin Parkin from Morris.
• Morris’ International Business Director, Phil Winnington, recently completed a ‘5-a-Day’ fund-raising initiative to raise funds for the charity, Mind. Phil ran 25km in five days at different locations.
To promote a healthy lifestyle, each day he wore a different T-shirt depicting fruit from an individual’s recommended five daily portions. The run saw him cover ground in Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Cheshire and North Wales, as well as 5km around the football pitch at Crewe Alexandra, in memory of a close friend. Phil quickly exceeded his initial £555.55 target, and has currently raised more than £1,000.
OnGrade success for ESS Safeforce
ESS Safeforce reports that it has successfully been offering the OnGrade SiteZone proximity warning system on site machinery for four years.
Designed to reduce the risk of personnel and plant collisions, the RFID (radio frequency identification) system uses vibration, audio and visual alerts to enhance safety within a designated zone. Receivers located inside the items of plant detect the location of tag-wearing workers and alert the driver and the pedestrian to avoid an accident.
ESS Safeforce, which is part of Hire Station, also offers a wireless version of the system, and has a dedicated team that installs the equipment and trains users in its operation.
Astley Hire’s top technician
Astley Hire’s latest employee, 20-year old technician Danny Martin, is no stranger to the Leigh-based business, having undertaken a two-week work experience placement there when aged 14.
The company went on to offer him further work opportunities during school holidays and weekends, and he was employed two days a week while studying for a motor sports engineering degree, which he recently completed.
MD Stephen Dorricott said, “We always strive to help young people with potential and, from the moment Danny started his work experience with us, it was clear he was a young man full of enthusiasm and committed to making the most of the opportunity.”
Danny commented, “Having those two weeks of work experience was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The practical insight into the world of work really shored up my educational studies, as I could see useful techniques and theories put into practice.”
AJC’s Green success
AJC Trailers, which manufactures EasyCabin temporary accommodation and welfare units, is celebrating after winning a Green Apple Environment Award from The Green Organisation, an international, non-profit group that promotes environmental best practice worldwide.
The company was competing against more than 500 other nominations, and says that the Award reflects the efforts it has made this year to develop products that reduce carbon-based fuel usage, lower noise pollution, and conserve and re-use energy. AJC is also exploring the use of renewable energy with long-life batteries. The company will collect the trophy at a presentation ceremony to be held in the Houses of Parliament on 6 November.
Golf challenge for HSC and Artisan
Hire Supply Co (HSC) and Artisan Hire Centre went head-to-head in a golf match held recently at Bowood Golf and Country Club in Wiltshire. The event was donated by Artisan as one of the lots in the charity auction held during our West & Wales Executive Hire Road Show in Bristol last December, and HSC was the highest bidder.
Pictured, from left, are Artisan’s Chris and Roger Comer, and the HSC team of Gary McWilliam and Mark Richards. “We played an individual and team Stapleford,” Gary told EHN. “It all started brilliantly for HSC, parring the first four holes and being four up at the tenth. Chris and Roger then decided that enough was enough, and started to play some inspired golf, clawing back the points.
“It was very hot and the heat may have had something to do with the collapse of the HSC team, who failed to win another hole. By the eighteenth, the lead was down to one. Ultimately, Chris sank a birdie putt to win the par four last hole and level the match.” The individual scores ended with Mark first and Chris second, followed by Roger and then Gary. A re-match is already being arranged.
More Dromad fleet investment
Dromad Hire reports that it has continued to make a significant investment in equipment. Seamus Byrne, MD of the Dundalk-based company, said, “In the second quarter
of 2017, we invested £1m in additional plant and access platforms. June and July in particular were busy months,
with new stock arriving almost weekly.”
Recent additions include Yanmar 2-tonne and 3-tonne zero tail swing mini excavators, Snorkel micro scissor lifts and articulated electric booms, JCB telescopic handlers, a Manitou 12m diesel articulated boom and 10m electric mast boom, MacGen 45kVA and 100kVA towable generators, and a Hinowa 15m spider lift.
Dromad has also added two more service vans, bringing its total to four, offering customer support and 24-hour backup
Off Grid launches hire initiative
To meet demand for alternative, clean and cost-efficient temporary power, Hybrid Power Hire Ltd, based in Rugby, has been established as a specialist hire and re-hire business by manufacturer, Off Grid Energy.
Off Grid, which makes the ‘gridtogo’ and PowerCube ranges, says it recognises the need for specialist knowledge to properly install and manage hybrid systems. “We have set out to make both our technology and expertise available to the plant and power hire markets so they can successfully deliver what their customers are demanding,” said CEO Danny Jones.
Barry Hughes has been appointed to manage Hybrid Hire Power’s day-to-day operations and has over 20 years’ hire experience from working at Hewden.
• Check out other developments in our Power Generation & Green Energy Market Report.
Generac secures Dutch order
Generac Mobile Products has secured an order for more than 150 of its V20 mobile lighting towers from the Dutch company Collé Rental & Sales, which has depots in The Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
The machine was launched by Generac earlier this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its TowerLight brand. It has gull-winged doors for a distinctive appearance and to facilitate access for maintenance, and a rear door provides entry to the control panel. It has a quoted noise level of 58db(A) at 7m and incorporates LED lamp heads.
The control panel, made by Generac, has a digital display that can be programmed in multiple languages. Collé Rental & Sales says this was a key purchasing factor, as the machine can be set appropriately for users throughout its European customer base.
PASMA appoints new Chair
Gillian Rutter has been appointed as the new Chair of PASMA. She has been a member of the Association’s specialist Hire & Assembly committee since 2013.
She joined a scaffolding company straight from school in 1988 and was quickly promoted to the job of hire controller. Two years later she moved to an East London-based tower specialist where she spent the next 25 years helping to grow the business, latterly as MD. She owns and runs Skyward Access Training, based in Romford, and is also a Director of Hire Access Ltd, a Hirer/Dealer and Hire & Assembly member of the Association.