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LANT LANET FEBruary 2019

Fast, Friendly Service How BPH became the go to company for plant hire in the south east


Love your plant this valentines | Lamma 2019 Event review | uk mining 30 years on

Welcome Two types of plant Happy New Year! The third issue of Plant Planet Magazine brings news from the Plant Machinery, Extraction, and Agricultural Industries; covering everything from the anniversary of the 1984 Mining Strikes to the success of the first indoor exhibition for LAMMA. This new year we have looked to expand the magazine in a multitude of ways. For the first time, we have taken a step into the agricultural world. Attending LAMMA ‘19 was an eye opening experience, the wealth of machinery on show was both impressive and insightful. A number of product releases are covered in the event overview Plant takes LAMMA ‘19 on page 38. LAMMA marked the first of many events we will be covering throughout the year, with event overviews becoming a regular feature for the magazine.

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In another first, Plant Machinery Expert David Chuck, explores the progress of the HS2 project through Warwickshire. The project is said to be the biggest rail project in Europe when work commences and will form the backbone of the UK Rail Network.

Moving away from the firsts, the magazine continues to feature the latest news and updates from the world of heavy machinery. Our guide to caring for your heavy machinery, on Page 24, is just in time for Valentine’s Day.


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The evolution of uk mining over 30 years


14 The construction of High speed 2 bph

fast, friendly, reliable David Chuck takes a look at the HS2 Project


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Agitrac exports chosen by hyundai hyandai appoints agitrac exports as new construction dealer for scotland


Eight ways to love your plant our guide to taking care of your plant this valentines day


T- 2 months what the 29th march holds for the plant machinery industry


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The importance of insurance our run down of what to think about when insuring your plant

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Plantworx 2019 to feature classic plant display


lantworx Construction Machinery Exhibition (11-13 June 2019 at the East of England Arena, Peterborough) will be digging up the past and paying tribute to classic plant and machinery in a dedicated arena at the show.

classic plant display, he said, “We are all rightly proud of our industry’s heritage and history. The Plantworx team is very much looking forward to paying tribute to these machines at this year’s event. Visitors will be able to walk around the exhibits and chat to the manufacturers, Innovation is built on experience owners and enthusiasts, who in - so in addition to showcasing the many cases have via a labour of love, most ground-breaking industry painstakingly restored the machines innovations, to their former glory. Plantworx We envisage that the At the heart of the show, in the outdoor 2019 will Classic Plant arena event arena, visitors can take a step back in will be a valuable also be time, revisiting the kit that inspired modern addition to the show celebrating day machines with Plantworx very first the heritage complementing ‘working’ Classic Plant display. and legacy of the cutting-edge the machines industry innovations our that have laid the foundation for exhibitors will have on display on today’s vibrant industry. their stands around the show.” The exhibition will be fully operational, and visitors will be able to enjoy working displays from these iconic classics. The arena will feature an interesting variety of equipment including vintage dumptrucks, excavators and loading shovels, which will bring together a rich mix of key machines that visitors and vintage plant enthusiasts will recognise from the archives of constructions past. Jeff Schofield, Plantworx marketing manager is organising the

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Each of the Classic machines will be a working exhibit, so visitors can get up close and personal and get a feel of what it was like back in those pioneering days long before the invention of hydraulics! Each day of the show a Vintage Pageant is planned – where the machines will be shown working. There will be running commentary from classic plant enthusiasts to take visitors on a nostalgic journey through time. Dehane Rhodes and his son Will Rhodes, from

Bridgwater Somerset, are both keen classic plant enthusiasts and their machines feature regularly in classic plant magazines and vintage plant exhibitions around the country, have confirmed that they will be bringing three of their working classic machines to Plantworx. The machines that Will and Dehane will be showing are a 1982 International TD-15C, which is a diesel engine crawler tractor, built by the International Harvester company in the USA. Also, a 1979 International 100B series 2 ‘Drott’ crawler loader and a 1968 Ford 13-6 Auto-Dig Wheeled Backhoe. Will said, “We are really pleased to be the first classic plant exhibitor to confirm our attendance in the classic plant arena at Plantworx. I think it’s a really good idea to show not only the very latest technology in machinery – but also to show visitors where these modern-day machines originated from. Will added, “It was these machines that helped build our motorways and much of the infrastructure we see today. It’s important to remember where our heritage began and keep the interest alive. I think that the classic plant arena will be a big draw for visitors.”

series feature • HS2 Construction

The construction of high speed 2 David Chuck takes a look at the HS2 Project


, the new High Speed railway that is going to be built, will link London and Birmingham to Manchester, the East Midlands and Leeds, and will be the backbone of the National Rail Network. Phase One of the project is London to Birmingham, and this is the first of

a series of articles which will feature the progress and construction of HS2 as it passes through Warwickshire. The contract for the enabling works for this Northern Section was awarded to a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and J Murphy & Sons. The planning and construction of HS2 is a huge operation, and is currently the largest infrastructure

project in Europe. At present extensive preparation works are taking place. This includes surveys, ground investigations and archaeological works, plus the creation of new ecological habitats. Pictured below and opposite are examples of this work which has been taking place in Warwickshire over the last 6 months.

series feature • HS2 Construction one of many sites being set up for archaeological investigation before construction work is allowed to commence.

The top soil is first removed by the excavator and then the soil samples are dug by hand.

Geo- Surveying work taking place for the tunnel under Ufton Woods in Warwickshire in the Dallas Burston Polo Ground complex.

