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hope you enjoy the latest edition of UK Plant Operators Magazine, in this issue we take a look at various topics, with a focus around Health & Safety.
An array of new products have been entering the market with the goal to help us achieve a greater level of safety and protection on and around construction sites. Production has started of the new JCB Hi-Viz Site Dumpers, with reduced skip height and huge improvements in visibility, better stability and operator protection thanks to the JCB SITESAFE Cab.
This issue’s main story: All the latest UK Major Project Information - See pages 26/27
We also take a look at Dumper Advance, a new addition to the SiteZone family (formally OnGrade) which fits perfectly alongside the other SiteZone products such as Instant and VisiJax.
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CASE G-Series Wheel Loaders wins prestigious 2017 Good Design™ Award for Design Excellence
CASE has been honoured with the prestigious Good Design™ Award in the Industrial Category for its G-Series Wheel Loaders from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. station to control loader functions and mabeen judged against the very best in the CASE Construction Equipment received chine steering, which reduces fatigue, esworld and the G-Series has emerged as a the Good Design™ Award for the G-Sepecially during repetitive, high-production winner: this prestigious accolade crowns ries wheel loaders – the latest generation applications. The premium control moniCASE wheel loaders’ long history of excelof the brand’s proven range, which introtor interface offers intuitive navigation lence as we prepare to celebrate this prodduced a revolutionary windscreen design through the machine’s information and uct line’s 60th Anniversary next year.” and raised the bar on operator comfort settings. The cabin of the CASE G-Series wheel when launched in 2017. This recognition The suspended cab featuring an air ride loaders sets new standards in comfort and comes in the 50th year of the prestigious active suspension premium seat, combined safety with an operator environment, conAward and was most significant in its hiswith the positioning of the engine at the trols and interface that make it the brand’s tory as a record number of Fortune 500 rear of the machine, dramatically reduces most intuitive and easy-to-operate range. companies and the world’s foremost design noise and vibrations, improving operator Every element has been designed to profirms entered. The G-Series was one of the comfort. vide an automotive feel with industrial product designs selected by the Chicago CASE sees design as an important driver performance. Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and in the product development process in The G-Series takes visibility to a new Design and The European Centre for Arorder to deliver the superior operator comheight. The one-piece windshield provides chitecture Art Design and Urban Studies fort and intuitive operation achieved by an unobstructed panoramic view to the out of the thousands of submissions sent front, while multiple rear view convex mirthe G-Series. In its pursuit of quality deby the world’s leading manufacturers and rors, rear view display, slim engine hood sign that combines style and function, the industrial design firms. As a winner of the and rear grid defroster offer excellent rear brand relies on the experience and reAward, the CASE G-Series wheel loader visibility. sources of CNH Industrial’s Design Cendesign is now part of the Museum’s PerThe cabin interior has been designed to tre. The Good Design™ Award is manent Design Collection. maximise space for the operator. The ertestament to the high quality of the design Carl Gustaf Göransson, Brand President gonomically designed joystick steering resulting from the brand’s focus and its effor CNH Industrial’s Construction Equipforts. system provides a symmetrical operating ment businesses, commented: “We have
Caterpillar and Rio Tinto to retrofit CAT® trucks for autonomous operation at Marandoo mine in Australia
Caterpillar and Rio Tinto have signed an agreement for retrofitting 19 Cat® 793F mining trucks for autonomous operation at the Marandoo iron ore mine in Western Australia. Caterpillar will also install Cat Command for hauling software for operation of the autonomous fleet. The result of the agreement will be the first fleet of Cat autonomous trucks deployed by Rio Tinto.
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The first few trucks will be retrofitted in mid-2018, and the project will be completed by the end of 2019. Beyond installation and startup, both Caterpillar and the regional Cat dealer, WesTrac, will play ongoing roles in managing and supporting the autonomous haulage system. “We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Rio Tinto in installing their first
Cat autonomous haulage system,” said Jean Savage, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Surface Mining & Technology Division. “Working with WesTrac, we look forward to helping Rio Tinto enhance operations with our proven mining technology.” Rio Tinto Iron Ore chief executive Chris Salisbury said, “We are proud to have partnered with Caterpillar for 50 years and are excited about starting this new chapter in our automation story. This project with Caterpillar accelerates deployment of autonomous haulage via retrofit in our Pilbara operations and helps meet our objectives of making our operations safer and more productive.” The Cat autonomous trucks system draws capabilities from the full range of Cat MineStar™ System technologies—Command, Terrain, Fleet, Detect and Health. At Marandoo, the mine-wide implementation of Fleet, the scheduling-and-assignment and material tracking system, will mark the first use of the system by Rio Tinto. For more information about Cat mining technologies, go to: www.cat.com/minestar
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GAP leads the way with Kubota KX027-4
GAP Hire Solutions, one of the world’s largest fleet customers for Kubota mini excavators, has shown its intent to continue to offer its customers market leading machinery innovation by purchasing over 100 new Kubota KX027-4 excavators in 2017.
Kubota is now GAP’s sole supplier of excavators up to 8 tonne. The Glasgow based hire company employs more than 1,700 people across 140 depots in the UK, with the latest KX027-4s model bolstering the company’s fleet throughout the country. Ken Stewart, Head of Procurement at GAP Hire Solutions, said: “With the increased amount of regeneration in urban areas across the UK, the demand in the market for a quality three tonne excavator is at record levels. Kubota’s KX027-4 certainly delivers for our customers. Like all Kubota machines, the product is reliable, delivers high performance, comfortable to operate and holds value. “Customer feedback on the KX027-4 model has been really positive, so investing in 100 machines throughout the year has made perfect business sense, with the new eight tonne KX080-4 also proving popular. “We now have in excess of 4,000 Kubota machines stationed in our depots across the UK, which highlights not only the value in which we hold the machines themselves, but also Kubota’s presence as a brand and our business relationship. To have a supplier that supports us in the way Kubota does is fantas-
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tic, whilst the reliability of the machines ensures we can carry out day-to-day business without the worry of significant machinery downtime.” An ideal product for GAP’s hire fleet, Kubota introduced the KX027-4 to the market at EHS 2017. From a rugged Kubota-built engine and powerful digging force through to biggest cab in its class, the KX027-4 ensures the machine’s productivity far exceeds that of its competitors whilst also offering maximum comfort. The 2.6 tonne excavator, its weight meaning the machine is ideally suited to customers who need to tow the machines around, is available in two models. The standard
KX027-4 model is perfect for general excavation jobs, whilst the high-spec model utilises AUX oil flow with proportional flow control and Auto shift for even greater versatility and performance to meet the needs of any job. Dave Roberts, Managing Director of Kubota, concluded: “It’s been great to see the success of the excavator we launched to market within the last 12 months, particularly with a key customer such as GAP. The fact that GAP Hire Solutions is now one of Kubota’s largest and long-term construction customers worldwide says everything about the strength of its business and our partnership.”
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Euro Auctions tops the £200 million mark at its Leeds sales site this year for the first time – with next year already shaping up well Euro Auctions, leading auctioneers of used industrial plant, construction machinery and agricultural equipment, continues to hold the largest single auctions anywhere in Europe in recent years, with the final sale at its Leeds site taking the annual hammer total over the £200million mark year for this site for the first time.
