Page 5 - Contractors World -UK & Ireland Vol 2 No 4 (May 2012)

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More Machines For AFI Rental Fleet
AFI has purchased a further 43 new powered access machines as part of a
planned £5 million investment in its rental fleet.
AFI Director Nick Higgins said, “This latest investment is to ensure that
our fleet remains young and that our customers have the most reliable and
efficient machines to allow them to operate on site without issues.”
With a current average machine age of approximately five years, the
AFI fleet of more than 4,500 machines is already younger than many of its
national competitors. The first 43 machines to arrive comprise 10 Genie
Z30/20N electric articulating boom lifts, 15 Haulotte Star 10 electric mast lifts
and 18 Haulotte Compact 14 electric scissor lifts.
“All are lightweight and compact and have an excellent record of very little
downtime, which is extremely important for both AFI and our customers,”
said Mr Higgins.
The Genie Z30/20N has a working height of 11.14 m, a width of 1.19
m and an up and over clearance of 3.86 m, making it ideal for work in
warehouses and fit outs in retail premises.
The Haulotte Star 10 weighs 2,575 kg, has a working height of 10 m and a
width of 0.99 m, enabling it to fit into lifts and be used in areas with weight
restrictions. The Haulotte Compact 14 has a working height of 14 m and a
width of 1.20 m, enabling it to pass along racking aisles and be suitable for a
wide range of fit out applications.
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Contractors World - UK & Ireland Vol 2 No 4
Council asks for speedy
A precast concrete company has helped a
local authority replace its waste storage bays
in under a week after a move to an innovative
new system.
Oadby and Wigston Borough Council in
Leicestershire called upon the Telford-based
Elite Precast Concrete to help replace and
upgrade its waste segregation and storage
units at its recycling depot in Oadby.
The counci l has used 250 El i te Precast Concrete’s V
interlocking blocks, which link together along the base, sides, and top to form a particularly stable structure, to create
two storage bays measuring 6 m wide by 20 m deep that are being used to segregate recycling waste before it is
Karen Parkes, Acting Waste Management Officer at Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, oversaw the entire project,
from the initial enquiry through to final installation, in just three weeks. She commented: “The V blocks can be stacked
higher to give us additional storage capacity, and because of the interlocking aspect, offer an extremely robust and sturdy
“As the blocks are incredibly simple to slot together using only a forklift, we were able to carry out the entire
installation in under a week, eliminating the need for us to bring in external contractors at additional cost. And of course,
they can also easily be reconfigured to create storage spaces of various sizes, depending on the dimensions we require.”
The local authority, which currently processes approximately 3,000 tonnes of recycling at the site annually, is aiming
to expand its waste management and recycling facilities over the coming months.