Geo- Surveying work taking place Near the Fosse Way in warwickshire and near offchurch

Press Release • bph attachments

Grundon opt for volvo's new material handler G

rundon Waste Management Ltd has taken delivery of a new Volvo EW240E materials handler for its Colnbrook operation following a successful demonstration and evaluation. Replacing a competitive model, the new Volvo EW240E MHE takes up residence at the company’s Waste Transfer and Material Recovery Facility at Colnbrook handling segregated waste destined for the nearby incineration plant or for landfill. Whilst Grundon has operated Volvo equipment for many years on the aggregate side of their business, this is the first Volvo materials handler the company has purchased. “We were looking for a change of supplier and the Volvo performed very well on demonstration but to be quite honest, our decision came down to the best deal on offer at the time,” comments Steve Fisher, Grundon’s Divisional Recovery and Resources Manager. “We also listened to the opinions of our operators who gave the Volvo the thumbs up and so far we’ve been very pleased with the way the machine is settling in here at Colnbrook.” While the transfer station operates around the clock, seven days a week, the new charge operates a twelvehour shift, loading high-sided bulkers which either transfer segregated

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waste to the incineration plant or transport to landfill. It also feeds a high-capacity mobile shredder which reduces larger and diverse material down to a size that can be accepted for burning. In total, some 50,000 tonnes of waste will be handled by the machine each year. Powered by a six-cylinder Volvo engine developing 171 nett hp, the EW240E offers the latest in engine technology and operating sophistication. For example, pump flow is controlled for combined equipment and slewing operations to reduce the flow loss through the overload relief valves, whilst maintaining lift capacity and maximum swing torque. When Eco-mode is selected, the machine provides better fuel efficiency without loss of performance in most operating conditions. The Volvo Care Cab offers a large roomy interior with plenty of leg room and foot space. The excellent ‘all round’ visibility is enhanced by pressurized and filtered cab air supplied by a 14-vent, climate control system. An adjustable eas-to-read LCD colour monitor provides real time information of the machine functions. The EW240MHE offers the operator the benefit of maximum visibility around the work area, thanks to the hydraulically raised

and lowered cab with a maximum elevation of 5.7 metres. The new EW240E has been supplied with a 6.5m straight boom and 4m sorting arm whilst Grundon has sourced and specified their own 1.5 tonne Arden selector grab for the business end of the machine. Thus rigged, the EW240E materials handler provides a maximum forward reach of 10 metres and a maximum height of 12 metres measured at the attachment pin. With an optimum 800-litre capacity grab, the machine has a generous 3.7 tonnes lifting capacity at maximum reach across carriage with its outriggers down. To facilitate grab rotation, the machine is equipped with x3 hydraulics along with x1 hammer/shear hydraulics and hose rupture valves fitted as standard. Other options which have been added to the machine include a Fireward fire suppression system, Groeneveld twin greasing system and flashing rear blue strobe lights. The machine also sports highly visible chevrons on its counterweight which are made out of micro-prismatic vinyl sections. The machine has been provided with an extended warranty package and will be covered by a Volvo Blue service agreement which means its regular maintenance will be carried out by Volvo trained technicians using genuine Volvo parts at the correct service intervals.

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Press Release • hyundai

Agitrac Exports Chosen by Hyundai

Hyundai appoints Agritrac Exports as new construction equipment dealer for Scotland


yundai is pleased to announce that Agritrac Exports has been appointed as the new Hyundai Construction Equipment dealer for Scotland as of January 2019. Hyundai’s Regional Sales Manager for UK and Ireland, Tony Reeves, commenting on the appointment said, “As part of HRN Tractors, Agritrac offers a well established network of depots across Scotland which will offer our Hyundai customers the very highest levels of service, parts and sales provision”. Agritrac, which is part of agricultural machinery supplier HRN Tractors, boasts seven depots across the Scottish region and employ 35 service technicians to support their products. The company also have 13

existing sales professionals and have recruited two additional dedicated construction sales specialists to complement the existing team. Tony added, “Agritrac have a fantastic reputation across Scotland for excellent service backup, which is essential in providing ‘added value’ and ‘peace of mind’ to Scottish operators of our products” Tony concluded, “Agritrac will also be a ‘full line’ dealer, which is a first for the Hyundai brand in Scotland, offering customers mini excavators as well as heavy line and Wheel Loaders. We are delighted to launch this partnership with Agritrac and are confident that this will positively boost our presence in the Scottish market.”

Agritrac Exports Director, Stuart Barclay commented on the collaboration he said, “We are very much looking forward to working with Hyundai and we see this partnership as a great opportunity to raise the profile of the brand in Scotland.” Stuart added, “Hyundai manufacture a vast range of products and through our many depots across Scotland we are confident that we will be selling to a wide range of our existing customers and securing new customers. All backed up with an excellent parts and back-up service – which we have built our reputation on in the region.”

company profile • bph

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company profile • bph


hen David Bastable purchased his first excavator, a second-hand Massey Ferguson Backhoe in 1972, no-one knew that the small owner-operator business would grow into the booming family run Plant Hire company. Having expanded over their 47 years in the industry, BPH runs out of a depot in Billingshurst, providing Plant Hire services to a range of businesses across the UK. Plant Planet went to meet with Bastable’s Son and Grandson, Simon and Matt Bastable at their depot to understand more about how the family business grows and learn the secret to their success.

a groundworks project, ensuring that there is reliable coordination on site. The success of BPH and their reputation as a family run, friendly, and proven business have enabled them to grow naturally and flourish over the years through word of mouth alone. Of course, the fleet has grown since the days of Simon Bastable’s Massey Ferguson Backhoe. A core fleet of 194 machines including excavators, backhoes, and dozers, have ensured that BPH are one of the go to Plant Hire companies in the South East for commercial groundworks projects and golf course landscaping.

BPH seem to have a keen focus on customer care. A family run company The company have a four year of 47 years, the replacement plan company knows for all of their much of their People come to us again and again machines, business stems from ensuring a because of our fast service their reputation continually as a friendly and modern fleet on dependable business. offer. One of the The company prides themselves more recent additions to their fleet on their reliable service, be it their is the JCB Hydradig 100W 10.5 Ton machines or the operators behind Wheeled Compact Excavator (pictured the wheel. Further, Simon notes left). The model has been on the market that customers come for the team’s since 2017, yet still ticks boxes for experience, saying ‘people come to us many operations. The machine allows again and again because of our fast the operator visibility within 1 meter service and because we’re a family of the machine footprint, with all four centred company’. wheels visibility from the operator’s seat. In addition, the machine is highly The Bastables also cite their team of 44 maneuverable with a tail swing of less Regular Operators as a major influence than 120mm, further aiding visibility on their reputation: ‘people know us and stability for the operator at ground for our reliable operators’. In addition level. The low centre of gravity of the to trustworthy operators, BPH regard machine provides additional control for machine uptime for hirers seriously the operator, and groundlevel access to with many of their the engine and servicing return customers operations provide reporting their easy servicing for the company’s most popular fast breakdown the machine. response time, products are the 14 and 20 tonne which is often less In addition to the zero tail swing excavators. than 24 hours, excavators on offer, as a reason for the company’s most continuing service popular products, BPH with the company. also boast the largest fleet of operated and self-drive hire Backhoes in Surrey With 47 years in the industry, BPH and Sussex. The JCB 3CX Backhoe are able to offer customers sound Loader with a max digging depth of advice across a range of contracting 5.46 meters and dump height of 2.72 jobs. Currently the company are meters, is ideal for projects involving supplying a site manager to work on utility work. BPH’s fleet of backhoes →