Staged every couple of months, each of the three-day auctions at Leeds consistently attracts around 4375 quality lots from 450 vendors, which in turn attract around 2100 bidder registrations, many still preferring to attend the sales in person rather than bid online. “Demand for used and as new quality plant and equipment in the UK and around the globe is on definitely on the rise, which is why we are seeing record growth in consignments and the number of bidders signing up for each sale,” declared Jonnie Keys, Operations Manager of Euro Auctions. “Our ever popular Leeds sale has broken the £200 million mark for the first time and interest from both consignors and bidders is already high for the next sale in Leeds in late January 2018 and we’re forecasting great things for our upcoming event at Kissimmee, Florida in February.” In addition to Leeds, Euro Auctions successfully operates sites in Germany and Spain; in Dromore, Northern Ireland; in Brisbane, Australia; plus added both Dubai and Hong Kong as new locations this year. Both off to really successful starts, Hong Kong also coor-
dinated the Group’s first ever timed auction. Euro Auctions also operates a growing number of offsite sales; which this year included the multiple world record achieving Hewden mobile crane disposal sale where the impressive spectacle of 127 cranes were lined along the Newark showground runway and sold in a single day for a final hammer price exceeding €32m (£27.4m). In the US Euro Auctions trades as Yoder & Frey and in the two closing sales there in December bidder numbers quadrupled at the Atlanta, Georgia sale and were up 30% at the Ashland, Ohio auction, reflecting the global
trend. Acquired a year ago the business has seen real growth in international business as it benefitted from Euro Auctions global audience and marketing initiatives. Upcoming auctions comprise: Leeds 31st Jan, 1st & 2nd February; Kissimmee in Florida 13-17 February; In Brisbane on 22 February; and Zaragoza in Spain in early March. Further details for consignors and bidder catalogues for these events are available on the Euro Auctions website at www.euroauctions.com email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Euro Auctions on 0044 (0) 2882 898262.
New Kobelco hybrid comes to Plantforce Since developing the first full hydraulic excavator in 2006, Kobelco’s hybrid system has evolved significantly. The all new electric swing motor provides operability unique to hybrid machines. During swing acceleration the swing motor is only powered by electricity accumulated in the lithium-ion battery which contributes to the SK210HLC-10’s exceptional fuel efficiency. The braking energy generated during swing deceleration is converted into
electricity which is stored. The SK210HLC-10’s large lithium-ion battery allows greater retention of stored electricity to provide the necessary electrical output to a new Kobelco-developed 25kW power-assist generator motor. The 21tonne excavator has a Stage IV compliant Hino engine. According to Plantforce Operations Director Sam Mercer, “This new hybrid machine provides the best in fuel efficiency
without any compromise on performance. Working off current data, we have seen a 16% fuel saving against the conventional SK210-10 which we consider to be the market leader in fuel economy as well as a further 20% saving against other manufacturers excavators in this class. This makes the new hybrid a very attractive machine all round for our customers.”
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CEA will partner again with Primary and Secondary Engineer
The CEA (Construction Equipment Association) has for a second year teamed up with educational organisation Primary Engineer to work with primary and secondary schools in the Leicestershire area. The catchment area has been widened this year to include schools in Coventry - the schools will work on exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) vehicle and fluid power engineering projects. The first event CEA and Primary Engineer collaborated on was held at last year’s Plantworx exhibition and it was a resounding success! Local schools worked on their projects throughout the year following training sessions with the Primary Engineer teams. The school children, along with their teachers, then brought their projects along to Plantworx for the ‘Celebration Event’ where their vehicles and fluid power models were scrutinized by judges. Judges included engineers from Caterpillar, JCB and Perkins, who volunteered for the role, and from other sponsor com-
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panies including AMI, Bomag, BSP Foundations, GKD, Gomaco, Datatag, Marubeni Komatsu, Nylacast, Point of Rental and TriMark. The CEA and Plantworx team had very positive feedback from the schools involved and many said that if this event was run each year – it would automatically be added to the school curriculum. This initiative forms part of the CEA Skills Council programme - all part of the drive to engage young people in STEM projects as a means of inspiring careers in the sector. JCB’s Apprentice Programme Advisor, Chris Morris, attended the 2017 celebration event at Plantworx he said, “The JCB Engineering Talent Programme would like to thank Plantworx, the CEA and Primary Engineer for inviting us along to the Primary and Secondary Engineering Award. The day was thoroughly enjoyable, and it was great to see the young budding engineers in action. We brought along the Apprentice Built Loadall which was manufactured and built entirely by 68 JCB engineering apprentices at our World Headquarters in Staffordshire. This made
such an impact with the students and the advice given by our apprentices will hopefully help inspire them into a career in engineering. Some of the thought and hard work that went into the projects was fantastic and it was great to see the smiles on each of the student’s face during the trials.” Mr Morris concluded, “As we know, the UK is heavily short of engineers and Primary Engineer is doing a fantastic job in helping to promote engineering through school engagement, by setting tasks and importantly, making it enjoyable. It was an excellent achievement by all. Keep up the good work!” ABOUT PRIMARY ENGINEER AND THE UNIVERSE OF ENGINEERING. Primary Engineer has been working with teachers to address the fundamental issue of a lack of engineers and the wider perception of engineering since 2005. It is a not-for-profit organisation instigated through seed-corn funding from the then Department of Trade and Industry. It has grown over the last decade to deliver
teacher training to over 1000 teachers annually, bringing the programme, in the classroom, to over 33 000 new pupils, establishing itself as part of the curriculum in thousands of schools across the UK. The research demonstrates that primary teachers find STEM subjects more difficult to teach, this lack of skills increases the disengagement of pupils with these subjects from a very early age. Primary Engineer has addressed this issue by providing teachers with practical skills and academic knowledge to subtly apply and embed the theoretical into the practical, effectively ‘STEM by Stealth’. The impact on the teaching professionals and their pupils which has been reported anecdotally in numerous schools, Ofsted reports and evaluations from Engineering UK’s Tomorrows’ Engineers programme which funded some of Primary Engineers engagement with schools have also demonstrated significant impact on learning outcomes and experiences. Over the last decade Primary Engineer has responded to the demand led by teachers and local companies expanding the programme from the first Primary Engineer training days delivered to primary teachers to a comprehensive suite of training and whole class activities. There are sponsorship opportunities available for this years’ CEA and Primary Engineer project and the CEA would be
delighted if CEA Members and associated companies would like to be involved. Sponsorship is just £750.00 to support teacher training and materials. All sponsor companies will be invited to be part of the judging panel at the ‘Celebration Event’, which will be held at the end of the 2018 academic year the WMG (Warwickshire Manufacturing Group) at the University of Warwick in Coventry.
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Customizable dashboard for a new Mecalac Site Dumper MTA, a company known for the development and production of a wide range of electromechanical and electronic products for major OEMs, announces the beginning of the collaboration with Mecalac, a major producer of compact class construction equipment, thanks to the delivery of its Spot off-the-shelf dashboard. The Spot dashboard has been chosen by the French multinational to equip a new Mecalac Site Dumper to be launched at the end of 2017.
