Hot weather conditions can be dangerous for construction site workers.
Before beginning work during the warmer months, it’s important to consider how the weather can impact construction site health and safety.
Summer may seem like the ideal time for construction work to proceed. There’s less chance of rain, snow and ice. However, there are procedures that need to be in place to protect construction workers from the heat.
The term “powered access hire” is used frequently in a number of industries: construction, glazing, decorating, electrical installations and many more, but to an outsider, it may not be obvious what makes up “powered access equipment”, the different types of machines and their uses.
In order to make this subject a little easier to navigate for first time users, MR Plant Hire have put together a brief guide to help you choose the right powered access equipment for your project.
Landscaping is a really broad subject that relates to the entire terrain of an area of land. Contrary to popular belief, garden landscaping is not exclusive to larger areas and the concept can be successfully applied to a smaller space as well.
Landscape gardening typically involves making changes to an outdoor space, such as creating flower beds or building walls, decks or terraces. The main aim is to create a functional and appealing garden or outside space.
8 gardening tasks where it pays to hire in specialist landscaping and gardening equipment to help.
Spring is here and, if you are a gardener, you will no doubt be preparing to get busy in the garden and many of tasks can be made so much easier if you hire in specialist equipment to help. So, if you are facing any of the following, often daunting tasks, Mr Plant Hire are here to help:
We caught up with Jak to find out a bit more about what his role at Mr Plant Hire entails and why he enjoys working at Mr Plant Hire.
If you are based in the London area an looking to carry out any of the following tasks, then it’s worth considering taking out cutting equipment hire from Mr Plant Hire to make the process as safe and efficient as possible.
Genie Super Lifts offer an efficient lifting equipment hire option for a host of reasons. They are:
Leading Enfield-based plant hire specialists Mr Plant Hire who offer a comprehensive range of welding equipment for hire across the London area have put together this quick guide to thermoplastic welding.
Scissor lifts are used instead of ladders or scaffold towers, to offer an efficient and safe solution to working at heights.
Enfield-based leading plant hire specialists, Mr Plant Hire who offer scissor lift for hire from London have outlined here the many reasons for making this option your number one choice for working at heights. They:
Many people are injured each year when they fall from towers or if the towers overturn. Leading London scaffold tower hire suppliers, Mr Plant Hire outline here how to stay safe when using scaffold towers. Mr Plant Hire also provide London based PASMA training for the safe erection and use of tower scaffolds.
A mini excavator (or mini digger) is a vehicle which offers options for digging or demolition depending on the attachment used. As the name suggests they are smaller than their standard counterparts but it is important to remember that, if you are considering mini digger hire, operators still need training in how to use the controls and manoeuvre the vehicle and attachments before they can use them.
Pecolifts are available for hire from Enfield-based Mr Plant Hire, whose team of Powered Access experts have put together a guide for those considering their low level access hire options.
The Mr Plant Hire recommend Pecolift as perfect for most low level access requirements. It scores highly against four key criteria: ease of use, safety assurances, efficiency and environmental credentials.
What is the new Ecolift?
Ecolift is the newest alternative to conventional powered access rental and it’s now available to rent from London-based Mr Plant Hire.
Working on construction sites in the cold creates its own problems for both keeping construction areas dry and for worker comfort. But the solution is just one phone call away for competitive heater hire.
Leading plant and construction equipment hire specialist for the London area, Mr Plant Hire, offers a wide choice of heater hire, depending on your specific need and site requirements from infrared, ceramic, electric box heaters – to cabinet heaters and blower gas heaters.
As part of their comprehensive lifting equipment hire, Enfield-based Mr Plant Hire offers the Sumner G2HT Gantry Lift to meet all your material lifting needs.
The GH2T Gantry Lift has a load capacity of 2 metric tons (2,000kg) or 4,400 lbs.
When hiring a G2HT Gantry Lift it is vital to follow proper procedures so Mr Plant Hire has put together a handy list of ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts’:
Newly available from Mr Plant Hire is the Romax 3000 electro-hydraulic press machine for system dependant pressing of fittings up to 54mm with 32-34kN. The Romax 3000 has a wealth of benefits for those looking for power press hire:
What are Monkey Towers?
Monkey Towers are manually operated scaffolding systems which provide an alternative to powered access machines.
Unlike a scaffold tower the entire erection procedure is carried out at ground-level and with single piece construction there are no parts to lose.
A day in the Life of Mick Burton: Mr Plant Hire’s Operations Director and Health & Safety Co-ordinator
Q: What does your job entail?
A: In a nutshell my job involves three main areas.
