Case Studies

New CAT 320 HEX with Trimble Earthworks: A421 Expressway

This case study focuses on the A421 Expressway widening, a Morgan Sindall project that will create a dual carriage way from the Eagle Farm roundabout to Junction 13 of the M1. A stretch of road that is used by almost 30,000 vehicles a day.

Flannery Plant Hire has supplied the latest 320 HEX tracked excavator to the project, having invested heavily over the past twelve months in the Cat Next Generation product range. Packed with safety features and the latest technology including Cat Grade Assist, Cat Grade and Cat Payload, these machines offer a noticeable advancement in connected and automated plant technology, making them ideal for complex earthworks schemes.

The focus for this case study was the benefits of the Trimble Earthworks platform; these new excavators are supplied with the GPS platform fully integrated. The technology allows data files to be loaded into the system (via USB or remotely) which then enables the operator to work accurately with the latest digital model.

Faresin Electric Telehandler: HS2 Main Works, West Ruislip

In June 2020 Flannery trialled the first fully electric telehandler. This innovative, eco-friendly telehandler is powered by a lithium battery, which delivers a range of benefits – not least a manufacturer reported battery life of up to 6hours (depending on use) and a recharge time of 3h 45mins using the standard external three-phase charger.

This case study focuses on the machines role in the establishment of a Tarmac Compound as part of the main works for HS2 at West Ruislip. Working with the Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture (SCS JV), Flannery has supplied plant and equipment to enable this compound to manage deliveries and store materials for this section of the project.


Red Zone: Training Focus

In 2019 the HSE reported 54,000 non-fatal injuries to workers in the construction industry; 12% of these involved a person being struck by a moving vehicle. Tragically of the 30 fatal injuries 11% of these were people struck by a moving vehicle.

Flannery continues to work closely with our operators, contractors and site personnel to educate and minimise the risk of the people plant interface. We have worked relentlessly over the last few years to develop and implement a People Plant Interface (Thumbs Up) training programme designed to educate all site personnel as to the dangers of plant and machinery on site, delivered by our in-house trainer network.

Taking Corporate Social Responsibility Seriously

Flannery Plant Hire takes its corporate social responsibility very seriously. From school engagement days and careers fairs to fundraising for local and national charities. Diversity and equality in our industry are also a major focus.

Working with Building Equality and signing the Armed Forces covenant are just some of the ways we are proactively promoting true change and improving the working lives of all our employees and the wider construction industry.

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