Plant hire firm invests £14m in new equipment

Warrington-based plant, tool and equipment hire specialist A-Plant has invested £14m into expanding and renewing its powered access fleet.

A-Plant claims its investment in the latest generation of booms and scissors further cements its position as being one of the largest suppliers of powered access equipment in the UK.

The company has customers from various sectors including construction, engineering, events, manufacturing and others.

The machinery is used for a wide range of jobs including roofing, renovations, the removal of scaffolding and cladding from buildings, as well as for general facilities management.

This summer’s purchasing spree with leading suppliers, includes JLG, Nifty Lift and Skyjack and is part of an overall £150m spend in new equipment across A-Plant’s product portfolio.

Heading up the powered access drive is business development director, Metro Werezak, who says stricter safety regulations has led to a growing demand for high-quality powered access equipment.

Werezak said: “The latest government figures show that last year alone over a quarter of all fatal injuries in the workplace were caused by people falling from height and half those were in the construction sector.

“Here at A-Plant, we invest heavily in equipment, such as powered access, which significantly improves safety standards on work sites as opposed to scaffolding for example.”

The latest investment has seen A-Plant take delivery of 800 pieces of new equipment.

A-Plant forms part of FTSE 100 company Ashtead Group plc and is the UK’s largest equipment rental company with over 175 Service Centres nationwide, more than 3,600 employees and over 35,000 customers in the construction, industrial, infrastructure and events sectors.

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