Monthly Archives: July 2018

Dry Weather and Strong Winds = a Recipe for Disaster

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 As a result of the hot dry weather, it has been a devastating few months with regards to large areas of the UK including Saddleworth Moor in the North of England. Wildfires have raged virtually unabated across the country presenting some very real challenges to the various fire and rescue services. The latest blaze which lasted for three weeks before it was contained by fire crews, fire specialists and the army, is being called the largest wildfire in living memory within the United Kingdom.

Temperatures reached over 30C for several days making June 2018 the hottest in the UK since 1995, and the dry conditions were exacerbated by winds. There was at the same time a strong warm anticyclone caused by anticlockwise wind circulation around the UK and Ireland. These factors combined create a perfect recipe for fire to break out, which can then spread quickly. There was even a hosepipe ban imposed in Northern Ireland, the first one for over twenty years.

Late June saw persistent high pressure coming from southern Europe, and prolonged high temperatures, labelled an official heatwave throughout Britain. Porthmadog in Gwynedd, Wales recorded temperatures of 32.6 °C (90.7 °F) on 28th June.

The first fire on Saddleworth Moor bloke out in an area between Manchester and Sheffield on 24th June, but was put out the same day. Pockets of fire continued to ignite the next day, becoming uncontrollable over the next few days prompting a ‘major incident’ declaration. There were 2,000 acres of land alight by 27th June, and wind speed and direction helped to spread the flames far and wide across the arid moorland. Most of the time extinguishing the fire was futile, as it would simply smoulder for a time then reignite.

Air quality was affected due to the amount of drifting smoke, and nearby residents were advised to wear masks when outside, and keep doors and windows closed. A great deal of team work and some welcome rainfall eventually achieved success, although the Saddleworth Moor fire was just one of many awful incidents of fire that won’t be forgotten in a hurry in June 2018.

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Plant Machinery Hire in Harlow

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Plant machinery is some of the hardest working equipment around, such as the Telehandler or Boom Lift. These tough, skilfully designed contraptions are used extensively within the industrial world and on construction projects, as they are versatile and perfect for a number of jobs. They sometimes get to do more exciting work too like the placing of sculptures!

They feature a telescopic boom and can be fitted with a variety of attachments to suit each job, as one of the biggest advantages of these machines is that they are multifunctional. They can be easily transformed into aerial work platforms, lifting gear, tractors, earth-moving machines or cranes. The average telehandler has some impressive hydraulic functions to move up and down, extend and retract, tilt forwards or backwards, extend or retract stabilisers and a levelling ability for unstable surfaces. They also offer three types of steering which include:-

  • Front-wheel steering: The safest option when using these machines on the road as only the front wheels turn
  • Four-wheel steering: Great for off-road use and in small, awkward areas, front and rear wheels each rotate in an opposite direction providing a small turning circle
  • Crab steering: With this action all four wheels rotate in the same direction, which lets the vehicle drive sideways, perfect for confined spaces

Pieces of heavy plant machinery are often designed to provide more than one function, which makes them good value for money especially when hiring. This way you can choose your machinery, and complete several tasks during the hire period. Always ensure that you use a reputable hire company like Rhino Plant Hire, who cater for customers in Harlow and throughout Essex and London. This means a safe and efficient project, without having to invest in expensive equipment.

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