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Are Your Toilets Legal?

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 21st June 2016

Are Your Toilets Legal?

Legal toilets? Sounds like something a shifty-looking, cigar-smoking Delboy would try and sell you, “And, they flush too Rodderz!” Hiring loos is easy isn’t it? You call the hiring company, place your order and they get delivered within a few days. Job done. Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple. The law is taking a dim view on employers and site contractors who don’t provide adequate toilet facilities to workers and users, so it is vital that you implement facilities that are fully compliant. And, it isn’t the responsibility of the toilet supplier to make sure that it is compliant, it is…

Legal Requirements of Hire

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: 12th November 2018

Legal Requirements of Hire

Adhering to legal requirements not only protects you, but it also protects PAL Hire. Each product type offered to you has its own legal requirements which need to be met before it can be hired. Safety is vitally important when you hire from us. We do our utmost to protect your workforce and for us to do this, we ensure all parties follow legal practices. Plant Hire We’ve previously mentioned the different types of insurance offered for plant and machinery. PAL Hire offers HireGuard: an insurance product designed by the Hire Association of Europe for organisations hiring plant. Alongside this,…

Skip Diving – Is this legal?

Relevance: 91%      Posted on: 23rd April 2018

Skip Diving - Is this legal?

We’ve all heard the saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, But does this mean it’s okay for someone to go rummaging through skips? English Law states: “A person commits theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it”. Meaning if you don't check with the owners before skip diving, you could land yourself in a pickle. But why would they be bothered you ask? You’d assume that if someone has put things into a skip, it’s because they no longer want those items, whether it be bricks, furniture,…

When I grow up, I want to drive a digger…what does that take?

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 14th June 2019

When I grow up, I want to drive a digger…what does that take?

Any child looking out of a window as they pass building sites and road works can ask so many questions. Never mind are we there yet…look at those massive machines and what they are doing? The size and majesty of plant, machinery and equipment this day and age is still as exciting. To some they are just big tools to get a job done. You just come to company such as PAL Hire to hire a digger, plant or excavator. But to a young mind, they are awesome, and I want to drive one. What qualifications would I need? I…

The importance of PPE: are we taking health and safety for granted?

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 15th September 2016

All construction site managers will know that one of the most important things is keeping their workers safe. Thanks to the HSE, here in the UK, we have certain standards that must be met in order for a site to be legal. It is the employer’s duty to provide the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes anything that will safeguard workers, such as high-visibility clothing, safety footwear and harnesses, protective eye-wear, helmets and gloves. The HSE explains how PPE should be a last resort when it comes to health and safety. Where health and safety cannot be controlled…

Keeping Workers Hydrated

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 22nd May 2019

Keeping Workers Hydrated

It’s often said that a happy worker makes a productive worker, which we all agree with, but more importantly, a hydrated worker makes a productive worker. Keeping your workers hydrated is an absolute must regardless of the weather or time of year; workers who wear heavy, protective apparel on the job constantly feel the heat. You can keep your workers hydrated by providing access to clean drinking water throughout your site, as well as temporary buildings with a range of amenities. Easy access to fluids ensures workers stay hydrated. Hydrated workers are more comfortable, cool and alert – making for…

Onsite Welfare: the do’s, don’ts and musts!

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 6th February 2017

How legal is your construction site? Are you aware of all the regulations and standards you have to meet in order for your site to be lawful? The HSE have provided us with rules to ensure that your workers are properly looked after at all times. Because, after all, the job always gets done better if everyone is comfortable! First of all, there are a set amount of toilet facilities that must be present. The HSE recommend around 1 toilet for every 7 workers, based on the average 8 hour day. The toilets are to be kept clean and in…

Dignity, Respect and Equality at Work

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 24th January 2018

Dignity, Respect and Equality at Work

As reported by Construction News, a Unite survey has identified that nearly one in five building sites have no drinking water or separate gender bathrooms. The survey polled 3,500 Unite members to discover that many sites fail to meet minimum legal requirements for workplace welfare facilities - see the HSE Guidance here. The report covers the challenges workers have discovered in numerous building sites, including men and women being forced to share toilets with no separate facilities for women, and kitchen facilities being inadequate, some of which were never cleaned. In some instances, available toilets were located 10-15 minute walk…

Diesel Fuel used in the Plant and Equipment we Hire

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 30th January 2018

Diesel Fuel used in the Plant and Equipment we Hire

Red diesel makes up over 15% of total diesel use in the UK (1), the cost of standard road going diesel engine oil intended for road use has a duty rate of 57.9p per litre (ppl). Gas oil or standard diesel available on the forecourt is entitled to a rebate of 46.8ppl giving the total taxable rate of 11.14ppl. If the reduced rate costs around £2.4 billion a year in revenue. Spend any time with the figures you get an understanding of the size of the marketplace for fuel in the UK and why it is important to prevent illegal

Trade Waste is Your Responsibility

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 19th February 2018

Trade Waste is Your Responsibility

Trade Waste Disposal Sometimes it is hard to contemplate that commercial entities could allow for the illegal disposal of waste in the UK. We do live in a beautiful country, with all our social and economic challenges it is a great country to live in. The lack of consideration and process of due care and consideration when disposing of waste is shocking, when you chance upon sporadic mindless fly tipping. Regardless as to what part of the country you are in from our local leafy Cheshire backwaters to the green belts surrounding our nations towns and cities the lack of…