Job Opportunity

Eynesbury Plant Hire are looking to recruit a Hire Desk Controller / Transport Planner.

Job details

Salary: Competitive

Job type: Full-time

Full Job Description

Eynesbury Plant Hire have been providing Plant Hire, Road Sweeper and Transport services throughout East Anglia and beyond for over 50 years.

We are looking to recruit a Hire Controller/Transport Planner to manage our Hire Fleet, Sweeper and Transport services.

Road Sweepers

Managing the Road Sweepers will include booking in regular site visits and planning the best routes possible for the drivers. Dealing with enquiries by phone & email, quotations and order processing. Processing daily tickets on our Sweeper scheduling system in preparation for invoicing, and issuing daily work schedules for Drivers.

Transport

Planning our transport will include having knowledge of vehicles best suitable for the job including Crane Lorries, Low Loaders, Curtain Siders and Plant Lorries. Dealing with enquiries by phone & email, quotations and order processing on Syrinx. Issuing daily work schedules for Drivers.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills: –

  • Geographical Knowledge of the UK
  • Vehicle, Driver and equipment planning
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Experience of Hire systems and Microsoft packages (Outlook, Word, Excel)

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: Competitive

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

For more information or to apply for this role please contact: davidchurch@eynesburygroup.co.uk

What you need to know about the red diesel ban…

Time is running out for contractors to prepare for the impending red diesel ban.

Contractors have previously warned that the end to the red diesel rebate will hit an industry still reeling from rising material and labour costs.

With help from Build UK we have tried to break down the key points for contractors

What is Red Diesel?

‘Red diesel’ is a fuel that is currently used in off-road vehicles and machinery. It is used in a number of industries, most prominently construction and agriculture, where users are entitled to a rebate on the tax or duty paid on the fuel purchased.

Red diesel is the same as regular white diesel but with a red dye and chemical markers added to it to prevent its misuse in road vehicles.

What is changing in April 2022?

The government says it is introducing the law change – via the Finance Bill 2021 – to help meet climate change and air quality policy objectives. Red diesel accounts for production of almost 14m tonnes of

The Government announced in the Budget 2020 that the entitlement to use rebated red diesel or rebated biofuels (e.g. Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) would be removed from most sectors, including construction, from 1 April 2022. This means it will be illegal to put red diesel into the tank of a vehicle or machine that is not entitled to use it after this date.

HMRC has published guidance on the changes to use of red diesel from 1 April 2021.

When might traces of red diesel be found in plant and equipment used for construction work?

For a short period of time after the rules change on 1 April 2022, businesses may find that traces of red diesel are still present in the fuel tanks of vehicles or machines on site as the fuel is used up before being replaced with white diesel. How long this will take will depend on the type of vehicle or machine, the size of its fuel tank, its rate of fuel consumption and how frequently it is used.

Businesses that currently use red diesel but will no longer be entitled to after 1 April should plan to run down the fuel in their vehicles and machines and use up existing stocks being held in storage by this date. Businesses will not be expected to flush out all traces of red diesel from storage tanks but should plan to empty and refill them with white diesel before putting fuel into their vehicles or machines after the rules change.

There is also a possibility that traces of red diesel may be found where plant and equipment is used for both entitled and non-entitled purposes (such as agriculture and construction work).

HMRC is clear that tanks must either be flushed to remove all traces of red diesel when switching from entitled to non-entitled use or fuelled with white diesel for all uses. Hire companies should always complete a post-hire inspection when plant and equipment is returned to them which should note what fuel was in the vehicle.

What should a business do if it finds any red diesel in plant and equipment to be used for construction work after 1 April 2022?

Businesses should always check what fuel is in the tank and/or engine before starting operation. If red diesel is found, businesses should not use the plant or equipment until they confirmed whether the red diesel was added before 1 April or after that date. If the red diesel was added after that, they must flush the tank, refill with the correct fuel and evidence should be kept to prove that this was done.

