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MHM’s Rocket launch
In readiness for the forthcoming lighting season, Rocket Rentals has added 27 X-Eco LED lighting towers from MHM Plant to its fleet,
the first order it has placed with the company.
“We looked at several makes of lighting towers before opting for
the machines,” said Rocket Rental’s MD Simon Tomblin. “However,
we were really impressed with the quality of the build of the X-Eco.”
MHM states that the machine’s energy saving LED lamps will work for up to 50,000 hours without needing replacement, and a safety system automatically lowers the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst it is still erected.
Rocket Rentals says it may buy more of the X-Eco units in the future. The company, which is based at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, won our 2019 Passionate Hirer Award in the Outstanding Single Depot Hire Company category, which was presented at the Executive Hire Show.
• To read about more developments in lighting equipment, see our Lighting & Heating Market Report.
Cox adds LCVT vehicle
Cox Hire of Dudley recently took delivery of a new low floor tool hire vehicle from LCVT. Based on the Fiat Ducato, it was specified with a 3.6m bed and a spring-assisted tailgate. With a ribbed aluminium floor and drop sides, it can carry a wide range of light plant and tools, including low-level access platforms that can be driven straight on.
Director Jon Richmond said, “We needed to replace one of our traditional drop side trucks and wanted to move away from towing. We spoke to LCVT and liked the fact that the chassis was designed specifically for commercial applications and that the original suspension was retained. The vehicle is proving extremely flexible in carrying all our light plant and, even when fully loaded, seems more than capable.”
No-Falls Charity Ball
The No-Falls Foundation, a charity working to prevent falls from height and to help those affected by such accidents, is holding a fund-raising charity ball on Saturday, 9 November at Coombe Abbey Hotel near Coventry. For more details ring Sue Verallo on 01604 644774.
Point of Rental for Askham Bryan students
Point of Rental has provided software and a training database to Askham Bryan College near York for plant hire apprentices to learn about managing hire transactions.
“The support provided by Point of Rental in donating their Syrinx software will enable us to simulate situations that apprentice hire controllers will encounter in the workplace,” said Peter Chapman, Course Manager & Lecturer in Construction Plant Management.
Chippindale Plant opens new depot in York
Leeds-based hire and sales company, Chippindale Plant, has re-located its York depot to a larger site just off the A64, giving better transport links, more workshop space and a platform for expansion in the surrounding area.
Joint MD Nigel Chippindale says that the move is part of a detailed investment plan to improve the company’s infrastructure.
Pictured at the new facility is Depot Manager Charlie Hutchinson, who has worked for the company for more than ten years, and Hire Manager Steve Mclean who joined just over a year ago.
Chippindale Plant has nine depots serving the north of England and offers a wide range of machinery, tools, attachments and site accommodation.
Bill Leaver retires
Popular hire industry character, Bill Leaver, retired at the end of September after 47 years’ service. Beginning his working life as a storeman at M&H’s Trafford Park depot, he went on to serve Hewden Stuart, Speedy, Hire Station and Brandon Hire Station as Regional Director.
With a positive, supportive man-management style and outlook, Bill inspired a generation of hirers, customers and suppliers, improving performance, building teams and putting smiles on people’s faces, whilst making it all look easy.
With a passion for Manchester United and, it has been suggested, more than a passing resemblance to Old Trafford legend George Best, Bill says he now has further aspirations to win his first major golf tournament and to be accompanied on stage by folk musician, Finbar Furey. EHN joins other industry professionals in wishing Bill a long and enjoyable retirement.
Boels Rental chooses Isuzu
Boels Rental has taken delivery of a further five Isuzu 7.5-tonne rigid trucks, following an initial consignment of six vehicles in 2018 to transport heavier products. The new additions have the same specifications with beavertail bodies.
“Changing our product portfolio meant that we needed larger GVW trucks for the heavier equipment,” said Jim Field, Commercial Director with Boels Rental. “The first six Isuzus went into service and we have since been rewarded with excellent reliability, superb payload capacity and, as a bonus, fuel efficiency has been significantly better than expected.”
As Boels Rental continues its UK expansion, the company has ordered an additional two 7.5-tonners for delivery later this year.
Lynch supplies JCB mini for HS2 project
JCB’s new 19C-1E electric mini excavator is being used on a Costain Skanska Joint Venture project at Euston, as part of the enabling works for the HS2 rail scheme.
The machine was supplied by L Lynch Plant Hire, which was involved in early evaluations of pre-production models.
Director Merrill and Robert Lynch said, “We are delighted that the final design meets hirers’ needs to sustain battery life. Indeed, it lasts a full 7-hour working day on our applications on just a single charge.”
New Executive Hire team appointment
Sally O’Brien has joined the Executive Hire team as Administration, Circulation and Marketing Coordinator. She has extensive experience in sales and office management within the print and digital publishing industry, and is looking forward to making contact with hire professionals through both EHN and the Executive Hire Show.
The Preparation Group cracks the code
The Preparation Group has introduced easy-to-read ‘How to Use’ cards onto its range of shot blasters, grinders, planers, scrapers, dust extractors and tools. These step-by-step pictorial instructions are accompanied by QR codes which take users to guidance videos when scanned with a mobile phone or tablet. The company has also produced videos for its YouTube channel highlighting Health and Safety considerations.
MD Tracey Glew said, “The company has recently attained its SafeHire Certification for the third year running and Kate Walshaw, our Group Hire Manager, was re-elected as an HAE Supply Chain board member. The launch of our ‘How to’ initiative for the Group’s 110V equipment in the hire market has been a huge success, and we have now rolled it out to all of our 3-phase machines.”
Other than how to set something up, what use are the manufacturer’s instructions?
Roger Verallo, MD, Euro Towers Ltd
There are various reasons why reading and following these instructions are important. First and foremost, there is safety legislation that provides a duty for all manufacturers to provide suitable information and instructions on safe use. This is covered in the Health and Safety at Work Act, particularly section 6.
Following the manufacturer’s instructions makes it easier to understand how a piece of equipment operates. Manufacturers produce their instructions based on the knowledge they have acquired through the design and testing of their equipment. Using a manufacturer’s guide not only reduces the risk of accidents and injury, but can also extend the life of the product.
At Euro Towers, we ensure that all products we manufacture have an instruction manual in the language of the country we are selling to. These guides are available on our website, www.eurotowers.co.uk, or we can send a copy by email or post upon request. Our instruction guide is also provided with every product we sell. Even so, we still receive telephone calls from
users telling us, “I can’t put the tower together,” or “I have got the wrong parts.” When this happens, our first question is always: “Do you have the instruction guide?” Invariably, the answer is no.
Recently, a qualified trainer telephoned me and complained that he was presenting a course on stairway towers but the trainees could not put the tower up because they did not have the right parts. I asked him if he was using the instruction guide and his response was: “I have done this hundreds of times before, so why do I need a manual?” I sent him an email link so that he could download the instructions. Following that I heard no more. I expect he then used the manual and completed his course.
As incoming Chairman of PASMA, this emphasises to me, more than ever, that we must continue to highlight the importance of using the manufacturer’s instructions.
Remember, if an accident happens on a site, it’s likely that the first question asked by the Health and Safety Executive is to see the manufacturer’s guide to ensure the equipment has been built correctly. If this is not available and was not provided when the product was hired out, then the hire company could potentially be held accountable. My advice to all hire firms is to ensure that you provide an instruction guide with all of the equipment you supply.