Sleator Plant secures multi-million-pound dumper deal

NORTHERN Ireland-based Sleator Plant, a specialist capital equipment provider to the construction and materials handing sectors, has secured a million-pound deal with CP Hire to add 95 Mecalac site dumpers (85 ROPS models, 10 cabbed units) to its fleet in 2019.

Set to be rented by site professionals across the British Isles, this move will not only considerably expand their fleet size, but also increase the availability of the latest dumper models and equipment technologies.

Jonathan Campbell, Dealer Principal at Sleator Plant, commented: “Over the past two years, we have supplied CP Hire with more than 250 Mecalac site dumper units. This is not only testament to our close working relationship and customer care provision, but also the high quality of Mecalac’s earthmoving equipment.

“The latest agreement was negotiated in a matter of days – almost unheard of for a deal of this size! We are very fortunate to have a strong partner in Mecalac, as the team appreciates the importance of tight production timescales and was able to guarantee delivery – for the entire order – in Q2 2019.”

John Rawnsley, Managing Director of CP Hire (GB) Ltd, added: “Sleator Plant is our first point of call when it comes to ordering rental-tough compact site equipment. The Mecalac portfolio is highly versatile, allowing us to offer various solutions to fit our customers’ exact needs.

“Our latest site dumper order comprises a mix of one, three, six and nine-tonne ROPS models, alongside a number of Mecalac’s new MDX cabbed units. Our experience with Mecalac equipment has always been first-rate, while the team at Sleator Plant have always gone above and beyond to exceed our expectations."

Paul Macpherson, UK Sales and Marketing Director at Mecalac Construction Equipment UK Ltd, concluded: “We are committed to working closely with our dealer network to provide state-of-the-art construction equipment. Seeing loyal customers like CP Hire returning to our dealers is a real testament to the reliable service they receive.”

www.mecalac.com/en/

Good support and back up prompts more orders from Central Plant Hire

CENTRAL Plant Hire of Horsham, West Sussex, has ordered a brace of Volvo EC18E compact excavators from Glosrose Construction Equipment thanks to the continued high level of aftersales support offered by both Glosrose and SMT GB.

The Horsham based plant hire business has been running Volvo 1.5, 3 and 5-tonne excavators since 2000, operating a total of twenty-five Volvo branded machines in a mixed fleet of compact excavators and site dumpers. “The Volvo compact excavators have proved themselves in the field and we have found them to be very reliable and robust machines,” commented Managing Director, Tony Fiveash. “More importantly, the high level of after sales support offered by both Glosrose and SMT GB is vital for our business and one of the main reasons we continue to purchase Volvos for our hire fleet.”

The new E-Series Volvo compact excavators offer significant improvements over the ever popular D‑Series models in terms of stability, lifting capacity, a simplified operator interface, an improved ease of serviceability to the main components and improved styling, thanks to a new three-piece cast iron counterweight and pressed steel side panels. In addition, the two new EC18Es sold to Central Plant Hire have been supplied with Volvo’s coded key option for added security.

The E-Series models have a common platform that is built with durability in mind. All‑round steel panels are safely recessed 10mm behind the Volvo exclusive high-profile cast iron counterweight, which ably provides protection and digging stability. With a machine height of a little over 2m and a variable undercarriage that can shrink to less than 1m – these new models can gain access to even the most confined of work areas. Once in position, the undercarriage can expand up to 1.35m for additional stability. The design ensures that the right frame corner, swing post and cylinder all stay within the tracks, resulting in maximum visibility and a reduced risk of machine damage when working alongside obstacles.

The EC18E takes performance to a new level, with a 13 percent increase in tractive force along with 2,130kg of combined digging forces. Its lifting capacity has increased by an average of 22 per cent at the front compared to the D-Series model it replaces. The machine’s undercarriage has been elongated to provide even better all-round lifting capacity and stability, compared to the previous generation, together with a 140mm increase in digging depth. For further flexibility, the auxiliary hydraulic flows can be independently adjusted in each direction, ensuring optimal speed and control, and a second auxiliary line or X3 service is also available as an option.

The E-Series affords an improved ease of maintenance and access to the main serviceable components thanks to a hinged fuel tank which is unique to Volvo. A 50-hour greasing interval further contributes towards the best-in-class serviceability on the EC18E. “Good service access is another good feature on the Volvo EC18s,” said Tony. “It was good on the D-series but it’s even better on the new E-series machines.”

