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2012 Vol 2 No 9
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Nationwide Platforms Keeping The UK’s Lights On

Vital ongoing maintenance on electrical power grids across the UK is being made possible thanks to the powered access expertise of Nationwide Platforms.

The powered access leader has been providing working at height solutions through the unparalleled scope of its Specialist Vehicles fleet – the largest in the country. With a fleet of around 300 truck mounted platforms providing working height access between 14 and 84 metres, Nationwide Platforms is in a unique position to provide a comprehensive range of solutions at any location in the UK. This is supplemented by around 300 van mounted platforms.

new 70 m Bronto truck mounted platform Most recently, the business has been putting its brand new 70 m Bronto truck mounted platform into effective use for essential works.

The image shows a typical application on a utilities project in the north of England.

Nationwide Paltforms project managed the application, not just in terms of MEWPs, but also with trackway (which came through Commhoist) and the environmental management of the project.

In such applications, it is typical for 1 circuit on the line to always be dead when being worked on, and the dead line is always grounded. There are also rules on how close an operator should get to the lines.

The enhanced features of the machine include two alternative emergency back-up systems and a telematic control fault-finding system. Additionally, its 35 m lateral outreach, 3.5 m extending basket and 600 kg carrying capacity put the platform in high demand in many sectors, including electrical utilities. The unit can be specified with an optional and very useful winch facility, enabling the safe lifting and lowering of items up to 300 kg to and from the platform.

The truck mount is regularly used by linesmen replacing fittings on large transmission towers and carrying out essential maintenance works on conductor wires to ensure the UK’s electricity infrastructure continues to operate as effectively as possible.

Peter Luczka is Nationwide Platforms" dedicated Business Development Manager for the utilities sector. Speaking on his work in this area, he said: "The utilities sector is packed with challenges which place a huge emphasis on safety on every single job. We"re proud to be partnering the ongoing success of our clients in this very important sector by matching their needs with our best practice approaches to working at height."

"For us, this means adapting and responding to provide the answers that truly represent the safest and most effective means of working at height. In reality, this comes through a holistic approach that actively embraces following strict safety procedures, industry knowledge built up through many years experience, operator training and qualifications, safety innovations, and, of course, providing equipment of the highest calibre."

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