If the plant or equipment was hired, businesses should contact the hire company and inform them that the vehicle or machine contained the wrong fuel for the intended use when hired.

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Who is responsible for ensuring that red diesel is no longer used in plant and equipment for construction work?

Hire companies should make their customers aware that the fuel they are permitted to use depends on the use of the vehicle or machine. Hire companies should always ask what the vehicle or machine will be used for and, if it is unclear whether it is for an entitled purpose, then it should be fuelled with white diesel.

Contractors should ensure that the plant and equipment they use on site is always filled with the correct fuel – if diesel, then it must be white diesel.

What action should businesses take now to prepare for this change from 1 April 2022?

1. Identify all plant and equipment you own, hire, lease or use that currently uses red diesel

2. Assess existing stocks of red diesel and develop a plan for running them down

3. Talk to your diesel supplier to make sure you are not over-ordering red diesel

4. Determine a schedule for moving to white diesel, including flushing out tanks

5. Review existing contracts with both clients and suppliers for any potential price implications from the loss of entitlement

6. Discuss with your clients the cost implications of plant and equipment using white diesel from 1 April 2022

What does all this mean for hired plant?

In a nutshell: extra processes. Build UK advises contractors to check what fuel is in the equipment they hire before they turn it on and, if red diesel is found, to establish when it was added. If rebated diesel went into a machine or vehicle illegally, it must be flushed out and replaced with white diesel. Build UK advises giving this responsibility to the hire company, which should itself be doing regular inspections.

Build UK urges contractors to keep items, including fuel receipts and invoices, hire contracts and driver time sheets. The CPA also suggests maintaining records of what type of activities machinery is used for.

What impact has the Pandemic had on the Construction Industry?

It seems to have been a long two years for some commercial sectors, with the government mandated lockdowns causing many businesses to close their doors for good. Others have faired well, and some have just ‘ticked over’ with thanks to the job retention or furlough scheme.

But now that almost all restrictions have been lifted, businesses in the UK are trying to return to the pre-pandemic normal.

Construction was hit hard during the first lockdown back in 2020. The effects of the pandemic happened rapidly, causing immediate changes across the world, not just in the construction industry. Some changes impacted minimally; some have been more prolonged. So, what impact has the pandemic had across the building trades?

In the Short Term

The first announcements came to us from the government about the spread of a highly infectious virus that was completely new, and from a medical standpoint, a minefield! So, in late March 2020 we were all told to stay at home. The country had come to a standstill, and at that point it looked certain to stay that way for some months. Business owners started to panic about how they would survive with outgoings not met with little or no income.

The construction industry waited for new guidelines to be implemented so that workers could return to their sites. As this took some time the industry declined by over 50% during April 2020. Although workers were allowed to go back to work in May, the knock on effect from this decline meant that not only workers had worries about being paid, but employers too; without completing projects, they couldn’t recoup their losses.

Construction businesses experienced a decrease in demand and many domestic and commercial projects were put on hold.

The Long Term

The future didn’t seem quite as bleak when building sites reopened and welcomed their workers back. Old projects could be finished, and new business started to pick up. Sadly, this came too late for some small businesses which closed for good.

The industry is still littered with issues as the cost of the pandemic is counted. Raw material prices have skyrocketed, partly due to Covid, but also Brexit. Supply chain disruptions have also played a pivotal role in decreasing turnover and halting operations. This has made many projects either unaffordable or way over budget, and lack of cash flow and turnover has sent many building companies out of the black and into the red.

Getting Back on Track

The pandemic has undoubtedly been difficult for almost all construction businesses. However, it’s not all bad news. Business owners seem generally positive about post-COVID operations, businesses are confident about COVID-19 guidelines going forward, and most staff are back at work. This means businesses are aware of how to operate safely while transmission risks remain, despite the vaccine rollout. Projects can once again go ahead without putting workers or site visitors in danger. 

