dangerous silica dusts when drilling. I was also much impressed with the new cordless Makita stud cutter; it will cut 12mm threaded rod so quickly and cleanly no fi ling or grinding is needed to start threading a bolt onto the newly-cut end. Husqvarna too is about to launch a new range of tools suitable for demanding users – so watch this space in the next few months.


Bartell is a new name in the world of diamond disc cutters and I am hoping to give a few of their discs a run in the next couple of months. It is a vast range designed to meet quality and price points to satisfy a variety of needs, from ‘jobbing builders’ and DIY-ers to major construction companies working on huge projects.


There has been an increase of safety regulations and innovations to height- relevant equipment, which has decreased falls and injuries. To maintain the decrease of height-related incidents, it is no surprise ladders, platforms and access towers continue to benefi t from new ideas and new designs. BOSS and Euro Towers Ltd both had some high-quality kit to show off – again with the strong possibility out- of-date or damaged equipment for hire needs to be replaced regularly in order to remain safe and in a ‘hireable condition’.

My interview with Brain Sherlock the new Chair of the HAE EHA will be published next month – look out for strategic vision and consistent policy.

innovations on show to tempt hire shop owners to upgrade tools and equipment. Hilti, for example, is a mainstay of robustly-made and well-designed power tools for the hire industry. These tools need to be ‘hire proof’ which is several steps more demanding than ‘idiot proof’. Also in this league is Makita. The company has worked hard to design big powerful SDS drills and hammers that use the latest shock absorbing methods to avoid vibration white fi nger in order to collect

Ardent Hire Solutions health and safety record recognised with RoSPA Gold Award

ARDENT Hire Solutions Ltd has been handed the internationally- renowned RoSPA Health and Safety Awards after excelling through health and safety practices.

prestigious award in recognition of all we do to improve safety in our workplace. “We’ve implemented many changes throughout our depots to improve processes and elevate risk within our business.

The prestigious award was given to the company after providing members of staff with excellent on-site safety through focussing on team safety at the end of the working day. Ardent, one of the UK’s largest construction equipment rental companies with 13 depots nationwide, had to fi ght off stiff competition, but was given the internationally-renowned award, which also distinguishes correct practices such as leadership and workforce involvement. Garry Orr, Ardent SHEQ Director, said: “We are thrilled to have received such a


reporting we continue to show year on year improvements in our already enviable industry related safety record.”

“With a proactive attitude to near miss and incident

The majority of awards are non- competitive and mark achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Gold medals, president’s awards, orders of distinction and the Patron’s Award are presented to organisations sustaining the high standards of the gold level over consecutive years. Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of qualifi cations, awards and events, said: “The RoSPA Awards are the most highly-respected in the health and safety arena, with almost

2,000 entrants every year. “It allows organisations to prove excellence in the workplace – demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of not only employees, but all those who interact with it.” Competitive awards go to the best entries in 24 industry sectors including construction, healthcare, transport and logistics, engineering, manufacturing, and education. There are specialist awards for health at work, environmental management and fl eet safety, and excellence trophies for the best international, new entry, workforce involvement and organisation operating, or specifi cally companies based in Scotland. Additionally, RoSPA’s top accolade is the Sir George Earle Trophy. Headline sponsor of the RoSPA Awards 2018 is NEBOSH (the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health) for the 13th consecutive year.

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