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BPH have the largest fleet of backhoe loaders in Surrey and sussex

is fully road legal and fitted with the latest tracker technology. Further, BPH are able to supply a range of operated and self-drive Dumpers, Dozers, Dumptrucks, Rollers, Skidsteers, Track Loaders, and Telehandlers. Currently, the plant hire company are based in Billingshurst, West Sussex, but supply machinery nationwide. In addition to traditional groundworks jobs across Sussex, BPH

a crawler excavator at work

have found their fleet used for a range of jobs in agriculture and landscaping work. The company have been contracted to build and maintain the exclusive Beaverbrook Golf Course, near Leatherhead UK, with the company continuing work for the club for three years providing

improvements to the course. BPH machinery has also been hired for a housing development project in Westhampnett, near Chichester West Sussex. BPH continues to grow steadily into 2019, providing fast, friendly, and reliable service to their customers across the UK. For enquiries regarding plant hire with BPH, email or call 0845 017 6971

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old king coal The mining stike of ‘84 is not only a key part of the history of UK Mining industry, but forms part of a wider picture of UK history. Thirty-five years on, Plant Planet take a look at how the mining industry has evolved.

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utumn 1983 saw more than 25,000 miners across the UK faced with the prospect of losing their jobs and incomes at the news of the planned closure of over 20 coal mining pits. The news of these closures led Arthur Scargill, the President of the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM) to announce year-long national strike action in March 1984. The repercussions of the mining strike and resulting animosity between classes and communities are still felt profoundly in mining communities across the UK today. Scargill’s decision to strike was

technically illegal as no national ballot was held of NUM members prior to the action. As miners from Yorkshire and Kent downed tools, followed closely by those in Scotland, South Wales and Durham; tension grew between Thatcher’s government, who had planned to close inefficient mines and collieries, and the mining communities, who opposed the closures. The tension came to a head at the ‘Battle of Orgreave’, a violent confrontation between pickets and the police at Orgreave coking plant.

siding with mining communities and those aligning themselves with the Police force. According to pickets, the day started like any other and they assumed it would continue to do so. The men standing in the field by the road, on which coal entered and left the coking plant, had not anticipated that the police would launch what seemed to be an attack on them. The men, who had been wearing summer clothes on one of the hottest days of the year, were met by a battalion of policemen armed with riot gear.

The Battle of Orgreave remains a controversial subject between those

On the other hand, police involved in the dispute have maintained that →

police in orgreave, 1984

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Feature • old king coal the riot gear and resulting ‘attack’ on the pickets, in which mounted police stormed into the field and arrested miners who had been ‘throwing rocks and bricks’, was warrented. It must be said that since the incident, West Midlands police have come under scrutiny for doctoring statements regarding the events of the day. Many repercussions written about involve the social and political impacts of the strike, regarding the battle of the classes, Thatcher’s government, and the coming together of communities across the UK. These writings may appear to romanticise the strike, putting forward two sides of a story of good and bad, no matter which side the writer is in favour of. Some believe that by romanticising the strike, the full

The picket's view onto orgreave

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extent of the suffering and hardships faced by communities during a difficult time becomes a footnote of history – forgotten families and communities have been shunted aside as factors in GCSE history books. The impact of the mining strike on the UK coal and mining industries has been written about before, but often in conjunction with the social and political impact of the strike on those areas in which collieries have been closed over the past 35 years. The truth of it is that the mining strike of 84-85 cemented the beginning of the end for coal mining in the UK. Over 30 mines, supplying coal across the UK, once stood across England; today, only three collieries remain, with Britain relying more on other forms of energy to power

homes and work-places. In 2018 lasted 72 hours without coal power. Needless to say, the mining industry has evolved over the last 35 years, and while there has been a decline in the demand for coal as the UK looks to other forms of energy to fuel their homes, coal mining still exists. The leading style of mining in today’s coal industry is not shaft, as it was 35 years ago, but surface. Taking place at depths of 50 - 100 metres, surface coal mines recover shallow coal deposits from the ground through removal using excavators and dump-trucks. There is some opposition to surface and opencast mining. Many believe that the practice disrupts communities, causes local properties

Feature • old king coal Open cast mining involves digging into the ground, shifting dug up earth to create screens before extracting the desired material

to drop and creates eyesores in otherwise untouched countryside. While these concerns may hold, there are some advantages to this method of mining as opposed to traditional shaft mining. Opencast mines are, on average, cheaper to operate as less man power and equipment is required to run a site. This, in turn, increases safety not only by eliminating risk of workers being put into potentially dangerous working conditions in confined spaces, but by reducing the number of workers that could be potentially harmed across the whole operation. Another advantage of open-cast mining is that in the UK most sites are restored following the extraction process. Restoration projects usually

take form of new nature reserves, parks, or residential areas. By restoring areas impacted by open cast mining, The past 30 years have seen a shift in not only the way in which coal is mined, but in the tools used in the UK mining industry. We are at a period in history in which increased urbanisation and world developments are putting a demand on the amount of minerals and coal that are needed. As such, the machines of the mining industry have evolved alongside these developments. In 2018, CAT launched the CAT D11 Dozer, promising higher machine uptime and lower cost of ownership

over the lifetime of the machine. The Dozer, operating at a weight of 104 tonnes, makes use of technology to boost the efficiency of the machine and as a result the whole operation should become more efficient. CAT’s AutoCarry feature automatically changes the blade position to keep track slip at a minimum, while Auto Ripper Control reduces operator fatigue and supposedly decreases machine wear. The UK Mining Giants Banks Group updated their HGV fleet, investing £650,000 in six regionally sourced Volvo FM trucks. The Volvo FMs are used to transport coal being mined at Banks’ Shotton, Brenkley Lane, and Bradley surface mines, conform with the latest Euro VI →

