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PROFILE continued

Tony Crawford says Mr Plant Hire is looking to buy a significant number of new slab electric scissor lifts. The company intends to secure a deal with a single supplier to provide multiple machines with maximum working heights of 7.8, 9.9 and 11.75m for staged delivery over a two-year period.

To help compete against the national access hire companies and to serve its contractor customers when they work away from south east England, Mr Plant Hire is a member of the Access Alliance.

General Manager Tony Crawford beside one of the latest Niftylift platforms at the Edmonton depot.

Established in September 2009 at the instigation of Ben Hirst of Bradford-based Horizon Platforms, this grouping of like-minded independent access hire companies also includes London Tower Service of Beckton, with

whom Mr Plant Hire has a good working relationship. In the Alliance, Mr Plant Hire effectively covers north London, Middlesex and Hertfordshire, whilst London Hire Service is responsible for south London, Essex and Surrey.

Accredited IPAF training

Mr Plant Hire has been a member of IPAF (the International Powered Access Federation) since 1996 and it runs an IPAF accredited training centre at its Edmonton base. The hire company sees this as an essential part of the service provided to its customers.

As well as powered access platforms, Mr Plant Hire has a large stock of aluminium towers and associated podium steps and staging for which it can provide PASMA (the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association) approved training. Tony Crawford says there is still strong demand for aluminium towers and that a big investment is about to be made in switching to the Boss Evolution T3 system from Youngman.

The podium steps in the fleet comprise Mk I, II and III models from Interlink Alloy Systems. Also prominent in the hire portfolio are the Sherpascopic and Sherpamatic platform steps with guardrail protection at the top from Zarges.

To more economically maintain and test its equipment, Mr Plant Hire has recently added extra in-house workshop capacity. It has created a new workshop in another industrial unit in Edmonton where repair


and testing is now carried out on such items as podium steps, site storage boxes and material lifts, particularly the Genie models SL15 and SL20.

Environmentally friendly machines

As it operates inside the London Low Emissions Zone, Mr Plant Hire runs a fleet of modern, environmentally friendly delivery and support vehicles. Recent purchases include two of the latest Renault Premiums with new AdBlue tanks and Andover Trailers bodies, a 7.5 tonne Mitsubishi with Andover Trailers bodywork, a 7.5 tonne Isuzu Easy Shift with a Valley Trucks body, and two Ford Transits with tail lifts. The Construction Plant Division has also benefited from recent investment. The latest machines include new Ammann Yanmar 3 and 5 tonne mini excavators, Terex TV1200 vibrating rollers and SMC TL35 mobile lighting towers.

To efficiently manage its business, in May 2007 Mr Plant Hire installed a Syrinx hire management computer system from Higher Concept Software. Tony Crawford says that “this system works well for us and it produces all the reports we need.”

David Elsdon founded Mr Plant Hire in 1981 and the company’s senior management team now includes Financial Director Martin Lawrence, Major Accounts Director Dermott Cotter and Operations Director Michael Burton. Each division - Construction Plant, M&E and Powered Access - has its own salesperson who is given incentives to beat agreed targets.

Checking out new machines and ideas is important at Mr Plant Hire and Tony Crawford says, “The Executive Hire Show suits us well because it provides a good opportunity to view the latest small access platforms and other equipment.” He likes the Show’s location and the layout, and is looking forward to visiting this year’s event to see familiar faces and do some networking.


The hire fleet includes a large stock of aluminium towers together with podium steps, trestles, builders’ steps and site security boxes

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