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Driver job vacancy at Prolift Access Ringwood depot

Prolift Access is looking for a PDI/driver to join our newest depot in Ringwood.

Supplying powered access machinery across Hampshire and Dorset, our drivers are responsible for the safe and efficient delivery to and collection from our customers.

A Class 2 HGV licence and Driver CPC are preferred but not essential. The successful candidate will also need basic mechanical knowledge to carry out pre-delivery inspections on small electric scissor lifts.

Full training can be provided.

Responsibilities include:

  • Safe loading and unloading of machinery, and secure transportation to and from depots and sites
  • Accurate checking and completion of all necessary paperwork including timesheets and collection and delivery forms
  • Offering advice and assistance to customers when needed, and liaising between customers and depot staff when required
  • Carrying out daily checks on vehicles, keeping them clean and tidy
  • Complying with all road, vehicle and safety legislation

To apply for this job, please call 01425 470313 or email your CV and covering letter to [email protected]

IPAF calls for secondary guarding, not anti-entrapment, on MEWPs

The International Powered Access Federation is calling for ‘anti-entrapment’ devices to be renamed to reduce the risk of MEWP operators becoming complacent.

IPAF said it wants the devices to be known as ‘secondary guarding’ at the first meeting of the re-established MEWP Safety Sub-Group under the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group (SFCPSG).

In a written proposal, IPAF technical officer Chris Wraith said: “The term ‘anti-entrapment’ devices is, in the vast majority of cases, factually incorrect.

“Most additional equipment or devices are only activated once a person has become trapped and forced against pressure sensing equipment or devices, which stop further movement of the platform and activate visual and audible alarms to alert others that the operator has become trapped.

“Furthermore, using the term ‘anti-entrapment’ is thought to encourage complacent behaviour. MEWP operators wrongly believe that an ‘anti-entrapment’ device will prevent any overhead crushing or entrapment. They become reliant on the device and less vigilant of their responsibilities and working environment.”

Prolift Access runs an extensive range of IPAF safety courses for MEWP operators. To find out more, click on the link – Prolift Access training courses information

Video: Haulotte Star 10 from Prolift Access fleet of boom lifts for hire

Welcome to the first in a series of features on some of the scissor lifts, boom lifts and powered access platforms available for hire from Prolift Access.

The Haulotte Star 10 is one of our electric-powered boom lifts which is perfect for indoor maintenance work at height.

It has a working height of 10m and, with its vertical mast design, it is ideal for work that involves regular height changes.

The Star 10 is driveable at full height, and has a narrow turning radius for improved accessibility. Its articulated jib offers three metres of outreach.

It can also be used outdoors if on flat and solid ground, with turret rotation and zero tail-swing. Safety features include a 3° slope sensor and pothole protection.

The Star 10′s access platform has a capacity of two people or 200kg. To enquire about hiring it, call our national hire number on 0845 3664755 or click on the link for more details – Haulotte Star 10 boom lift for hire.

You can also browse all our other boom and scissor lifts for hire. Watch the video below to see a demonstration of the Haulotte Star 10 in action.

Skyjack SJ 51AJ 51ft boom lifts join hire fleet at Prolift Access

Prolift Access has just taken delivery of its first two 51ft booms. The two Skyjack SJ 51AJ articulated boom lifts arrived at the Wellington depot today, and have been added to Prolift’s extensive hire fleet.

The boom has a platform height of 15.58m (51ft 1in) and a working height of 17.58m (57ft 8in).

It boasts a standard equipped 360 degree continuous turret rotation, while zero tail swing complements the turret design allowing for flexible operation in tight locations.

Superior positive traction and terrainability is provided by the axle-based 4WD, which accounts for a proven low maintenance, rugged and reliable drive train.

The model is equipped with a rear axle hydraulic differential lock/unlock switch, allowing the operator to lock the rear differential when negotiating rough terrain. The unlocked position improves turning radius and reduces tyre marks on hard surfaces.

For all hire enquiries and a competitive quote, call the hire desk on 0845 3664755. For full details and specifications, click on the link – Skyjack SJ 51AJ articulated boom lifts to hire from Prolift Access

Ladder safety training and tips to stay safe in the workplace

A third of all reported fall-from-height incidents involve ladders and stepladders, according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

These statistics indicate that ladder falls account for 14 deaths and 1,200 serious injuries every year.