Cat d11 dozer promises high uptime

Feature • old king coal BANKS Group have invested in a fleet of volvo FMs

legislation. This investment cements the Banks Group’s efforts to increase environmental awareness in the UK coal mining industry. Plant Director Robbie Bentham commented ‘We take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously, and this investment will maximise the emissions reductions that we’re about to get from our fleet’ adding, ‘The UK still requires coal as an essential raw material for our cement, steel manufacting and other industries, and meeting this demand by using coal that is responsibly mined and transported from our

Mining companies are looking to hybridity

operations, rather than increasing our already substantial reliance on imports from distant overseas locations such as Russia and the US, helps to further minimise related emissions’ One question, however, still remains: with UK industries geared towards a cleaner, greener, future, where does the UK coal mining industry stand in 2019? The answer to this lies on the words of Bentham; for the UK mining industry to survive, emphasis must be put on minimising emmissions and environmental impact.

Machines unveiled in recent years place emphasis on this, as technological advancements lead towards the use of hybridity in heavy machinery (see the Komatsu Hybrid HB365LC/NLC-3 below). A number of UK industries rely on coal for power - by introducing strategies for lower emissions and environmental impact, perhaps the UK coal mining industry will have room to thrive.






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8 ways to Love your machinery our guide to taking care of your plant this valentines day

Here at Plant Planet we love all things Plant, we also know that love takes work. Plant Machinery maintenance is key to getting the best from your machine, so this February we’ve put together a list of tips to help you give your machine the best to get the best out of it.


Get to know your machine Knowledge of your machinery is imperative to proper care. Take time to read your machines manual and understand the care requirements involved with your machinery. There are a few key things that you should make note of when looking through the manual or researching your equipment and machinery. Firstly, you will need to understand the warning system of your machine. How does your machine tell you that something is wrong? For many, the first port of call is the dashboard within the cab. Warning lights or monitors will indicate any issues to an operator while the machine is

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running. Most machines will indicate key issues in this way, providing the operator some insight as to how the machine is running. It is imperative that an operator knows what each monitor is indicating. We know, it sounds like common sense, but incompetence is one of the leading causes of machine breaks and injuries in Plant operation. When looking to buy or hire Plant, you will have gone through a phase of research on which machine will have been the best for your specific job. All that looking through specs and inspecting the machine will now pay off. The research should have given you some sort of indication as to your machine’s specific pit falls. The internet is littered with reviews of Plant and machinery, even reading through the lines of company press releases or magazine reviews will give you some indication as to where pitfalls are expected in newly released machines.

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Get regular check-ups Wear and tear are inevitable side effects of working in harsh conditions, even for the most robust of machinery. To help combat the effects of wear on your Plant, it is imperative to take preventative measures, cleaning, inspecting, and replacing parts of Plant to ensure your machinery remains working as well as possible. Setting up a regular maintenance plan is the first step to looking after your heavy machinery and reducing risks posed by breakdowns and dangerous contact with the machinery. Creating a regular plan is not a difficult job, however there are some key practices to take note of in order to create an effective maintenance plan. It can be tough to know where to start when planning a regular maintenance plan. One of the better pieces of advice we have heard is to ‘start at the end’, that is to say, create your plan with an end goal in mind. If you seek to keep your machinery running at a low cost, it may be to maintain your machine’s performance with as little cost as possible. To do this, you will need to keep track of maintenance and check-ups of your machine. An Equipment Maintenance Plan (EMP)


is a table format document used when developing tasks needed to maintain plant equipment. Each task has:

make, model, specifications, and operating parameters. It is imperative that you gain as much information from the equipment itself as this will be the most accurate.

• A title for each task, describing what is to be done • A frequency assigned to performing the task • Assignment of a workgroup allocated to performing the task • The type of work to be performed, be it Preventive Maintenance etc. • A procedure number to easily indicate the task across documents • Estimated time to perform the maintenance • Special tools, materials or equipment required.

Deciding whether to undertake tasks on the EMP in house or via contractors is also important. For those tasks that are not able to be performed by members of the on-site team, companies offer a wide array of services for Plant maintenance.

Depending on what your end goal is, it may also be important to include a section on specific budgeting for each task and how this will fit into your yearly budget. When setting up your EMP, it is important to decide which machinery to include in the programme and take down the necessary details of your Plant such as nameplate data,

Some companies, for example, provide remote diagnostic services for machines. These services will not be able to provide maintenance for machines but allow faults in machinery to be identified at a remote location. This tool allows insight into why a computercontrolled machine is not working correctly, and action can be agreed between the maintenance team and diagnostics team. Some companies offering this service will also provide the opportunity to have new parts delivered to your site, working to reduce machine downtime and increase site productivity.

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(3) We have already established that wear and tear are predictable bi-products of using heavy machinery. Proper lubrication can prevent your machinery from facing a variety of difficulties including overheating and exhaustion. This remains an important aspect of Plant care as difficulties can lead to down time, in turn leading to higher costs in maintenance and repairs. Knowing which lubricant is right for your machine is important to proper machinery care. The most common lubricant used across Plant and Machinery is bearing lubricant or grease, which protects the moving parts of the machine from wear or damage. Applying lubricant to your Plant should be built into your EMP, this way your machine should be protected consistently from damage. When a new machine is acquired it’s probably a good idea to make a note of grease points during the ‘get to know your machine’ phase. While reading the manual, make a note of all the grease points on your new machine, making sure to also note any special tools or equipment you will need to use in the lubrication process. This way there won’t be any nasty surprises further down the line - the key theme here is preparation. One of the more harmful myths around machinery lubricant is the saying, ‘grease is grease’. This assumption is sometimes the start of the death of Plant Machinery. If you’re unsure about which grease you should be using, be it due to oversimplified manufacturer instructions or