Established in 1988, Central Plant Hire specialises in both operated and self-drive hire of excavators ranging from 0.75 to 14 tonnes in operating weight as well as tracked and wheeled site dumpers. Covering Surrey, East and West Sussex the company has established a regular portfolio of clients ranging from main contractors in the construction industry to individual building firms, trade and DIY and is strategically located on the busy A264 Crawley Road on the outskirts of Horsham with excellent road connections across the area.

Glosrose Construction Equipment is SMT GB’s utility equipment dealer covering Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Greater London south of the River Thames marketing the full range of Volvo compact excavators from 1.5 to 9 tonnes in operating weight, compact loaders and tandem rollers.

SMT GB markets Volvo Construction Equipment products which include wheeled loaders, articulated haulers, hydraulic excavators, Volvo utility equipment and Volvo road equipment products in Great Britain. There are eight strategically placed Customer Support Centres, a dedicated National Used Equipment Centre and a network of utility equipment dealers to ensure high quality customer support is maintained throughout the country.

www.glosrose.co.uk

MHM Plant expands stockist network

MHM PLANT, the supplier of power generation, solar-hybrid-generators, fuel storage, lighting towers, engine drive welders and product related accessories, is expanding its stockist network following the appointment of three firms, each authorised to market the full range of MHM products.

In Cornwall, contractors will be able to purchase MHM goods from Vincent Tractors and Plant - a multi-faceted equipment dealer with depots in Fraddon, Holsworthy and Smithaleigh. Vincent Tractors and Plant supply a wide range of equipment for the construction, arboriculture, grounds care and agriculture markets. They will stock products from MHM range ready for quick delivery to firms in their areas.

Likewise, firms in Scotland’s central belt can now purchase MHM machinery from the Coatbridge based stockist, D and S Plant Services - a leading provider of services to the construction machinery industry. Aside from supplying new machinery, D and S Plant also have a well-established and experienced plant repair service.

With over 15 years’ experience in the supply of construction machinery, Gloucestershire-based Equipment One Limited was a natural choice for MHM to hold their equipment in the South-West area. Equipment One already stocks a vast range of construction related products including; Excavators, Dumpers, Rollers, Telehandlers and Vibrating Plates. The MHM products will complement their current range.

“We are fully aware that many local builders and contractors often prefer to buy their equipment from their local suppliers and therefore we knew to reach these types of firms we needed to look out for regional suppliers,” said Mat Llewellyn, MD of MHM Plant. “Individuals and SME’s in Gloucestershire, Cornwall and in Central Scotland can now have direct access to our equipment through these stockists. I would like to formally welcome, Vincent Tractors, D and S Plant and Equipment One to the MHM family. I am sure that it will be a mutually fruitful arrangement,” added Mat.

MHM are seeking to expand their scope of supply and welcome enquiries from construction machinery suppliers, throughout the UK and Ireland, to stock the MHM range.

MHM Plant was incorporated in February 2010 and their head office is in Port Talbot, South Wales.#

mhmplant.com

GAP Group exceeds £300,000 donation milestone

SINCE its formation in 2015, GAP Group’s Charitable Foundation, GAP Giving, has donated over £300,000 to 356 different charities across the UK and further afield.

Established in 1969 by Gordon Anderson, philanthropy has always been an important part of GAP’s family business story. GAP Giving has embedded these ideals and beliefs even further in the company’s culture, distributing a percentage of the company’s profits to various charities each year.

During the financial year of 2018/19 alone, the company donated £56,624 to 88 different charities including The Brain Tumour Charity, Wish Upon a Dream, CALM and the Samaritans.

There are various ways in which GAP’s Charitable Foundation can help to raise money for good causes. For example, all of GAP’s 1,800+ employees located throughout the UK are encouraged to apply to GAP Giving to nominate a charity they feel is deserving of support. The successful applications result in the chosen charities receiving a donation from GAP. Additionally, the company has a ‘Charity of the Month’ programme which offers every region, division and Head Office department the opportunity to pick a charity to receive a donation of £1,000.

In addition to making regular donations, GAP operates a matching scheme, named GAP Match, within which GAP will match any employee’s fundraising efforts, up to £750. GAP’s employees can regularly be found taking part in sponsored activities such as coffee mornings and bake sales to outdoor events including walks, marathons, triathlons and three peak challenges.

Shaneen Waddell, GAP Giving's Chairperson, commented: “We are beyond thrilled with what we have achieved so far through GAP Giving and reaching this amazing amount as we enter our 50th year is even more cause to celebrate. It is fantastic that GAP is able to help people and give back to local communities in such a way; it is very humbling to be involved with such worthy causes.