The pandemic has forced many people in the industry to adjust how they conduct business, and thankfully this can be seen as a positive. From outsourcing materials, supplies and equipment, we can all agree that regardless of everything that has happened, the world is getting back on track.

Here at Eynesbury Plant Hire, our service is second to none and we pride ourselves on offering a quality service at a sensible price. Contact us on 01480 215555 for information about our modern fleet of well-maintained plant and machinery.

Important Considerations when Using a Plant Hire Company

Construction projects are tied into a lot of time constraints, and so can take a lot of planning to stay on schedule and complete on time. From the management of the site and staff, to complying with building regulations, there is always a lot to consider. So, when it comes to hiring plant, you want it to be as hassle free and seamless as possible.

If you have approached a new plant hire company, there may be many questions you need answers to. Whether you ask the company themselves or do some research about them, there will be important factors to contemplate until you have built a good working relationship and return for repeat business.

Here are some considerations when deciding to use a new plant hire company:

What is their equipment availability?

Ensuring you hire the right equipment at the right point in your project is vitally important. If you don’t have access to the correct equipment, then the project can suffer delays which could mean penalties for the builder. Your plant hire company will advise you on the availability of the equipment and machinery you need when you talk to them, which helps you to plan more accurately.

Who is responsible for maintenance of the plant hire equipment?

The plant hire company will maintain all of its equipment, checking everything before it goes out, as well as everything that is returned. Companies cannot afford not to maintain their machines, as any that go out in a poor state would not be fit for purpose. There are also industry rules and standards that need to be adhered to, and records of service that need to be kept by the supplier.

In the event of equipment breakdown, you should check that the plant hire company will be able to fix it or send a replacement.

What is their range of equipment?

A good plant hire company will stock a wide range of equipment and machinery perfect for any particular job. Machinery will come in a range of sizes, so that you get the right one for your requirements.

What will it cost?

Depending on the type and size of the equipment you need, hire costs will vary. As with pricing any kind of job, it is always sensible to get a few quotes to compare prices and service.

What is their reputation?

A company’s reputation is always a good measure of the service you’re likely to receive. Find out what you can by looking at reviews or asking which accreditations they have. Experience counts for a lot too, so if the company has been established for a long time, then it’s likely you’re in safe hands!

At Eynesbury Plant Hire, we’ve been in business since 1966 and have extensive experience in providing plant hire, road sweepers haulage and Hiab services throughout Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and beyond from our base in St Neots.

Contact us on 01480 215555 for information about our modern hire fleet of well-maintained plant and machinery.

The Importance of Choosing a Professional, Reputable Plant Hire Company

When you need to hire Plant, using a reputable company will give you certain guarantees. The service provided will have been attained over many years with a wealth of experience in the industry. Good relationships between provider and client are crucial if there is to be repeat business in the future, so providing the best service is pivotal in helping reach a wide range of customers.

So, what makes the best Plant Hire Company?

Word of Mouth Recommendations

Having been established in the 1960’s before computer technology and the internet were commonplace in business, companies like Eynesbury Plant Hire relied heavily on word of mouth recommendations. This still applies today, although technology has allowed us to reach a wider client base. But a good review or recommendation can be priceless!

A Well Established Family Business

As stated earlier, we’ve been around since the 1960’s, and we’re still family run. We understand all of the values implemented by our founder and continue to offer and provide a service to be proud of.

A Good Service Record

Companies like ours cannot afford not to service and maintain our equipment regularly and we hold full service histories and annual safety check documentation for our entire fleet. Our safety record is integral to our business and sloppy or poor maintenance is not an option. We have a responsibility to all of our customers to provide safe machinery which is fit for purpose.

Taking full responsibility for our machinery ensures our clients and customers only have positive experiences. We are committed to making sure that our clients come back in the future.

Machinery and Equipment

We offer plant hire services for contractors right across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, and Hertfordshire. We have a variety of plant hire equipment and machinery available from Excavators and Dumpers to Road Sweepers and Hiab’s. Pre and post hire checklists are completed for all plant machinery.

