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Hire or Buy? Nine reasons why it can be best to hire – not buy – plant

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.

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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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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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