Anglia Access adds Genie platforms to expanding hire fleet

EAST of England powered access hire specialist Anglia Access Platforms has added two new Genie platforms to its expanding hire fleet.

Authorised Genie distributor Access Platform Sales (APS) has delivered a Genie Z62/40 articulating diesel boom lift and a Genie GS-5390 RT scissor lift.

Anglia Access Platforms, based at Barford, near Norwich, in Norfolk, has a ready supply of hire customers for both machines, especially in the construction sector. The company, in business since 2003, is a firmly established powered access hire specialist in East Anglia and has firm plans to expand its fleet.

Anglia Access Director Mark Pratt said: "We work with a lot of cladding installers and the Genie GS-5390 scissor is very much one of their go-to platforms. It's very stable, has a good platform size and can sit right up against a building so installation operatives can work safely and quickly."

Fast service from APS is also a big plus when it comes to being able to select the best platforms, as well. Mark said: "With APS, you get quick delivery, so you receive the access platform when you need it. That's important when new business can come onstream quickly and a customer needs support straight away."

APS Major Accounts Manager Linda Betts said: "We're delighted Mark and the team at Anglia Access Platforms are so pleased with our Genie access platforms. A major benefit of Genie platforms is their residual value. After 10 years or so of excellent service, hire companies like Mark's can get good prices for their Genie scissors and booms."

The diesel-powered Genie GS-5390 scissor lift has a maximum working height of 18.87m, a double extension deck providing 7m of working space and a lifting capacity of 680kg.

During cladding operations, for example, that allows up to three operatives plus tools and fittings to work comfortably around most cladding panels. With up to 50% gradeability, rough terrain tyres and proportional lift and drive, the scissor lift is also designed to cope well with uneven ground. The diesel-powered Genie Z-62/40 boom lift has a maximum working height of 20.87m and a very impressive horizontal outreach of 12.42m.

This makes them ideal for a wide range of uses, including structural surveys, digital communication mast installation and maintenance, and construction, including cladding and glass installation.

Makita makes an impact with strong new accessory series

MAKITA has launched its latest accessory series for its impact drivers – Impact Black.

A high durability range suited for professional use, all components can be recognised by a unique black coating designed to prevent rusting and ensure longevity.

The Impact Black range includes 25mm screw bits, 50mm screw bits, and four 50mm magnetic nut setters with a ¼” hex shank in sizes 6mm, 8mm, 10mm and 13mm. The range is completed with two hex to square drive adapters in 3/8” and ½” sizes, as well as a mag bit holder, a sleeve chuck and a screw guide.

Chris Cutler, assistant product manager at Makita said: “We’ve developed our Impact Black range to support professional users who required extremely durable accessories to complement the tools they use on a daily basis. The new black coating on the surface of the Impact Black range prevents rusting and corrosion, strengthening the durability of each component.

“Impact Black screw bits are 20% more durable than a standard screw bit – ensuring they last longer and subsequently lowering ongoing maintenance and replacement costs.”

CESAR Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) project set to complete evaluation phase

A JCB Hydradig became the first piece of construction plant to be fitted with the prototype Emissions Compliance Verification (ECV) label.

Fixed alongside the standard “CESAR triangle” this new version of CESAR provides an immediate visual check on compliance backed up by a scannable QR code. The service is specifically aimed at those charged with monitoring compliance with Low Emission Zone requirements.

The initiative is being developed as a response to the demand for an easy and reliable way to confirm the emissions category of construction equipment used within Low Emission Zones and “green” construction sites.

The ECV development team are evaluating feedback from the latest round of stakeholder consultations with a view to the full launch of the scheme later this year. 

Rob Oliver, Chief Executive of the CEA, said: “The ECV application for CESAR is the single biggest development since the scheme was launched as an anti-theft initiative in 2007. With the introduction of Low Emission Zones and “green” construction sites, there is an urgent demand for the quick identification of the certified emission levels of machines brought on to sites.

"In developing ECV we have had some great input from HS2, the Energy Saving Trust and London boroughs, who are demanding increasingly stringent NRMM emissions standards. The mix of a secure database of machines’ vital information plus an easy-to-read-and-scan visual sticker cuts out a lot of work for construction site managers and local authorities.”