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Oil ‘er up unclear instruction elsewhere, it’s a good idea to double check with a specialist to ensure that you are not improperly treating your machine. Selecting the right lubricant is just the first step. It’s also important to be checking the way in which you grease your machine. Working out the optimal frequency of lubrication is also important, as is monitoring for effectiveness. These steps can take a bit of trial and error, adjusting your routine to allow for the temperature and frequency, listening to your machine to evaluate when more lubricant is needed and how much should be re-lubricated to ensure your machine is running smoothly. Furthermore it is important to learn from any mistakes made during this process, it may be frustrating when a ‘one size fits all’ approach is not suitable for your fleet, but ensuring proper lubrication takes place can save money and issues further down the line. Lubricant can also be applied automatically with automatic greasing systems to ensure year round protection. The advantages of automatic lubrication include safety, efficiency and increased uptime. By using an automatic system, less hands-on time is spent, minimising risk of injury during the maintenance process, the system dispenses the correct amount of grease to each greasing point, and grease can be implemented in a more effective way - in smaller, quicker intervals - which might not be possible to do manually.


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Pay attention to her fluids Machines can get thirsty when going about their jobs so it’s important to make sure your plant is hydrated. On acquiring a new machine make sure to read the manual and perform a walk around check to get acquainted with the places in which your machine takes in fluid. Knowing where and how to supply hydraulic oil, engine oil, coolant, washer bottle, and transmission oil from the off can help further down the line. Make sure that you’re on a constant look out as to when and how much fluid you should be giving your machine to ensure proper running.

for example, include this in a step-by-step guide for checking machinery before use, available at https://www.greenshieldsjcb. com/news/show/how-basic-jcbmachine-maintenance-can-helpyou-live-an-easier-life/ As with your choice of grease, finding the right oils for your machine is an important process. Most manufacturers will have own brand fluids recommended for your machine; however, countless distributors produce ownbrand oils, especially engine oils that will work just as well. Remember to be sure that the fluid and oil you are using is quality and compatible with your machine. This, again, is not always a one size fits all operation.

Often machinery websites will provide an easy to read guide to where and how much fluid you should be putting in. JCB,

(5) As part of your planned maintainence programme it is pertinent that your or your staff look at possible hazards that may


Use ThE Right Tools occur (more of this in the ‘be safe’ section). One such hazard may be tools used during maintainence work being broken, damaged, or worn. Accidents are more likely to occur if the equipment you are using to maintain your machine are not in working order. Checks for equipment and tool damage should be undertaken before each maintainence task takes place. If the task is not planned, or is urgent, be sure to review the tools to be used before starting to ensure safe practices. Ensuring you are using the correct tools starts when getting to know

your machine. Be sure to create a list of possible maintenence tools needed when setting up a maintainence programme and planning for any emergency tasks. If there are any tools not already owned for the maintainence of other plant in your fleet, be sure to order or buy it in as soon as possible. In addition, remember that the tools you use may also include equipment to secure your plant. Moving plant must be stopped and secured before work can take place on the machine, ensuring you have the right tools and equipment for the specific machine is important to ensuring the safety of yourself and your staff.

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Keep your staff up to date Keeping your staff up to date in plant maintainence training not only helps you remain Health and Safety compliant, but ensures your staff remain safe while maintaining Plant machinery. The Provision and Use of Work Equipent Regulation (1998), introduced by the government, requires all those supervising, managing, or using work equipment have received adequate training. This means that all staff operating or maintaining heavy equipment should be trained in how to do so. If your workplace does not meet these requirements, there may be serious repercussions by the HSE, the department of the UK government overseeing all Health and Safety operations in the workplace.

Multiple establishments offer training or certificate programmes in heavy machinery and equipment maintenence. Diploma programmes offer more intensive training than certificate programmes, while some establishments offer ‘on-the-job’ training to give students more hands on experience in the workplace. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) website, www.citb., gives a list of UK institutions offering Plant maintenence courses including: Portable Appliance Testing, Test and Inspection of Plant Machinery, Track and Undercarriage Inspection, and Welding Techniques for Plant. These courses come as standard; however, courses such as Plant

(7) The HSE provide guidelines for all places of work in the UK. As a supplier or owner of Plant Equipment, with one or more employees working for you, it is imperative that you are able to prove that you have arrangements in place to make sure that your tools, equipment, and machinery are maintained in a safe condition; showing that possible hazards to your staff have been minimized.


Electical, Plant Hydraulics, and Electro-Hydrauics can be tailored to the training needs of individuals or companies. Keeping those working around Plant up to date does not only require training through institutions, but instruction regarding specific practices used within the workplace that you may have introduced. Be sure that when a piece of new machinery is introduced to your fleet, those that will be working with it have the required training and are guided in the specific maintenence tasks and working operations you have put in place. By keeping staff up to date, there will be minimised risk of injury or damage to your staff and machinery on site.

Be Safe Hazards arising from Plant maintainence programmes can occur for many reasons: tools may break during use, machinery you or your staff are working on might unexpectedly start up, and leaks or breakages can lead to contact with fluids that are dangerous to handle. All the steps laid out in this article are geared towards effective Plant maintenence in a safe environment. By ensuring your staff are up to date, you are using tools that are in good condition and correct for the job,

and that you have set out a clear Equipment Maintenence Programme, you will be taking steps towards creating a safe environment for you and your staff. For more information regarding safe practices in workplaces involving heavy equipment and Plant machinery, head over to the official HSE webiste at

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Put Her to bed Plant Machinery is one of the most costly investments made by contractors, so ensuring it is cared for properly when out of use is of key importance. The more heavy duty your equipment, the more heavy duty your storage solution should be. Your machinery should be stored in a dry, secure locaction to protect it from the elements. There are specific locations that may be used at a fee to store Plant Machinery that is not in use at the

present time, however many deem this practice to be more expense than it is worth. It is important to remember that maintainence programmes must not be forgotten when your equipment has been put into storage. Out of sight does not mean out of mind. If anything, the fact that your machinery is not being used often requires extra care and maintainence to ensure it is still in a usable condition when it is required again. Protecting your machinery while in storage does not only apply to the elements, but to other threats such

(8) as rodents, birds, and insects. By ensuring you are checking stored machinery regularly and looking for signs for wear or damage when undertaking routine checks recorded in your Equipment Maintainence Programme, you can reduce the risk of damage to your machinery. Finally, remember that not only does storing your machine in an enclosed and safe location protect your machinery from the elements when not in use, but provide protection against crime, vandalism, and getting stolen. If you have any thoughts or tips about how you care for you machinery, share them with us on social media @plantplanetUK today!



