One of the primary responsibilities of being a factory or operations manager is to ensure production targets are met, if not exceeded.

Essential to this is the continuous review of production efficiency which may lead to the relocation, refurbishment, or removal and replacement of machinery for more technologically advanced equipment. Another outcome might be a complete re-organisation of the production facility in order to maximise output.

Machinery out of action means lost production, so it is beneficial to the customer that improvement works take place when machinery is not in operation, therefore ensuring production output is minimally affected.

Merritts regularly operate out of standard working hours and can also accommodate night and shift working as well as weekends for moves that are time and/or production sensitive. We offer free site visits within the UK and are available 365 days of the year.

We work for many leading manufacturers, in a multitude of industries including; automotive, aerospace, print, plastics & rubber, food & drink, waste & recycling, textiles and metalwork, providing bespoke solutions tailor-made to the customer’s specific requirements.

Services can include the movement of a single machine to the installation of entire production lines. Internal machinery relocations are regularly carried out to assist customers requiring a production change as well as the transportation and installation of brand new machinery for original machinery manufacturers.

Merritts are SafeContractor accredited and we are continually striving to provide the safest possible working conditions: Our health & safety team conduct preliminary and ongoing site audits to reduce risk and maintain safe working practices. Risk assessments, method statements and lift plans are produced for every project and all plant, lifting equipment and machinery moving tackle is tested at regular intervals, meeting both LOLER and PUWER standards.

Please get in touch if you have a heavy machinery moving project where out of hours working is a major requirement, as we will be able to provide you with an efficient and cost effective solution.

Heavy machinery moving projects can sometimes be subject to a TRO (Traffic Regulation Order). This can be due to the size and weight of the items being transported, the location of the collection and delivery sites and the route that is to be travelled.

What is a Traffic Regulation Order (TRO)?

A TRO is a temporary, experimental or permanent restriction enforced by highways authorities to regulate the types of vehicles and traffic allowed access to certain areas.

Some of the most popular uses for TROs are restricting the movements of HGVs in residential areas, implementing parking restrictions and restricting traffic for the purposes of parades, street parties and other events.

Some of the main purposes of a TRO are as follows:

  • To avoid or prevent danger to persons or other traffic using the road
  • To prevent damage to the road or buildings located near to the road
  • To facilitate the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians
  • To prevent the use of the road by unsuitable vehicular traffic

Due to the nature of a heavy machinery moving project, if a TRO is required, it is invariably a temporary TRO that is enforced during the time period of the project. The procedure for making temporary orders is set out in the Road Traffic Procedure Regulations 1992.

When a project is subject to a TRO, Merritts will make all the necessary arrangements by completing the required documentation and submitting the application for you to ensure everything runs smoothly and meets the required regulatory conditions.

The process we follow is to conduct a preliminary site visit to evaluate any potential problems that might affect the safe movement of vehicles. We then make an application to the relevant highways authority who must publish a notice of their intention to make an order in a local newspaper and in the vicinity of the affected area. This also means that the police are informed.

Then, within 14 days after making the order, the highways authority must publish another notice in a local newspaper and in the vicinity of the affected area stating that the order has been granted.

Once the paperwork is in place and a project date approved, Merritts will ensure any necessary traffic signage is displayed and carry out the machinery moving project safely and in line with our method statement.

If you have any upcoming machinery moving projects where dedicated planning and project management services are required, please get in touch.

You may also like to read our top tips for ‘planning a heavy machinery moving project’ and ‘health and safety guide to moving heavy machinery’.



Traffic movements in Beeston were halted recently whilst heavy machinery moving & storage specialists Joseph Merritt Group Plc dismantled and relocated four modular homes to their storage facility in Kirkby-in-Ashfield.

The four homes comprised of sixteen individual units which had been acquired by Futures Housing, a housing association based in Ripley. Futures Housing worked together with KLEG Offsite Build, designers of the modular homes, to arrange their removal and temporary storage.

Merritts Modular Housing moving

Merritts safely carried out the project using a mobile crane, a Versa-Lift 25/35 fork lift and specialist low loader trailers. A traffic regulation order (TRO) was arranged by the project team to ensure parking restrictions were in place in the vicinity of the works. This allowed suitable access for both the mobile crane and Merritts HGV’s.

