Your Safety, our priority!
Safety First The safety of our customers is important to us.
That's why we supply: Well maintained equipment. All necessary protection and safety wear in stock. Guidance on equipment selection (we have a range of operation leaflets about the safe use of individual items that are supplied with each hire). Voltage. Most of our electrically powered items are available in 110v or 240v (a circuit breaker is offered with every 240v item that is hired). Expert professional advice. Demonstration of unfamiliar equipment. Members of Construction Plant association & Hire Association Europe.
Plant and site security
You should ensure that all equipment hired is kept safe and secure. Southern Plant offers a range of padlocks and plant site security as an added security option. Some of our plant is fitted with a Tracker security system. The tracker unit is activated once a machine has been reported stolen. Then using satellite tracking, the machine can be located.
HEALTH AND SAFETY FEATURE: Working at height
The Working at Heights Regulations came into force 2005. Their purpose is to reduce the number of accidents associated with working at height. The new regulations require detailed risk assessments to be carried out for anyone working at heights. Experience shows that these events usually arise due to poor management control rather than because of equipment failure. Common factors include:
- Failure to recognise a problem
- Failure to ensure the safe systems of work are followed
- Failure to provide safe systems of work Inadequate information, instruction, training or supervision provided
- Failure to use appropriate equipment & provide safe plant / equipment
- Failure to provide safe plant / equipment We offer an extensive range of the latest products that will enable hirers to carry out their work duties in a safe manner.
HEALTH AND SAFETY FEATURE: Reducing the risk from vibration
There are ways to reduce the risk from vibration:
- Keep warm and wear protective gloves
- Take short breaks to exercise your hands
- Do not grip the tool too tightly - the higher the grip the greater the vibration
- Only use tools that are serviced regularly
- Avoid the use of blunt points, chisels or drill bits Read and follow the safety instructions supplied with the machine
- See if there is an alternative tool available with reduced vibration level
HEALTH AND SAFETY FEATURE: Dust control
Dust is created in one form or another when most power tools are used. Continued exposure to dust can, over a period of time result in respiratory problems, eye infections and irritation to the skin. Providing operators use the correct Personal Protective Equipment such as goggles, masks, gloves and protective suits, exposure risks are greatly reduced. In addition to this we strongly recommend the use of dust extraction equipment which will combat the problems relating to potentially harmful particles that might be present in the atmosphere.