"We have had some welcome feedback to our consultation process to ensure the scheme reflects industry requirements and the CESAR team are following through on all the idea, requests and comments received.”

Colin Smith, Programme Manager at Energy Saving Trust, commented: “Energy Saving Trust, in partnership with HS2, has helped the CEA in understanding the issues around NRMM policy and will continue to work with the project to align further label development with machinery that has been retrofitted with EST NRMM approved emission reduction systems.

“Knowing the air pollution impact of construction plant is key to reducing the environmental impact of construction activity. Currently the only way to know if an excavator is emissions stage IIIA, IIIB, IV or V is by reading an engine plate buried somewhere in the engine bay.

"To have a prominent CEA CESAR ECV label applied to the machine indicating the emissions stage backed up by a robust database will enable plant owners and operators, contractors and site managers to comply with any local policy or contractual obligation in place regarding machinery emissions level. The CEA CESAR ECV scheme has huge potential going forward. It could include data such as fuel consumption to help with GHG emissions or energy reporting and support corporate social responsibility activity. This could lead to smarter NRMM fleet management to realise cost savings and recognition of plant owners and operators taking action to reduce their environmental impact.”   

Charles Stevenson, General Manager JCB, commented on the new scheme saying: “JCB is leading the way in clean technology and reducing harmful emissions, especially in urban, air quality sensitive environments and enclosed spaces, so we are delighted to be the first to embrace the ECV marking and will be fitting it as standard once the scheme is fully launched later this year.

“Identifying emissions compliance with a uniform and easily recognisable symbol will bring a multitude of benefits to the customer, not least of which will be easy site access on major projects and in cities where ULEZ is enforced.” 

The new ESAB PAPR helps welders breathe easy

FOR heavy-duty protection from welding fumes and particulates when welding, gouging and grinding, ESAB Welding & Cutting Products has introduced the new ESAB PAPR (Powered Air Purifying Respirator) system.

This is suitable to hire to anyone who wishes to protect themselves from welding fumes without having the expenditure of buying.

The ESAB PAPR features a P3 filter and pre-filter to remove particulates and the latest control technology, allowing the operator to adjust air flow between 170 and 220 L/min to suit the environment and application. As an extra measure of safety, it incorporates both visual and audible alarms to alert the operator in the event of a blocked filter or low battery. Compatible helmets include the SENTINEL™ A50 for Air, G30 Air, G40 Air and G50 Air and Warrior™ Tech.

Designed with robust construction for all heavy-duty welding applications, the ESAB PAPR weighs a comfortable 1kg. Its Li-Ion battery pack provides up to eight hours of operation at an air flow rate of 220L/min, and an LED indicator makes it easy for operators to see and set flow rates; there is also an LED indicator for battery charge.

ESAB Welding & Cutting is a recognised leader in the welding and cutting industry. From time-honoured processes in welding and cutting to revolutionary technologies in mechanised cutting and automation, ESAB's filler metals, equipment, and accessories bring solutions to customers around the globe.

Genny Hire buys ‘Rig-Safe’ Trime lighting towers

GENNY Hire Limited - the Aberdeen based hirer of power generation, lighting towers and associated equipment - has begun a process to upgrade its fleet of lighting towers with the purchase of ten X-ECO LED sets from Trime UK Limited.

These X-ECO LED units were fitted with Chalwyn valves and spark arresters making them ideally suited for use on refinery, petro-chemical sites and any other environments where 'rig-safe' specifications are a prerequisite.

Representatives from Genny Hire first saw the X-ECO LED at the Executive Hire Show Scotland and completed their research online. They then compared the Trime X-ECO LED sets with other models currently on the market. Genny Hire finally opted for the Trime product, citing the high specifications of the machine along with swift delivery times and the very prompt attention given by Andrew Owen, Trime UK’s northern sales manager.

Lorna Clark from Genny Hire said: “We aim to hire these lighting towers into refinery and petro-chemical sites. This is an area of our business we are seeking to develop and as the oil and gas sector market becomes busier in Aberdeen again, we will have the correct specification of machines readily available.”

