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AFI passes WorkZone licence to Aerial & Handling Services

16 May 13 Access hire company AFI has transferred the licenses of some of the safety devices that it has produced to a third party for further market development.

The SanctuaryZone anti-crushing attachment
The SanctuaryZone anti-crushing attachment

Aerial & Handling Services of Betchworth, Surrey has taken on the license to further develop and sell the WorkZone range of safety and security devices that AFI brought to market.

The move will enable AFI to focus on its core business, the company said.

Aerial & Handling Services will sell the WorkZone products alongside its own deckRailXtra materials handling attachment.

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AFI director Nick Higgins explained: “AFI is proud of our development of the WorkZone range, particularly the SanctuaryZone anti-entrapment device which we believe has already prevented at least one serious crushing incident. However our primary business is powered access machine hire, sales and training, and we recognised that the WorkZone range can be further developed if we transferred the licence to a company with the skill sets required for this type of work.”

The agreement covers the entire WorkZone product range including:

  • SanctuaryZone, which prevents the operator of a mobile elevating work platform from being crushed.
  • KeyZone, which prevents unauthorised use of a machine.
  • SmartZone, which controls and monitors the use of powered access.

Aerial & Handling Services director Ian Harding said: “AFI contacted us about WorkZone because they already knew about the products we had developed and are actively currently marketing, such as the deckRailXtra materials handling attachment. Realising that we had the right “can do” attitude along with the necessary engineering/professional skills and industry contacts to succeed it made sense for AFI to offer us the chance to acquire the WorkZone licence as we already have a business and philosophy to build on the success that AFI has already enjoyed.”

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