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Elev8 win British Steel Supplier Award

health and safety excellence in industrial access, platformsThere is a lot of excitement this week at Elev8 HQ as our team have been awarded a prestigious 2017 Contractor Shut Down Health & Safety Excellence Award by British Steel.  We were nominated for the award by the central crane team for our part in supplying safe high level access for industrial maintenance during the annual factory shut down at their Scunthorpe plant.

 

2017 is the first time that Elev8 have been part of the shut down operations at British Steel’s integrated steel making site in Scunthorpe.  The Elev8 team started planning the operation weeks prior to the job.  Our operations and health and safety team worked collaboratively with both British Steel, and the industrial engineers performing the work to plan safe methods of access for each of the high level industrial maintenance jobs performed during the factory shutdown.

 

Because of the huge cost of shutting a manufacturing facility like this, this operation is performed annually to a tight schedule.  Elev8 supplied eight access platforms which worked round the clock for three days and nights with a team of rotating shift MEWP operators.  They supplied access for three high level industrial engineering jobs, one of which was 90 meters high using our Palfinger P900 access platform.

 

Elev8 were presented the award because British Steel were impressed with the planning that Elev8 put into this job.  Safe methods of performing each job were carefully thought out, rescue plans were put into place and the team of Elev8 operators were well briefed prior to the work starting.    All the high level industrial maintenance jobs that Elev8 provided access for went smoothly, with zero down time for the contracting engineers.

 

As COMAH level 5 this manufacturing site commands very high standards in health and safety.   This award from British Steel demonstrates the absolute focus that Elev8 have on safety, reliability and innovation throughout their access platform hire operations.

 

Jason Machin, Elev8’s Managing Director said, We are delighted to have been recognised for Elev8’s ethos of collaboration with both customers and other contractors to get the job done safely. It was a true team effort across all the departments at Elev8 which came together to deliver safe access with zero down time for the engineers involved. This award really builds on our Mission – which is to become the safest, most reliable and innovative specialist access company in the world.  To receive this from a world class company make me proud of our team.”

 

A huge thank you to all members of the Elev8 team who worked hard deliver this industrial access project under short timescales.

 

If you would like to find out more detail about how Elev8 can help you complete high level industrial engineering work safely please contact us.

 

 

Posted on: October 7th, 2017

Access Platform Hire for High Rise Buildings

Access equipment for high rise building cladding inspectionSafe access to the outside of high rise buildings can be a challenge when constructing, retrofitting and maintaining tall blocks of flats and high rise apartments. For short duration work such as building cladding cleaning or maintenance a mobile access platform (MEWP) is a safe and efficient way to access high rise buildings.

 

Experts at high level access Elev8 Access Platforms have a fleet of MEWPs available for hire.  With a safe working height of up to 90 meters and a horizontal outreach of up to 38 meters our MEWPs can reach some of the tallest blocks of flats. Our hire fleet contains truck mounted access platforms and tracked access platforms which can travel over grass and set up on uneven ground. Tracked access platforms are ideal for safe access to the higher levels of buildings which face over gardens and grass.

 

 

High Rise Jobs Are Ideal For MEWPs

Our experienced IPAF trained MEWP Operators work on high rise buildings every day. They safely lift our clients and their equipment and building materials up to do a variety of jobs including:

 

  • Exterior building cleaning
  • Installing or removing glass windows
  • Installing or removing building cladding
  • Safe access for inspection and testing of building cladding
  • High rise building maintenance

 

MEWPs used to inspect and remove high rise building cladding

 

Specialist Lifting Attachments Available For High-Rise Jobs

Here at Elev8 we have a fleet of specialised access platforms selected with both safety and reliability in mind. When purchasing MEWPs we think carefully about the job they will be used for.  We purchase specialist lifting attachments to ensure that the MEWP you hire is able safely lift people, equipment and maintenance to the workplace.

 

Our larger truck mounted MEWPs have lifting frames fitted onto the basket.  These frames are ideal for securely holding large building materials such as large panes of glass and sections of building cladding.  Building materials are safely secured in the frame outside the basket, separating them from the MEWP passengers.

 

If you have a requirement for high rise building maintenance such as lifting or removing cladding please contact us.

 

Posted on: July 5th, 2017

Elev8 Hire Join Access Link

Access Link a group of access equipment suppliersWe are pleased to announce that Elev8 Access Platforms are now members of Access Link.  This is a group of professional powered access companies working together to provide customers with UK wide MEWP hire.

 

About Access Link

 

Access Link is made up of over 50 depots run by independent access equipment suppliers across the whole of the UK and Ireland.  Depots are located as far north as Elgin in Scotland, all the way down to Cornwall and Plymouth. As well as depots based in England, Scotland and Wales, member depots can also be found in Northern Ireland and Southern Ireland.

 

The Access Link group is comprised of independent access hire companies working together to deliver high-quality access equipment across the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.  It gives our customers access to a network of over 12,000 MEWPs in the Access Link Fleet.  All you need to do is call our hire desk with your access equipment requirements, and if do not have the right piece of access equipment available for hire in our own fleet we will contact our partners in the Access Link.