Due to the width and height of the modules the transport element was a notifiable load movement. Merritts arranged this with the relevant authorities three weeks in advance of the works. A nominated route had to be followed and the drivers had an allocated two hour window in which they could operate. Multiple trailers were used to increase efficiency and ensure minimal disruption to both local road users and residents.

Commenting on behalf of KLEG Offsite Build, Derrick Wilson, CEO, said “Having worked with Merritts on a previous project they were an obvious choice to carry out this work. I was impressed with their professionalism from start to finish. Their health and safety team’s preliminary site visit ensured all hazards were identified and the necessary safety documents were produced. This gave peace of mind, especially as we were operating in a residential area. The storage service they provided was of an added benefit as we were allocated a dedicated area which we could have access to as and when required.”

The modular housing units are manufactured and pre-fabricated in a production facility. The units are then transported to site and bolted together for final assembly. The finished product can look very similar to existing buildings, yet 80 per cent of the work is done off-site. This offers a faster solution to deliver a multitude of buildings including homes, schools, hospitals or prisons. Due to the insulation quality of the modular homes, they have an extremely low U-value. This can help to reduce energy cost by up to 80% compared to traditionally built houses.

The government wants 300,000 homes a year built by 2025, yet at the moment the sector can only deliver 190,000 due to skill shortages and timescales to build.

Merritts Modular Housing Move1

Apologies for choosing such a very dry topic for a blog article, but this is highly important technical detail for anyone considering a heavy machinery moving project. Having an understanding of the health and safety at work regulations could help prevent accidents and projects falling foul of health and safety regulations.

Obviously one of the benefits of appointing Merritts to carry out your machinery moving project is because we’ll take care of all these details and ensure all the necessary risk assessments, method statements and regulatory documentation is produced.

You’ll also get peace of mind that your heavy machinery moving project will be looked after by experts who will ensure the machinery is transported and installed without accident or incident.

Here is an overview of the main regulations that must be considered during a heavy machinery moving project.

Health and Safety at Work Act

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA) places a duty on employers to ensure the health, safety and welfare of employees as far as is reasonably practicable.

Where a heavy machinery moving project is concerned this means you must make suitable arrangements for managing a project, including the allocation of sufficient time and other resources.

CDM regulations 2015

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations (CDM 2015) are the main set of regulations for managing the health, safety and welfare of construction projects. CDM applies to all building and construction work and includes new build, demolition, refurbishment, extensions, conversions, repair and maintenance.

As part of the planning process of a heavy machinery project, the CDM regulations must be considered, particularly if any of the works require modifications to the buildings in which the machinery will be removed, re-located or installed from new.


PUWER stands for the ‘Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations’ 1998. The regulations deal with the work equipment and machinery used every day in workplaces and aims to keep people safe wherever equipment and machinery is used at work

This regulation requires that organisations ensure that the equipment used is suitable for its purpose, maintained to be safe and not risk health and safety and inspected by a competent worker who should record the results.

If you are planning a heavy machinery moving project, PUWER will have a heavy impact on your planning and approach and you will need to prove that the equipment used is fit for purpose.


The Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) are set of regulations created under the Health and Safety at Work. They govern the use of lifting equipment.

LOLER regulations require that all lifting operations involving lifting equipment must be properly planned by a competent person, appropriately supervised and carried out in a safe manner. It also requires that all equipment used for lifting is fit for purpose, appropriate for the task and suitably marked, with suitable maintenance recorded and defects reported.

Where you undertaking lifting operations involving lifting heavy machinery you must:

  • plan them properly
  • use people who are sufficiently competent
  • supervise them appropriately
  • ensure that they are carried out in a safe manner

If you are considering a heavy machinery moving project, please complete our enquiry form .

PUWER stands for the ‘Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations’ 1998. The regulations deal with the work equipment and machinery used every day in workplaces and aims to keep people safe wherever equipment and machinery is used at work.

This regulation requires that organisations ensure that the equipment used is suitable for its purpose, maintained to be safe and not risk health and safety and inspected by a competent worker who should record the results.

If you are planning a heavy machinery moving project, PUWER will have a heavy impact on your planning and approach.

In the first instance, it your duty to ensure that work equipment is constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided. In practice this means that the vehicles, lifting equipment, mounting supports and other specialist tackle are deemed suitable for use to move heavy machinery. In practice, this could mean not using your own fork-lift or other lift equipment as it may not be suitable.

