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Plant hire – The new way

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‘Other companies haven’t been so lucky’

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All plant and equipment is disinfected before going out on hire.

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By Mike Travers

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A Glasgow company has revealed the new face of plant hire as the construction industry gets ready to re-open for business.

Eagle Plant Hire has transformed its east end depot in preparation for what managing director Colin Inglis described as “the new way our business is going to function”.

Because the company was supplying equipment for vital NHS and utility projects it has been able to continue trading throughout the crisis. All employees have been tested for Covid-19 and continue to be monitored.

Screens have been installed at both depots.

Designated collection and drop-off points have been set up, there are screens installed at trade counters, hand-sanitising stations are located at the entrance and throughout the premises and two-metre distancing signs are on display.

Customer-facing staff wear face masks while drivers and fitters are equipped with full-face visors and appropriate PPE. Visitors have a remote temperature test and all excavator cabs, tools and equipment are fully disinfected after each hire and before going back out  again. Transactions are processed electronically.

Inglis (right) said: “We started putting in the screens and introducing other measures when we saw the way things were going. We started preparing early for the inevitable.

“We already had plans in place to refurbish our Edinburgh depot so we accelerated those to include protection measures similar to Glasgow. It has cost us several thousand pounds across the two depots but the investment was necessary as they will have to be in place for the foreseeable future until the risks reduce.”

With a number of workers absent in the early days of the outbreak, Eagle’s MD soon found himself back on the tools and making deliveries. “I’ve been very fortunate in that I have been able to go to work every day. Most other plant companies haven’t been so lucky.”

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©Scottish Plant.  Article posted 26/5/2020