 

Members of the Access Link specialise in equipment such as:

 

 

Here at Elev8 Access Platforms we are very excited about joining the Access Link and working with other specialist access equipment suppliers across the country.

 

To find out more about Access Link or if you wish to hire a cherry picker or MEWP please contact us.

 

 

Posted on: September 6th, 2017

Essential Access Platform Safety Factors

Mobile elevating platform safety is essential within the workplace. The machinery must be properly managed and planned, allowing operations to have the correct safety measures in place to ensure safety to onsite workers. The importance of learning about the dangers and risks is essential when using the machinery in order to carry out operations safely.

Mobile Elevating Platform Hazards

The risk factors when handling mobile elevating platforms are listed below:

 

Overturning: Due to the size of most elevating platforms the machine may overturn throwing the operator from the basket. So be cautious when turning the vehicle should be carried out in a controlled manner, allowing full safety to the operator.

 

Falling: An operator falling from the basket is a major risk factor, so it’s important that the operator has safety measures in place. Such as the operator wearing a harness with a short restraint lanyard which must be secured to a suitable manufacturer provided anchorage point.

 

Collision: It’s important to assess the risk factor with the machine colliding with pedestrians, overhead cables or nearby vehicles. A risk assessment would need to be carried out to eliminate any of these factors from occurring.

 

Outriggers: Outriggers must be extended and checked before raising the platform.

 

Guardrails: Making sure the elevating platforms are fitted with effective guard rails and toe boards.

 

Falling objects: Falling objects may occur when an operator may be carrying out work on the elevating platform. Creating an extended barrier around the platform should protect passing workers or pedestrians from getting struck with a falling object.

 

Ground conditions: The platform should be used on firm ground, preventing the platform from sinking. Leading to the access platform becoming stuck and may become unstable, risking the safety of the operator.

 

Weather: Weather conditions are a risk factor, as conditions such as strong winds can tilt platforms and make them unstable.  It’s important to make sure wind speeds are safe when operating the machine.  


Handling materials: It’s important to handle materials with precaution, assessing the weight and dimensions of all materials. Risks such as load distribution issues and the handling of materials can be planned accordingly by looking at maximum load weight set by the manufacturer of the machine.

 

All Elev8 access platform operators are trained in accordance with The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007If you would like more information on mobile elevating platforms, contact us today for friendly expert advice.

 

Posted on: June 29th, 2017

How tall is the world’s tallest cherry picker? 2017 – Elev8Hire

What is the world’s tallest cherry picker?

The tallest cherry picker in the world is arguably the Bronto S112HLA- the largest cherry picker ever built. A monster machine that’s been used to build roller coasters, clean wind turbines and put out fires in skyscrapers, the S112HLA can pluck up to 700kg off the ground and carry it a staggering height. Whether you’d like to sit on the roof of Big Ben or skip the steps on the great pyramid of Giza, this leviathan can outreach any cherry picker in the business- and is trusted by governments to do the jobs- or save lives- when nothing else is up to the task. Cities continue to grow upwards as well as outwards, the challenges for emergency services demand more and more innovative technologies to reach areas most vehicles can’t. It’s so tall its status as a cherry picker is debatable-this is a multi-purpose high altitude equipment platform that carries a lot more than just personnel. Able to perform tasks far beyond the limit of an ordinary cherry picker, this is a powerful piece of kit used by the largest fire services and industrial giants.

 

How tall is the world’s tallest cherry picker?

The tallest cherry picker in the world by over 27 feet, the Finnish-built Bronto scrapes the sky at 367 feet. It’s not just about height, though- the Bronto can bend to a 90 degree angle 290 feet off the ground, making it incredibly versatile for accessing hard-to-reach rooftops or getting firefighters to the specific floor when no other means of entry is possible. Mounted on a monstrous 82-ton truck for extra stability, the S112HLA is the largest cherry picker currently in service, and one of the most versatile pieces of kit the world’s emergency services can fall back on when the job of saving lives requires something that can reach the highest floors of modern superstructures. Today’s emergency services have unprecedented access to helicopters, drones and in some cases even airships- but sometimes hardware on the ground is needed for the safest & fastest ingress for first responders- where helicopters can’t reach, the world’s tallest cherry picker steps up. The S112HLA isn’t just used for emergencies, though- as progress drives engineering even further into the sky, advances technology demands more and more dependable, versatile & innovative technology to keep up. As the largest cherry picker available the Bronto S112HLA has come to play a crucial role in maintaining next generation tech like radio towers and wind farms- where incredibly advanced high-voltage generators meet high altitude building with important implications for infrastructure that leave no room for error. With its off road-ready truck platform and the ability to haul a team of experts and their equipment hundreds of feet into the air, the Bronto Skylift can provide a stable base from which any onshore turbine can be repaired or maintained.

