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Health & Safety

Health & Safety...your safety is paramount to us, so you can be confident that before each hire all equipment is fully maintained, tested and certified ready for hire.

We Hire carries out planned maintenance and equipment repairs on its own hire equipment in-house, with our experienced engineers experienced in handling a wide range of plant and equipment and all work carried out in our own, well-equipped workshops.

Should you have any of your own equipment that requires general maintenance, servicing or periodic checks to ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, the We Hire maintenance team can help. Call us for further details.

Working at Height

 

Work at height is the biggest single cause of fatal and serious injury in the construction industry, particularly on smaller projects. Over 60% of deaths during work at height involve falls from ladders, scaffold, working platforms and roof edges and through fragile roofs or rooflights.

Employers and the self employed are required by law to:

  • Follow the risk assessments you have carried out for work at height and ensure all work at height is planned, organised and carried out by competent people;
  • Follow the hierarchy for managing risks from work at height - take steps to avoid, prevent or reduce risks;
  • Choose the right work equipment and select collective measures to prevent falls (such as guardrails and working platforms) before other measures which may only mitigate the distance and consequences of a fall (such as nets or airbags) or which may only provide personal protection from a fall.

Taymore Hire offer Working at Height courses to make sure you understand the regulations and how to work safely, including:

  • How to recognise a problem
  • Provide safe systems of work
  • Choose appropriate equipment

The experienced staff in our branches can also offer advice on the most appropriate safety equipment to use in line with the regulations, such as guardrails, working platforms and air bags.

Hand Arm Vibration

Hand Arm Vibration, or HAV’s, is a painful and disabling condition caused by power tools and machinery. If you regularly work with power tools, compactor plates, road saws and breakers, brush cutters, lawn mowers and hedge trimmers, or any other power tools, you could be at risk.

Here at We Hire, we always try to supply you with low-vibration tools that are well maintained, along with expert advice and guidance. There are some simple measures you can take to protect yourself:

  • Make sure you buy or hire low-vibration tools and look after them
  • Always use sharp points, chisels and blades
  • Keep warm and keep your blood circulating by flexing your fingers and hands during breaks
  • Make sure you always use the right tool for the job

We, We Hire Ltd, cannot be held liable for the consequences of using the declared values, instead of values reflecting the actual exposure, in an individual risk assessment in a work place situation over which we have no control.

Dust Control

A huge range of products from bricks to blocks, mortar to roof tiles, masonry to concrete, contain silica. It’s perfectly safe, but as soon as you start cutting, drilling or grinding , it forms a fine dust.

No matter what you do, if you work in construction, you’ll come into contact with silica dust. Regular exposure, even of small amounts, increases the risk of developing diseases that can disable or even kill you - up to 500 people a year die because of the effects of silica dust.

However, there are lots of ways of protecting yourself, by using dust extraction equipment, respirators or by using a different tool to do the job. We can help you with a whole range of dust extraction, dust suppression, and dust screening systems.

If you’re an employer, you’ll need to abide by COSHH regulations. You’ll need to:

  • Tell your workers about the risks to their health
  • Train them on how to handle dust
  • Check the risks to your workers and decide what controls to use
  • Make sure that you and your workers use the controls properly
  • Dust extraction vacuums and semi-mobile systems
  • ATEX Zone 22 approved dust extraction
  • Air cleaners
  • Extraction guards and boots
  • Atomised water suppression
  • Fogging cannons
  • Extractor fans
  • Dust monitoring
  • Temporary screening
  • We can use all our experience, expertise and equipment to make working with dust easier
  • Working with dust can be easier for you and your employees if you work within the reguations

Noise at Work

Losing your hearing because of noisy working conditions is a real problem. Around 170,000 people in Britain suffer ear conditions such as tinnitus (constant noise in the ear), or even deafness because they’ve had to work in conditions that are too noisy.

Hiring quieter equipment can be the most cost effective solution - by saving you money in terms of introducing noise reduction measures. So we make sure that we source kit that’s as quiet as possible.

If you’ve done all you can to minimise noise and you can prove there’s nothing more you can do about it, then you need hearing protection. Getting the right equipment is vital, and we can give you expert help and advice with:

  • Earplugs, including moulding and fitting them individually
  • Helmet mounted ear defenders
  • Over the head ear defenders

You need to ensure your workers all know which protection to wear and that it is compatible with any other PPE they’re expected to wear.

Sustainability

At We Hire we believe it is vital to act in a socially and environmentally responsible way and that doing so is integral to the long term success of our business.

By placing environmental issues and sustainability at the heart of our procurement process we have developed a reputation as environmental supply chain partners and leaders in ‘green’ technology development. Our customers engaged in Site Waste Management Plans, and those following industry good practice have benefited from our ‘green innovation in action’ and our industry leadership with tools and equipment including:

  • Low-energy LED lighting and solar powered lighting systems.
  • Lithium-Ion cordless battery technology.
  • Low-emission four-stroke and two-stroke engines.
  • High-fuel efficiency, low emission diesel engines.
  • Low-noise equipment.
  • Dust extraction and management technology.

If you would like more information, contact us on 01633 533222