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Vertikal Days set for Donington Park


The Vertikal Days access and lifting equipment event will take place on 16 and 17 May in a new location, at the Donington Park motor sport complex in Castle Donington, Derbyshire. The organisers say that it is shaping up to be the biggest to


date, with several manufacturers planning new machine launches. Various seminars and workshops will be held over the two days, including My Future My Choice, to inspire young people to work within the engineering and lifting industries. The venue is located just off the M1 junction 23a northbound,


or junction 24 southbound, and can be accessed from the nearby A50 and A42. For details visit www.vertikaldays.net


More EasyCabins for Nixon Hire


Nixon Hire has increased its fleet of EasyCabin welfare units from AJC Trailers with an order for Ecostatic 22 and 28 models. MD Graham Nixon said the decision to buy them was driven by demand from clients requesting eco-friendly equipment. The Ecostatic 22 provides facilities for up to 12 people, and


incorporates the manufacturer’s Ecosmart system to regulate the power usage of the generator and to reduce fuel consumption. The Ecostatic 28 has additional office space for two persons. Graham Nixon is pictured, right, with Jav Samsa, MD of AJC Trailers, in front of one of the new Ecostatic 28 models.


CPA survey shows hire challenges


The CPA has completed a research project examining the supply and demand of plant operatives in the construction industry. The study engaged CPA members UK-wide, as well as training providers and contractors. The report sought to gain clarity over the number of plant operators


Andrews Sykes opens West Sussex depot


Andrews Sykes has opened a new depot in Bolney, West Sussex, to meet a surge in demand in the area. The location has been chosen because of its close proximity to Gatwick Airport, Brighton and surrounding major roads. The hirer’s full range of equipment will be offered from the facility,


including heaters, boilers, air conditioners, chillers, dehumidifiers, fans and pumps. UK Operations Director, David Himsworth said, “This depot provides us with a fantastic opportunity to deliver an enhanced level of service to those based in the immediate vicinity and beyond.”


D & S Plant Services makes a Splash


D & S Plant Services, which hires and supplies construction equipment from its base in Dalmarnock, near Glasgow, has installed a new X-Splash wash bay from Trime (UK). It is designed as an ecological cleaning system for plant and machinery, helping to prevent soil pollution and contamination of drains from oil, grease and other chemical contaminants, and uses recycled water. “We needed an environmentally sound cleaning system for our new depot,” explained D & S


owner, Dave Pattison. “Originally, we thought the only option was to install a permanent tank, which invariably involves ground excavation. However, the X-Splash means this onerous work is completely avoided. It was up and operating in just a few hours and we are delighted with its performance.”


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in UK construction and to challenge the published figure of around 40,000 as detailed in CITB’s Construction Skills Network Forecast. The CPA study indicates a total UK plant operator workforce of approximately 289,000. CPA Director Kevin Minton said, “The findings mean that the


numerical importance of plant operators as an occupational group matches their importance on site. Instead of being low in the rankings of occupation by volume, we now have the evidence to show that plant operation as an occupation is one of the top five in construction” The study also indicated that recruitment is a key challenge for plant


hirers. Around 40% of respondents said recruitment is ‘very difficult’ or ‘fairly difficult’ and 28% had hard-to-fill vacancies in the last year.


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