 

Whether you’re an engineer or a first responder, the tallest cherry picker in the world gives you the reach to get the job done- however, given the rapid advance of modern building it seems likely engineers are even now building a monster machine to usurp the title of world’s tallest cherry picker. While the next generation will be even taller & more versatile, whatever comes to claim the title of largest cherry picker will be a reflection of the speed of scientific progress as architects and builders continue to push the limits of engineering. Most of all, we in the industry look forward to seeing the development of the next machine to hold the title of world’s tallest cherry picker.

 

 

Posted on: May 31st, 2017

Elev8 is now an Achilles Verified Supplier

UDVB Verified Access Platform Supplier

This month Elev8 underwent its first Achilles Verification Audit to join the UVDB Community of suppliers to the Utilities sector.  The audit is focussed on the requirements of the UK utilities industry to ensure suppliers comply with legislation and Utilities company’s corporate governance.

 

The two-day Category B2 audit is for contractors or suppliers who work or provide services on operational sites owned, managed or controlled by a utility and where the supplier acts as principal contractor.  The auditor reviewed our management systems for Safety, Health, Environment, Quality and Corporate Social Responsibility, as well as a site based assessment of our work activities.

 

 

 

High Scoring First Audit

It was the first time Elev8 has been through this process we are delighted with our high scores of:

  • 100% in our Site Assessment
  • 100% in Quality
  • 97% in Environment
  • 93% in Health and Safety.

This gave us an overall score of 97% which we are all delighted with.

 

Following on from the success of our team in achieving ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in January – this accreditation really highlights the Elev8 team’s dedication to providing superior access platform hire solutions in the safest possible manner.

 

If you would like to find out more about Elev8 or if you are interested in hiring a MEWP, spider, truck mount or any specialist access equipment please contact us.

 

Posted on: February 21st, 2017

New ISO Accreditations Awarded to our Management Systems

  

 

It’s been a busy start of the year for the Elev8 team preparing for our management systems to be audited to against ISO 9001 and ISO14001 standards.  After an audit by The British Accreditation Bureau earlier this week we are very proud to announce that we passed both standards with flying colours.

 

Here at Elev8 we already pride ourselves on having a customer focused approach across our hire business.  ISO9001:2015 is an internationally recognised standard for quality systems based around a Plan, Do, Check, Act Cycle.  With the help of our chosen UKAS registered supplier we reviewed our management systems and looked at what we could do to make our service delivery even better.

 

ISO14001:2015 is an internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems.  Through this process we reviewed our current environmental performance and developed a list of initiatives to continually improve our environmental performance.

 

We chose to create a combined system accredited to ISO9001 and ISO14001 and we will be accrediting our safety systems to ISO standards in the near future.

 

A huge thank you to everyone in the Elev8 Team for your hard work and dedication to achieve both accreditations in a very short period of time.

If you would like to find out more about Elev8’s access platform hire service please contact us.

 

Posted on: January 24th, 2017

Lighting up Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Sheffield Children’s hospital is one of only four stand-alone children’s hospitals in the country, providing specialist care to children all over Yorkshire and the UK.  As part of the hospitals fund raising activities the hospital lights up every Christmas with sponsored snowflakes.

 

This year the Children’s Hospital has a new wing, and 30 new snowflakes to go on it.   Elev8 is proud to provide to provide the access platform used to install the snowflakes since 2010, and this year we have our very own snowflake.

 

The Children’s Hospital Charity anticipates that it will raise £110,000 from this year’s snowflakes.  These proceeds will go towards enhancements in the new wing of the hospital.

 

For more information on how you can support The Children’s Hospital Charity, please visit www.tchc.org.uk or call 0114 271 7203.

 

Posted on: December 23rd, 2016

Welcoming Our Latest Team Member, Business Development Manager Phil Blackburn

We are pleased to announceAccess Platform Hire Scottish Business Manager another addition to the Elev8 team.

 

Welcome to Phil Blackburn who joined Elev8 this month as Business Development Manager based in Scotland.

 

Phil has over 20 years’ experience working in the access platform hire industry and is a specialist in truck mounted MEWPs and track mounted access platforms.   He has worked with a wide spectrum of clients and has an extensive knowledge of wind farms, the telecoms industry and local government access platform requirements.

 

As part of Phil’s role he will be visiting our clients to ensure that our fleet of access platforms meets their particular needs. He is also happy to visit client’s sites to perform site surveys and recommend which access platform would be the best one for the job.

 

If you would like to book an appointment or a site survey with Phil please give us a call on 0845-2743627 or contact us.

 

 

Posted on: November 29th, 2016

Wearing our poppies with pride.

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This week our fleet of MEWPs are wearing their poppies to commemorate our fallen service men and women.

 

 

Brendan Snodden from the Reserve Army 146 Field Company, 102 Battalion REME visited Elev8’s Sheffield Depot this week and was presented with a donation from the Elev8 team to the poppy appeal.    The Royal British Legion provides lifelong support for the Armed Forces community – serving men and women, veterans, and their families.  You can find out more about the Royal British Legion charity here.

 

 

Here at Elev8 we have a strong affinity this charity. You may be surprised to know that we actually currently employ eight former service men within our team of operators, and several acting members of the Reserves Army.

 

 

 

Posted on: November 10th, 2016
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