She added: “We are very impressed with the service we have received from Trime. They handled the initial sales enquiry with enthusiasm and their service department came up to our depot to complete a training course. Spare parts are always available from stock, which means we can maintain our fleet at all times.”

The X-ECO LED has a number of environmental qualities and safety aspects. The set is fitted with the AMOSS safety system, which automatically lowers the mast if the lighting set is moved whilst the mast is still erected. The complete unit features an external emergency stop button, a fully bunded fuel tank, four height adjustable stabilisers and site levels for guidance during deployment. The energy saving LED lamps will work for up to 2,000 hours without replacement.

Genny Hire was incorporated in December 2008. It rents generators, lighting towers and associated equipment throughout North East Scotland. Its services are readily available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week on a call out basis.

The Trime Group has over 50 years of experience in the development and marketing of environmentally sustainable lighting sets for the rail, off-shore, event, construction and rental markets. Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire; its manufacturing plant is based near Milan, Italy.

GAP Hire Solutions handed RoSPA Gold Award for the second year running

GAP Hire Solutions has achieved the prestigious RoSPA Gold Award for the second year running, in recognition of its outstanding achievements and ongoing commitment to raising standards in health and safety.

The internationally renowned RoSPA Awards scheme acknowledges an organisation’s achievements and excellence in health and safety, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

The award is ‘non-competitive’ and is based on GAP’s occupational health and safety performance assessed against the judging criteria, marking achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels.

Allister Maxwell, Head of Safety, Risk & Compliance at GAP, commented: “GAP is delighted to receive this award as it recognises our continued business success and our solid and unambiguous commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff, customers and the general public. The award is testament to everyone at GAP for their commitment to safety and ‘Think Safe’.” 

This year marks GAP’s 50th anniversary. Over the years, the company’s range of products has grown from a traditional plant and tool hire offering to now include specialist lifting equipment, non-mechanical plant, survey and safety equipment, welfare services, event services and vehicle hire solutions. The main sectors of the equipment hire market GAP operates within are the construction, infrastructure, utilities and event industries.

GAP works closely with manufacturers and suppliers to introduce innovative, safer and more efficient ways of working in the hire industry. The company’s innovative new Interactive Toolbox Talks have been developed to help educate GAP employees, contractors and customers, with the aims of reducing accidents and promoting health and safety excellence in the workplace.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Qualifications, Awards and Events, said: “The RoSPA Awards have become the key fixture in the health and safety calendar. Highly-respected, with almost 2,000 entrants every year, RoSPA award winners benefit from the wide-ranging rewards of improved sector reputation.”

GAP will be presented with the Gold Award during a ceremony at DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central on Thursday, 12 September 2019.

HTL unveils new Oil Cooled Torque Pump

HEADQUARTERED in the UK, HTL Group is delighted to announce a further addition to its ever-growing OEM Controlled Bolting Product Range.

The Oil Cooled Torque Pump eliminates well-known issues associated with continuous operation in harsh ambient temperatures for all industrial bolting sectors; Petro Chemical, Rail, Construction, Oil and Gas etc.  

Downtime caused by overheating can be costly, so a solution to eliminate overheating was sought, with the design focusing on keeping the hydraulic fluid temperature to an optimum range that will permit continuous use.

Designed and manufactured within HTL Group’s world class facility in the UK, the integral oil cooler utilises lightweight, corrosion resistant components that ensures the overall unit remains extremely portable, whilst at the same time ensuring key critical operating temperatures for seal degradation are not exceeded.

Stephen Jones, CEO, commented: “We supply to customers across the world operating our hydraulic torque wrenches in both hot and cold environments. Utilising our In-House Engineering Design Team, we designed and manufactured the Oil Cooled Hydraulic Torque Pump. This product has been rigorously tested and is now readily available from our extensive stocks.”

Construction industry unites to demand delay to VAT changes

THE Government must delay the implementation of damaging VAT changes in the construction industry, demands a coalition of the major trade bodies in the sector, in a letter to the Chancellor published this morning.