“Of course, the outstanding efforts from our employees have enabled the company to reach this notable milestone – their enthusiasm, compassion and fundraising really makes a difference.”

www.gap-group.co.uk

Essential e-learning launched to beat construction-related occupational cancers

THE Considerate Constructors Scheme has announced a new e-learning course ‘Occupational Cancers’, designed to help the construction industry’s workforce to improve its understanding of occupational cancer risks and how to mitigate them.

With 40% of all deaths from occupational cancers arising within the construction industry, the need to support the workforce in this area has never been so critical.

The main causes of occupational cancers in construction work are exposure to silica dust, asbestos, diesel exhaust emissions and UV radiation, with those working in construction:

  • 100 times more likely to die from an occupational disease than a workplace accident (BOHS, 2016)
  • 6 times more likely to develop skin cancer than the general population (HSE, 2018)
  • dying by cancers caused by silica dust – over 500 workers a year (HSE, 2005)

The ‘Occupational cancer’ e-learning module is made freely available to the entire construction industry via the Scheme’s Best Practice Hub. It follows the successful series of e-learning courses on other cross-industry issues, including Air Pollution, Drugs and Alcohol and Mental Health.

The Scheme’s e-learning courses have received unprecedented engagement, with over 53,000 people working in construction taking the courses so far.

Edward Hardy, Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme said: “There is no doubt that the shocking number of deaths and long-term illnesses caused by significant exposure to carcinogens in the workplace needs greater attention by everyone. We must continue to improve our standards in how we raise awareness and understanding of the risks and how to take measures to, where possible eliminate them, or at the very least minimise them.

“We call on everyone across our industry to take the ‘Occupational Cancers’ course and to encourage colleagues, friends and family members to do the same.

“The Hub also features the ‘Spotlight on…occupational cancers’ campaign which provides excellent examples of best practice in tackling this issue provided by construction sites, companies and suppliers to the industry across the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland. We anticipate more examples of best practice being shared across the coming months in order to drastically reduce the impact of carcinogens on our workforce.” 

Click here to take the ‘Occupational Cancers’ e-learning.

'Cut VAT on home improvements to boost economy', says FMB

THE Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is calling for the Government to cut the VAT on home improvement work following official data from the ONS published today.

While there has been a rise in output over the first quarter of the year, construction output decreased month-on-month by 1.9% and the repair and maintenance series fell to its lowest level since December 2018, experiencing a fall of 3.1% compared to the previous month. 

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, said: “It’s not at all surprising that construction output has dropped at the end of the first quarter of this year, given the unprecedented political uncertainty we’ve been facing. To get us through these turbulent times, the Government must be bold in its thinking when it comes to supporting the economy bucking any downward turn. One course of action would be to cut VAT on work in the home improvement and private domestic sectors from 20% to 5%”

“A cut in VAT would help stimulate demand from homeowners resulting in more work for the thousands of small to medium-sized construction companies which would help support local economies and increase training opportunities. This is all the more important given that the FMB’s own State of Trade Survey for Q1 2019 saw the first dip in workloads for small builders in six years."

Berry concluded: “Cutting VAT would also be an important step to help encourage more retrofits of our existing buildings to make them more energy efficient and deliver a cut in carbon emissions.”

www.fmb.org.uk

Trime UK is with Glendun Plant at the Balmoral Show

DUNGANNON'S Glendun Plant Sales are ready to display two examples from the Trime UK range of lighting and dust suppression equipment.

Glendun Plant will showcase the Trime products alongside their expanding scope of supply at the Balmoral Show, which is Northern Ireland's largest agricultural event. The show is set for 15 to 18 May and held at Balmoral Park, Halftown Rd, Sprucefield.

With visitors anticipated from right across the island of Ireland, delegates will have the opportunity to view the Trime X-CHAIN site lighting unit alongside their brand new product the X-DUST dust suppression module.

The X-CHAIN LED is a stand-alone tower floodlight fully equipped with stabilisers, retractable handles, fork-lift pockets and a telescopic, stainless steel mast. Illumination is provided via four low consumption long life LED lamps, delivering over 2000sq. metres of safe, bright lighting.  Up to four Trime X-CHAIN LED sets can be connected together using the simple ‘socket-in/socket-out’ system and then attached to a single power source - either ordinary mains or a portable generator. The Trime X-CHAIN LED has no individual fuel costs or carbon emissions and will operate totally soundlessly. The unit is designed for zero maintenance and up thirty-two units can be delivered on a single truck.

The X-DUST is designed to provide workers with safe protection from airborne contaminates in concentrated areas, helping to deliver a healthier atmosphere in which to complete their duties. The X-DUST produces a fine spray of water through a series of high-pressure jets; the mist is then propelled onto the site by a powerful fan, rendering the area free from unhealthy and hazardous material.  The X-DUST is ideally suited for both outdoor and indoor applications.

