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“Having these features on this latest

batch of machines has already proved

very positive with our major contracts.

Both Chippindale and Volvo have

designed a unique solution which is now

a factory fitted option to the point the

modus operandi for the operator is

included in the operator’s manual,”

Further enhancements include the ad-

dition of a key pad ‘E touch’ security system,

Enigma telematics to track them and Cesar

identification. All machines have also been

painted in the distinctive MUS red and

white livery.

A dozer blade ground protector has also

been added by MUS which can be easily

attached to protect pavements and other

vulnerable surfaces, avoiding unnecessary

reinstatement costs.

Another important area for machine safety is trans-

portation from site to site and once again MUS is at the

forefront in this regard having collaborated with Daventry

based Brian James Trailers who has supplied their

‘Digadoc’ trailers.

Once loaded, the EC18D is driven up onto the trailer

floor and under an adjustable cowl which effectively

locks the machine in place, whilst the hitch and bucket

at the end of the dipper arm are locked onto a bespoke


MUS has requested enhancements, such as LED light-

ing and a neat frame arrangement that, when lowered,

provides greater security of the three buckets and small

hydraulic hammer. The trailer features good stepping

access for the operator and, again, as part of an anti-theft

measure, the MUS name is laser cut on the trailer frame.

“This is yet another example of safe operation,

negating the need to use straps, which again

reduces the element of risk of failure or incorrect

or poor positioning,”

says Jeremy Harrison.

“We’ve worked in a similar fashion with the

trailer manufacturer to come up with a design

which allows us to transport the 1.8 tonne

machine with its requisite attachments in a safe

and legal manner with the absolute minimum

of risk to our operatives.”

“In summary, we are very pleased with the

outcome. Chippindale Plant and Volvo have

stepped up to the mark in helping us achieve our

goals. We rate the Volvo product very highly in

terms of its reliability, quality of build, operator

acceptance and not least residual value. In ad-

dition, we appreciate Volvo’s ability to provide

parts and service support from the north of

Scotland to the far south west of England.”

Morrison Utility Services is passionate about taking

positive steps to eliminating risk and is an advocate for

sharing best practice within the utilities sector of the


“Going forward, we will insist on having safety

features to avoid the inadvertent operation of

controls on plant we purchase and will only work

with hire suppliers who strive to do the same.”

“We are therefore very proactive in trying

to establish a code of practice within our sector

using HSE guidance notes for this subject as a

working platform.”

Morrison Utility Services is one of the U.K.’s leading

utility services providers working with clients in the

electricity, gas, water and telecommunications


The company’s business is centred on the provision,

replacement, repair and maintenance of the utilities

network infrastructure and has locations and depots

strategically covering the whole of the U.K.

Chippindale Plant Ltd of Leeds is the dealer for Volvo

utility equipment including compact excavators and

compact loaders covering Yorkshire and the north east

of England.

Morrison Utility Services

Volvo Construction Equipment

Jeremy Harrison, director of plant and

fleet services for Morrison Utility Services

(far left) has taken delivery of 63 Volvo

compact excavators from Chippindale

Plant’s managing Director Nigel

Chippindale (centre) and Chippindale’s

sales director Trevor Robinson

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