We endeavour to deliver on time ensuring your project runs to schedule.

Expert Knowledge

Our experienced, professional staff are on hand to discuss your requirements ensuring you select the best equipment or service for your needs. We always pride ourselves on offering a quality service at a sensible price.

Loyal Customers

It’s because we build good working relationships with our customers that we stay in business. We want to make sure that they come back, ensuring the business keeps going through future generations.

Get in touch here for more information regarding our road sweeping, Hiab trailers, and haulage transport, or any of our other Plant Hire Services. We can guarantee a sensible quote and first-class service!

Construction Site Safety

Health and Safety on construction sites has to be every developer’s number one priority. Every year there are tens of thousands of work related injuries on building sites, with 40 of them resulting in death in 2019/20. Many of this number can be attributed to a lack of health and safety measures.

Here are some of our top points for following health and safety, and to keep every person on site as safe as possible.

  • PPE and Hi-Viz

Every time you enter a construction site you must wear PPE which includes a hard hat and Hi-Viz jacket or vest. Footwear must be construction standard – non slip soles with steel toe caps.

  • Follow all Site Procedures

The first time you arrive at a new site, you will need to take an induction. This is so you are familiar with the safety practices and processes for that particular site. As all sites are different there is a legal requirement to have an induction for each new site you visit. All procedures are in place to ensure the safety of the workforce as well as the public.

  • Report any faults

If you become aware of a problem with any aspect of a construction site, machinery or tools, then it is your duty to report it immediately. Action should be taken to resolve the problem at the first opportunity, however large or small.

  • Work safely and be aware

When you work on any construction site you should be thinking about the safety of yourself as well as others. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, particularly if you’re using large pieces of equipment or machinery.

  • Tidiness

Untidiness on sites can cause a number of accidents, particularly the aforementioned slips, trips, and falls. This shows that it is crucial that sites should be tidy, equipment stored securely and access and exit points are clear.

  • Statistics and costs

Falling from heights accounts for 32% of work related injuries on construction sites. When working on scaffolding, take extra care that guard rails are secure.

Injuries that occur while handling, lifting, or carrying account for 27% of accidents, whilst a further 32% happen in slips, trips or falls. 13% of people injured on construction sites are struck by moving, flying or falling objects.

Around 2 million working days are lost each year because of workplace injury or work related illness – the economic cost is upwards of £1billion!

Here at Eynesbury Plant Hire we have extensive experience in providing plant hire and road sweepers for every kind of construction. Our whole fleet is maintained to the highest safety standards giving you peace of mind.  Contact us here for more details.

6 Reasons You Need to Use Plant Hire

As with everything, there are pros and cons to many decisions we make in everyday life. Compromise can be a big factor too, but what if you could get the service you need without having to jeopardise any aspect of your building project or its budget?

Here are just 6 reasons you should use plant hire instead of purchasing.

  1. It’s cost effective

Budget is the bottom line for many building projects. Hiring plant equipment and machinery can make the whole process more cost effective as the outlay for brand new machinery will almost certainly not be covered in most budgets. Hiring is literally a fraction of the cost of buying which is good news for those who are restricted to tight margins.

2. Good Selection

In order to select the equipment you need, plant hire companies such as ourselves have a vast range of machinery and equipment on offer giving you, the customer, more choice. We have an expert team available to advise you about the type and size of equipment you need for your specific requirements.

3. High Quality

All plant hire machinery is up to date, high quality and serviced regularly. This is of great benefit to consumers as they have the knowledge that anything hired is in good working order, and more importantly, safe to use. When you purchase your own machinery, it is down to you to service and maintain it; at a hiring facility we take care of all of that.

4. Depreciation

If you purchase the latest machinery, it will depreciate over time losing its value. Maintenance and spare parts all cost money and at some point in the future it will need to be replaced. When you hire, this responsibility falls to the provider and not you!