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What the 29th March Holds for the Plant Machinery Industry


or the past three years the media has been dominated by Brexit. Britain’s departure from the European Union. The 29th March 2017 increased the attention of the media on Brexit and the possible outcomes as the Government triggered Article 50, fastforwarding Britain’s departure date to 29th March 2019. A key issue for UK businesses and industries in the run up to March is a sense of uncertainty regarding exactly how the departure will take place. The three main outcomes, Deal, No-Deal, and No Brexit, that seem to be on the table as of January 2019 are all set to pose radically different outcomes in the way in which Brexit will affect the UK Economy and the way in which the UK trades with other countries worldwide. Like all other UK industries, those working with Plant Machinery will no-doubt be affected by the way in which Brexit plays out. While we don’t have crystal balls here at Plant Planet, we have been watching the way in which UK construction, demolition, mining and logistics companies have been preparing for the 29th March. The construction industry, in particular, has been gearing up for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit,

Nigel Cann of EDF energy, currently working on the project at Hinkley Point C has said: ‘We’ve presumed there will be a period of uncertainty and a period of difficulty in moving some materials and equipment around [in the event of a no-deal Brexit] so we’ve tried to make sure we’ve got some margin in next year.

from the EU as many are worried that, in the event of no-deal, trade deals may disappear between UK and countries on the continent. The site at Hinkley Point, for example, is mainly reliable on imported good and →

‘We’ve got a warehouse at junction 24 on the M5 and we’ve got some storage capability, and we look to bring some stuff in early so it’s there and it can’t impact on schedules.’ The importance of storage capability is key in situations where a long build is occurring across the span of Britain’s exit

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Feature • t-2 months Ridgway rentals have invested £17.5M in new plant in case of a no-deal brexit

materials from the continent. The stockpiling and investing in new materials as industries fear weeks of chaos in the wake of the 29th March is not only happening within the construction industry, but across all industries involved

with plant machinery and heavy equipment. RIDGWAY Rentals, based in Shropshire UK, supplies Plant Machinery Nationwide has made a £17.5M investment in new machines citing Brexit as a key factor in the decision to buy nearly 200 new machines.

The investment has been split between four machinery manufacterers: Hydrema, JCB, Hitatchi, and Komatsu. The list of machines comprises of Excavators ranging from 13 up to 50 tonne, including Zero Tail Swing, Long Reach & High Reach Demolition Models. In addition, the company have invested in a number of 12 tonne articulated rear dip dumpers, 7 tonne high visibility dumpers, 1.5 to 8

Feature • t-2 months tonne Mini Excavators, pub intelligent Excavators and Dozers with GPS control. The majority of RIDGWAY’s orders are said to be UK manufactured, suggesting that Plant Hire companies are looking within the UK for suppliers in the run-up to Brexit. Another reason for the company looking to UK manufacturers is due to the weak pound. A large quantity of the UK’s used equipment has been exported abroad due to the affordability created by exchange rates. With the construction industry gaining momentum, it’s important to make sure that the UK does not fall short of resources just as Brexit comes around. In the case of a no deal Brexit, a main worry among industry professionals is that the UK will have to fall back on World Trade Organisation’s tariffs which, for the United Kingdom, remain unkown. With industries as yet unsure of what the effect of Brexit will be on exports, there seems to be growing concern regarding how other aspects of the UK infrastructure will cope. Early January 2019, saw the Department for Transport organise a ‘No-deal Brexit Rehearsal’. The operation, which saw 89 lorries participating in a trial run of a

possible emergency traffic system that will be put into place in the event of no-deal, made use of a disused airport north of Dover. Lorries met for a 7am start from the airfield to drive to Dover in rush hour, before returning to the airfield. The aim of the trial was to test congestion levels in the case of a nodeal result. However, the trial was deemed ‘too little, too late’ by many participating drivers, of whom only 89 participated for a system designed for 6000 lorries. Many drivers suggested that the contingency plan would create expense for drivers in the cost of petrol and time - the 20 mile journey trialed took drivers over an hour to complete. The reality of what UK industries might face after the 29th March remains unclear as of January 2019.

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Feature • plant takes lamma ‘19

Plant takes Lamma ‘19 the latest news and releases revealed over 2 day event at NEC


lthough an agricultural show at heart, LAMMA ‘19 proved to be an important event in the Plant Machinery event calander, with the likes of JCB, Continental Tyres, and Manitou launching new products that will shake up the heavy machinery industry.

Taking place at the Birmingham NEC (UK), across two days in January 2019 and covering over 100,000 sqm over a whopping 10 halls, LAMMA ‘19 gave an insight into how 2019 is shaping up to be a year of technological

advancements for many companies. Main themes of the show centred on GPS and technilogical advancements

in machinery that may change the shape of the farming industry. New products for tractor and telehandler

Above: Continental celebrated thier 90th anniversary Below: The JCB fastrac 8330 fronted the show

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Feature • plant takes lamma ‘19 cabs took the forefront. Perhaps the most prevalent aspect of the show, telehandlers and tractors from machinery giants JCB, Manatou, and Merlo were on full display throughout the show. Tyres and tyre treatment experts also took prevalence at the show, with tyre giants Continental premiering their Continental Agricultural Tyre Portfolio. This appearance marks Continental’s first participation in LAMMA.

