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Railway floods tackled

Earthworks contractors and plant hirers are on track for a multi-million pound boost as Network Rail prepares to tackle the effects of extreme weather on the Scottish network.

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Fined for dumper death

A leading house builder and its sub-contractor have been fined a total of £800,00 following the death of a worker who was crushed under the wheels of a dumper. The victim's son witnessed the accident.

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Plantworx venue switch     

The Plantworx show is moving to a new venue after last year’s event was plagued by rain, mud and poor communications facilities. ‘We are confident we have found the best solution,’ say organisers.

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New man at Manitou

An agricultural specialist has been appointed managing director at Manitou UK. Mark Ormond succeeds Jonathan Tapp who was appointed in November 2015 and who resigned last month.

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Rail work on track

Work has started on the latest phase of the programme to upgrade the railway between Aberdeen and Inverness. Extensive devegetation in Aberdeen will clear the way for doubling the track in the area.

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Hodge takes on Magni

Hodge Plant became the sole dealer in Scotland for Magni telehandlers this week as the Italian manufacturer continues to shake up its UK operation. “We plan to transform the Magni brand in Scotland,” says Alistair Hodge.

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Bobcat goes Forth

As a former plant operator, Graham Sleith knows the value of a ‘real’ engineer and as he pondered the acquisition of four Bobcat mini excavators recently he got to see one in action.

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Astrak excited by SPS deal

Astrak UK, the Fife-based rubber track specialist, has acquired the undercarriage parts division of Yorkshire business Southern Plant Spares. Managing director Richard Paterson says the deal is “a perfect fit”.

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Aberdeen CMPE’s big night

Local charities will be more than £4,000 better off thanks to the generosity of the north-east plant industry. The cash was raised at the annual dinner dance of the Aberdeen branch of the Contractors Mechanical Plant Engineers.

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Eagle swoops for Cummings

Eagle Plant has recruited an ex-Speedy boss to lead its commercial operations. John Cummings, who has 30 years’ experience in the hire industry, was previously MD at Speedy Scotland & Northern England.

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