5. Eliminate storage issues

Plant equipment is large and tricky to store if you don’t have the correct facilities on your site. If you have planned your building project well, plant machinery and equipment can usually be delivered to site on the day that you need it, eliminating the need to spend on storage.

6. It’s flexible

Plans can often change in the duration of a construction project. In order to avoid delays in your timeline it’s sensible to build in a little flexibility. Hiring your equipment can give you that; if you need to scale up or down your plant needs, this can be facilitated relatively easily.

Eynesbury Plant Hire have extensive experience in providing plant hire services, Hiab trailers, road sweeping and haulage transport throughout Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire.

Our service is second to none and we pride ourselves on offering a quality service at a sensible price. Contact us on 01480 215555 or click here for information about our modern fleet of well-maintained plant and machinery. 

Mini Diggers and their Benefits

Before hiring any excavation machinery, it is important to understand how to choose the right digger for your site or project. This will involve understanding what each piece of machinery is used for, and its capabilities.

Mini excavators or diggers, as their name suggests, are smaller than standard excavators, but are still a very powerful piece of machinery. Due to their compact footprint and lighter weight, these diggers are more versatile and are generally used for small to medium jobs, that are too big for the use of hand tools. Of course, you’ll have to assess your project; mini diggers come in a range of sizes and hire prices, so you need to work out any space limitations and check the ground type before you make a final decision.

Like any large piece of machinery, mini diggers can be dangerous and should only be operated by a trained and experienced user.

So, what are the benefits of using a mini digger, and what makes them more suitable than their larger counterparts?

  • They’re lighter weight

Being of a lighter weight, mini diggers will do far less damage to the ground under them, especially if it’s soft or loose. Larger machinery is bound to do more damage to the work area with its heavy metal tracks and heavier load.

  • They have a smaller footprint

If your build project is on a small site or has restricted access, then this is the machine for the job. As in the previous point, a smaller digger lowers the chance of damaging the work area, but they are still powerful machines despite their size.

  • Speed of work

Manpower is no match for a mini digger! Some jobs could potentially be carried out using hand tools but can be labour intensive and time consuming. A mini digger will speed up the work whilst reducing labour costs and saving time.

  • They’re versatile

Mini diggers can be equipped with a wide range of attachments making them multi-functional. Whether they needed for construction purposes or demolition, several different jobs can be undertaken with the same machinery.

  • They’re ideal for landscaping

Mini diggers work well within limited spaces and are perfect for clearance or digging. They can also be used to transport materials around the site.

  • Holes and trenches

As the name suggests, digging is the primary role for these machines. The slim bucket is ideal for digging narrow trenches for drainage, mains, and utilities.

  • Home extensions/renovations

Most home extension or garden renovation projects will have access issues of one sort or another, so a mini digger is ideal to get through narrow walkways to the rear of properties. A mini digger will also make short work of breaking up and removing concrete and ground levelling. And if you’re worried about upsetting the neighbours with the noise, a smaller digger = a smaller, quieter engine, so noise pollution need not be an issue.

At Eynesbury Plant Hire, all of our excavators and mini diggers are well maintained and regularly serviced. We hold full service histories and annual safety check documentation for our entire fleet. Pre and post hire checklists are completed for all plant machinery. Call us today on 01480 215555 for information and a quotation.

Our Top Suggestions for Hiring Plant Equipment

There are many scenarios and occasions when hiring plant equipment makes more sense than to purchase it outright. It can be cost effective within the budget of a construction project, and you can be assured that everything you hire is maintained to a high level, ensuring site safety.

Nevertheless, it can be quite confusing to sort through which type of equipment is most suitable for your job. We’ve put together some tips so that you can factor them in when making your decision.  

Does the equipment suit your needs?

Each construction project undertaken has its own set of needs. This is why you need to make sure the machinery you’re hiring is suitable for the particular job. In order to ascertain that, it’s helpful if you ask questions:

  • Can the machinery be transported to the site safely, and is there adequate access?
  • Can the machinery be used immediately, or will it require a trained operative?
  • Does the size of the unit meet your requirements?
  • Does the power capacity of the unit meet your requirements?
  • Are any attachments all present and correct?

