Monthly Archives: August 2010

Update gives HSS customers on-line ETAs

HSS has released an enhanced version of its LiveHire web-based hire management system that incorporates online estimated times of arrival (ETA) and electronic proof of delivery.
In addition to placing real-time off hires, making online payments and seeing financial statements (as well as bespoke KPI reports), HSS’ LiveHire customers can view live ETAs and get instant [...]

British Abrasives Federation issues approved trainers list

Following an overhaul of the available training, the British Abrasives Federation (BAF) is rolling out a new list of approved training schemes.
The move follows the setting up of a group to pool information on accident investigations which found the majority were caused by poorly trained operators and products being incorrectly mounted or used. The [...]

Bigger capacity for Citroen’s ‘Ready to Run’ plant carrier

Citroën has enhanced the pre-bodied plant carriers in its ‘Ready to Run’ range and increased the maximum payload from 1,600kg to 1,680kg. The vehicle is based on a 3.5t Relay chassis cab to which bodybuilder KFS adds a galvanised steel drop frame rear chassis to reduce the main deck height to 530mm.
Three versions are [...]

Oil spill costs demolition company £10,000

Demolition company Deltatrax, which trades as BDS Specialists in Demolition, has been fined £5,000 and ordered to pay £5,073.28 costs after oil leaked into the Swanspool brook in Northamptonshire.
Northampton magistrates were told that while Deltatrax was demolishing a building at a former pie factory in Chester Road, Wellingborough, a member of the public reported seeing [...]

Paperless invoicing powers ahead

Demand for paperless invoicing has doubled since 2008, according to Speedy.
The business has sent almost half a million electronic invoices to customers since it introduced the paperless system two years ago. Electronic invoices can be in Euros or Sterling enabling customers throughout the UK and Ireland to use the service.
Speedy said the rise in popularity [...]

Inclinometer enhances tipper safety

Tipper gear manufacturer Edbro has introduced an inclinometer that can monitor the body tipping angle of both rigid trucks and trailers to an accurately of 0.1° to help reduce the risk of accidents during tipping operations.
Having automatically compensated for sloping ground, the system displays the tipping angle in the cab and if a pre-set danger [...]

Aggreko powers ahead

Aggreko, the temporary power and temperature control hire specialist, has reported a 15% increase in turnover and a 22% increase in trading profit in the six months to 30 June 2010.
Group revenue (excluding fuel pass through) rose by 15.1% to £546.5m while the trading profit excluding property and plant sales, increased to £131.2m [...]

Defective crane caused ‘near miss’

Poor communication and teamwork, and inadequate supervision contributed to an incident where a 4t load dropped from a crane narrowly missing a footpath, and lead to London Tower Crane Hire & Sales receiving an £18,000 fine with £15,837.45 costs at Hertford Magistrates’ Court.
The incident happened on 3 November 2007 when the hook broke off [...]

Points mean penalties

Van, truck and company car drivers working in utilities and construction sectors tend to have some of the highest number of penalty points on their licences, according to a survey by fleet software company CFC Solutions. It broke down the percentage of drivers with and without points for key industry sectors, based on the users [...]

Shortage of demand will constrain construction business

A lack of demand will continue to hold down the turnover and profit of construction and real estate Privately Held Businesses (PHBs) in the UK despite recent positive signs.
A shortage of orders remains the greatest constraint, according to a report from financial and business advisers, Grant Thornton UK LLP. Research from the latest annual International [...]