Two UK companies have joined forces to help businesses whose employees are required to work at height to keep costs down while also meeting their health and safety responsibilities.
JCB has launched a new range of aerial access equipment and is capitalising on its long-standing strategic partnership with Cannock-based Briggs Equipment to offer its machines for hire on flexible, short term contracts.
JCB’s complete Access range is set to comprise 27 platforms and Briggs, an independent specialist in short term materials handling solutions, is one of the first companies to add the scissor lifts, articulated boom lifts and telescopic boom machines to its portfolio.
Against a backdrop of business growth in key sectors, including logistics, event management and ports and shipping, Briggs has been developing its dedicated rental division, investing £70million since 2010.
Over the past five years the company has seen a marked increase in demand for scissor and boom lifts, largely driven by more stringent legislation to promote safety when working at height.
This year, Briggs is investing £9.5million and the partnership with JCB has enabled it to double the size of its fleet of mobile elevated work platforms.
Briggs Equipment’s National Rental Manager, Allan Parsons, says: “From building contractors and heating engineers to commercial window cleaners and security installers, more and more businesses are engaged in day-to-day tasks that involve working at height for short periods. For many of them, hiring in quality equipment in good condition on flexible contracts will be the most cost-effective way of getting the job done.
“JCB has a deserved reputation for well-engineered products that are built to cope with the toughest challenges, so we had no hesitation in adding its new electric scissor lifts to our equipment fleet.”
Pictured: Allan Parsons (left), National Rental Manager at Briggs Equipment and Mark Roberts, Sales Director at Gunn JCB.