Secondly, in selecting work equipment, every employer has to consider the working conditions and the risks to the health and safety of persons which exist in the premises or undertaking in which that work equipment is to be used and any additional risk posed using that work equipment. In a heavy machinery moving project this will be assessed as part of the risk assessment and the resulting method statements that are prepared detailing the scope of the project.

Thirdly, every employer must ensure that work equipment is used only for operations for which, and under conditions for which, it is suitable. In practice, typical examples may include not using any old wooden block to support a machine leg etc! In defining this regulation “suitable” means suitable in any respect which it is reasonably foreseeable will affect the health or safety of any person.


The purpose of the PUWER regulations is to ensure that those using and working with equipment and machinery, such as employees, employers, contractors, traders and anybody who could possibly have access to equipment or machinery in a workplace, does so in a safe working environment.

Whilst some will be looking forward to a well-deserved break during the Easter shutdown period, a busy production manager will be tasked with coordinating the installation of new machinery or the improvement of operational efficiencies.

The factory shutdown and employee holidays is an ideal time to carry out machine refurbishments and maintenance. It’s also an excellent opportunity to move heavy machinery or alter machine line configurations.

At Merritts we’re open 365 days a year, so if you are considering any of the following works, we’re here to help:

  • Relocating of heavy machinery
  • Production line alterations
  • Installing new machinery
  • De-commissioning and removal of machinery
  • Transport and storage for assets no longer in use
  • Machinery refurbishment and maintenance


Merritts Machinery Movers are leading specialists in the lifting, movement, transportation, installation and storage of heavy industrial machinery and equipment. From project start to project completion, we can provide you with the necessary resources to deal with every aspect of your machinery moving requirements.

We work across a variety of sectors and have evolved our machinery movers service into an industry leading package. We can provide a comprehensive turnkey solution, delivered by a full trained team, operating the most cutting edge lifting equipment currently on the market. Our machine movers package can include:

  • Heavy lifting
  • Loading and offloading
  • Floor loading calculations
  • Assembly and positioning of machinery
  • Alignment/Levelling/Core drilling/Bolting down
  • Connection to services
  • Decommissioning and recommissioning
  • CDM project management
  • Transport & delivery
  • Storage & warehousing


If you would like to discuss any upcoming projects, please get in touch with Merritts on 01623 759737 or email


East Midlands Business Link Magazine recently sat down with Merritts, Owner and Managing Director, James Merritt to get his 2019 business predictions.

“In our business, we generally thrive in either a boom or bust economy. An uncertain economy, which has recently been the case, usually results in a fairly static order book. This was certainly the trend as we worked up to the Christmas break.

However, 2019 has started positively, and we’ve had a flurry of enquiries from manufacturers across all sectors who want our help to move and install machinery or re-configure their assembly lines.

It is therefore my prediction that more businesses will make a conscious decision to brush aside previous concerns over future trade agreements and will choose to determine their own destinies. The evidence we are seeing is that businesses are pushing forward with bold decisions in order to shape their own success.

My other prediction is that there will be an increase in health and safety legislation from regulatory bodies who have the remit to ensure businesses are fully committed to achieving the highest levels of health and safety performance.

As a heavy machinery moving specialist, we are expected to demonstrate that our industry leading practices are continually evaluated and improved. Our decision to appoint an ex HSE inspector to manage our approach to health and safety has provided greater focus on educating personnel and establishing safer working practices.

I am pleased to say that this development has been positively received by our clients and our commitment to continual improvement in this area will ensure our services remain in high demand.”

If you are a factory manager, project manager, operations director or manager who has been given the responsibility for planning a heavy machinery moving project, here are some top tips that may help you meet deadlines and budgets in a safe and cost effective manner.


As soon as you know a project may be taking place, it’s time to start planning! The earlier you plan the better, as you will be able to plan the exact detail and ensure the equipment and transport you need is available exactly when you need it. This is especially important if you are planning to appoint a specialist heavy machinery moving company or need to carry out the project on a specific date or within a defined timeframe.

It also means you have more time to ensure all health and safety issues have been considered. This helps to avoid last minute hiccups and ensure the correct processes are followed and the right documentation is produced.


There is always the option to do the job yourself using your existing workforce with hired in equipment, but if you choose to do so, you will need to demonstrate that the project team has the required competencies to complete the tasks safely.