Spot dashboard, chosen by Mecalac, has a compact circular dimension of just 106 mm diameter and an IP66 rating for protection, making it ideal for off-highway applications on compact vehicles
Spot dashboard has a compact circular dimension of just 106 mm diameter and an IP66 rating for protection, making it ideal for off-highway applications on compact vehicles. The Spot dashboard has a central dot matrix LCD (160 x 56 pixels) with configurable tell-tale lights where required. The strength of Spot dashboard is the proprietary MTA Studio software tool, that enabled Mecalac to customize Spot dash-
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board to meet fast changing production needs without delay or costly software rewrites. MTA Studio, which is the easiest solution for off-highway OEMs needing customizable off-the-shelf dashboards and displays, allows for full dashboard configuration both in graphics and operating logics using programs written in C/C++, Functional Block Diagram (FBD), and LADDER. The graphic Human to Ma-
chine Interface is What You See Is What You Get, allowing the programmer to see the graphics on the PC as they will appear on the dashboard/display, while building the application itself. The software also contains a real-time debugger and a number of libraries with various available functions the customer can choose to integrate, depending on application needs. Spot belongs to the increasingly range of MTAâ€™s dashboards and displays configurable with MTA Studio Software. These products have hardware and software architectures that are very similar, but with a range of looks, sizes, numbers of LEDs, inputs and outputs, as well as different screen types to meet the needs of the offhighway world. The electronic products currently developed with MTA Studio consist in 6 dashboards and 4 displays, all part of a standard range that is always available and constantly expanded. It is noteworthy that 3 displays can be configured not only with MTA Studio, but also with an Android environment for more powerful graphics. The offer is completed by Dyna and Actua, 2 actuator control modules with basic and advanced connectivity respectively.
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Production starts in UK of innovative JCB site dumpers The first of a range of new JCB site dumpers are rolling off the company’s World HQ production line – including the unique Hi-Viz model which brings new levels of safety to the market. JCB announced plans to manufacture its own range of the popular machine last year and production is now underway at Rocester, Staffordshire – a move which will create 70 new jobs in the next 12 months. The range being produced includes the innovative seven-tonne payload JCB 7T-1 Front Tip Hi-Viz model designed to directly address growing industry concerns over accidents and serious injuries involving site dumpers on construction sites. The complete range is compliant with the latest safety legislation including ISO 5006:2017 and EN474. It is part of a range of eight other site dumper models for the one to nine tonne market. The biggest market for the machines is the UK and Ireland followed by
France. JCB Site Dumper Managing Director Richard Butler said: “We are delighted that manufacturing is underway in the UK for a brand new range of JCB site dumpers, which will bring new levels of safety to the market through innovation. “Reaction to the launch of this new range has been exceptional and customers can look forward to seeing the seven and three tonne models on the JCB stand at the Executive Hire Show in February.” The JCB 7T-1 Front Tip Hi-Viz model features a reduced skip height and unique design which delivers huge improvements in visibility, while a longer wheelbase and lower centre of gravity boosts stability. Operator protection is assured through a
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Kubota gear up for exciting launch at the Executive Hire Show
Kubota UK will be using the Executive Hire Show 2018 as the ideal platform to officially launch its new KX030-4 mini-excavator – a powerful machine with a number of innovative features to maximise operational performance. The KX030-4 features two hydraulic variable pumps, along with a gear pump, which allows smooth, synchronised digging and dozing operations for improved output and productivity. A large flat floor space, full suspension seat and Kubota’s intuitive ergonomic control panel come as standard within the largest in class cabin, offering quiet comfort with high visibility for reduced operator fatigue. Available in standard and high spec versions, the KX030-4 includes Kubota’s unique anti-theft technology to increase machine security and is powered by a reliable and robust EU Stage V ready Kubotabuilt engine. This compact machine offers impressive digging force and the ability to simultaneously operate the boom, arm, bucket and swivel, delivering a more than competitive digging cycle. The high spec version offers users innovative thumb-operated AUX 1 & 2 oil flows with proportional flow control and Auto shift, for even greater versatility. Built with ease of maintenance in mind, the KX030-4 has three easy opening hinged access doors to provide quick and easy access for service and inspection.
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Also on site will be the KX042-4, the most environmentally friendly excavator in its class. The mini-excavator incorporates a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Common Rail System (CRS) with Kubota’s ECO Plus mode to maximise fuel efficiency. In addition, a whole host of other Kubota machines will be on display, including a number of firm favourites within the plant hire sector, such as the K008-3, KX016-4 and the zero tail swing U17-3 and U27-4 models. The company’s KC70VHD-4, a reliable high dump tracked carrier that’s ideal for moving materials on-site through narrow spaces and on softer ground, will also feature on-stand. Kubota will also have a dedicated area on its stand for its Stage V certified engines. This will include the D1803-CR Common Rail diesel model that is factory fitted with DPF technology to offer a cleaner high-performance engine, as well as the WG1605 model, a large spark ignited engine available in LPG, Gasoline or dual fuel versions. Visitors to stand can also view up close the Z482, a 2-cylinder (13.3HP at 3600RPM) vertical, lightweight and water-cooled diesel engine, which ideally suited for the lighting tower OEM market and packs a real punch as one of the most hardworking and cleanest running diesel engines available in its category. As well as Kubota’s expert team of con-
struction and engine specialists on-stand to help answer any queries visitors might have, representatives from Kubota’s aftersales division will be on-hand to discuss servicing and the benefits of Kubota’s genuine parts offering. Kubota will also be promoting Trakm8, its telematics solution that can be integrated with its anti-theft technology to increase fleet efficiency and security. Dave Roberts, Managing Director of Kubota UK, said: “The Executive Hire Show is the pinnacle event for the plant hire industry. The show gives us the opportunity to highlight our ongoing commitment to bringing the most innovative and high performance compact construction machinery to the market and showcase our Stage V certified engines. It’s also a great chance to meet current and potential customers and answer any questions they might have about our product and service offering. “The Kubota stand features all our key solutions that are ideal for this sector, including the UK debut of the KX030-4, which we are delighted to be launching at the event. There’s so much for visitors to see on our stand we look forward to seeing you at the Ricoh Arena in February.” For more information on Kubota and its extensive range of solutions, visit www.kubota.co.uk or call 01844 268000.
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Kubota UK build for the future with £1.2m investment to improve operations Leading machinery manufacturer Kubota UK has invested £1.2 million to enhance operational performance and continue to set the highest health and safety standards at its UK headquarters in Thame.
