Hall Plant, an innovative plant hirer based in Chesterfield, report only good news for their PlantSafe® system introduced in 2005. PlantSafe® is simply as it sounds, a lockable reinforced steel strongbox. Plant items ranging from a single JCB 3CX to multiples of smaller items i.e. a mini excavator, dumper and roller together can be stored and securely, and the PlantSafe® unit complete with hire items inside can be delivered to hirers as a complete package. It provides a safe secure resource to any hirers on site and at the same time addresses the demands of insurance firms to protect assets.

Hall Plant Hire’s experience has shown the system eliminates vandalism and makes a significant difference to the problem of plant theft. One major customer has seen the number of thefts fall from 48 Units 2003, to just one unit in 2004, the unit stolen was of course not housed in a PlantSafe®. Therefore the system at present has a 100% success rate.

Tim Hall, Director of Hall Plant Hire, “Many hirers now only take the PlantSafe® package. Once they have tried it, especially on what we would consider quite vulnerable locations, they don’t need much convincing and tend to order for future hires.Although thefts from sites don’t directly affect us as hirers financially, we recognised that our customers were losing out considerably, with excess payments sometimes up to £15,000, this is one of the main reasons that we have developed this system.”

Hall Plant Hire, who have designed and patented the system, now has well over 400 PlantSafe® units in their fleet. The popularity of the PlantSafe® system is growing even for the larger kit where 8 tonne midi excavators or telehandlers up to 13m fit easily. The 25ft long × 10ft high containers come in 2 widths, an 8ft Midi and 10ft Maxi, delivered by trailer to site complete.

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