IPAF Training – Make sure you’re in safe hands with a MEWP rescue plan

By Ian Moorhouse, IPAF Instructor

Work at height should never be taken lightly, as there’s the potential for heavy consequences if you use a MEWP without taking the necessary precautions. In IPAF training – such as the 3a & 3b course for boom and scissor lifts – it’s important you learn how to recognise hazards to ensure your operator’s safety. Whether that’s assessing your ground conditions, preparing for work near overhead power lines, or ensuring you have the correct PPE – including harnesses, preparing for an emergency or machine malfunction  is critical to your work at height. Read more “IPAF Training – Make sure you’re in safe hands with a MEWP rescue plan”

IPAF Training – Safely operate MEWPS in cold conditions

By Luke Jones, Internal Accounts Manager

Working at height in a cold environment is safe and productive if you take the right precautions – and know how to notice key warning signs that your MEWP isn’t performing at its best. Safety is paramount when working at height, so getting up to speed on the latest IPAF training from industry experts is vital.

Working indoors in cold store and food distribution industries, an electric boom or scissor lift can be essential for stock taking, planned or emergency maintenance, and racking. However, sub-zero temperatures can limit your machine’s capability. Read more “IPAF Training – Safely operate MEWPS in cold conditions”

May the FORS be with you – Horizon’s journey on the road to safety excellence

By Brenda Droog, Transport Manager

We’ve said it before but I think it’s important to say it again: Horizon Platforms has never been a company that simply focuses on meeting the minimum legal requirements; we’re all about best practice – about striving for and achieving the very best that we can, particularly when it comes to safety.

This ethos drives everything that we do and is the principal reason that we’ve taken our first step on the road to achieving the FORS standard, and I’m delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded bronze accreditation on our very first attempt!

Read more “May the FORS be with you – Horizon’s journey on the road to safety excellence”

Time to book a spring clean for your machine?

By Charlie Smart, Service Manager

There’s nothing quite like the dawning of spring: better weather, more time outdoors, and the perfect time of year to get things in order with an annual spring clean.

At Horizon Platforms, March marks the start of one of our busiest periods for the Maintenance Department as this is when we have the largest proportion of our fleet of work at height platforms back in the depot, making it the perfect time of year for a full scale ‘spring clean’. When it comes to work at height, safety is our watchword and a planned and thorough inspection and testing programme is essential to ensure all our powered access platforms are safe to use; without it, serious injury and even death can occur. Read more “Time to book a spring clean for your machine?”

£3million investment to support Horizon growth plan

£3million investment supports Horizon growth plan

By Ben Hirst, Managing Director

As part of Horizon Platforms’ commitment to quality and safety, I’m delighted to announce a £3million investment to support our ambitious five-year growth plan.

By far the largest proportion of the money – a £2.2million capital injection – will pay for new equipment to expand our existing 700 strong hire fleet and ensure customers have even more quality access platforms to choose from. An additional 160 new specialist powered access platforms – cherry pickers, scissor lifts and personnel lifts – are being brought on board, primarily for use in the indoor maintenance and installation sector.

A further half a million investment in our people will pay for an extra 15 members of staff to support the planned growth by ensuring all our customers continue to benefit from the excellent levels of service they enjoy.  A new team of Relationship Support Managers is already in place and more are being recruited to act as a single point of contact for clients. Our operational team is also being strengthened to ensure delivery and breakdown response rates are further improved. Read more “£3million investment to support Horizon growth plan”