The investment, part of the Kubota UK’s commitment to provide its customers with a first class service offering, includes expanding its office and meeting room space by renovating a previous storage building into state-of-the-art office facilities. The Thame site has also had groundworks resurfacing completed to enhance traffic flow around the site, as well as refurbishment works carried out to its industry leading Training Academy and Research & Development (R&D) centre. The improvements also include a new cantilever racking system that will help streamline its inventory, offer more space to hold stock and help maintain its ‘first in, first out’ (FIFO) supply method. In turn, customers will experience an even better service, ensuring they receive the required
machinery parts exactly when they need them and in the best condition. Supply Chain Manager at Kubota UK, Solly Wilson, said: “The investment into our operations at Thame is a great example of our commitment to future proofing our business, ensuring the right infrastructure is in place and that we are always operating efficiently and safely. By doing so, we can maintain the highest levels of service that we provide our customers. “The new office and meeting spaces for example give us the opportunity to continue to grow and evolve as a business. In the last 12 months, staff numbers at Thame have increased, highlighting the need for additional capacity. “The new cantilever racking system also means we are far better equipped to allo-
cate, monitor and transport products more effectively. FIFO is a widely-known supply chain method where stock is rotated quickly so that no item sits in the warehouse for too long. If this process isn’t maintained to the highest standard, stock can spend significant periods of time on the shelf, taking up valuable space and potentially becoming obsolete, causing cost issues. It’s simple in theory, but each product has its own unique characteristics that will affect the overall operation depending on how well it’s dealt with. “With this in mind, it’s vital that we’re able to operate at maximum capacity, not only from an operations point of view, but also from a customers, who need their orders delivered in a timely fashion and in first class condition.”
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Liugong looks North Having recently established a new depot in Manchester to serve the area, UK Liugong dealership Construction Plant & Machinery Sales (CPMS) are now expanding sales and service into the North West of the country, with a number of high profile deals already being completed. One for the first to join the ranks of Liugong ownership in the area was Stockport based M.T. Kaill (Plant Hire) Limited. The business was founded some 42 years ago by the current chairman Tudor Thomas, having initially set up shop with one machine and a lorry. The company has expanded greatly over the years and today operates a fleet of over 170 machines covering the North West, in addition to specialist rail machines which operate on a nationwide basis, building a reputation along the way for providing a top-class service to the industry. The company have taken delivery of six 22 tonne class Liugong 922E hydraulic excavators with a further two on order. Talking about the decision to purchase the machines Kaill’s Managing Director Steve Thomas said, “We had the Liugong on demonstration and we were impressed with what we saw, as were our operators out in the field who all commented that the machines offered excellent performance, smoothness in operation and good comfort levels. We were impressed with the dealer’s level of service and customer care, whilst offering us a very good and competitive package; as such we thought the machines would be a good product for us going forward”. Salford Excavations was established 5 years ago by Wes Lawrence, Owner, who is assisted in the day to day running of the business by Operations Director Simon Saxon. The company engages in excavation works, civil engineering and small demolition works and is experiencing steady growth. This growth see’s the company bidding for larger jobs and with that in mind they are investing in more modern kit and attachments. The business currently runs a fleet of 12 machines ranging from sub-one tonne micro excavators up to 40 tonne excavators, with additional kit including crushers and tipper lorries with grabs. The excavator fleet features a mixture of brands, with the latest to join them being a 30-tonne class
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Liugong 933E, which will be supplied with an OilQuick attachment by ECY Haulmark. Talking about the Liugong addition Simon Saxon said, “We took a Liugong on demo and ran it beside two other brands in our fleet, all of our experienced operators spent time in it and all were impressed with the way it performed. We had a good look at all the key components that are fitted into them and quickly realised they are all top name and well proven parts from blue chip suppliers, all in a very competitive package”. Wes Lawrence commented, “We were very happy with the lads at CPMS who have been extremely helpful all the way through, nothing has been too much trouble or bother and for us that level of personal touch means a lot, its something a lot of the major manufacturers have lost these days”. Another local business investing in Liugong excavators is Bagnall Demolition, who have been trading in the area for some 35 years. This company runs a fleet of 8 hydraulic excavators from a number of other manufacturers including Komatsu and Hyundai. These machines will now be joined by two Liugong excavators consisting of 30tonne class 928E and a 50-tonne class 950E model, both of which will be supplied with time saving OilQuick systems supplied and
fitted by ECY Haulmark. Bagnall Demolition’s Director Andrew Fisk said, “When we first started looking at LiuGong, we talked to people in the industry about them and we were impressed with what we heard, so we made contact with CPMS discussed a deal which was extremely competitive and went for it! The main questions for us were, are they are strong and do they have good build quality as demolition is hard work on machines, our operators said they tick all the boxes and that’s why they are joining the fleet”. North Wales based Family owned business Thomas Plant Hire was established in 1999 and initially started out with a second hand JCB 3CX. Today the fleet totals 1200 machines from a wide variety of manufacturers including Hitachi, Komatsu, Volvo and Caterpillar. In addition to its Holywell base, the company now has a second depot in Widnes. The company has recently added two 40 tonne class Liugong 939E hydraulic excavators to the fleet, talking about the latest acquisitions Managing Director Wyn Thomas said, “We have heard good things about the Liugong products from others in the industry and we were also very pleased with the availability of the machines, we are confident they will be a good fit for our fleet”.
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Record start for 2018 for Fairfax Yorkshire Plant Hire Company Fairfax have announced a record start to 2018 with 230 machines booked out in just four days. Hire Director Matthew Love comments “We managed to complete our move to the new four acre site in Selby in December and our staff have pulled out all the stops to keep up with demand for our plant from our customers since we started last Tuesday 2nd January”. “Between our Selby and Leeds depots we will have delivered, over 100 excavators, almost 70 dumpers with the balance made up with telescopic handlers and rollers, by
Monday 8th January”. “This is a substantial increase on our activity from January 2017 and reflects the growth in our customer base and the confidence they have shown in our ability to meet their demands for first class plant at competitive rates”. Development Director Mark Love added “We have already identified some of the additional plant which we will be ordering this year and further announcements will be made in due course”. “It is an excellent start to the new year and puts us well on the way to our target to grow the business substantially this year”.
Fairfax Plant Hire have strengthened their sales team with two new appointments. Dave Snape has joined as Sales Executive to grow the business in South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the North Midlands and Sam Broughton has been appointed as Operated Plant Manager. Fairfax Director Mark Love commented “We are strong in our traditional area in North Yorkshire and Humberside/East Riding and following the success of our Leeds depot, which we opened this time last
year, we now have a good foothold in West Yorkshire and are pushing into Lancashire”. “With Dave joining us and bringing his considerable experience in all aspects of plant hire we can now grow our business in an area where we have always felt there is great potential which has gone relatively untapped”. “I feel that this is an excellent opportunity to develop my career with an innovative and dynamic company and I look forward to a long and successful future with the Fairfax group” said Dave. Sam Broughton is the newest member of
New sales team for Fairfax
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the team and will develop the operated plant side of the Fairfax business which has grown steadily over the past five years. “Sam joins us at a very exciting time as we plan to increase our operated plant team and with new 22 tonne long reach and 30 tonne excavators in our hire fleet we are in a great position to supply larger sites in the North of England” said Mark. Sam commented “I have been looking for a great opportunity to develop my career and feel that Fairfax will give me necessary the support and resources to make this happen”
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Keen achieves fantastic growth in only 6 years. Andrew Hicks, founder and managing director of Keen Attachments Ltd has led the bucket and attachment making business from strength to strength since 2012. With a lifetime of knowledge in the industry, Andrew saw the need for a UK based operation that could deliver high quality, customised and completely bespoke items for the agricultural and construction industry. With it's own UK based production facility and comprehensive sales and support team, Keen has grown from a small team in just over 6 years. Servicing the entire UK, much of Europe, as well as an expanding international business, Keen are busier than ever. Innovation in new products and the customisation of existing ones is leading the way in their business growth. So much so that they have
won numerous awards over the past few years including regional awards for sustainable growth, business achievement as well being recognised as being one of the top 50 fastest growing businesses in Wales. Clients continue to be impressed with the small details that make all the difference. Customising buckets with custom colours and/or adding the company logo not only provides a great advertising tool for clients, but adds a level of security and identification. This innovation coupled with investments in equipment are allowing them to deliver more to our clients, more flexibly and faster than ever before. Their highly
knowledgable sales and support team really are the icing on the cake - just one of the reasons why we're growing and being recommended day after day, both in the UK and overseas. More details about Keen Attachments and their products can be found online www.keenattachments.co.uk or by joining them on social media, just search for 'Keen Attachments' in the search bar.