‘Just over 40 years ago, the jcb Loadall telescopic handler introduced farmers to a revolution in mechanised materials handling’

The company returned to the agricultural tyre business one and a half years ago as a part of their growth strategy, allowing the company to ‘add real value to its customers’ Frauke Wieckberg, Head of Sales and Marketing EMEA at Continental Commercial Speciality Tyres commented ‘Returning to tyre ranges for the farm tyre business has proved to be a winning bet.’ →

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above, below and left: jcb released the Command plus cab

The tyre manufacturer debuted their TractorMaster and CombineMaster tyres to the British Market. Both models are equipped with N.flex technology, which prevents flat spots as it shrinks much less than conventional materials and stretches accordingly as the tyres cool. These tyres bear the ‘Engineered for Efficiency’ label, Continental’s quality seal for agricultural tyres. The seal is a signifyer of tyres developed to increase quality of work and performance of machinery, while

reducing resources deployed. Plant Machinery Giant JCB exhibited their most comprehensive array of agricultural machinery to date. Machinery on display included their range of Fastrac tractors, mini-excavators, and loadall machines. Undoubtedly, the star of the exhibit was the new range of telescopic handlers, revealed at the opening of the show. The Series III range of telehandlers included the 538-60, with a reach

of 6m, the 532-70 and 542-70 both with a reach of 7m, and the 536-95 with the highest reach of 9.5m. The telehandlers in the Series III range is said to be a culmination of a succession of product upgrades over the past six years. Chief innovation and growth officer, Tim Burnthorpe, said: ‘the latest phase of the Loadall’s development is focussed firmly on the agricultural operator, with an all new Command Plus cab is quieter,

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Above and below: manitou released the 2700V skidsteer

wider and longer.’ adjacent to the seat. The Command Plus Cab promises The seat itself feels spacious, a longer and wider cab with 50% with the surrounding area clear less volume, bringing the dBA down for easy visibility when driving. to 69, and increased Besides JCB, one of the visibility for the most anticipated Thus far, the only driver. The 12% releases was change will be the change of Manitou. The increase in size is clear when sitting brand name from Mustang to longstanding within the cab company have Manitou itself, the controls been developing feel well laid out, and marketing the majority of which are located telehandlers for nearly 40 years, to the right of the steering column having aquired companies such reaching to the right of the cab as Gehl and →

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Feature • plant takes lamma ‘19 Mustang along the way. LAMMA saw two announcements for the company. The first, that all Mustang skid-steer loaders sold in Europe are to be rebraded as ‘Manitou Machines’; the second, the unveiling of the company’s new 2700 V skidsteer, boasting a lift capacity of 1.225t and a lift height of 3.31m.

Following years of ridicule in the heavy machinery industry, the tables are turning for companies manufacturing electric machines. This turn comes as many indutries, construction and agricultural included, place focus towards finding sustainable methods of power. The pressure is on earthmoving and extraction industries to make a shift from fossil fuels.

Mustang have been manufacturing skidsteers since 1965, and continued AVANT Techno (UK) are a leader in to do so before the company the field of was purchased by Gehl which in turn was purchased by Manitou in The Avant e700 is fully electric 2008. Thus far, the relaunch of Mustang Machines as Manitou Machines extends only to the branding and colours of the skidsteers themselves.

The model numbers will remain the same, as will the mechanical aspects of the machine. The new 2700V skid-steer has many of the features cutomers have become accustomed to within the machine. The cabin features a control arm with forward and reversing controls on the joystick as well as impressive visability for the driver.

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electronic machinery. This year, they exhibited their range of E6 Machines, each Lithium Battery Powered. The machines boast lower running costs and noise levels when compared to their diesel counterpart. The Avant E5 Loader, launched in 2016 at Bauma, has a lift capacity of 900kg, and a lift height of 2.8m; making the product the larger in the

E-Series range. The Avant E6, launched in spring 2018, offers an operating time of up to three hours longer than the E5 model, thanks to the lithium battery. Lithium

batteries last, on average, 30% longer than standard lead-acid batteries. Raimo Ala-Korpi, Managing Director of Avant UK Ltd, says ‘These machines are the answer to the huge demand for zero emission loaders from the various end users and applications. The change is coming and AVANT has one of the first

machines and solutions that is now pioneering this change that will continue for years to come.’ Ala-Korpi further reflected on the E6’s usage in Finnish farms, ‘once they had used a fully electric loader on the farm, even at low temperatures, they never looked back.’

Interview • From foundation to finish

From Foundation to Finish

Plant Planet’s Hannah Bounford sits down with farmer and construction plant operator Jonny Darbyshire to learn more about the day in the life of a heavy machinery operator. better you get, the more machines you’re allowed to use and they get more and more sophisticated

telehandler: ‘It really does depend on the time of year so at harvest time you could be sat in a tractor doing the same job for the whole day, carting corn, cultivating, but then in the winter and spring you’ll be using the telehandler to muck out manure or load trailers with corn stored over winter.’

I would basically do all the technical stuff where you need to be accurate in your operation. It was all ‘By the time I left farming I was before drilling the crops and spraying the Darbyshire left his the time of GPS, chemicals. Basically doing all the work in agriculture autosteer technical stuff where you need to a couple of years or ago, ‘I now be accurate in operation.’ anything work for a small like that construction company so it was all self doing small new build operated.’ developments. We do everything Darbyshire and his son, eli from foundations to finish. For Darbyshire explains that the Plant works that’s usually a ‘typical day’ on a farm groundworks and foundations, but doesn’t really exist. During also landscaping. So it can go from onny Darbyshire has been harvest he could be sat in a tractor using quite large diggers to the working in the agricultural and for up to 18 hours a day, sometimes smallest digger you can find doing plant industries for over almost 10 clocking over 100 hours per week. all the little finickity stuff at the end years, recently the tractor driverHe informs me that this is down without wrecking the house you’ve turned-plant-operator made the to the fact that farming has more just spent a year building. change from farming to construction. flexible working Working with a small construction hours than The machines I use company in based in South East 'Groundworkers sometimes have a range from 8 tonne construction, England working on new build ‘in construction bad name and are seen as the lowest to 0.75, basically developments. you’re expected in the pecking order but you do need to the smallest we can to work between find. I’ve found that After graduating university in be pretty good at what you do.' certain times the bigger they are, 2010, Darbyshire started working whereas in the easier they are in agriculture driving tractors and farming there are less to operate. The bigger telehandlers before training and guidelines so you get worked a lot machines have more technology, more becoming qualified to drive heavier harder.’ money has gone into making them. machinery such as sprayers and Sometimes when I go from driving a big combine harvesters. Darbyshire says: In the winter months Darbyshire one to driving a little one it can be quite ‘There’s almost like a hierarchy, you would swap the tractor for a jerky and it’s hard to be quite as precise.’ start driving tractors and then the