Health and safety law requires that works are carried out by competent people. Competence should be considered a combination of training, experience and behaviour. You may well have employees who are trained to drive a forklift truck but if they only work with palletised loads day to day, they may not have the required experience to use the same equipment to move a machine or other heavy load. This could lead to some awkward questions from the HSE or your insurers should an accident occur.

Appointing and consulting with a heavy machinery moving company means you will be able to access their knowledge and expertise. They will also have all the specialist lifting tackle and transport equipment to ensure the machine is transported and installed safely.

Using a specialist means being able to demonstrate your project risk has been assessed by experts and your project will have all the necessary supporting regulatory documentation.


There are numerous outside influences that should be considered during your project scoping review, these include:

  • Transport – planning special assistance to accompany your heavy/slow load
  • Road/Rail – ensuring there are no major road or rail disruptions that may delay or hinder the journey
  • Space – what are the space confinements both inside and outside the location of the machine
  • Weather – whilst this cannot be predicted, there may be seasons or months that are best avoided



Very often manufacturers plan projects around scheduled factory shutdowns, such as Easter, Christmas and Summer holidays – and by definition this can be a busy time for companies hiring the specialist gear you need.

If you do not plan well in advance, it can mean paying a premium price or having to use companies who may not have all the right skills, experience and health and safety accreditations to ensure your project runs smoothly without any accidents!


You will need to demonstrate that a full assessment of the project and its risks has been completed. We recommend taking specialist advice from an expert who can advise on the safest way to do the job, who can also provide the appropriate supporting documentation such as method statements, risks assessments and service records.

Regulation 5 of the management of health and safety at work regulations 1999 requires that the health and safety arrangements in place are suitable for the size of the undertaking, and that work is suitably planned, organised and controlled. Further to this where an employer has 5 or more employees these arrangements must be recorded.

There is also the question as to whether the project falls under ‘The Construction Design and Management regulations (CDM).

The HSE executive are very hot on enforcing regulation and punish breaches severely. If you are unable to demonstrate that you followed industry best practice the penalties can include heavy fines and imprisonment.

If you are planning a heavy machinery moving project, please complete the enquiry form.

When investing in the purchase of new heavy machinery, the availability of grants, interest rates and other economic factors may be significant in the timing of the decision, particularly if the investment is large and the payment of import duties and VAT becomes a considerable figure.

Often, the purchase of the machine can be funded using grants and loans which can be spread over manageable instalments. However, the payment of VAT and import duty is immediately payable in a lump sum. Using a bonded warehousing facility means that the machine can be purchased whilst funding is available and interest rates are favourable, but the payment of VAT and duty can be deferred until the machine is installed.

What is bonded warehousing?

By definition a bonded warehouse is a secure space, where goods liable to import duty or Value Added Tax (VAT) are stored, for a period of time until the goods are ready to be sold or moved to a new location.

This method of storage has obvious benefits for sellers who import and sell goods liable to these charges. By using our HMRC approved facility, we can help our clients defer payment of import duty and VAT on their machinery and equipment.

Key benefits of using Merritts bonded warehouse facility

  • The opportunity to purchase stock machinery without paying import duty & VAT until sold
  • Provides you with greater flexibility for supplying ‘quick turnaround’ machine deliveries to clients
  • Allows you to take advantage of favourable exchange rates when purchasing stock machinery
  • If you are unable to sell your machinery domestically, you can sell it for re-export without having to worry about the duties which would already have been paid
  • Where required, Merritts will handle the customs documentation to save you the hassle.

As an approved HMRC bonded warehouse, Merritts must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Meet HMRC’s conditions for your authorisation
  • Check goods when they arrive and record any shortages or surpluses
  • Set up stock records for goods and keep them secure
  • Keep stock records for at least 4 years
  • Give HMRC officers access to the warehouse, goods and records
  • Run the premises safely and make sure the warehouse meets health and safety standards

Our HMRC approved warehouse has over 80,000 square feet of internal storage space which is fitted with high and low bay lighting, overhead craneage for the handling of goods up to 10Te in weight and offer eaves heights of up to 10m. Our site is surrounded by 2.4m palisade fencing and CCTV is in operation.

If you would like to make a bonded storage enquiry please contact a member of our team on 0800 046 9840.

Please note, as a heavy machinery moving specialist, our customs bonded warehouse is only approved for ‘dry’ status for the storage of equipment and machinery. We do not have a ‘wet’ licence and are therefore not licenced to store goods such as alcohol, fuel or cigarettes.