Why would Plant and Construction Industry use a firm of Private Investigators? Is it hard to imagine why the plant and construction Industry would use a firm of private investigators? There are a lot more skills we have other than following a partner in a suspicious relationship! There are so many areas that spring to mind where Surelock has a wealth of experience in plant and construction Industry, in fact it would be fair to say, “we cut our teeth” within this Industry. No industry is immune from theft and fraud which can strike from the top to the bottom. If there is a suspicion that something is not quite right then it is often a thought worth acting on. With our consultants throughout the country we cover many fields including criminal investigations; security surveys/risk assessments, audits / stock takes, surveillance and asset recovery. We have been known to recover our client’s property before they have known it was stolen! We have assisted in the internal audit
function of companies by conducting unannounced audit visits to sites and work places (often at weekends or during unsocial hours) to confirm that staff and systems are operating correctly. These audit visits routinely disclose discrepancies ranging from operational or disciplinary shortcomings to criminal activity – sometimes organised and endemic. Also, we have undertaken contractual management and project management audits within the construction industry which seek to identify and prevent future losses. Each project is unique and undertaken to an individual formula established in relation to the client’s instructions. Our previous investigations have used comprehensive analysis of how substantial losses are likely to have occurred by undertaking a thematic investigation into current processes and procedures in order to establish weaknesses, evaluation of data, conducting investigative interviews with staff with a view to both contractual and criminal irregularities and
recommending a strategic plan for dealing with the problems identified in order to prevent future losses. Our company is a well-established and respected investigative and security consultancy with proven track records in the private and government sectors. Surelock are members of the Association of British Investigators which is endorsed by the Law Society of England and Wales and a number of other professional bodies. Oh and we also can follow that partner if required! www.surelock.org
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don’t skip the safety with brand new dumper Advance – the latest member of the siteZone proximity warning family A variant of the successful SiteZone system, Dumper Advance has been specially developed for use on forward tipping dumpers to meet anti-collision safety needs on working sites.
Proximity warning specialist SiteZone Safety has launched Dumper Advance to prevent collisions between forward tipping dumpers and site workers. Inspired by client feedback, Dumper Advance is a variant of SiteZone Safety’s original RFID proximity warning system, SiteZone. SiteZone is unaffected by external physical factors like mud and inclement environmental conditions. This differs from the current camera and ultrasonic proximity warning technology used on dumpers which is susceptible to inference from environmental factors. It further improves on site dumper proximity detection zones by making allowances for a full skip when the dumper is in use. If there is a loaded skip (and even an overload or unlevel load), visibility in the front of the dumper is compromised. Furthermore, risk of collision with workers on foot
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is increased if the driver’s view is impeded. Dumper Advance is robustly designed so it can be placed directly under the skip of the machine, using a discreet antenna device which allows for the creation of a larger detection zone at the front of the vehicle which is the major point of concern. The device is rugged and can handle whatever bumps and scrapes are subjected to the skip – a pivotal design challenge that SiteZone Safety had to overcome. The Dumper Advance RFID antenna is fitted to the site dumper, while site workers wear RFID transponders fitted to their hard hats or sleeves. When a worker breaches the detection zone of a machine, both parties receive a warning. The worker’s tag vibrates, and the driver receives an audible alarm in the vehicle. A differentiating feature of Dumper Advance is that it only detects SiteZone transponders. Therefore, only
workers wearing those transponders will trigger an alert; this differs from conventional ultrasonic versions currently used, which are not targeted and have more indiscriminate detection capability. Gary Escott, Director of SiteZone Safety, said, “Dumper Advance is a bespoke system that we have been able to adapt from our tried and tested technology, SiteZone. Our design approach allows for flexible innovating. Dumper Advance is a first for dumper safety and has become the next successful chapter in our continued objective to make construction sites and workers safer.” www.proximitywarning.com
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illuminated Plant & Vehicle wrapping from Fhoss keep you safe in all lights FHOSS Illuminated Vehicle Wrapping increases the safety and visibility of your staff, vehicles & plant. The material we use is prismatic, fully compliant to Chapter 8 and can be cut to any shape, size or specified colour. Solid and flashing modes can be controlled wirelessly via on/off switching or by a light sensor. We understand our clients needs & are able to deliver bespoke products to suit your fleet requirements which can help prevent accidents, reduce insurance claims & reduce public liability. Robust and waterproof with an 80,000hrs lifespan, our product outlasts the typical duration of a vehicle lease Illuminated Plant Wrap • It increases safety to your staff/plant • New ways of making your plant more visible • Now has rail approval by SNC.LAVALIN & NETWORK RAIL • ½ mm thick • Has a life span of 80,000 hours • Prismatic, retroreflective properties • It can be cut to any shape, size and any colour of your choice • Robust and waterproof
Illuminated Vehicle Wrap • Fully compliant to Chapter 8 • Fully compliant to RIS-1530-PLT & RIS-1710-PLT • It can be cut to any shape, size and any colour of your choice • Has a life span of 80,000 hours • It has solid or flashing modes • 1/2mm thick • Ability to blend into your current livery • It does not affect your personal visibility •Prismatic, retroreflective properties • Robust and waterproof
Brand name change follows successful UK-wide application of SiteZone proximity warning system
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OnGrade were originally formed in 2009 by Gary Escott and Nigel Adams, and launched the SiteZone proximity warning system soon after. Since then, SiteZone has been used in various sectors, starting in construction, then moving on to waste, demolition, transport and logistics, among others. Designed to complement existing, workrelated safety protocols, SiteZone has been used for more than 40 million man hours, with thousands of installations completed and approximately 10,000 transponders in the field keeping workers safe from vehicle collision while they are doing their jobs. Gary Escott said: ‘When we launched SiteZone, we knew it was going to change the safety rules and make a significant impact for the better. It has done just that, and now we are known as the ‘SiteZone people’. ‘It just makes sense to make it our publicfacing identity, officially. SiteZone is the core of our product range and has inspired a growing collection of adaptable and bespoke anti-collision systems that protect people and make them feel safe.’
The SiteZone suite of products is designed to reduce the risk of collisions between workers and plant or site vehicles. SiteZone operates on radio frequency identification (RFID) detection, using vibration, audio and visual alerts to warn pedestrians and vehicle operators, when they are in danger of colliding with each other. The incidence of vehicle/worker collisions is very high in environments where large vehicles with blind spots operate, or in low visibility or poor weather conditions. In certain industries, such collisions account for a substantial portion of the UK’s annual accident and fatality statistics.
