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Security A Key Feature As A-Plant Shows Wide Range Of New Products At SED 2008

At SED 2008, a major aspect of the A-Plant stand will be the security offered by the company’s hire equipment and visitors to the stand will be able to see how the anti-theft systems on A-Plant products minimise downtime and costs for customers. A-Plant is using SED to announce a new investment in the Trenchlink line of products and will be showing the latest version of the Turbosol Beton Master concrete pump. Free copies of the company’s new Site Safety Pack and will also be available to anyone visiting the stand.

A prominent display of products from A-Plant’s Plant and Tool hire fleet will be complemented by a selection of equipment from Port Talbot-based portable power generation and lighting equipment specialist, GenSet Plc, including the VT1 light tower, the Groundhog range of mobile and static welfare units and the new 33A welder set.

In the A-Plant fleet, deft combinations of anti-theft products such as the A-Trak tracking system, immobilisers and the CESAR (Construction Equipment Security and Registration) equipment identification and marking programme have resulted in high recovery rates of equipment in excess of 95%. As well as providing assurance for hire customers, it also saves them significant time and money by both deterring and quickly overcoming the problems caused by plant theft.

The Trenchlink system is composed of interlocking, ductile iron mini road plates which can be easily handled by operatives on site in order to secure a trench for the immediate passage of vehicular or pedestrian traffic. The plates have an integrated, permanent anti-skid surface and cannot move out of position once they have been placed over an open trench. They require no anchoring while the crew is on site and can be quickly removed for permanent reinstatement.

The Beton Master can be used for pumping and spraying concrete, micro-concrete, mortars and shotcrete. It is a double piston pump with a variable output power valve, designed for the heaviest working conditions. Working at up to 80 bar pressure, the pump offers a variable output between 2 and 25 m3 per hour allowing the Beton Master to move concrete to great heights and distances.

Available for hire nationally from A-Plant, the award-winning GenSet VT1 Superlight offers users a host of state-of-the-art features and benefits for mobile lighting. Groundhog welfare units allow site managers to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act to provide facilities for working on site, including sanitary conveniences, washing facilities, access to drinking water, accommodation for drying and changing clothes, and an area for rest and eating.

As always, health and safety will be a key feature of the A-Plant stand, supported by the company’s new Site Safety Pack - which is distributed free of charge to customers. Part of a major campaign at A-Plant entitled ‘Setting the Safety Standard’ to further raise Health and Safety standards in the construction industry, the Site Safety Pack comprises folders, window stickers, leaflets on Hand-Arm Vibration Safety and the dangers of working with dust, plus an extensive 60-page Health and Safety Handbook. A brand new addition to the pack is a range of posters on a variety of subjects, including noise at work, working in confined spaces and safe manual handling. The new pack is an evolution of A-Plant’s original award-winning Site Safety Pack introduced in 2006.

A-Plant forms part of FTSE 250 company, Ashtead Group plc, the leading UK and US equipment outsourcer. A-Plant was declared Hire Company of the Year 2007 at Hire Association Europe’s Hire Awards of Excellence.