COVID-19 – Keeping our customers working safely at height

As this unprecedented crisis continues to unfold, at Horizon Platforms we are doing all we can to support many of our customers who provide services to some of the essential businesses such as supermarkets, food manufacturers, warehousing and distribution, power generation and pharmaceutical production.  

It is most definitely not business as usual for us. But as a team, we took the decision to keep a level of staff working in order to support urgent requests for our platforms. Working at height has its risks, but our goal is to make sure that this is done as safely as possible for our customers, especially now when there is so much pressure on the health service. We endeavor to keep our machinery in tip-top condition so that our customers can perform work safely and we can get it out to them quickly.

Here are some examples of why our team feel we must stay open for business as long as possible.

The situation at Horizon Platforms at the moment

Exempt from Closure

Plant & Hire Tool businesses are exempt from closure at the present time. The government updated their guidance on business closures on the 26th March.

Reduced Staff

The number of staff within the business has been reduced to cope with current demand for powered access. The team is highly experienced and will do all they can to assist.

Social Distancing 2m

All staff that can’t work from home have been instructed to maintain a safe distance from each other whilst working.

Hygiene and Hand washing

As per government guidelines, our team are making sure they are washing hands or using anti-bacterial gel whenever they can. We have also issued disposable gloves for the team to use.

Equipment Cleaning

All platforms returning from hire are cleaned using soap and then power washed. This will continue, with our team taking even more care to reduce the risk of contamination.

Home working

All staff who can work from home, are now working from home. It wasn’t easy, but with sleeves rolled up and some one to one tech lessons, we did it. We’re in contact daily and each week are getting together as a whole business!

Should you need us…

Rapid Response

Our team are available 24/7 for anyone who needs powered access to work safely at height.

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Same Day / Next Day Delivery

On our CORE fleet, we can get machines to site the very same day.

Extensive Choice

Within our own 1000 battery/bi-fuel fleet, or from one of our trusted partners, we have a machine for every job.

96% Deliveries On-Time

We wont let you down, our transport team are one of the best in the business.

Training

Stay up to date with our online IPAF training courses.

National Coverage

Covering the North of England from East to West Coast with our own fleet, or using one of our regularly bench-marked partners, we can get a machine where you need it.

Ready and waiting for when you need us!

Horizon Platforms

An Announcement

Due to unprecedented economic trading conditions and the high levels of uncertainty that are facing all businesses, we have taken the decision to close our Horizon Platforms Warrington facility in the North West of England.

Our board of directors felt that considering the current coronavirus pandemic, and the impact this is having on Horizon Platforms’ customers, that steps had to be taken to insulate the business from what will be a challenging few months ahead.

Horizon Platforms will continue to offer outstanding service and is well placed to continue to support customers without a reduction in service quality. Our Wakefield super-depot is unrivalled in the industry with over 1000 machines and 18 delivery vehicles, when all fleet has been redeployed from the Warrington facility. We continue to offer a high value service in hire, training and sales of powered access platforms.

Horizon Platforms’ leadership team entered the implementation phase in 2020 for our growth strategy. As part of this, the business intends to continue investment in new technologies, marketing & sales and digital transformation. These plans will not only ensure growth returns to the business quickly, but ensures we are well placed to capitalise when demand in the powered access rental market returns.

We would all like to thank our Warrington employees for their commitment to Horizon Platforms and to all our customers and suppliers for their continued support.

Ben Hirst, Rory Duggan, Adrian Bleasdale

Horizon Platforms Board of Directors

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