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

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.

LOLER

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.

Summary

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 enquiries@merritts.uk.com

 

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.

TIP 1 – PLAN EARLY

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.

TIP 2 – USE A HEAVY MACHINERY MOVING SPECIALIST

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.

TIP 3 –  UNDERSTAND OUTSIDE INFLUENCES

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

 

TIP 4 – TIMING

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!

TIP 5 – KNOW YOUR LEGAL OBLIGATIONS

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.

If you are a factory manager, project manager or operations manager/director of a manufacturing facility, one of your key responsibilities will be to continually assess and improve operational efficiency.

Your review may highlight issues related to machine performance and location which may lead to the purchase and installation of new machinery, the removal of out dated machinery, or a decision to re-locate machinery to a position that will improve efficiency.

In today’s highly competitive world, even a tiny saving on manufacturing costs can be the difference between winning new contracts, saving jobs and increasing output.

Here at Merritts, we have developed over 95 years of heavy machinery moving experience and can add valuable insight and expertise which can help your machinery moving project run smoothly, on time, to budget and without injury or incident!

Project Planning

The ideal time to involve us is as soon as the decision has been made.

The earlier the better for us as we can help you plan the detail and ensure the equipment and transport you need is available exactly when you need it.

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

Regulations

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.

This is part of the service that Merritts provide. Our technical sales managers can visit your site to assess the works and advise on the safest way to do the job, providing the appropriate supporting documentation including method statements, risks assessments, lift plans, as well as appropriate training and service records.

There is also the question as to whether the project falls under ‘The Construction Design and Management regulations (CDM 2015).

Doing the job, yourself

Of course, there is always the option to do the job yourself using your existing workforce with hired in equipment, but you should consider whether you have the required competencies in house 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 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.

Another common risk is using equipment that is already available on site rather than exploring the options of using more appropriate specialist equipment. Under the provision and use of work equipment regulations employers must make sure that equipment is suitable for the purpose for which it is used.

When enforcing this legislation, the HSE will look to industry best practice to decide on enforcement. They could consider a prosecution depending on the seriousness of an accident and how far below the expected standard the company fell.

Why Merritts?

We have HGV vehicles, low loaders and tackle vans which carry a wide array of lifting machinery, giving our fully trained operatives numerous options as to how to conduct lifting operations. We are therefore always able to select the safest option based on the load, the working environment and their experience.

As well as machinery moving we also provide services such as floor preparation, match marking, core drilling, bolting down of machinery and alignment and levelling. We support this with electrical and mechanical services and commissioning. We can even store obsolete machinery in our secure storage facility and offer bonded warehousing for new machinery.

As well as ensuring your project is done safely and efficiently by a heavy machinery moving specialist, involving Merritts early in your plans means we can give you the very best advice and help you understand the regulations to which you must comply and ensure you complete all the necessary paperwork for your project.

If you are considering a project that requires moving heavy machinery, please complete an enquiry form.

For many businesses the start of a New Year often means the start of a new financial year and investment in activities that will deliver growth or help the business work more efficiently. It is also the time when businesses generally assess their budgets to review their position and make decisions for the remainder of their financial year.

For manufacturing businesses, a budget review or release of new budgets may lead to money being available to invest in new machinery or the refurbishment of existing machines. It could also mean a reshuffle of production lines to streamline processes.

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 an expert team that is fully trained to work according to all health and safety standards.

We operate the most state of the art 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 enquiries@merritts.uk.com. Alternatively, you can request a quote below.

Merritts have announced a rise in both revenue and profits in accounts filed for the financial year ended June 2018 following the appointment of new Finance Director Alan Cundy.

Revenue has increased by £1.56m to £5.52m and profits have more than doubled from £320,000 to £870,000 over the same period. Merritts now also employ 42 people.

Commenting, Managing Director, James Merritt said, “It has proved to be a very successful year following a number of changes at board level. We appointed finance director Alan Cundy, and I moved in to a more customer-facing role. This has improved cost control and operational efficiencies.”

Finance Director, Alan Cundy, added, “A significant programme of capital investment started in 2018 and will continue into 2019 and beyond. This investment will assist us in meeting the growing demand for machinery relocation services within the UK and Europe.”

So far in 2018, the Merritts has invested £1.4m in new plant and equipment to support the growth plans and increase operational capacity. This has included 4 new Scania S500 tractor units, 4 new customised Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans and 4 new Hyster fork lift trucks. A new £100,000 Nooteboom low loader is also on order for delivery in January 2019.

The company has also increased staff employee numbers: Former HSE inspector, Lincoln Marks, has been appointed as the new health & safety manager, further enhancing Merritts commitment to safety in the workplace. Four new team members have also been appointed for driver/engineering roles.

As part of its expansion plan, the company intends to increase revenue to £10m by securing more global machine moving projects on behalf of manufacturers selling new machinery to UK based companies.

Merritts has a blue chip client base of industry leading manufacturers and supply chain partners in sectors that use heavy machinery such as aerospace, defence, automotive, print, plastics & rubber, food production and waste & recycling.

Christmas may be a time for employee holidays and shutting up shop for many manufacturers, but for others, an empty factory is also an ideal time to move heavy machinery or carry out refurbishments and maintenance.

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 an expert team that is fully trained to work according to all health and safety standards.