SiteZone offers flexibility and allows users to set detection zones according to their needs and depending on the site and vehicle requirements. It has evolved into smart variants, including the UK’s first wireless proximity warning system, SiteZone INstant, for easy and quick installation without cables. SiteZone has also been combined with smart clothing to create a jacket – SiteZone Visijax – that lights up when the wearer gets too close to a vehicle. There is even a version specially designed for use on extendable parts of plant machinery called BucketZone
David Stephenson from The Digital college talks Mental Wellbeing in the Construction Industry
The stereotypical image of people who work in the construction industry is that they have a robust and macho demeanour and can handle virtually anything life throws at them. being at work” is amore in-depth look at But is this really true, and does this tough who talk about their feelings or mental health issues are too the issues and designed to help people who public image actually mask the reality of are suffering the effects of mental health at mental wellbeing in the industry? There is often considered to be ‘weak’” However, Gail Cartmail’s report offered work. a dark problem looming, that has to date, Any one completing the course will get a no answers or advice on what might be done mainly gone untouched or unaddressed. According to data from the Office for Na- either now or in the future to tackle these printable certificate on completion of the course or, if preferred a fully accredited certional Statistics, in the years between 2011 issues. and 2015, there have been 1,419 deaths by It is now beginning to emerge that more tificate from our awarding body (£10.00 + suicide of those working in skilled con- work production time is being lost by peo- VAT extra). The online delivery of this information struction and building trades. Compared to ple actually at work, as opposed to those the national average, that means that those who are off work due to illness. It’s even via The digital college is quick, easy to diworking in construction are, shockingly, been given a name – “Presenteeism”. Much gest and readily accessible. Unlike traditional training methods it more than 63 per cent more likely to die by of this loss of production time is related to manageable mental health issues, such as can be accessed at any time anywhere to suit suicide. the individual rather than waiting for a Factors thought to contribute to these stress, anxiety, low mood and depression. To help to address this obvious gap in seminar or a tutorial. disturbing statistics are low pay, long hours, These course’s is now available online, demany of which are worked in isolation, and mental health knowledge and management here the lack of job security, which is tied into amongst employers and employees, we at tails the ever- changing workloads of construc- The Digital College have developed two on- https://www.thedigitalcollege.co.uk/course/ line, accredited course’s, designed to pro- an-awareness-of-mental-wellbeing-in-thetion companies. In March 2017, Gail Cartmail, Assistant vide practical guidance for people whose workplace For your free mental health and well General Secretary of the Unite union, the working life is being affected by these manlargest union for construction workers, ageable conditions – “An awareness of Men- being policy or to find out more, please called on the industry to take radical action tal health” is designed to give an overview click here. https://www.thedigitalcollege.co.uk/cms/ to reduce the high number of suicides to everyone of some of the symptoms of Mental health, what to look out for and download-mental-health-policy among its workforce. Gail said that “Construction needs to what the symptoms might be.The second tackle the macho culture where workers course “Managing Mental health and well
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[ The Factory of the Future ] [ Augmented Reality ] [ Telematics ] [ Artificial Intelligence ] [ BIM ] [ Machine Learning ] [ Robotics ] [ 4th Industrial Revolution ] [ Drones ] [ Internet of Things ] [ Autonomous Vehicles ] [ Digital Disruptors ] ...
These are the words fast becoming an integral part of your life, at home and at work. The future is here, right now - don’t be left in the past.
The CEA’s Innovation is Here conference will educate, inform, and quite possibly scare you, sending you home ready to face a brave new world of manufacturing and construction. Innovation is Here is moderated by Broadcaster, reporter and Journalist, Nick Higham. Expert Speakers include:
Prof. Rab Scott Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing The Factory of the Future
Motivational Tech Speaker
Perkins, Fuels of the Future
Dale Hawkins & Mark Kennedy UK Plant Operators, A View from the Cab / Augmented Reality Training
To book your place at Innovation is Here visit www.thecea.org.uk/conference Free to CEA Members. Non Members £265 (plus VAT)
Stay on after the conference and network with your peers and the wider construction industry at the CEA’s first Celebration Dinner. Visit www.thecea.org.uk for more details.
Preparing Your Kit for Sale
The value a piece of equipment will fetch at auction may be governed by a number of factors on the day: the mood of the market, the vibe of the sale, the choice of stock available, the quality or condition of the item on offer, as well as international demand from overseas projects. So, with this in mind, does the seller have any influence over this process? How can a seller squeeze that extra pound, dollar or euro out of his plant or equipment as it goes through the sale’? It has been proven many times that, by preparing your plant or machinery for sale, you will attract more buyers both pre sale, and, during the auction. By ensuring your kit looks fit for work and wanting to be owned, it will attract interest. You will get the best price for your kit and you will make more money. ‘Buyers are tryers’ and if a bidder is prepared to part with decent money for a piece of kit he is going to want to jump up into that cab, turn the ignition, flick the controls and put the machine through its rudimentary paces. If that machine is in rough order, filthy, oily, and greasy with a cab floor full of grime and rubbish, that prospective buyer is going to pass. It is generally accepted that even by cleaning the cab windows, you can add £500 plus to the sale
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price of a vehicle. Hello! Have we got your attention now? One other glaring mistake many sellers make when putting machinery through an auction is not ensuring it is capable of running. This may seem like an obvious requirement, however, approximately 25% of sellers do not pay attention to these details and, as a result, may be loosing thousands of pounds on that sale. So to appeal to buyers make you piece of plant as accessible as possible. Ensure the battery is fully charged, there is fuel in the tank, no fuses are miss-
ing and the engine starts on the key. Who is going to bid on a machine that needs to be towed onto the auction ramp? Yep, you said it, not you. So why would you sell a machine in that sorry state and expect it to fetch good money. Exactly, you wouldn’t. Euro Auctions is a leading international company when it comes to selling used plant and machinery and here are their top ten tips on how a seller should present a machine or piece of equipment for sale at auction.