Getting the wrong piece of equipment is not cost effective and can also delay your job. Be sure that all issues are dealt with swiftly. If you need guidance, our friendly sales team can advise you of the most appropriate equipment for your needs.

Availability

Plant hire items are always in high demand, so it would be foolhardy to assume that the equipment you need will be available exactly when you need it. Check well in advance that what you need can be hired out rather than waiting until the last minute and hoping for the best. Delays in your project could incur penalties, resulting in dissatisfied clients, and costs for you.

Delivery

Delivery times and schedules are just as important as availability. During busier times of the year, there is extra pressure to stay on schedule. There are factors involved which could impact on delivery being on time, such as the distance between the hire facility to the delivery site, and the size of the machinery being delivered. The process will be less stressful if sorted out well in advance.

Safety first

The biggest factor when hiring plant machinery is safety. Equipment must be properly maintained according to safely rules and guidelines is injury or damage is to be avoided. Therefore, you should only deal with reputable hire companies who regularly maintain all of their equipment.

Here at Eynesbury Plant Hire we have extensive experience in providing plant hire services, Hiab trailers, road sweeping and haulage transport throughout Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, and Hertfordshire.

Our service is second to none and we pride ourselves on offering a quality service at a sensible price. Contact us on 01480 215555 for information about our modern fleet of well-maintained plant and machinery. Our experienced, professional staff are on hand to discuss your requirements ensuring you select the best equipment or service for your needs – we can guarantee a sensible quote and first-class service!

Why Hiring Plant Equipment is the Best Option

You may have a large landscaping or building project coming up, and whether it’s domestic or commercial, purchasing plant equipment could be a huge financial drain on your bank balance. That’s why at Eynesbury Plant Hire, we have the latest equipment to help you with the most challenging of buildings projects, at a fraction of the cost!

Construction relies heavily on the machinery available, and although large scale projects might need several different types of equipment, a smaller project might only require the minimum.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of choosing to hire Plant machinery and equipment.

Safety and Reliability

There are many issues when considering the machinery needed for your job. Anything that is in poor working order can cause disruption to your timescale as well as eating into your budget where repairs are concerned. Faulty equipment could also violate regulations which could result in penalties.

All of our Plant Hire is maintained to the highest standards and is regularly serviced. Efficiency can be almost guaranteed, and in the rare instance that there is a problem with any equipment, the repair costs are not your responsibility.

Storage

On site storage issues can be a burden, and security goes hand in hand with that. Expensive machinery needs to be housed securely and can take up precious space in your operation. Hiring plant equipment cuts out the long term storage headache and with overheads reduced, you can channel your cash where you need it most.

Cost

One of the main benefits of hiring equipment is that it is more cost effective compared to purchase. With some machinery costing tens of thousands of pounds, hiring it will reduce the strain on your budget.

Hiring enables you to choose the exact machine you need for the job. You may need several different pieces of equipment, depending on each phase of your build, so hiring gives you the option to have the exact tools you need without the hefty price tag attached to buying.

Flexibility

Every building job is different and will bring its own set of challenges. That’s why hiring the most appropriate equipment for each task can give you the flexibility you need. If the machinery needs to be changed or replaced, then a simple phone call will set the ball rolling. Outright purchase could see you having to maintain and store units that could remain unused for long periods of time.

No depreciation

Once you invest in purchasing your own machinery, its value declines dramatically, and that’s money you’ll never get back. Unless you are constantly using the equipment it would be a false economy. It’s best to stick to hiring!

Here at Eynesbury Plant Hire, our experienced, professional staff are on hand to discuss your requirements ensuring you select the best equipment or service for your needs.

We serve areas in Cambridgeshire and beyond. Call our sales team today on 01480 215555 for a sensible quote and a first class service!