'Concerted action' required to tackle 'widespread' drug and alcohol misuse among plant operators

The Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) has called for stakeholders from across the industry to come together to tackle the widespread problem of plant operators failing drug and alcohol tests without any impact on their competence cards.

Published 24 November 2020

And finally... These Boots were made for working

As JCB marks its 75th birthday there’s one family with an extra reason to toast the milestone after notching up a staggering 600 years’ service to the company.

Published 27 October 2020

Seven years required before removal of red diesel subsidy, say plant owners

The Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) has called for a seven-year timeframe before the UK Government removes the subsidy on red diesel to allow the life cycle of machinery to end and for equipment manufacturers to have the necessary green products in place.

Published 2 October 2020

Deadline nears on consultation on end of Red Diesel duty subsidy

With the consultation deadline fast approaching for businesses to voice their concerns regarding the UK Government's proposal to scrap Red Diesel tax relief, fuel and fleet solutions group Oilfast has compiled an abbreviated consultation form to simplify submissions.

Published 25 September 2020

HHH Equipment appoints Andy Martin as business development manager

Specialist plant provider HHH Equipment has named Andy Martin as its new business development manager as part of strategic growth plan for the firm.

Published 10 September 2020

Morris Leslie sells modular buildings division to new company

Morris Leslie has sold its modular buildings division to a new company formed by its former employee David Brown.

Published 12 August 2020

Redundancy process begins at Morris Leslie

Plant hire firm has Morris Leslie has started a redundancy process with some of its workforce after feeling the impact of a downturn in the construction sector.

Published 8 July 2020

Trade bodies issue plea to Chancellor to delay red diesel plans

A collective group of construction trade bodies led by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to highlight continued concerns around the Treasury’s policy to cut the rebate on red diesel for construction plant machinery.

Published 6 July 2020

Mulholland Plant Services secures funding from Bank of Scotland

West Calder-based Mulholland Plant Services has kept moving during the current crisis after securing financial support from Bank of Scotland.

Published 11 June 2020

GAP Group chairman Danny O’Neil retires

The chairman of Glasgow-based plant, tool and equipment hire firm GAP Group has retired after 14 years in the role.

Published 19 May 2020

Scottish plant hire sector expresses coronavirus concerns to ministers

The different message from the Scottish Government regarding the construction industry compared to the rest of the UK is causing frustration throughout the country, the Scottish Plant Owners Association (SPOA) has said.

Published 29 April 2020

And finally... JCB joins national call to action over ventilator shortage

JCB is poised to re-start production at a factory closed as a result of the coronavirus crisis in order to join the national effort to manufacture ventilators, the company announced today.

Published 30 March 2020

Housing planned for Errol airfield site

Morris Leslie Ltd has submitted fresh plans to build 240 homes near Errol Airfield, along with commercial units, open space, play areas and infrastructure to connect the development to the wider area.

Published 10 March 2020

And finally... Bucket list

A construction worker was given the send off of his dreams when his coffin was delivered to the crematorium in the bucket of a JCB digger.

Published 3 March 2020

CR Smith fined £12,500 after forklift accident

Glazing and home improvements firm CR Smith has been fined £12,500 for breaching health and safety law after a forklift truck operator was run over by his own vehicle.

Published 13 February 2020