Monthly Archives: July 2010

Cleaner Canter is just the ticket for Travis Perkins

Builders’ merchant and hire company Travis Perkins has become one of the first customers in Britain for the Euro 5 version of Mitsubishi’s Fuso Canter light truck.
It has already taken delivery of seven of the low-emission 3.5t Canter 3C13s and has a further seven on order from Wellingborough-based Mercedes-Benz dealer Intercounty Truck & Van. The [...]

ATS and AFI tie up tyre deal

AFI-Uplift (AFI) has signed a deal with ATS Euromaster for the supply and service of tyres for its 4,400 strong fleet of powered access equipment and commercial vehicles.
The deal, worth more than £120,000 a year, covers both AFI’s 4,300 access machines and its 90-strong commercial vehicle fleet which are spread across the company’s 18 [...]

HSE issues warning after street lamp topples during excavation

The Health and Safety Executive has issued a warning about the risks associated with excavation near lamp columns with non-standard roots.
The safety notice follows an incident in February when a young child was killed and a woman injured by a lamp column which fell outside the site boundary during street works. The column had a [...]

HSS posts positive figures

HSS, Britain’s oldest tool hire company, has reported first half profits up 27% on turnover 13% higher.
The company posted a pre-tax, pre-interest profit of £81.9m for the six months to 3 July compared with £72.6 last year. Revenue also increased from £72.6m in ‘09 to £81.9m this year and the growth accelerated in the [...]

Double bubble for Aggreko

Specialist temporary power and temperature control hire company Aggreko has started the construction of a new £20m manufacturing facility at Lomondgate, Dumbarton and opened a new National Rental Centre in Cannock, Staffordshire.
Workers in the new 15,800m² facility will be responsible for the design, development and production of generators and temperature control equipment deployed by [...]

Akabusi celebrates with NCC apprentices

Plant mechanics apprentice Jason Cade celebrates with Olympic medallist Kriss Akabusi after being named Top Plant Mechanics Apprentice and Apprentice of the Year at the National Construction College’s (NCC) annual graduation ceremony.
The 21-year old Cade works for Carrier Rental Systems UK and was one of 17 apprentices being singled out at the NCC [...]

Second life ‘xtends’ Atlas Copco’s appeal

Atlas Copco’s Xtended Life Program sees the manufacturer enter the second-hand hydraulic breaker market.
The new service covers hydraulic breakers in the 750kg to 10t service weight class which have had their technical condition made ‘comparable to that of new breakers’ at Atlas Copco’s facility in Essen, Germany. Each reconditioned breaker is said to have [...]

Cat’s profits jump as sales rise

Caterpillar has reported a 31% increase in sales and a 91% increase in profit for the second quarter.
Sales in the quarter to the end of June were £6.7bn, up from £5.1bn in the same period last year. Machinery sales in Europe Africa and the Middle East showed a 36% increase to £888m, much of [...]

JCB lands large Lynch order

Lynch Plant Hire has placed a multi-million pound machine order with JCB. The deal includes 40 Loadall telescopic handlers, 20 each of JCB’s JS130 and JS220 tracked excavators, six backhoe loaders and two wheeled excavators (a JS175W and a JS130W).
The order comes in response to increased demand from Lynch’s customers for machines which can operate [...]

Tower crane failures report published

The Health and Safety Laboratory has issued a report on worldwide tower crane incidents between 1989 and 2009.
In total 86 incidents were identified (including 10 in the UK) of which 29 happened during erection/dismantling/climbing and 15 were due by extreme weather while 28 had unidentified causes. Misuse accounted for six incidents while four were [...]