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Interview • From foundation to finish The New Holland T7210 is Darbyshire's Go-to machine

In contrast to the long days of machinery controls differs, ‘The farming, Darbyshire notes that sprayers I used to drobe didn’t have working in construction brings less any pedals, they had a lever that you hours but new challenges, ‘When would push forwards and backwards doing groundworks you have to be to control the speed, which can be really aware because quite confusing when you’re working you’re then driving a 'One of the scariest experiences digger with joystick around people. Farming can quite to move the arm. I’ve had was having to break often be on my suddenly and not realising I didn’t One of the scariest own in the middle experiences I’ve had have a break pedal' of a field, so I’m not was having to break likely to run someone suddenly and not over; whereas at the construction site realising I didn’t have a break pedal’ I’m working around other people all it takes is one little mistake and Discussing LAMMA ‘19, Darbyshire someone who hasn’t put on their notes that ‘a lot of it now is based hi-vis could be hit by a shovel' around comfort in the cab. So a lot of companies are designing equipment The work is a lot more concentrated that is more comfortable because the but gets broken up throughout a employee is going to spend more time days work. Farming was longer in the cab. If they can make it more hours but in conditions where comfortable it makes working longer focus wasn’t as concentrated, in hours easier. construction work I need to be more focussed on a task - but both require Further discussion lead to an eye for detail’ conversation about mod-cons in heavy machinery, ‘your aircon and When asked about the difference in your bluetooth and all these modhow agricultural and construction cons that people take for granted in machinery is operated, Darbyshire cars, machinery cabs are only starting describes how the layout of the to get there in the last few years.’

The JCB Command Plus Cab, revealed at LAMMA ‘19, is one example of how machines in agriculture and construction are putting operator comfort to the forefront with a quieter, longer, and wider cab. When asked about his favourite piece of machinery, Darbyshire doesn’t miss a beat, ‘For me it would need to be my New Holland T7210 - I think I spent more time in that than I did with my wife the first year of our marriage.’ In fact, Darbyshire’s wife recalls that their way of spending time together during the long hours of farming was for her to join him in the tractor: ‘That’s one big change, I was able to have a passenger in farming. In construction you can’t have just anyone on site. Farming is more like a lifestyle, more social, then again in construction I have more time to spend outside of work.’

Feature • The importance of insurance

The importance of insurance our run-down of what to think about when looking to insure plant machinery


hen looking to buy or rent plant machinery, here at Plant Planet we are all for looking to get the best quality machinery for the job. If you’re anything like us, you’ll find yourself trawling through brochures, swatting up on specs, and focussing on force. However, it’s important to remember that other aspects of the purchasing process will affect your choice of machine. Questions such as ‘what maintenance is involved?’ and ‘How much will this machine cost to run long term?’ must come into play. One of the biggest considerations when buying or renting plant machinery is what insurance measures are in place. Insurance for Plant machinery can be confusing for a first time buyer/ hirer, so we’ve put together a guide to ensuring your machine is properly

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insured. Answering your questions such as: ‘what insurance will I need to cover my machines?’ and ‘how does insurance help me and my company?’. The truth of it is that contractors and owners of heavy equipment and Plant are in a position of facing unique risks on the job. You’ll undoubtedly be spending time on client’s sites with expensive equipment that either you own, or you that you have hired for the specific job. The risk of these being lost or stolen are higher than that of equipment used in other lines of work; therefore, the need for the correct insurance is of paramount importance. Monetary issues arise, not only from the cost of repairing or replacing equipment, but from the costs of delays caused to work

undertaken. As Plant varies in size, manoeuvrability, and form, Plant Insurance is calculated by companies by using a variety of rating factors by insurers including: • The value of the Plant • How old it is • What security is on the Plant, and what has been added • Where the machinery is kept when not in use • What security is on site • Whether the policyholder has had any claims • Whether the Plant is owned or hired out With these factors in mind, it is important for both owners

Feature • The importance of insurance and contractors hiring Plant to prepare their site and machinery appropriately. While factors such as the value and age of Plant cannot be altered, factors such as the amount of security provided can be adjusted by the contactor to ensure the best insurance deal made for owner and contractor alike. Investing in structures to house idle Plant can help bring the cost of insurance down as it protects not only from wear or damage caused by the elements, but from the risk of theft or damage. In 2018, Allianz Insurance plc, revealed that the number of Plant theft claims have been steadily rising over the last five years. It was further revealed that most Plant thefts take place outside of working hours whilst hired out. Excavators, Rollers, and Breakers are among the top items of Plant reported stolen from sites. Further, it has been reported that theft and vandalism costs the industry over £800 million a year, with 21% of construction sites reporting that their sites are targeted on a weekly basis. Plant machinery is a key target for theft and vandalism due to security. This is why the question of site and machinery security is key in calculating insurance.

But which insurance is right for you? Firstly think about which items of machinery you have on site that you wish to cover. Popular types of machinery to insure include: • Excavators • Cranes • Bulldozers • Dumpers • Forklifts • Road rollers • Telehandlers However remember that other machinery types, such as trailers, concrete mixers, and generators may also need to be insured. A good rule of thumb is that anything that will cause issues financially or timely if lost or damaged is worth looking into insurance for. Annual insurance covering owned and hired in

machinery is a wise first step into insuring machinery. Depending on the company you look to go through, it protects against damage or theft for both owned and hired in Plant. Some companies will offer hired-in and self-owned policies separately. This is ideal for companies working with either one or the other, but be sure to read through all insurers terms and conditions to ensure that you have the correct policy. For hired-in Plant, insurance is key as it will usually cover legal liability under the terms of your hiring agreement and pay compensations for any damage to the Plant. Remember that if you are working on a project in which you are hiring staff, you must also have employers’ liability insurance to cover the cost of any claims from employees who have been injured at work.

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