Glendun Plant Sales is Trime UK’s Northern Ireland’s distributor. They are based in Mullybrannon Rd, Dungannon BT71 7ER.

Trime UK is headquartered in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. They supply a wide range of energy saving site lighting towers together with wash bays and dust suppression machinery.

www.glendunplant.com

The British Safety Council launches mental wellbeing videos

AHEAD of Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May), it is still true to say that mental health is considered the poor relation of physical health. Too many people are suffering in silence while at work.

The British Safety Council is urging employers to make changes in the workplace that address mental wellbeing and is offering employees practical tools to help them deal with stress and anxiety at work.

The charity is launching three videos to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. They are based on tried-and-tested wellbeing techniques and exercises that encourage staff to relax in order to alleviate racing thoughts associated with stress and anxiety. They also encourage physical activity at work.

Matthew Holder, Head of Campaigns at the British Safety Council, said: “Emotional resilience is important because it improves effectiveness at work. However, it also helps people gain greater immunity from certain illnesses. By making these exercises part of their daily routine, employees should be able to improve their wellbeing and resilience to stress.”

A breathing exercise aims to control stress and anxiety with the help of breathing, by slowing the overall activity of the brain and relaxing both the mind and the body.

A visualisation exercise is intended to release tension and improve concentration. Visualisation exercises combined with deep breathing are proven to reduce stress and relax the body, giving the person a moment of peace in the hectic work environment.

Chair exercises include shoulder, leg, feet and stomach exercises for relaxing various parts of the body that stiffen and ache as we spend long periods of time at our desks. The modern sedentary lifestyle is responsible for an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and a loss of muscle and bone strength.

Matthew Holder continued: “The British Safety Council’s wellbeing videos are intended as a practical resource to help employees look after their wellbeing and deal with the pressures of everyday working life. We hope that they will become a part of the lunchtime routine, accessed in bite-size chunks and used when required.

“Workers’ wellbeing is a shared responsibility between employers and employees and a true reflection of organisational culture. For workers to practice wellbeing and mindfulness at work, they must be supported by their organisations, their senior leadership and by line managers. Our videos feature simple wellbeing exercises, which do not require any infrastructure investment from employers. However, workers’ ability to use them in the workplace is likely to be proof of employers’ commitment to their workers’ health and wellbeing.”

Recognising that mental ill health is affecting society from an early age, this spring the government launched pilot schemes in 370 primary and secondary schools. They are designed to test different approaches to improving children’s mental health. The trial will teach students mindfulness, meditation and breathing exercises to help them “regulate their emotions” and deal with “the pressures of the modern world.”

The British Safety Council’s vision is that no-one should be injured or made ill through their work. The charity recognises that great progress has been made in Britain on addressing safety issues, but there is still significant work to be done on wellbeing and health, particularly when it comes to mental health.

Last year, using its training expertise, the British Safety Council, launched a range of mental health training courses. The courses are designed to start conversations about mental health and support employees who are experiencing mental ill-health. These courses are now available in both classroom and online formats.

In November 2018, acknowledging the growing importance of workplace wellbeing and the numerous uncertainties around it, the British Safety Council published a report Not just free fruit: wellbeing at work. It defines wellbeing in the workplace and suggests a set of metrics for effectively measuring wellbeing programmes and interventions.

In 2017, the British Safety Council helped to launch Mates in Mind. Mates in Mind provides a joined-up approach for employers when addressing mental health. It is now working with 210 organisations to support more than 188,000 employees.

Businesses urged to promote sun safety for Sun Awareness Week

THOUSANDS of skin cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if businesses develop ‘sun safety strategies’, the leading chartered body for health and safety professionals have warned.

At least 1,500 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and 240 new cases of malignant melanoma linked to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure at work are diagnosed in Britain each year.

But 90% of all skin cancer deaths can be prevented if businesses – and their employees – take proper precautions.

During Sun Awareness Week (6-12 May), the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is urging employers to save lives by developing ‘sun safety strategies’ that include regular updates on the UV index from weather forecasts, minimising sun exposure in the middle of the day, potentially swapping jobs among team members at regular intervals, and asking employees to wear long-sleeved, loose-fitting tops and trousers.

Mary Ogungbeje, Research Manager at IOSH, said: “Both malignant melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer are on the rise in Britain and Europe and sun exposure is the main cause. In Britain alone, skin cancer kills 60 workers a year, and outdoor workers are particularly at risk due to the nature of their roles.

