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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund Will Inject £250 Million into Construction Sector

  • by Stephen Taylor
  • 09 Jan, 2018
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Regardless of the industry you work in, it’s important to stay up to date with current events that might affect your company’s day to day operations. External factors such as political shifts, economic movements and so on can have a big impact on businesses small and large.

 

For those looking to hire a winch in the U.K. construction industry, one of the biggest talking points in recent weeks has been the government’s announcement of the ambitious Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, a plan that promises to inject some much needed cash into four key U.K. sectors. Read on to find out what the strategy is all about and how it might benefit those involved in the construction industry.

 

What is the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund?

 

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (hereafter referred to as the Industrial Strategy) is a long term plan that aims to make the U.K. a global innovation powerhouse. To achieve this, the government is going to use public money to encourage growth in the private sector, thereby bringing science and businesses together.

 

“The Industrial Strategy is an unashamedly ambitious vision for the future of our country, laying out how we tackle our productivity challenge, earn our way in the future, and improve living standards across the country,” explained Business Secretary Greg Clark in a government press release .

 

To start with, the Industrial Strategy will invest £725 million into four main sectors: artificial intelligence, automotive, life sciences and, yes, construction. The latter is set to receive as much as £250 million, which will be channeled into value procurement, industry-led innovation and skills for the future.

 

What Does it Mean for Those in the Construction Industry?

 

While £250 million might sound impressive on paper, it’s a splash in the ocean compared to the £103 billion in annual economic output that the U.K.’s construction industry is responsible for, according to figures reported by the House of Commons .

 

Nevertheless, it does signify a step in the right direction and shows that the government recognises the importance of the construction industry and the impact it can have on the wider economy. Providing the construction sector with the resources it needs to unlock greater innovation and ensuring the workforce is equipped with the skillset necessary to meet the challenges of tomorrow is critical for delivering quality and innovative infrastructure and housing throughout the U.K. In turn, it’s likely that this will have a positive and tangible effect on the economy as a whole.

 

Exactly how the Industrial Strategy will play out remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: every organisation in the construction sector needs lifting equipment they can rely on. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Winch Hire has the specialist expertise and an extensive range of high quality winches and lift equipment you need to get the job done. Contact the team today to find out more.

by Stephen Taylor 23 Jan, 2018

Considering that there has been rampant advances in technology in recent times, business owners have grown more cautious of their investments. As a business owner, it’s important to be meticulous when it comes to investing in industrial equipment as this very investment could revolutionise your day to day functioning. Though necessary, purchasing industrial equipment can be a tedious and complicated task so always consider the option of hiring. It is essential for a company to thoroughly analyse their business prospects and necessities before making investments in any industrial equipment.

Questions to consider before investing in equipment?

·        What type of a company are you running?

It is important to understand what your company needs. Analyse what your company needs before committing to buying any industrial equipment.

·        What are the essential industrial tools that you require in the daily functioning of the company?

Once you analyse your company’s necessities and boiling it down to the requirements of company you’ll understand the essential industrial tools that are required day-to-day. Then you can accurately see your return on investment.

·        How much are you willing to spend on your equipment?

Analyse your spending capacity and decide how much you can allocate well before purchasing the equipment.

·        Do you or your team have the education necessary to operate the industrial equipment?

Most people just throw a stone in the pond and wait for their luck to work out but this does not assure you success in the long term. It is important to educate yourself or your team members regarding the working of the industrial equipment so as to ensure that it is efficiently utilised.

We supply a wide range of industrial equipment ranging from winches to lifting equipment at budget friendly prices. A few of the products that we supply are:

-        Air winches : They range from 1 tonne up to 10 tonne units to handle the most demanding of lifting applications that serve the purpose of most lifting equipment . Man-riding winches , automatic and manual brakes.

-        Cable accessories: We have got all your cabling requirements covered. In addition to the many types of winch and trailer types available, we can also provide all the cabling accessories you’ll ever need. A wide range of items are available for purchase but we can also hire you many of the more regularly needed items such as cable drum jacks, cobra reels, cable rollers and bellmouths.

-        Hoists: We provide a great range lifting equipment such as chain or wire rope hoists in most configurations and power options. To hire or buy we have pneumatic, electric and hydraulic equipment. We will accommodate your lift height requirements, supplying hoists with or without beam trolleys. We understand the importance of supplying high quality equipment for leading brands, always offering you competitive prices.

-        Other equipment: Specialist winches , electrical winches , base mount winches , cable pulling winches , hydraulic winches , cable drum trailers, rigging equipment, mooring systems, etc.