Merritts Machinery Movers are pleased to announce the appointment of Russell Taylor as the companies’ new Contracts Manager.

Russell brings more than 30 years’ experience in health and safety and project management to the role, after previously working with several leading manufacturers in the machine tool and engineering sectors.

As part of his role, Russell will now be responsible for the development of health and safety strategy and project management services, offering specialist support to the companies’ operations and technical sales teams.

After beginning his career as an engineering apprentice, Russell has gone on to gain significant experience with companies based throughout the Midlands, developing a wide range of skills within contracts, project management and health & safety.

Prior to joining the Merritts team, Russell spent 18 years as a specialist Logistics & Engineering Project Manager with an international machine tool manufacturer, offering support for the organisations sales and engineering teams.

The knowledge and experience that Russell has gained during his time in the machine tool sector makes him an ideal representative for our family firm and we look forward to many years of success with Mr Taylor.

If you would like to know more about Merritts or if you would like to discuss a project with our team, simply call us on 01623 759 737 or send an email to

Proper routines and procedures are essential for every job that we do, because each machine move is unique and presents its own set of challenges. By putting thorough planning and preparation into a big move we make sure there are few variables and that we reduce the chance of any problems. But every now and then a project comes along that needs us to do something new or adapt to certain circumstances in order to get the job done…

Transporting something big? Get the Police involved

In 2010 we worked with power plant equipment specialists, Doosan Babcock, to move 150 pieces of machinery, some of them weighing up to 40 tonnes, 26 miles to the Radcliffe on Soar power station. Due to the size of the equipment it was necessary to work with the Police to ensure that we could safely transfer the machinery from our storage facility to their final destination. While we had been storing them in our dedicated facilities we had been ensuring that the more sensitive items were regularly maintained and were connected to a permanent power supply to keep them at the correct temperature, humidity and performance.


Setting off along the M1 at 6pm accompanied by an experienced Police escort the four flatbed trucks travelled at a speed of 40mph. We took things steady, allowing the Police to close each slip road on the southbound route to traffic until the convoy was safely past. The final leg from the M1 to the power station itself required us to negotiate two miles of the busy A453 into Nottingham. The Police quickly closed off the route with as little impact to traffic as possible, enabling us to complete the operation in just under an hour.

Find out how we did it here.

We’ll work out of hours to reduce disruption to public services

The installation of a bronze statue and granite base onto the main concourse of Robin Hood Airport was always going to be a tricky one. We had to access the building through a restrictive doorway and drive a forklift carrying the statue of the famous outlaw across 60m of polished marble floor, close to retail units. As a result we needed a special track to protect the floor from our vehicles and we were restricted to only using electrically operated machinery when inside the terminal building.


Each of the two parts to the granite base weighed 1.3 Tonnes and needed careful manoeuvring to get into position. As it is a working airport we weren’t allowed to disrupt its busy schedule. So as well as having our team be subjected to strict security requirements the work could only be carried out between 11pm and 5am, when there weren’t any flights. Despite the various restrictions that we had to deal with the move was completed to schedule, over two nights.

Find out how we did it here.

Working with very little room to manoeuvre

Not all of our big machine moves involve travelling far. In the case of an East Midlands Aerospace company the machinery wasn’t even leaving the building. We were tasked with moving seven CNC lathes weighing up to 4 tonnes each. These seven machines needed to be relocated from the first floor to the ground floor of the factory. The main challenge being that we had to take them through a gap that was only slightly larger than the largest machine. We had helped install the machines originally, so we also had the advantage of being familiar with the factory.

Once the machines were stripped of their guards and motors we raised them onto skates and moved them to the aperture between the two floors. It is through this hole that we raised the forklift blades of a Versalift on the ground floor on to which the machines were then rolled. The fork lift then carefully lowered and carried them to their new locations where they were lined, levelled and reassembled. The main challenges that we faced were the restrictive gaps that we had to manoeuvre the machines through. This required very precise handling and good communication between the team members to ensure everything went off without a hitch and without disrupting work that was still going on elsewhere in the factory.

Find out how we did it here.

Find out more about the many big machine moves we’ve made by looking at our case studies.




Although we’re expert machine movers we don’t just measure our work in tonnes and miles. When transporting large, expensive equipment we focus on the detail, ensuring each project is handled with care and exacting precision. This way we can guarantee the safety of the high value loads and, more importantly, the safety of our team and the public. That’s why we don’t leave anything to chance.