Know how 1. Which Sale? Before selling a piece of plant or machinery consider where to sell to gain best possible price. Many markets attract a particular type of buyer who will have a need for or interest in particular makes, models or types of machinery. By speaking to a Euro Auctions sales manager, a seller can gain a better idea of where to send the equipment and machinery he wishes to sell. Certain brands of machinery and equipment fare better at certain auctions. For example, canopy mini excavators sell very well at our auction site in Spain, whilst ‘zero tail swing’ excavators sell well at Dormagen in Germany. Researching the market before selling your plant can prove invaluable. 2. Think like a Buyer It’s accepted that low hours machines are best and make the most money, but if that low hours machine has had a tough life, it may not be pretty. Presenting your machine for sale as you would wish to buy it is the key. This should be your pre auction mantra. It has been proven from the sales record of Euro Auctions that a well presented machine will always make the best price. There are many simple things that one can do, but the important tip here is “DO IT!”. A couple of simple things can make a whole heap of a difference to a buyer, which will generate a better profit. 3. Documentation Having a service history is a lucrative aid to getting best price. This is not always possible, but if the servicing of the item has been carried out by a main dealer, that information will be on record and can be included in the sale catalogue of the auction. If you can produce CE documentation it can make a significant difference to the value of an item, normally adding between five and ten per cent to the sale value. Also, make sure the machine has proper ID, ensuring the Serial Plate is visible and true. Lastly, if selling commercial vehicles, vans, cars and 4x4’s, please always ensure the vehicle is sent to auction with the registration document, as the vehicle will not be bought by overseas buyers without it. 4. Keep It Clean If a machine looks tidy, the chances are it has been treated well. With scores of similar machines going over the auctioneer’s ramp, what is going to entice bidders to pay the best money for yours? A tidy machine
that looks right! First tip - always clean out the cab, wash the floor, jet wash floor mats and clean the windows. A clean machine is a piece of plant a buyer would be proud to own and operate. Muck and dirt may also be seen as a way of hiding something. This may make a buyer suspicious. If your machine is in good order and there is nothing to hide, clean off the muck. This simple action will increase the price. 5. Bells & Whistles Sometimes the little things can make the biggest difference. Broken or missing mirrors can be seen as an irritation or a nuisance, as can broken light casings or lenses. Make sure all light bulbs work and fuses are complete. Missing windscreen wiper blades shows a lack of love for the machine, as does cracked or damaged cab glass. 6. Fuel, Filters & Battery Always make sure that the battery is fully charged and the fuel tank is half full. This gives the prospective buyer a chance to ‘turn’ the machine over on his pre-auction inspection. If a machine starts on the button first time, the prospective buyer feels good about bidding. It is also worth renewing fuel filters, as a blocked filter may hamper the starting of the engine. 7. Touch Up Ensuring a machine is tidy will grab the eye of the buyer. Repairing or covering knocks, bumps and scratches is fast, simple and effective and can make a great difference to the overall look of the machine. 8. Dry & Drip Free No one likes to see a machine dripping in oil and fluid. Alarm bells sound immediately that rams and hoses may be damaged, pumps may be shot and seals may be worn. A cursory inspection of your piece of equipment and carrying out the necessary repairs before the sale will ensure it doesn’t sit in a puddle of oil spelling TROUBLE in capital letters. Buyers will not just mark the machine down by the estimated cost of the repairs, but will add in the ‘hassle’ factor as well. 9. Tyres & Wheels Like buying a car, a good set of tyre’s can clinch the deal. Tractors, dump trucks, telehandlers, rubber ducks and wheeled loaders can be heavy on tyres. Firstly, make sure tyres on each axle match. Better still; if possible, make sure
tyres match all round. Don’t be tempted to put a mismatched set on just to make up the numbers. Try to fit a good branded set, such as Goodyear or Bridgestone. Don’t be tempted to fit cheap tyres, as this does not bode well. One common mistake is to take off a set that has over 50% life left in them, replacing them with a fully worn set. Don’t, as this will reduce the sale price of the machine by the cost of a set of tyres and potential by the cost of a new set of tyres. Lastly, look out for punctures. A machine will sit badly with a puncture which will make for a bad photograph in the catalogue and on the internet. Take care of wheels. Heavy work may damage the rims. Ensure wheels are clean and true. Painting wheels is an option, but a good clean set is acceptable and preferable. 10. Attachments The lack of good attachments can let a good machine down. This could make the difference between one or two last bids, which could amount to a couple of thousand pounds for the sake of a little bit of thought. Ensure all machines have good attachments. Ensure buckets are good and have good teeth and where possible, present the machine with a full set of buckets. This will draw the eye of the bidder that is looking for a machine for his own use. This guide ‘Preparing Your Kit for Sale’ has been written by David Betts, Euro Auctions Territory Manager – England dbetts@Euroauctions.com www.euroauctions.com
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A-Plant among UK’s top 100 Apprenticeship employers for consecutive year
A-Plant has been celebrated once again for being one of the UK’s leading apprenticeship employers. The UK’s largest equipment hire company was named in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list for the second year running at the National Apprenticeship Awards 2017 held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. A-Plant’s commitment to training the next generation of skilled plant maintenance teams, customer service personnel and transport and logistics teams is pioneering for the construction equipment rental sector. There are currently 166 apprentices in training across five different apprenticeship streams. A-Plant invests more than £2m in the programme annually and has an industry leading retention rate. A-Plant’s apprenticeship programme was first launched in 2005. Since then many apprentices have been promoted to senior roles across the business and the programme is oversubscribed each year.
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The company holds its own apprenticeship celebration to recognise the outstanding work of individuals. A-Plant's Head of Training, Bob Harper said they were thrilled to be named in the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list for 2017, which features many leading household names. "We are delighted to have made the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list once again and this recognition is testament to A-Plant's commitment to training the next generation. “Apprentices are a vital part of A-Plant’s future and our apprenticeship scheme has become much sought after and widely recognised across the construction industry. "Apprentices bring a fresh eyes to the workplace and offer opportunities for experienced A-Plant employees to share their extensive skills and knowledge. It creates a healthy and dynamic workplace for everyone as well as ensuring we have the right
skills in place.” Hannah Maddocks is a Customer Service Apprentice with A-Plant’s specialist division, FLG Services and is based at their Liverpool service centre. She explained: "FLG Services provides lifting and safety equipment so some of the products are very technical but I get a great deal of support from my mentor and my line manager to help build my product knowledge. “I work directly alongside my mentor and he guides me with my coursework, shows me the filing systems and generally helps me a lot. I'm learning something new every single day and hope to become a Hire Controller once I've successfully completed my apprenticeship.” Paige Carter is a Fitter for A-Plant Powered Access and is based at a service centre in Stockton-on-Tees. She completed a threeyear plant maintenance apprentice with APlant and in the final year was the first
female winner of a national award at the Construction Plant-Hire Association's (CPA) ‘Stars of the Future’ awards. She explained: “Initially I looked into a number of different apprenticeships across the construction industry and A-Plant stood out as it gave me the opportunity to learn about a range of engineering disciplines - mechanical, electrical, hydraulics and fabrication. “My colleagues are absolutely lovely and if you offered me a job in a nice warm office, I wouldn't take it. I love working in the workshop and I wouldn't have it any other way.” Sue Husband, Director of the National Apprenticeship Service, commented on APlant being named a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer. "The Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list 2017 demonstrates clearly the impact apprentices can have on an organisation. Apprentice employers are creating opportunities for individuals to gain the skills and knowledge needed to succeed, up to degree level, while working and earning. "These Top 100 Apprenticeship Employ-
ers are making a difference to the lives of their apprentices by investing in their future. In return, apprentices are helping employers to develop a skilled, qualified workforce to build a stronger economy. "I hope the success of these Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers will mean more businesses across England aspire to follow their example and to find out for themselves how apprenticeships help to grow a skilled and highly qualified workforce."
Find out more information about APlant’s apprenticeship scheme at www.aplant.com/careers. A-Plant will also be taking part in National Apprenticeship Week from March 5th-9th 2018.
