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6 Tips How to Stay Safe when Working at Height

It’s Tower Week! Speedy Training are supporting Tower Week 6-12 March 2022 by showcasing good practice why tower safety is crucial and how to stay safe when working at height with mobile access towers, prefabricated tower scaffolds and low-level work platforms.

With over 25 years’ experience in the training industry, our lead PASMA trainer at Speedy Services, Paul Burnett is no stranger to working at height, especially when it comes to using mobile towers and access platforms safely.

Please read our blog to find out Paul’s best tips on how to stay safe when working at height:

TIP 1. Always use towers which conform to EN 1004-1.

EN 1004-1 is the standard for all Mobile Access Towers made of Prefabricated Elements. EN 1004-1 ensures all materials used are designed and manufactured to minimum safety standard.

EN1004-1 takes into consideration the materials used to fabricate, overturning, and loading of the towers, platforms, and side protection.



TIP 2. Always use the current version of the manufacturers’ manual when assembling, dismantling, altering, or using mobile towers.

Each manufacturer has its own manual for safe sequences to assemble and dismantling mobile towers, always use the manual that matches your tower.

Manuals will advise you on the safe working load of the tower, maximum height, and specific technical information.




TIP 3. Make sure the brakes are always engaged when building/dismantling a tower, they are only removed when moving the tower.

Ensuring no movement keeps everyone safe when assembling the tower.

Always check the brakes are not faulty, make sure there is no movement when the tower brakes are engaged.

Brakes should only be unlocked when moving the tower.



Check the safe working load of the castor making sure it is the correct one for the job.


TIP 4. Never stand on an unprotected platform.

The minimum guardrail height for a protected edge is 950mm, this is average waist height. Having a rail at a minimum of 950mm on a platform increases safety from falling over the rail due to us having a lower centre of gravity than the rail.

Guardrails should never have a gap of more 470mm this is to prevent slipping through.




TIP 5. Always ensure the tower is level.

Use a spirit level on all four sides of the tower making any necessary adjustments to the adjustable legs to compensate for uneven ground.

Never use the adjustable legs to gain additional height to the tower!




TIP 6. Toe boards must be fitted to all working platforms.

Toe boards are a preventive measure to stop items falling from the platform. Minimum required height is 150mm.

Toe boards increase the safety for others below the working platform, falling items can cause more damage than you might think!



For more information please visit: PASMA Tower Training – Speedy Powered Access / Access Safety | Training Courses | Speedy Services or call 0345 602 60 60

Speedy makes multi-million pound investment in low emission powered access equipment

dingli scissor lift

National construction equipment and services provider Speedy, has taken delivery of 380 new Dingli lifts after a £4.3m investment as part of a continuing strategy to replenish and expand its powered access fleet.

Speedy Powered Access has bought a significant quantity of zero-emission battery powered scissor lifts and mast lifts, with working heights ranging from 6.7m up to 15.7m.

Other machines recently delivered include the popular and robust 12m Rough Terrain 4×4 scissor lift. These units are fully compatible with low-emission hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), which Speedy uses to pre-fuel all powered access equipment as standard at no additional cost. HVO emits up to 90% less CO2e than standard red diesel.

The equipment is available from the firm’s 10 Powered Access Specialist Service Centres, located across the UK, including the business’ industry first low carbon Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes.

Speedy’s investment expands the range of Dingli machinery available to its customers, while also increasing access to sustainable solutions. It builds on the previous investment in April 2020, which added 130 Dingli scissor and mast boom lifts to the firm’s powered access fleet.

Andy Briggs, managing director at Speedy Powered Access said: “Contractors are increasingly choosing low carbon equipment that helps them to meet clients’ emissions targets. We’re making significant investments to replenish and expand our powered access fleet to boost availability of the sustainable assets they require UK wide.

“We’re already seeing strong demand for the new Dingli machines as we help contractors to work safely, sustainably and efficiently at height.”

Andy Northwood, general manager at Dingli said: “Our versatile range of machines helps contractors to carry out a variety of projects, from day-to-day maintenance to major construction projects. It’s a strong vote of confidence that Speedy has chosen to make its second major order with us in the space of a year, as it strives to provide the best assets to its UK wide base of customers. We’re pleased to be working with Speedy Powered Access and are committed to helping to provide more environmentally friendly solutions.”

Speedy Powered Access was formed in November 2020, following the merger of Speedy’s existing powered access businesses with three acquisitions – Prolift, Platform Sales & Hire and Lifterz. Since then, the division has invested upwards of £20m in powered access machinery, adding more than 700 units to its fleet, including models from Dingli, Skyjack, Genie and Niftylift.

To view out range of fleet visit: Platforms For Hire across the UK | Speedy Powered Access

Speedy partner with Electra to produce the first ever 27t all-electric beavertail vehicle.

One of the highest environmental factors our planet faces is from exhaust emissions and noise, reducing these is high on the agenda of Fleet Managers, and vehicle operators.

To help reduce this, Speedy Services, the leading provider of hire and services, working in collaboration with Electra, have brought to the market the first ever 27t all-electric beavertail powered access vehicle.