The letter calls on the Chancellor to push back the implementation of reverse charge VAT, due on 1st October, by at least six months due to the fact that:

  • the timing of these changes could not be worse given they are due to take place just before the UK is expected to leave the EU, quite possibly on ‘no-deal’ terms;
  • reverse charge VAT will be yet another burden on construction employers on top of other pressures facing the industry, such as material price rises, increased pension contributions and skills shortages; and
  • the changes could lead to a loss of productivity, reduced cashflow and in the worst cases, lead to a hit on jobs, tipping some companies over the edge, particularly small businesses.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “The fact that 15 of the leading construction trade bodies have come together to speak to the Government with one voice on this issue shows the extent to which we are concerned. We urge the Government to rethink the timing of these changes and announce a delay of at least six months. With a potential No-Deal Brexit also due to take place in October, the timing could not be worse.”

Craig Beaumont, Policy & Advocacy Director at the Federation of Small Businesses, said: “The reverse charge threatens to massively damage cashflow among small construction firms, many of which already struggle to stay afloat in an industry dogged by late payments. What’s more, preparation time has been minimal – guidance on the change has only appeared recently, yet roll-out is just two months away. With uncertainty already hurting small business confidence, the Government should do the sensible thing and postpone introduction of the reverse charge.”   

Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said: “Civil engineering contractors are extremely worried about the impact of the forthcoming new rules on their immediate cashflow and the impact that this will have on business sustainability. The construction sector is already struggling due to ongoing political uncertainty, with declining workloads for many members. The introduction of the reverse charge VAT may push small contractors into the red, as they do not have the resources to manage the immediate impact of the legislation change. We are therefore calling on Government to delay the implementation of reverse charge VAT and work with industry to help businesses prepare for the new rules in the best possible way.”

Iain McIlwee, CEO of FIS, said: “This isn’t about industry not being prepared, but not being able to prepare. Whilst we’ve known about it for a long time, the information has only started to emerge from HMRC in terms of the process. We’ve been telling members about it, running workshops and webinars, but I’ve yet to meet someone who has had the letter from HMRC and so there are swathes of the market that still don’t know it is happening. Many of the accountancy software companies haven’t updated the software. The biggest issue, however, it is not the admin, it’s the impact on cashflow. Credit in construction is already tight and with few lifelines from traditional financiers, further drains on cash will be fatal for some companies – this is almost impossible to prepare for. I don’t think anyone could have seen the uncertainty into which this would be launched and consequently a pause would be prudent.”

Steve Bratt, CEO of the ECA Group, said: “The Government needs to urgently reconsider the timing of their reverse VAT introduction. With insolvencies already at such a high level, and a no-deal Brexit on the horizon, these changes could hit business cashflow at a pivotal time for industry.”

Richard Beresford, Chief Executive of the National Federation of Builders (NFB), said: “For an industry facing lighter workloads, increasing pressure on cash flow and an already high rate of insolvency, reverse charge VAT could not have come at a worse time. By delaying the introduction of this measure, the industry will have more time to properly prepare and make their businesses more resilient, and more detailed guidance can be provided to ensure a smooth introduction.”

APS's ‘Gentleman Jim' bows out with last platform sales

ACCESS Platform Sales co-founder Jim Daintith has made his last platform sales before retiring - to long-standing customer Warren Access.

Reflecting his consistent attention to personal service, Jim (pictured above, centre) handed over the Hinowa Lightlift 17.75 Performance IIIS and three Genie scissor lifts in person to Warren Access Directors Michelle and Graeme Warren (also pictured above).

Coincidently, it was the same model of Hinowa aerial platform Warren Access first bought from Jim in 2013. His final deal also included two Genie GS-1932 scissor and a Genie GS-2632 scissor.

Warren Access Managing Director Graeme Warren said: "We're very pleased to be Jim's final customer, because he's been such an influential and inspiring figure in the UK powered access industry for more than 30 years and a great supporter of our business."

Michelle Warren said: "Jim is one of a kind. He has a very positive outlook on life. He's also one of the kindest, most helpful and generous people we have had the pleasure to meet, which is why we affectionately call him Gentleman Jim!

"He has always given excellent advice and been very helpful in moving on older kit in a way that still defines APS's approach to customer service today."