If you have any queries regarding industrial equipment or would like to get a quote on any of our services, simply call us on 01899 221 577 (Scotland) or 01371 859 555 (Essex) and we will get back to you shortly.

by Stephen Taylor 23 Jan, 2018

The building industry is fraught with obstacles. A company who want to build new premises or a new site for whatever their line of business, needs to overcome many challenges, before the job can begin. From obtaining planning permission, to understanding the complexities of the land and utility pipe networks, building is never as simple as it would first appear. 

There is likely to be a large amount lifting equipment needed to complete any job, as well as surveying at the planning stage. Put simply, finding the best equipment for the job before you start, will not only save you time and money in the long run, but will ensure that you don’t run into further snags as you begin your already expensive project. 

Identifying your needs  

Part of overcoming potential obstacles is staying ahead of the game when it comes to new innovations in the industry. Winches , when they were first developed, were nowhere near as strong as they are nowadays. When you hire winching equipment from Atlas, for example, you can choose from a hand winch, which will lift small weights, up to a base mounted winch, which has a lifting capacity of a huge 300 tonnes. Everything in-between that is also possible, allowing you to easily tailor-make your equipment hire to the project you working on, without hiring equipment which is too large, and therefore more costly. A hydraulic or air-powered winch is certainly going to have more power behind it, but if your job doesn’t require this, why waste the cash? On the flip side, if your job is a weighty one, you are going to need the strongest equipment around, to avoid lifting smaller loads several times over. 

For this reason alone, planning is vital. Identifying what you need and taking advice from professionals is also one of the key first steps in project management and development. 

Innovations and technology  

The most important part of clearing any building site prior to construction beginning, as well as allowing you to transport large weights around the site, is the use of hoists , and those aforementioned winches. This equipment needs to adhere to all health and safety standards, but it also needs to meet the requirements of your project. Time lost is money lost, and any hire company worth its salt will hold this at the core of their mission statement. Accidents and issues most commonly occur as a result of using the wrong type of equipment, or the wrong grade of lifting machine. 

As technology advances, the way lifting equipment works is also developing at a rapid rate. Who knows what we may run into in the future? Perhaps we will be talking about a winch or hoist which doesn’t require any manual input whatsoever, maybe these will be totally computerised and automatic. The point to make however, is that staying up to date with new technology is key to understanding and avoiding any potential hazards or obstacles in your building project.

by Stephen Taylor 23 Jan, 2018

The clear-up operation after the recent, tragic train crash in Washington state in the USA has readily highlighted the importance of winches and lifting equipment in the modern world. 

A complex task of removing wreckage from a freeway would not have been possible were it not for the sophisticated hoists , which cleared the busy road and got traffic moving again. 

This particular procedure ­– or indeed any that involves lifting materials – was an exercise that needed expert experience in several different areas:

 

·        Planning of hoists

·        Strength of lifting equipment

·        Positioning of winches

 

Planning of hoists  

Any lifting operation requires detailed planning. If they go wrong, there is the risk of injury to people and disruption to the workplace. The cost of a lifting procedure that goes wrong could be incalculable. 

Lifting plans for smaller objects can be incorporated into normal risk assessments in the workplace, while the movement of a larger load should be planned out in detail beforehand. Regardless, the lifting procedure should be reviewed at regular intervals to ensure it is still valid and fit for purpose. 

Any plan for a lifting operation must take into account any immediately foreseeable risks as well as the resources, which are available to complete the task. It must also outline who is responsible for each stage of the lift. 

Supervision of the task in hand should always be proportionate to the risk involved, as it takes into account the competency and the experience of those completing it. It’s a good idea for employers to consistently review supervisory procedure as well as lifting procedure to make sure that it is still applicable. 

Strength of lifting equipment  

It should almost go without saying that the equipment used in the procedure should be strong enough to lift the required load. 

When planning the lift, take into account all forces, which may be acting upon it and an appropriate factor of safety against failure. Lifting equipment should not be susceptible to breakage from routine wear and fatigue. 

Positioning of winches  

Wherever a winch is placed to fulfil the lifting task will affect how it works. It needs to be in a position that prevents both it and the load harming people as the task is completed. 

This requires careful planning. Position winches so that they minimise the risk of the load passing over people and perhaps even consider the use of two winches to increase stability. 

It’s also vital to avoid external hazards when working outdoors, such as buildings or overhead power lines. There’s also the risk of positioning heavy lifting equipment on ground that is unsuitable, maybe because of underground pipework, which lessens stability or proximity of trenches that the equipment could tip into. 