• The vehicle comes with an onboard charger, this means faster and more efficient charging times.
• Electra have a nation-wide 24hr network designed to support our drivers in the field.
• The equivalent diesel vehicle doing 20,000 miles per annum would create, 59,541kg KG of co2.

Working together with Electra, Speedy’s vision for a greener future is becoming a reality.

Speedy all-electric vehicle

Industry first as Speedy switches powered access to green fuel as standard

National construction equipment and services business Speedy, is helping customers to reduce carbon emissions after becoming the first national hire provider to switch to fuelling powered access machinery with hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) as standard. The company’s 11 UK wide specialist powered access service centres will now fuel machinery with HVO instead of red diesel at no additional cost to customers, with the move initially expected to save 225 tonnes of CO2e each year.

It will also supply HVO directly to customers’ sites, from 20 litre ‘fuel in a box’ packs to fully managed fuel services.

Speedy will use Green D+ enhanced HVO as as its preferred fuel, which can be used in pre-existing engines, reducing emissions by up to 90% when compared to using red diesel. The fuel also emits fewer other pollutants, contributing to safer air quality for site workers and projects’ neighbouring communities.

The switch follows a two-year trial by the business to ensure the fuel is sustainably sourced, fully compatible with machinery, and independently verified to reduce carbon emissions.

The rollout of HVO also follows Speedy Powered Access’s significant ongoing investment in a more sustainable powered access fleet, with orders already placed for a further 180 hybrid boom lifts, and 250 more electric scissor lifts to help meet increased demand for low-carbon working at height solutions.

Andy Briggs, managing director at Speedy Powered Access, said: “Leading the market to drive positive change is central to our Energise strategy, which aims to minimise the environmental impact of Speedy and the wider industry by increasing access to sustainable solutions like HVO.

“Moving away from red diesel complements our multi-million-pound investment in electric and hybrid assets in the last year. No matter what machinery contractors require, we now have a low-carbon solution to meet their needs.”

The business expects to rollout HVO as standard for power generator, plant and commercial fleet customers in the near future. It’s already helping contractors including Tilbury Douglas and Carnell to reduce on-site carbon emissions by switching to using HVO to fuel power generators, plant and machinery.

Speedy is the UK’s leading provider of tools, equipment and plant hire services to a wide range of customers in the construction, infrastructure and industrial markets, as well as to local trade and consumers. It operates from 200 sites across the UK and Ireland.

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Speedy Expands Powered Access Fleet With £3M Investment In Skyjacks

Leading construction equipment hire and services provider Speedy has added 100 new boom and scissor lifts to its UK fleet as part of its powered access investment strategy.

The £3m investment in new Skyjack equipment include articulated and telescopic boom lifts. Models include the diesel-powered all-terrain SJ46AJ and SJ66T, and the all-electric SJ30ARJE, which have a working heights of 15.93m, 22.12m & 10.82m respectively. The booms offer effective solutions for a wide range of differing work at height challenges.

The hire provider has also taken delivery of more Skyjack SJ6826 & SJ6832 rough terrain scissor lifts, which provide a working height range from 9.75m to 11.58m. The lifts feature four-wheel drive and up to 50% gradeability for use on all terrains.

Delivery of the Skyjack equipment is the latest in an ongoing series of significant investment by Speedy Powered Access, which has recently expanded its fleet with 130 new Dingli electric scissor lifts and 50 Niftylift hybrid boom units.

Andy Briggs, managing director at Speedy Powered Access said: “Our new Skyjack models form part of our strategy to build a comprehensive range of powered access solutions available to contractors UK wide.

“Our continued fleet investment ensures that we have a core range of machines to meet all types of project requirements, from indoor installation and maintenance to construction. Our continued focus on investment in electric and hybrid assets where possible is also helping contractors to access sustainable equipment that can help them to meet clients’ emissions targets.

“Speedy Powered Access is going from strength-to-strength since its inception last year, with customers valuing our nationwide service proposition for powered access, while receiving the insights and expertise they’d typically expect of a specialist local provider.”

The powered access division of Speedy, the UK’s largest hire provider, was launched in November 2020 following the merger of Speedy’s acquired powered access firms Lifterz, Platform Sales & Hire and Prolift.

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What is e-PAL?

IPAF’s new mobile phone app e-PAL has launched. It is the first step by IPAF to digitalise their operation and make it easier for operatives to prove their competency and qualification on sites.

What are the benefits of e-PAL?
Environmentally sustainable, it replaces the need for paper, plastic documents and licences, allowing learners to securely store, share and manage their qualifications from their mobile phone. Learners and operators will also be able to gain access to the most up-to-date safety information to help them be safer in the workplace.

How does e-PAL work?
Learners can download the app prior to attending any IPAF training course and will be encouraged to download the app whilst at one of our training centres.

New operators will be able to download the e-PAL app and access digital PAL cards and training guides securely. Existing card holders will be able to scan their cards and upload them onto the app.

Speedy are proud to have taken part in the exploration stages for the development of the e-PAL app, alongside IPAF.