1. The first is ensuring staff operations are running smoothly. This means that my first job of the day is to check all divisions are fully resourced and ready – Mechanical and Electrical (M&E), the Powered Access Hire division, Construction Equipment Hire and our Training Division, which offers IPAF and PASMA training for the London area.
Leading Enfield-based construction equipment hire company Mr Plant Hire summarises (in a two part article) the guidance from the Health and Safety Executive, outlining the key questions users should be asking themselves before deciding on the right plant to hire.
Leading Enfield-based construction equipment hire company Mr Plant Hire summarises here the guidance from the Health and Safety Executive , outlining the key questions users should be asking themselves before deciding on the right plant to hire.
IPAF has launched its new, enhanced eLearning module as part of its full training programme in the US and Canada for operators of aerial work platforms (AWPs), also known as mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The launch follows two years of trials and further development and testing. IPAF has now unveiled a high quality eLearning module that delivers flexibility and interactive tools, with the same emphasis on practical training.
Dehumidifiers are designed to remove water and moisture from either commercial or domestic properties and are most commonly used to repair water damage, keep mould at bay, or in some cases, to dry out properties as part of more extensive flood restoration.
To keep , Enfield-based London plant hire supplier, Mr Plant Hire has put together the following useful checklist of safe work practices for drivers of construction site vehicles, based on HSE advice.
Many major incidents involving site dumpers are reported each year, with a significant number leading to serious injury and even death. This is why it’s vital that those considering dumper hire are aware of the risks involved and take every possible precaution to ensure that equipment is used safely.
A recent article (27 July 2015) in an on-line construction resource for Australia highlights some current structural trends that are creating new risks for health and safety in the construction industry worldwide.
What is IMC?
Intelligent Machine Control is distinct from machine guidance systems because IMC actually controls some of the machine movement. For excavators, this means being able to prevent over digging and allowing easy creation of batters and slope works.
In case you are tempted to purchase plant, it is well worth reminding yourself of the reasons why it so often pays to hire it instead. Mr Plant Hire, leading supplier of construction equipment hire to the building, maintenance, mechanical and electrical industries around across London and the Home Counties, has put together this list of 9 good reasons to hire plant.
Plant Hire essentials:
In a nutshell my job involves two main areas…
With that in mind, a new short film was released online at the end of last year on the dangers of fragile roofs, made by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with the assistance of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the co-operation of Working Well Together (WWT).
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.
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.
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.
Pecolift makes low level access so easy. Gone are the days of climbing steps or podiums. No more slips, trips or having to balance.
For those looking for powered access to work at heights of up to 3.5metres, Pecolift, is the number one choice and a revolutionary improvement on step-ladders, platform steps and podiums.
Mr Plant Hire can help your business become safer and more efficient with working at height.
To make it easy for you, Mr Plant Hire plc offers a complete one stop service for:
If you are looking to train operatives in London or the Home Counties, Mr Plant Hire Plc is pleased to offer a wide range of IPAF courses for 2014:
This course can either cover the use of these machines in general or your candidates can bring their own machines and we will train them in the safe use of these. Course includes; Methods of storing, handling and transporting of abrasive wheels, Mounting of abrasive wheels, film and review, selection, inspection, mounting, dressing and truing rest-adjustment.
Some plant hire specialists, like Mr Plant Hire, offer a convenient and cost-effective way of training your operators.
IPAF training london Based in Enfield, North London, Mr Plant Hire has its own fully accredited IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) training and PASMA (Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) training centre. Courses are run regularly with IPAF courses occurring on an almost daily basis with PASMA courses taking place weekly.
IPAF & PASMA
At this point in time we run PASMA courses every week/ two weeks.
We were already a fully certified IPAF Training Centre and courses are becoming more and more frequent with us holding a minimum of two/three courses a week.
Niftylift HR21 Hybrid machine
We have recently taken delivery of a Niftylift HR21 Hybrid machine which offers the lowest emissions on a diesel boom lift to date. Along with this it has the added safety feature of the awarding winning SIOPS anti-entrapment device fitted as standard. See more boom lifts.
This year we have changed our supplier of 1.5 ton mini excavators, and have gone with Volvo. We found this to be about the most robust machine for our requirement although we still are staying with Yanmar for our 3 & 5 ton machines. Find out more about our excavator range.
Our growing fleet of delivery vehicles is delivering daily into London, & the South East.
An investment of over 500k has been spent on the purchase of the new Boss Clima & AGR aluminium towers. These are available in three different base sizes & the platform heights range from 1.2m to 12.2m. This tower is a market leader & the feedback from our customers has been 100% positive. We also offer tower bumper’s & scaff tags as additional purchase items to help solve your health & safety issues.