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The Importance Of Keeping Your Construction Site Clean

Construction sites can be notorious for the number of hazards which are present on a daily basis. These may include everyday issues such as automated machinery to one-off events including the failure to clean up hazardous rubbish after a large renovation. To put these observations into perspective, the Health and Safety Executive estimates that more than 64,000 employees are injured every year to this lack of oversight (1). It should, therefore, be obvious that cleanliness is next to godliness if you hope to maintain a safe and efficient operation. Numerous Health and Safety Issues One of the main issues associated with an untidy construction site is that workers who are otherwise following the rules and regulations might still become inadvertently injured. From slipping on a piece of debris to becoming burned by harsh chemicals that were left unattended, the hazards are very real. While the number of construction-related jobs throughout the United Kingdom comprises only five per...

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How To Safely Use On-Site Water and Fuel Storage Facilities

Fuel is a hazardous, highly inflammable substance and must be handled and stored with care. If you are storing fuel in an on-site storage container, safety is absolutely paramount. Equally, there are also important guidelines to follow when storing water. The following guidelines will help to ensure that your onsite fuel storage is environmentally safe and complies with the regulations.   Safe on-site fuel storage A fuel storage container must be robustly made and properly supported by an adequate structure. A tank designed for indoor use must only be used indoors as it is dangerous to funnel fuel to an exterior location. Check that the tank is suitable for the fuel you are planning to store before renting or making a purchase. • When refilling or treating with an additive, monitor for contamination to ensure that there are no plugging or gelling issues. • Only fill the fuel storage container to the recommended level. Fuel expands as the temperature rises...

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Water Storage Solutions: Choosing The Best Products

How do you choose the best water storage solutions? Water is the most important element on the planet, our human existence would be impossible without its presence. When it comes to site work, it may shock you to understand just how many ways in which we rely on and use water across the industry; something we tend to take for granted. While technology has come a long way over the years, it is still critical to understand how to determine which water storage solutions are appropriate for your needs. There are many factors to take into account and some are likely to be more obvious than others. This is why it is a good idea to break this subject down into a few key sections so that you will be able to make a safe and informed decision when the time is right. Sanitary and Hygiene Concerns Many water storage products are intended to offer hygienic solutions for common human needs such as washing, drinking and bathing. In such cases, it is critical that the unit in question is able...

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Working in a Dusty Environment

Understanding the Hazards of Working in a Dusty Environment   Countless workers across the UK will need to face environmental hazards on a daily basis. Some risks such as heavy machinery or exposure to chemicals are more obvious. However, others are not always recognised as easily. One example is the presence of high levels of dust. While such a situation might not initially appear threatening, there are actually a number of serious concerns to take into account.   Construction Site Dust: Much More Than Meets the Eye   The first thing to appreciate is that the types of dust can be broken down into three main categories: Non-silica dust (cement, plasterboard and certain types of stone). Silica dust (sand, mortar and some varieties of concrete). Dust derived from wood and wood byproducts.   The associated health effects of dust will depend upon the type of particulate matter in the air. Another interesting observation is that some s...

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Plant Equipment Hire Versus a One-Off Purchase: The Benefits that You Need to Know

Industrial and commercial plants face a number of regular expenses and there can be times when it is challenging to uncover the most logical and cost-effective solutions. One perfect example of this observation can be seen during situations when a specific piece of equipment is required to complete a necessary task. Owners are often torn between using a professional plant equipment hire service or purchasing the unit outright. You might be surprised to learn that there are a number of benefits associated with hiring out such equipment on a flexible basis. Let us now take a look at some of the most profound advantages. New and Up To Date Equipment We always aim to ensure that our fleet of equipment here at Crossplant Hire is new and up to date, ensuring our fleet is less than three years old at all times. Not only is the equipment you'll be hiring new, but we'll be responsible for any servicing to keep it fresh and reliable; another responsibility you don’t need to w...

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After The Fire: Cross Plant Hire Bounces Back Stronger Than Ever

Cross Plant Hire is a new name to the market however we have been providing cutting edge construction, motorway and agricultural solutions for over 35 years. Over this time, our business has based its operations on continuous quality improvement as well as the ability to provide cost-effective options for every customer. There are nonetheless times when unexpected events can have a lasting impact upon the operations of every business. During the overnight hours of 23 February, our plant and an adjoining structure were involved in a fire. Thankfully, the efficient responses of Ramsbottom and Lancashire fire services limited any damage and we were conducting operations the very next day. How has this incident served to reshape our approaches and what traits have we continued to exhibit? Overcoming Short-Term Obstacles: Above and Beyond A fire can be devastating for any business and subsequent challenges may be difficult to overcome. However, Cross Plant Hire viewed such a situation...

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