Plant & Civil Engineer May-June 2018

We turn the spotlight on quick hitch safety in this, our biggest ever issue of your favourite plant & civil engineering magazine, indicative of how buoyant our industry is at the present time, despite all the uncertainties, not least what has been called ‘the totally unacceptable state of decision making in Northern Ireland,’ a reference to the prolonged absence of an Executive at Stormont.

Apparently, an updated standard for quick hitches – ISO 13031, Earth-Moving Machinery, Quick Couplers,Safety – has been causing confusion on jobsites throughout the south of Ireland. The standard was developed in cooperation between Health and Safety organisations and the industry following a number of fatal and serious accidents where excavator buckets became detached and fell onto workers. You can find out in this issue what many of our leading manufacturers have to say about their latest quick hitches.

Meanwhile, it’s that time of year again – show time! The sun shone on many our the most recent big exhibitions, chief among them Balmoral Show, Scotplant and Vertikal Days; we have reports on all of them. Plus, we look back at Intermat 2018 and forward to Hillhead later in June which promises to be the biggest and best ever!

In other news, the search to find Northern Ireland’s best plant operator has been launched for the second year by leading training provider Industry Training Services (ITS). It will host the ITS Northern Ireland Plant Operator of the Year 2018 in association with Finning and Plant and Civil Engineer; you’ll find all the details inside.

Also in this edition, we have a buyers guide to tiltrotators, and we turn the spotlight on several manufacturers who are celebrating significant landmarks – bothTerex Finlay and Manitou are marking 60 years in business, while Brian Scot Engineering has reached its 40th anniversary.

Our ‘View from the Cab’ series features a Volvo A60H 55-tonne capacity dumper, a Kobelco SK140SRLC, and a JCB 19C-1 mini excavator, and we take a look at the latest Hidromek Long Reach machine.

Of course, our usual features are covered, including Hire News, Auctions and Agri Plant & Equipment – and we have all the very latest news from across the industry, plus all you need to know about entering our annual ‘Plant & Civil Engineer’ awards 2018.




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