Jim's business relationship and friendship with Michelle and Graeme began in 2012 when he sold his Height for Hire rental business and APS's training operation, both based at Upton, in Cambridgeshire, to Warren Access, which had been looking to set up a new depot in East Anglia.

Jim said: "That deal represented a win-win for both of us at the time, just the kind of business I like. It resulted in our two companies sharing space at Upton until 2018, when Michelle and Graeme moved their expanding operation to a larger site in Huntingdon.

"It has been a pleasure to have such a close working relationship with such a well-run and friendly business over the years, and I am sure I will visit in the years to come. It just won't be driving behind an aerial platform delivery truck."

Through Jim, APS has supplied the Warren Access depots in Newcastle upon Tyne and Huntingdon with a wide range of access platforms, including aerial booms, scissor lifts and truck mounted platforms.

In completing Jim's last sale, of the Hinowa LL 17.75 spider boom, Warren Access has taken delivery of a platform with a maximum working height of 17.05m, an outreach of 7.5m and a travel width of just 0.79m.

The Genie GS-1932 is a highly reliable battery-powered electric scissor with a maximum working height of 7.8m. The GS-2632 is a battery electric scissor that delivers a working height of 9.92m. 

Jim and Malcolm Brown co-founded APS in May 1987 in Upton, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, starting a business that has grown to become the largest independent new and used powered access platform distributer in the UK.

Jim has played a pivotal role in guiding APS to become an authorised full-range Genie dealer, a UK distributer for Hinowa tracked boom lifts, BoSS low-level access equipment and MEC access platforms.

In the last three years, he has been winding down his workload, while still supporting key accounts like Warren Access.

Jim said: "People joke that they will have to change the locks to keep me out because I've retired several times already, but this really has been my last deal!

"I've worked with wonderful people over the years, in a great team. I'm leaving APS in great shape, led by talented entrepreneurs, with young professionals behind them who have fire in their belly and will take the business on the next stage in its exciting journey."

Bureau Veritas calls for greater focus on 'dropped object prevention'

WITH new statistics revealing the stark danger presented by falling objects (an issue which is being amplified by the UK’s increasingly extreme weather) Bureau Veritas is calling on the construction industry to ensure they have a robust dropped object prevention strategy in place.

While much health & safety focus is placed on mitigating the risk of falling at height, the reality is that the danger presented by falling objects from above is just as startling – accounting for 16% of all fatal accidents in the workplace, according to the latest Health & Safety Executive (HSE) statistics. This places ‘dropped objects’ in the top three of the UK’s workplace killers behind ‘falls from a height’ and ‘being struck by a moving vehicle.’

Karl Simpson, Managing Health & Safety Consultant at Bureau Veritas, commented: “Aside from being briefly mentioned in the ‘2005 Working at Height Regulation’, there is no still no specific legislation in the UK about falling object prevention. As such, it often isn’t treated with the same level of gravitas as other more obvious risks, such as falling from a height. Therefore, there can be a tendency for businesses to overlook the importance of drop prevention devices because they can be restrictive, while others may adopt a ‘one size fits’ all approach which doesn’t effectively cater for all objects.

“Yet, we must remember even a relatively small falling object from a height presents a very serious, life-threatening risk. To put it into context, a 500g object dropped from 15m has the same impact energy as a 75kg washing machine.”

“In terms of best practice, at Bureau Veritas we recommend that all industry sectors have a robust plan in place to alleviate this risk. When working with construction businesses, for example, we advise that all those working at height, whether on a roof or scaffold, tether tools and other items at source to prevent them falling to ground level.”

Adding to the issue is the UK’s increasingly inclement weather, whereby high winds and storms can increase chance of falling objects – and not just the obvious ones. This was demonstrated in a previous high-profile case where a member of the public was tragically struck and killed by a falling roof panel during a storm, with the company involved subsequently found to be in breach of health and safety laws.

Karl added: “The reality today is that the risk presented by falling objects can happen anywhere – particularly as adverse weather conditions become more the norm. That’s why it’s important that anybody with a building portfolio take steps to identify and mitigate risk from such occurrences – especially considering the current trend for usable roof terraces – covering everything from the specification of furniture through to the placement of utilities.”


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