AFi’s training division Gains Matrix standard reaccreditation AFI’s Training Division – which was the first in the working at height and safety related training sectors to gain the Matrix Standard – has now gained reaccreditation for the fourth consecutive year. To gain the Standard, the division’s two operations – UTN Training and Integrated Training Solutions – were assessed in four areas: leadership and management, resources, service delivery, and continuous quality improvement. Training Division Managing Director Matt Scott said: “Customers are increasingly looking for training providers that meet their due diligence checks. They want to be sure that the people that they are dealing with are proficient, professional, current and customer focused. The external accreditation proves that we meet this criteria,
and it also instills confidence in the customer that they are dealing with an operation that has been through a very in-depth assessment.” The Matrix Standard reaccreditation report listed the training division’s strengths as being staff development, overcoming barriers that learners may have, the effectiveness of the sign up and induction process, and the industry knowledge of the tutors and assessors. The report said that some learners had been apprehensive about attending a training course but had been put at ease. A typical comment from a learner was: “I don’t do classrooms normally, but I didn’t have any fears about coming back for day 2.” UTN Training provides working at height and safety and skills training at 30
locations throughout the UK to over 25,000 delegates each year with a 98% pass rate. Integrated Training Solutions offers NVQ assessment and training to customers nationally across a number of industry sectors.
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CPA releases Safety publication for Forward Tipping Dumpers This issue being around safety, I thought it would be good to look at the excellent work done by the CPA on some of the safety initiatives they have undertaken. The one to focus on was the forward tipping dumpers which can be downloaded free from the CPA site. FROM THE CPA: Following a number of recent serious incidents involving Forward Tipping Dumpers, an industry forum was formed in October 2016 with an aim to avoid future incidents that have happening with these machine types. Two key factors of past incidents include the overturning of a dumper and of individuals being struck by a dumper. At subsequent forum meetings, seven principles were agreed as the basis of an action plan that covers effective vision, machine stability, training and information, competence, travelling on spoil heaps, exclusion zones and equipment selection. As part of its support to the programme, the CPA has produced an operational safety guidance publication titled ‘Staying Safe When Operating Forward Tipping Dumpers’, aimed principally at operators for refresher training purposes. It has been divided into three sections: • Section one consisting of a ‘stay safe by’ list of actions for operators; • Section two consisting of the supporting underpinning knowledge providing the ‘how’s and why’s’ of each action, and designed to provide assistance for tool box talks and one-to-one familiarisation activities; • Section three being aimed at managers and supervisors in terms of planning and supervision requirements. The publication includes a case study to aid learning, based on an observed event, and outlines the causes and consequences of the activity and how it can be prevented. Much of the content of section two has been kindly supplied by the CITB from their Construction Plant Competence Scheme
(CPCS) card renewal fact sheets that rechecks core knowledge of their cardholders on card renewal. This CPA-produced publication has been designed to support a number of existing safe operational guidance publications from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) including their HSG 144 safe use of vehicles on construction sites. The staying safe guidance can be downloaded free-of-charge from the CPA website at https://www.cpa.uk.net/safetytechnicalpublications/ Colin Wood, Chief Executive of the CPA said: “The issue around dumper safety has become a major topic for our members as well as the industry in general. Because of this, we are co-leading the forum along with CECA and as part of our commitment, we pressed ahead to devise this operator-
based safety guidance. This will go some way towards helping industry address the issues, but it is only the first step that we’re taking in setting out guidance for safer dumper operations” Kevin Minton, Director of the CPA and co-Chair of the forum added: “We are seeking a range of solutions to ensure the operator and others stay safe. As part of the forum’s action plan, the Stay Safe guidance will be the first of a number of documents that will be published through the CPA. Others will include a Good Practice Guide on Forward Tipping Dumpers which will be devised by the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group, and an update to the Plant Safety Group’s work on Ground Conditions. This update will provide guidance and recommendations for the operation of dumpers on spoil heaps”.
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LAMMA Show cut short after successful first day
This year's LAMMA show was on track to be the most successful yet until the weather took a turn for the worse, leading to the suspension of the second day. The show was scheduled to take place on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th January and opened on a crisp and sunny morning. However, the weather changed dramatically overnight and violent winds battered the site before daybreak of the second morning, leaving event organiser AgriBriefing (previously Briefing Media) no option but to cancel the rest of the show. Many exhibitors reported an excellent first day, when visitor numbers appeared to be heading for a new high. Positive noises coming from the government about its plans for a post-Brexit agricultural policy and the improved livestock and arable commodity prices that followed the Brexit vote helped create the buoyant mood. Many of the 900 exhibitors reported busy stands and serious interest in their wares from key decision makers across a wide range of farm businesses. Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, group head of events of AgriBriefing, which owns the
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LAMMA show, said: "There was a real buzz in the air on the first day of LAMMA '18. Everything about the show felt positive, it was busy and noisy and had all the makings of an extremely successful event. "Exhibitors large and small used the event to launch hundreds of new products, underlining LAMMA's reputation as a launchpad for all types of machinery and equipment. â€œWe were all set for a fond farewell to Peterborough with over 20,000 visitors on site on Wednesday, and the feedback we've had from a number of exhibitors is that it was the best day in LAMMA's history.â€? Storm damage However, the organisers were left with no option but to suspend the second day due to the extensive damage caused by the storm in the early hours of Thursday morning. Mrs Mork-Eidem said: "The decision to cancel was not taken lightly and the team is devastated as they work extremely hard all year to make LAMMA the fantastic event it is. "However, it was made based on the advice of our health and safety team, our contractors and the operational team. When I
arrived on site at around 5am, the storm had already got hold and ripped open a number of the larger marquee structures. "At the peak we recorded gusts over 65 mph on site. When the wind subsided, and it was safe to do so, we sent out the contractors to assess the structural integrity of the various structures. "Following that and as it started to get light, we sent out our stewards to assess the internal damage. Based on the information we got back, we then made that call to suspend the second day of the show." Mrs Mork-Eidem said: "There was structural damage to some of the smaller stand marquees together with extensive damage internally in a number of halls and also outside. This included the shell scheme collapsing, twisted metal, broken glass and stands that were half collapsed, with the potential of falling further when moved. "We did get and assessed timelines for making the site safe, but in reality this would have taken too long," she added. "Due to the nature of the showground, it is not possible to open to the public as long as any area is unsafe and we were left with no choice." All access to the site was suspended, in-
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cluding the car parks as the organisers would not have been able to provide the necessary welfare provisions for additional people, said Mrs Mork-Eidem. "It would have been impossible to ensure visitors stayed in their vehicles and away from the site. As we said last Thursday, our main focus was to keep people safe. "We did unfortunately have one serious casualty in the early hours of the storm. The individual is in hospital and should make a full recovery and our well wishes goes out to him and his family." Mrs Mork-Eidem said she fully understood how testing it was for exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff alike, and greatly appreciated the understanding shown and the help in getting everyone off site safely. "We're also very grateful for the numerous messages of support we've received since Thursday, which have meant so much to the extended LAMMA team of stewards, contractors, traffic managers, security and health and safety officers; for whom this has been a very challenging few days." Next year's event moves to the NEC, which, as well as remaining free to visit (both in terms of entry and car parking) should protect against weather like that experienced on Thursday, said Mrs MorkEidem. "Curtailing the show last week was heart breaking for everyone. We are now focusing all our resources and working closely with the NEC team to make sure we continue to deliver a great LAMMA in 2019."
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