More than 400 people attended.
Operational staff from Amey were able to try out almost 200 items of plant and equipment, including several innovations new to the market. The aim is for frontline staff to request new technologies on their contracts to maximise safety and efficiencies.
Tools designed to reduce or eliminate hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) was a particular focus.
Exhibitors included more than 25 of A-Plant’s preferred suppliers, including Hilti, JCB, Zarges, Multihog, TH White, Dantex and Reactec. Among the guests were key clients including the Highways Agency, Transport for London (TfL) and Sheffield City Council.
Equipment on display included the Hilti TE 3000-AVR Breaker which boasts the power of an air tool, at the same weight level, without the need for an air compressor to deliver explosive breaking power and excellent mobility. The TE 3000 incorporates Hilti’s Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) system to reduce the vibration passed along to the operator during operation, reducing fatigue and allowing them to work longer.
Multihog exhibited the MH90 Multi-Purpose Utility Vehicle - an endless application machine that offers a single solution vehicle for all maintenance application needs - whether it be for highways use, winter maintenance, municipal use, groundcare and forestry work or for use at airports and airfields. The 360° driver visibility and large spacious cab with low vibration and noise levels greatly improves the ease of use and resulting productivity of the Multihog.
Other innovations included Towerlight’s VB-9 lighting tower, which can help reduce fuel costs by up to 72% and increase running time by over 400%, and the Irus Quatrak remote controlled mulcher from IPU.
Amey group HSEA director Keith Sexton said: “This event supports Amey’s health and safety campaign of Target Zero accidents every day; it’s inclusive, promotes collaboration with our supply chain and drives innovation.
“Often, the people with first-hand experience of using equipment are best placed to suggest health and safety innovations – and this event encourages them to do just that.”