Nationwide Platforms lend safety expertise to The Hydro


The Hydro in Glasgow is set for completion in 2013 and will be a 12,000 seat national home for major entertainment events. The venue will also be used for the Netball and Gymnastics events during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Powered access leaders Nationwide Platforms, who are this year bolstering their fleet with £16m capital expenditure, currently have around 50 units on site. This includes equipment ranging from 3.6 metre low level access units, 43 metre boom lifts and truck mounted platforms between 58 and 72 metres.

All boom lifts on the site are fitted with either Nationwide Platforms’ award-winning SkySiren® anti-entrapment solution, or with manufacturer NiftyLift’s own safeguard, the Sustained Involuntary Operation Prevention System (SiOPS).

Rising to the challenges posed by a major project, Nationwide Platforms have worked closely with main contractor Lend Lease to deliver working at height best practice solutions. As Europe’s largest provider of working at height training, this included a provision for the delivery of on-site IPAF powered access operator training.

In addition to this, the UK’s powered access leaders provided their range of pioneering Material Handling Attachments, which are also being used on other major projects where the business is providing working at height solutions, including Heathrow T2B and Crossrail.

Nationwide Platforms’ Sales Director Gordon McGill said: “When we approach the working at height challenges of a major project we are always looking to provide solutions that truly represent best practice. We’ve been proud to work closely to the needs of Lend Lease to provide a means of working which combines our understanding of an industry leading service with their very high standards in health and safety.

“That means not only providing product innovations and the capability to find bespoke solutions, but also providing on-going assistance in overcoming any challenge that may emerge. We believe that the work we do goes beyond supplying equipment and training, but also extends to helping our customers find their safest, most productive means of working at height, regardless of the nature or extent of the task.”

Richard Mcinally, Project Manager, Lend Lease, said: “Lend Lease is committed to operating Incident and Injury Free wherever it has a presence, and we believe that to make that a reality it is essential to use leading expertise and leave no stone unturned in the search for the most comprehensive solutions available.

“By working with Nationwide Platforms, we’ve been able to find innovative and unparalleled approaches to working at height challenges that both deliver health and safety compliance while also considering time and cost efficiencies.”

Nationwide Platforms is part of the world’s largest specialist access rental business, Lavendon Group plc. For further information visit: or follow @NWPlatforms.

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