“However, the majority of skin cancer deaths can be prevented if people control their exposure to solar UV radiation. There are a range of ways businesses can adapt to better protect workers, from minimising exposure to direct sunlight in the middle part of the day to ensuring outdoor workers wear appropriate clothing.”

IOSH says it is vital managers, workers and the wider public understand the importance of good sun safety and make efforts to mitigate the risks. By being aware of the dangers of UV exposure and taking the necessary precautions, lives can be saved.

“Through our No Time to Lose (NTTL) campaign, we’re raising awareness of occupational cancer and some of the most common causes, including solar radiation,” said Mary Ogungbeje.

“To help businesses develop sun safety strategies, we’ve developed a range of free practical resources to help prevent exposure. These resources can be downloaded at www.notimetolose.org.uk.”

IOSH presented the solar radiation phase of NTTL in Paris last month during a multi-stakeholder summit on occupational skin cancer, which was organised by the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (EADV).

The summit brought together a group of high-level representatives from medical and public health organisations, patient advocacy groups and trade unions to discuss how to improve workplace sun safety, provide earlier and better access to treatments and improve reporting and registration of NMSC cases.

At the event, it was highlighted that non-melanoma skin cancer is the world’s most frequently diagnosed cancer, with an estimated 2-3 million cases registered every year. The economic impact of work-related UVR is significant, with the annual healthcare costs in Europe estimated to be as high as EUR 853 million per year.

Ultraviolet radiation is a risk that particularly affects outdoor workers, who receive 5-10 times the yearly sun exposure of indoor workers.

Outdoor workers in construction, farming, fishing, recreation, sports and public services are regularly exposed to UVR for more than 75% of their daily working hours. It is estimated that the risk of developing skin cancer increases significantly with five or more years of outdoor work.

To better understand workers’ attitudes towards sun safety, this year, IOSH funded new research led by researchers from Heriot-Watt University and the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh to better understand UK construction workers’ attitudes towards sun safety and measure UV exposure.

The research investigated whether an intervention in the form of a combination of short messages delivered to the smartphones of construction workers, along with appropriate organisational support, can keep workers safe and healthy. The messages attempted to influence workers to reduce exposure to UV radiation in summer and to increase intake of vitamin D in winter when sun exposure cannot maintain a healthy amount.

The study shows that during the summer the desire to get a sun tan remained high among workers, with many exposing themselves to UV radiation deliberately, increasing their risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancer.

Professor John Cherrie, Principal Investigator on the research from Heriot-Watt University, said: “In Britain we love the sun and having a sun tan, but unprotected exposure to the summer sun can cause irreversible damage to our skin and ultimately may lead to a diagnosis of skin cancer. Our desire for a tan is stopping us from taking proper care to protect our skin from the damaging effects of the UV radiation in sunlight.”

More information about the IOSH-funded research is available here: https://exclusive.iosh.com/constructionsaferbehaviour

Over 120 businesses worldwide have also signed IOSH’s pledge to tackle occupational cancer. Organisations can join the growing number of businesses leading on tackling occupational cancer by and signing up to the No Time to Lose pledge: www.notimetolose.org.uk/get-involved/pledge-take-action/

Master Abrasives appointed UK representatives for RK Systems

MASTER Abrasives is now offering vibro-balancing equipment by RK Systems as their new representative in the UK.

RK Systems is a manufacturer in Poland that develops and produces measurement and data acquisition systems such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, universal device programmers and systems for dynamic rotor balancing. The VibroDAQ is a professional measurement system for balancing and vibration measurements which can be used in various industries involved in maintenance of mechanical equipment in different types of companies. 

The VibroDAQ portable system allows one and two plane rotor balancing. The device is equipped with an LCD touch screen display and has special sophisticated algorithms for grinding wheel balancing and control meeting the ISO1940 requirements. It's provided with USB 2.0 (high speed, full speed) and RS-232 communication interfaces.

The VibroDAQ 4 is a measurement system for multiplane balancing different kind of rotors. The system allows one, two, three and four plane rotor balancing as well as vibration measurements (including FFT).

Master Abrasives already sells a comprehensive range of machinery and equipment and the addition of balancing equipment allows the company to offer the complete package for grinding and finishing along with technical applications advice.

Ian Meredith, Applications Engineering Manager, said: “The VibroDAQ basic balancer and advanced balancer will be available for use and demonstration in our grinding and finishing showroom along with our grinding machines, coolant nozzles and abrasives. Any interested customers can arrange to visit us in the Midlands for a demonstration of our machinery and equipment.”

www.master-abrasives.co.uk/

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