To reduce these figures, the HSE insists on employers taking suitable precautions as outlined in the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

This involves knowing when to use a ladder and selecting the right sort of ladder for that specific job, safe use of the ladder, how to look after and maintain it, and how to take all the necessary safety precautions.

Prolift Access now has a full range of ladders for sale from its e-shop.

If you’re planning to buy new ladders, why not book in a place on our safe use of ladders and stepladders training course – anyone who successfully completes our training course will get nationally recognised certification, enabling them to safely use ladders and stepladders and to carry out and document periodic statutory ladder inspections.

The half-day course should last for around four hours, depending on the experience of the trainees.

Courses can take place at one of our dedicated training centres, or we can send one of our IPAF-approved trainers to your site if suitable facilities are available. For more details, contact our training centre on 0845 3664755.


  • Do a daily pre-use check (include ladder feet)
  • Secure it
  • Ground should be firm and level, floors should be clean not slippery
  • Maximum safe ground side slope 16°
  • Maximum safe ground back slope 6°
  • Have a strong upper resting point (not plastic guttering)
  • Short duration work (maximum 30mins)
  • Light work (up to 10kg)
  • Ladder angle 75°
  • Always grip the ladder when climbing
  • Do not overreach
  • Do not work off the top three rungs


  • Daily pre-use check (feet included)
  • Ensure there is space to fully open
  • Use any locking devices
  • Ground should be firm and level, floors should be clean not slippery
  • Short duration work (maximum 30mins)
  • Light work (up to 10kg)
  • Do not work off the top two steps unless you have a safe handhold on the steps
  • Avoid side-on working
  • Do not overreach

Click the link to download the HSE’s top tips for ladder and stepladder safety.

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Bricklayer’s tragic death highlights importance of scaffolding safety

The tragic death of a Lincolnshire bricklayer who fell from unguarded scaffolding has again highlighted the importance of safety while working at height.

HSE inspectors reminded contractors that robust systems must be in place to implement health and safety procedures during any work at height following Justin Gillman’s fatal fall while working on a residential building site in Skegness in February 2010.

Their warning came after Chestnut Homes Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £40,000 at Lincoln Crown Court.

Site manager Peter Tute was ordered to carry out 240 hours community service after pleading guilty to breaching Section 7(a) of the Act.

The court heard that Mr Gillman, 26, was walking backwards along the scaffold platform while pulling a trolley load of bricks when he fell to his death. There was no guard rail to prevent him falling, the court was told.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Principal Inspector Richard Lockwood said: “Before entrusting tasks to workers, principal contractors and site managers must ensure they are competent to do the task being given to them.

“There needs to be adequate control over scaffolding to ensure that it is and remains safe and fit for the purpose.

“Principal contractors must have robust systems that ensure that their policies and procedures are implemented properly on their sites.”

Justin’s father, Alan Gillman, added: “If something positive can come from this case, and Justin’s death, it’s that I just hope people will be prepared to say ‘no’ to their employer if they’re asked to do something they’re not trained to do, or it wouldn’t be safe for them to do.”

Click the link to read the full story from the HSE – House builder and site manager prosecuted after bricklayer’s fatal fall

Visit our scaffold towers for sale to see the HiLyte Industrial Tower System range, which enables users to comply with 3T regulations and has been developed the with the ever-changing world of health and safety firmly in mind.

Search is on to find oldest working Skyjack scissor lift

Skyjack is scouring the globe for its oldest scissor lift still in service as it prepares to celebrate the manufacture of its 250,000th machine.

The company began producing scissor lift work platforms in 1986, and will have manufactured a quarter of a million machines by the end of 2013.

It has launched its Quest 2013 to find the oldest working Skyjack scissor lift. Anyone who is still using an old Skyjack can register their lift at the website

Choose your language and then enter your machine’s details along with your own. Skyjack says the owner of the oldest working machine will receive a brand new aerial work platform as a replacement.

Prolift Access has a range of Skyjack scissor lifts available for hire or lease. Click on the links to find out more.

September Special Offer – Save £200 on IPAF PAL+ Advanced Operator Training


IPAF PAL+ is for operators looking for a more advanced and extensive training. Is is a one-day course aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments and is targeted at experienced operators with actual onsite working backgrounds.

Courses can take place at any of our dedicated training centres.

The normal price for IPAF PAL+ training is £250 per person (excluding VAT) but, during September, you can book four people in to attend the same day for £200 each – a saving of £200.

For more information about this course or our September offer, please call us on 0845 366 47 55. Click the link to find out more about our IPAF operator training and other Prolift Access courses.

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