Trust Atlas Winch & Hoist Services for all your lifting needs  

We’ve got all the expertise and know-how that will make planning your lifting operation simple. We’ve also got the equipment that will make sure your job is completed quickly, efficiently and safely.

by Stephen Taylor 09 Jan, 2018

Regardless of the industry you work in, it’s important to stay up to date with current events that might affect your company’s day to day operations. External factors such as political shifts, economic movements and so on can have a big impact on businesses small and large.

 

For those looking to hire a winch in the U.K. construction industry, one of the biggest talking points in recent weeks has been the government’s announcement of the ambitious Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, a plan that promises to inject some much needed cash into four key U.K. sectors. Read on to find out what the strategy is all about and how it might benefit those involved in the construction industry.

 

What is the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund?

 

The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (hereafter referred to as the Industrial Strategy) is a long term plan that aims to make the U.K. a global innovation powerhouse. To achieve this, the government is going to use public money to encourage growth in the private sector, thereby bringing science and businesses together.

 

“The Industrial Strategy is an unashamedly ambitious vision for the future of our country, laying out how we tackle our productivity challenge, earn our way in the future, and improve living standards across the country,” explained Business Secretary Greg Clark in a government press release .

 

To start with, the Industrial Strategy will invest £725 million into four main sectors: artificial intelligence, automotive, life sciences and, yes, construction. The latter is set to receive as much as £250 million, which will be channeled into value procurement, industry-led innovation and skills for the future.

 

What Does it Mean for Those in the Construction Industry?

 

While £250 million might sound impressive on paper, it’s a splash in the ocean compared to the £103 billion in annual economic output that the U.K.’s construction industry is responsible for, according to figures reported by the House of Commons .

 

Nevertheless, it does signify a step in the right direction and shows that the government recognises the importance of the construction industry and the impact it can have on the wider economy. Providing the construction sector with the resources it needs to unlock greater innovation and ensuring the workforce is equipped with the skillset necessary to meet the challenges of tomorrow is critical for delivering quality and innovative infrastructure and housing throughout the U.K. In turn, it’s likely that this will have a positive and tangible effect on the economy as a whole.

 

Exactly how the Industrial Strategy will play out remains to be seen, but one thing is for certain: every organisation in the construction sector needs lifting equipment they can rely on. With more than 30 years of industry experience, Winch Hire has the specialist expertise and an extensive range of high quality winches and lift equipment you need to get the job done. Contact the team today to find out more.

by Stephen Taylor 09 Jan, 2018

No matter how you look at it, purchasing industrial equipment is a pretty hefty investment, particularly if you’re a new company and cash flow is tight. Of course, for many businesses this is a necessary expense, but the fact remains that purchasing brand new equipment can heavily eat into your bottom line.

 

The good news is that there is an alternative. Here at Winch Hire, we’re proud to offer an industry-leading service that provides you with the quality lifting equipment you need at a fraction of the cost compared to buying the gear outright yourself.

 

Still on the fence over whether or not you should purchase an industrial hoist or winch? Here are three questions to ask yourself before you sign on the dotted line.

 

1. How Often Are You Going to Use it?

 

The most obvious thing to consider before purchasing a winch is how often you are actually going to use the product. While some organisations will use lifting equipment on a daily basis, others such as those in the construction or manufacturing fields will probably only require the use of a hoist sporadically. If your company falls into the latter category, it probably doesn’t make financial sense to purchase the winch - especially when you start to factor in maintenance and storage costs. Simply put, if you’re not going to regularly use the lifting equipment, just hire it.

 

2. Do You Have the Training Required to Safely Use it?

 

Health and safety is a top priority for businesses of all sizes in the U.K. In 2016/17, more than 600,000 workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work and 1.3 million employees suffered an illness that was caused or worsened by their work, according to figures collated by the Health and Safety Executive .

 

With these statistics in mind, it’s vital that you take the time to think about whether you or your employees have the skillset required to safely operate potentially dangerous machinery. Many industrial winch products are designed to handle hundreds if not thousands of tonnes, and it’s easy to see how an operational error when dealing with this sort of power could result in serious injury.

 

Here at Winch Hire, safety is our highest priority, which is why we offer comprehensive on site training to ensure users are fully up to speed on best safety practices when it comes to operating our industrial winches.

 

3. Is Buying Second Hand an Option?

 

An excellent way to offset the cost of purchasing an industrial winch is to buy second hand. Many quality lifting products are carefully engineered to stand the test of time and with the proper maintenance can last for years and years, making buying second hand a safe, smart and cost effective option. Check out our extensive range of used and refurbished winches to find out more.

 

Thinking about hiring some lifting equipment? Give us a call today to discuss your options and find out why so many businesses trust Winch Hire with their hoisting needs.

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