For more information on our range of IPAF training courses, or for further information about e-PAL, please get in touch.

Speedy Begins Major Fleet Expansion Plan With Electric Lift Investment

Hire equipment and services provider Speedy has invested in 130 new electric lifts as it begins a multi-million-pound equipment expansion plan for 2021.

The firm’s Powered Access business has bought 90 scissor lifts and 40 mast boom units, manufactured by Dingli, as part of its strategy to expand its range of hybrid and pure electric lifting models, providing contractors with more choice as they work towards net-zero emissions targets.

The new scissor lifts include the JCPT0807DCS and JCPT1008DC models, which deliver a max working height of 7.8 metre and 10 metres respectively. The AMWP8100 mast boom lifts offer a working height of up to 11.2 metres.

Each model provides efficient zero-emission battery power, in a compact form-factor, making them suitable for a variety of working at height tasks including maintenance and installation projects.

The equipment is available from the firm’s 11 Powered Access Specialist Service Centres, located across the UK. The specialist Powered Access division of Speedy, the UK’s largest hire provider, was launched in November 2020 following the merger of Speedy’s acquired powered access firms Lifterz, Platform Sales & Hire and Prolift.

Andy Briggs, managing director at Speedy Powered Access said: “We are continuing to see strong demand for our powered access equipment and this investment will provide our customers with greater availability of our core, versatile models that are supporting them in reducing their environmental impact.

“This marks the beginning of what will be another year of significant investment for our business. We have built a strong, UK-wide proposition and look forward to expanding our fleet with the assets our customers need to complete their projects safely, sustainably and efficiently.”

Supporting Speedy’s responsibility programme ‘Energise’, Speedy Powered Access provided a brand new Dingli 26’ scissor lift for the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to use at North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College’s MIRA Technology Institute campus. The lift was used with the college’s new intake of powered access engineering apprentices.

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Speedy Powered Access Invest £2M In Low Emission Fleet

Powered access equipment hire and services provider Speedy Powered Access, has expanded its fleet of low emission equipment with a £2m investment in 50 new hybrid boom lifts to help customers reduce pollution and meet carbon targets.

The investment follows the launch in November of Speedy Powered Access, a new business which combines Prolift, Platform Sales & Hire and Lifterz – companies acquired by Speedy since 2017.

Speedy Powered Access employs 180 people across 11 Specialist Service Centres in the UK. The business says the new division will deliver a simpler, standardised service for powered access customers, and will provide sales, training and maintenance and refurbishment services alongside hire.

The hybrid system used by the new boom lifts, manufactured by Milton Keynes access specialist Niftylift, allows power to be automatically drawn from both the diesel engine and the electric battery pack.

The units can also run for a full day on a single charge in electric-only mode and are suited to indoor or outdoor operation, noise-sensitive sites, or when ultra-low emissions are required.

Andy Briggs, managing director of Speedy Powered Access, said: “Ensuring customers and businesses can access the products and equipment they need to drive down on-site carbon emissions is vital if the industry is to reach its net zero ambitions.

“This represents a strategic investment that not only futureproofs our fleet, but bolsters our position as a one stop shop for customers who are looking for more sustainable solutions while completing work at height. This will be essential in the years ahead, particularly for projects in cities like London that need to meet non-road mobile machinery requirements in Ultra Low Emission Zones.”

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Speedy Launch New National Powered Access Business

Construction, infrastructure and industrial equipment hire and services provider Speedy, has launched a new national powered access business supported by a multi-million-pound fleet investment and a number of senior appointments.

Speedy has merged its existing powered access businesses Prolift, Platform Sales & Hire and Lifterz – firms acquired by Speedy since 2017 – to create a single entity Speedy Powered Access, which will provide customers with a comprehensive range of over 8,500 machines from 11 dedicated powered access Specialist Service Centres across the UK.

Speedy says the restructure is central to its aim of providing an industry leading simple, standardised service for its powered access customers.
In addition to core equipment hire, the new business will also provide training, fleet sales, and maintenance packages to give customers a full end-to-end powered access service.

The move follows a multi-million pound investment in additional fleet, including 100 new Hauloutte Star 10 mast booms, creating one of the largest mast boom fleets in the UK – with further significant investment across the entire fleet range planned over the coming months.

Speedy powered access has also strengthened its senior team by hiring Marc Johnson as Head of Engineering having previously held senior technical and engineering positions at Riwal and Nationwide Platforms, and David Burns as Regional Manager for the South East, who previously held senior operational positions at AFI.

Andy Briggs, managing director of Speedy Powered Access, said:

“We’ve made a number of strategic investments in powered access recently and grown our offering into a major specialism that complements Speedy’s wider equipment and services business.

“The launch of the new national brand combines the wealth of expertise with our vast fleet to deliver an industry leading simple, standardised, end-to-end service for our customers across the UK.

“With hire, sales, asset servicing and training provision, we now provide a one-stop-shop with the expertise of a trusted specialist powered access supplier, coupled with the service level and availability of a large national networked business.”