Powered access investment provides a growth platform for BJB

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 22 Apr 2016

DEMAND for working at height training has seen a £45,000 investment in powered access equipment made by BJB Lift Trucks.

A Genie scissor lift and boom have been added to the facilities at the new Grimsby base, as instructors are also brought up to speed.

It is a brand the team is familiar with, as it sells, repairs and supplies parts within the wider business, with 40 Genie units in the fleet.

"Due to demand from a lot of different industry sectors, the company decided to invest in brand new equipment," director Pete Harvey said.

"This is part of our expansion plan. We are seeing the construction industry pick up and this drives a lot of this training too. It is a growth environment."

Evolving regulations are seeing ladder use diminish, with powered access the clear solution.

And with an expanded facility to operate from following the move to Estate Road Two from Armstrong Street, it has the capability to host in-house, as well as providing training on clients' sites.

Nikki Hale, marketing manager for the South Humberside Industrial Estate business, said: "Our training department is very busy and one of the key elements has been training at height. We have been able to deliver International Powered Access Federation and Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register accredited training for a number of years.

"We have now reinforced the commitment to the working at height training and we are now moving from being IPAF approved instructors to becoming an IPAF accredited training centre.

"Having this equipment gives us greater flexibility to respond to demand for mobile elevating work platform training."

Popular sectors include inspection and testing, pipework, lagging, electrical installation, painters, glazers and cladding.

Recent years have seen more than 1,400 courses delivered in boom and scissor work, with 30 per cent IPAF accredited.

"It is really important to have modern equipment to train on," Mr Harvey said. "It helps with reliability and the reality too. If a client has new equipment why would they want to be training employees on machines that are 20 years old?"

The investment comes after BJB was a finalist in the Road Transport Industry Training Board Partner Achievement Awards, one of 20 chosen from 417 accredited organisations nationwide.

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