Contractors World

The UK and Ireland's only FREE to READ digital publication for construction, demolition, mining and quarrying industries

Contractors World UK & Ireland
2012 Vol 2 No 2
Forward: Print Page Register (free) Bookmark Page

cw cw cw cw cw Buyers Guide cw cw cw





• back issues
•  brochures

Contractors World - Eco Friendly publishing
Sponsor a tree
by planting
your logo
in our
virtual forest
to aid the

Lighthouse Club
Benevolent Fund

previous page   PAGE 22    next page

Construction News - Economics - Business - Regulations

Photo: tico24

BewareBeware!. The ‘suits’ are coming

HSE clampdown to reduce death and injury on Gloucestershire’s construction sites

Construction sites across the West are being put under the safety spotlight as part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill-health.

Between 20 February and 16 March, inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive will be visiting sites in Gloucestershire, where refurbishment or repair works are being carried out. This is part of a Great Britain wide month-long drive to improve standards in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries.

Their primary focus will be high-risk activity such as working at height and also ‘good order’ such as ensuring sites are clean and tidy with clear access routes.

The purpose of the initiative is to remind those working in construction that poor standards are unacceptable, and could result in enforcement action.

During 2010/11, 28 workers were seriously injured while working in construction across Gloucestershire, down from 32 the previous year. There was one death and 217 serious injuries across the South West region as a whole. Both of these figures mark a drop from the previous year, when there were two deaths and 263 major injuries.

Andrew Kingscott, HSE’s Principal Inspector for Construction in the South West, said:“The refurbishment sector continues to be the most risky for construction workers, all too often straightforward practical precautions are not considered and workers are put at risk. In many cases simple changes to working practices can make all the difference.

“Poor management of risks in this industry is unacceptable. As we have demonstrated in the past, we will take strong action if we find evidence that workers are being unnecessarily put at risk.” [CWMAGS]

Mac TrailerChange in legislation: 3,500 kg (3.5 t) vehicles and towing trailers

As from the 4th December 2011, if you tow a trailer and are moving goods for hire and reward with a light commercial vehicle with a gross weight of 3,500 kg (3.5 tons), you are required to hold an operators licence

Historically companies or individuals have been able to tow a trailer behind a vehicle which has a gross weight less than 3,500 kg (based on the trailer weighing less than 1,020 kg/1 ton) with the vehicle running on a tachograph only while towing.

To bring us in line with European legislation as of the 4th December anybody towing for hire and reward will have to hold an operators licence which will require someone in the organisation holding a CPC, submitting the vehicle/s and trailer/s to periodic safety checks and keeping detailed records of the vehicle usage and various other mandatory obligations.

The introduction of the change in legislation on towing a trailer has received little publicity and will effect hundreds of companies and individuals who move products, plant and equipment or cars around the country for hire and reward by using a 3.5 ton truck and trailer.

Steve Elwell of KFS Special Vehicles commented “We see the above having a massive impact on companies in the UK who currently deliver goods in this manner. Where companies have Mercedes, Iveco, Ford or Fiat 3.5 ton trucks, although lending themselves to towing with high gross train weights do not particularly have good payload capacity on the truck itself. If the operator does not want to go down the route of applying and maintaining an operators licence what they can now carry on the vehicle itself will be greatly restricted due to it’s high kerb weight and low payload.
With the range of 3.5 ton vehicles developed by KFS Special Vehicles such as the Ultra 3.5 t Car Transporter for the car logistics and movement market and the Plant & Go 3.5 t Plant Transporter range for the hire market, the ability to carry a far greater range of goods is catered for”.

Another trailer manufacturer also seeing increased numbers of enquiries since the new legislation came into force is Mac Trailer. MAC Trailers has seen a significant increase in enquiries for their 5.5T Machinery Carriers .

Click here for more information:>>> KFS Special Vehicles
>>> Mac Trailer

Tweet this page




previous page   PAGE 22   next page

red divide
CW Contractors World - the digital publication for construction industry

Contractors World Magazines are published by VVV Limited
©VVV Ltd 2012 All Rights Reserved

Publisher: Roger Lindley
Content compiled and edited by:
Roger Lindley MCIM

Page updated: February 2012



Contractors World -International
Contractors World International up-to-date information on news, plant and equipment from around the world.


Contractros World - Australia
Australia News
Online Buyers Guide of Construction, Quarrying

Contractors World - Eco Friendly publishingBy reading this page on line you are helping to save trees.
Trees saved up to February 2012 > 540
See our
virtual forest

The monthly magazine Contractors World - UK & Ireland is proud to promote and support the Lighthouse Club Please give generously. Contractors World Support the Lighthouse Club

CML House
7 Bell Mead
Herts CM21 9ES
Tel: +44 1279 600598

Contractors World is many magazines in one - construction news for latest information (read our daily news pages) and a site equipment magazine featuring site reports from around the world and reviews of construction plant and equipment as it is introduced.

Written specifically for earthmovers, quarry management, plant hire executives, and others with an interest in the construction and related industries.

Registered Office: 54 Sun Street, Waltham Abbey, Essex EN9 1EJ, UK
Registered as a company in England and Wales, number 3892263

Contractors World, CP&E - Contractors Plant & Equipment and the Contractors World - UK & Ireland Edition are independent publications published through CWMAGS by VVV Ltd.

The mention of companies and/or products within the editorial pages or in advertisements does not infer any endorsement by the publisher or editors. All editorial is freely given, without conditions and at the sole discretion of the editor. Opinions expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publishers. Other than saving and distributing in complete page formats, copying, reproduction, decoding or disassembly of content or computer code by any means of any part of the publication is prohibited unless prior approval is provided by VVV Ltd in writing and confirmation received of agreement with any terms and conditions applicable. PDF version may be downloaded for personal use but no content may be used for promotional purposes or copied to web sites. All images and video content are subject to copyrights.