Martyn Goodwin is our new Project Manager, who’s brought his considerable experience as an engineer and HSE manager to Merritt’s Health and Safety team. It’s his job to meticulously plan and oversee every step of all our projects. We make sure everything meets the correct industry regulations, including the latest environmental guidelines, and all of our equipment is regularly tested and fully certificated.


Our health and safety team are specialists in these key areas:

Project Planning

Everything starts at the planning stage. It’s here that we allocate the time and resources to a job. It includes careful consideration about vehicles, specialist equipment and key personnel that need to be used to ensure the smooth, safe running of a project. The wrong equipment, too little time or not enough people onsite can lead to problems and unnecessary risks.

Find out more about how we prepare for a project.

Risk Assessments

We always undertake a thorough risk assessment to identify potential risks and issues at the locations where we’ll be working. A key component of the planning process it ensures we can take pre-emptive measures to manage the risks and protect everyone involved in the move. Most risk assessments will also include a Fire Risk assessment, which are essential when we’re dealing with hazardous or flammable materials.

Construction – Design and Management (CDM) Regulations

These regulations define the legal duties for clients, designers and contractors to ensure safe operations when we’re working on UK construction sites. It’s about having the right people for the right job and good planning so that when we’re onsite health and safety is always at the forefront of what we do.

Find out more about CDM on the Health and Safety Executive website.

Work Method Statements

These are common practice in construction which is why we routinely draw up work method statements to define how we will safely perform a task or operate a piece of machinery. It works in conjunction with a lot of our other health and safety practices to establish a consensus between our employees and our clients on how the work will be undertaken.

Site Inductions

Site inductions are critical as well as being standard procedure. It helps our workers to familiarise themselves with particular hazards and risks at a location where we will be working. It’s essential everyone on the team does it before we even start to work on the site.

Incident Reporting

In the event that something doesn’t go according to plan we’ll create an incident report. These are standard forms for recording details of an unusual event that occurs while we’re working on a project. It’s important that we record as much detail as possible at the time so this document will be useful for dealing with liability issues and will help in the planning of similar projects in the future.

Form F10 notification to HSE

Before the project is even undertaken we need to submit an F10 notification to the HSE. It includes information such as project address, project description, project duration, client details, principal contractor details, CDM coordinator details, project start and finish dates. The form must also be signed by the client to confirm they are aware of their duties and the regulations.


Essential qualifications and certification

We understand that Health & Safety is of paramount importance within the workplace. Our Health & Safety team has over 30 years’ experience working within a variety of industry sectors. The following are a selection of the recognised qualifications and accreditations that we have and continue to maintain. We find that they instil confidence in our customers; who can see that every project will be carried out to the correct guidelines and regulations.

IOSH – The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health is the largest chartered body for health and safety professionals in the world.

NEBOSH – The National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health offers a wide range of globally recognised qualifications aimed at meeting the health, safety and environmental management needs of all places of work.

Safecontractor – A health and safety assessment scheme that offers tailored, industry specific training to promote high standards of competence and compliance.

PRINCE 2 – An acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environment,s this internationally recognised project management methodology encompasses high level management, control and organisation of a project.

ROSPA – The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents is a charity that provides health and safety training with the express aim of saving lives and reducing injuries in the workplace.

Six Sigma Management Awareness – Six Sigma facilitates a set of techniques and tools for businesses to improve processes, performance and ultimately save money.

Kaizen – The philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement for a business through its people, processes and systems.


Never standing still

In order to stay an industry leader for machine moves we have our own in-house training academy. This means that our coordinators get access to the latest training methods and standards as soon as they are developed. It’s this knowledge that is then relayed to all of our team to ensure we remain at the forefront of the industry for health and safety procedures, and complex lifting practices.

Some more essential facts about Merritt Training:

  • We been providing industrial training services for over 20 years.
  • We provide training for individuals, companies and public sector organisations.
  • Courses are delivered both at our training centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and at customers’ premises.
  • Merritts are RTITB accredited, which is the largest training body for lift truck accreditation in the UK
  • We are also JAUPT approved, which means we can provide Periodic Training


Click here to find out more about all the courses available with Merritt Training.


Other accreditations and qualifications:

We are also members of the RHA (Road Haulage Association) and the CPA (Construction Plant-Hire Association).  And because our work takes us all over the place we also keep up to date on qualifications through the SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority).


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