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Mr Plant Hire adds new telehandlers to its construction equipment hire range

Tony Crawford operations director at Mr Plant Hire says:

“ JCB is the market leader for telescopic handlers making this a logical decision for Mr Plant Hire to only buy the best for our ever expanding hire fleet.  We have taken these units with extended warranty to give our customer’s peace of mind that they can expect a service that is second to none.

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CONSTRUCTION 2025 – A vision of the future for the UK construction industry

At the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) Conference in October 2014, Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Advisor to HM Government, provided delegates with an update on Construction 2025, the government’s vision for improvement within the built environment, which was initially announced in September 2012.

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Royal Institute predicts shortage of surveyors will restrict construction growth

Key findings relevant to the construction equipment hire industry

  • More than four fifths (85%) of the 75,000 plus surveyors questioned said that a lack of qualified candidates meant they had problems recruiting.
  • Around two in five (43%) surveying firms currently turn down new business opportunities due to a dearth of skilled workers – each of them passing up an average of five contracts per year.
  • The problem looks set to peak in the next five years, with a further 11% of the industry saying anticipating turning down work by 2019. By that time, 54% of the surveying sector’s 10,000 businesses*** will be turning down some 27,000 projects between them each year.

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New Guidance released on Ground Conditions for Construction Plant

The need to assess ground conditions before construction equipment hire

Failure of the ground on which construction plant stands is a frequent cause of incidents and injuries on building sites, with knock-on effects of delays, loss of reputation and the impact on future workloads.  So, an adequate assessment of ground to establish its ability to support plant is essential if these incidents are to be avoided.

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UK’s Plant-Related Health & Safety Record Still Needs To Improve

White was keen to point out how far construction has come in the 40 years since the Health & Safety At Work Act came into force – with the UK now being a world leader in health and safety.

“We have to work together, but construction has come a very long way in the last 15 years. However, while there have been huge steps forward in terms of safety, eight of the 23 fatalities on UK construction sites recorded in the first 9 months of 2014 were plant related, so there is always room for improvement.

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