We operate the most state of the art 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 enquiries@merritts.uk.com

heavy machinery refurbishment

Merritts has 60,000 ft² of internal warehouse space serviced by overhead cranes, and a further 80,000 ft² of external storage space. This enables us to offer manufacturing businesses and machine tool specialists the opportunity to use our facilities as a base from which to carry out heavy machinery refurbishment and maintenance.

This service is frequently provided during the transport of a heavy machine to a new location, before it is offered for resale, or before it is temporarily decommissioned. This is because the machine owner sees this as an ideal opportunity to carry out a full overhaul so that the machine arrives at its new location in the best possible condition.

Obviously, whilst the machine has been in operation, it will have had its routine maintenance inspections carried out to ensure its continued safe operation and to avoid production breakdowns, but often, this has meant tooling engineers and inspectors working in confined spaces which may have limited access to all parts of the machine.

By transporting the heavy machinery ‘mid-move’ to our facility, engineers can have unlimited space within which to work and can use specialist lifting equipment such as Versa-Lift forklifts and overhead gantry cranes to enable them to move and lift the machine to access all sides and complete the inspection and overhaul.

Our inventory of specialist machinery moving plant and lifting equipment provides a workable solution to every scenario. All of our equipment is subject to stringent maintenance and testing procedures.

Machine tools specialists that have been approved to work on our site will have access to specialist equipment including:

  • Enerpac Super Lift gantry system (SL125)
  • Heavy duty lift trucks
  • Versa-Lifts (lift capacity up to 36 Te)
  • Lorry mounted cranes
  • Mobile elevating work platforms
  • Lifting beams and frames
  • Rigging accessories

Space is available to hire on a short or long term basis, with rates calculated accordingly. The package can be tailored to suit requirements and can include lifting facilities and access to power if required.

If you have a heavy machinery refurbishment requirement and need space to carry out the works please get in touch.

heavy machinery transport

Joseph Merritt Group Plc has announced plans to invest £1.4 million in heavy machinery transport and lifting equipment as part of an ongoing strategy to expand services across the UK.

The company, which specialises in the lifting, removal, transportation, installation, and storage of heavy machinery and equipment has already invested in 4 new Scania S500 tractor units and will shortly take delivery of 4 new customised Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans and 4 new Hyster fork lift trucks. A new £100,000 Nooteboom flatbed trailer is also on order for delivery in January 2019.

In addition, Merritts has added to its fleet of Versa-Lift trucks following the £300k investment in a further 60/80 truck which has the capacity to lift and carry machinery weighing up to 35 tonnes, which is a valued asset to machinery end users and manufacturers. The Versa-Lift’s compact design also makes it an ideal solution when moving machinery in confined areas.

In total, Merritts will have invested £1.2 million in vehicles by the end of 2018. The remainder of the investment has equipped the new vehicles with bespoke toolboxes and lifting tackle, which includes specialist jacks, skates, chains and slings. This ensures each Merritts site engineer is fully equipped with the specialist tooling required to successfully carry out each project.

Commenting on the investment, James Merritt, Director, said, “We have ambitious plans for expansion over the next five years. We are investing in the equipment and people we will need to meet the growing demand for machinery movement services in the UK, Europe and beyond. It will also enable us to continue working for manufacturers who are moving factories or need to re-locate machinery within their existing premises.”

Funding for the investment was provided by Santander. Joseph Merritt Group Plc currently has a turnover of £6m and employs a team of 45 personnel who work from a fully equipped storage and bonded warehousing facility based in Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottingham. As part of its expansion plan, the company intends to increase revenue to £10m, create at least five new jobs and seek to attract more global machine moving projects on behalf of manufacturers selling new machinery to UK based companies.

The company has a blue chip client base of industry leading manufacturers and supply chain partners in sectors that use heavy machinery such as aerospace, defence, automotive, print, plastics & rubber, food production and waste recycling.

Merritts Machine Movers recently completed the purchase of two brand new Mercedes Benz Actros 2651 Gigaspace tractor units to add to the companies current fleet of  specialist vehicles.

The new Actros 2651 6×4 cabs will be the first Mercedes models that Merritts will have operated in their 92 year history and the family firm will be using the vehicles to carry specialist loads, heavy machines and assist with factory relocation throughout the UK.

The new tractor units have been designed to carry up to 44 tonnes of gross trailer weight (gtw) under normal operations and up to 80 tonnes under the current STGO Category 2 regulations.  The new vehicles also feature the largest Gigaspace cab that Mercedes Benz currently offer to their commercial customers, which means greater comfort, space and practicality for the operator.

A wider selection of fuel efficient engines, ranging from a standard 175kW (238hp) unit up to a 460kW (625hp) unit, mean that the 2651 6×4 cab meets the current Euro 5 fuel efficiency and emissions regulations and offers far greater performance than the previous model.

The new vehicles will join Merritts’ existing fleet of Volvo and Scania cabs which are currently used on a regular basis to load, offload and transport heavy machinery for customers throughout the UK. The Actros is widely regarded as one of the most reliable and efficient models in the current Mercedes Benz range and the latest incarnation of the 2651 Gigaspace cab will make a welcome addition to the current Merritts fleet.

 

 

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As part of Merritt’s bespoke services we provide safe and secure storage servicves for large loads and industrial equipment. This is often essential when equipment is being mothballed, sold on or can’t be transported to its final destination for a period of time. It is a key component of our comprehensive logistics services, although we also offer use of the storage facilities as a standalone service.

One of our key strengths is that we’re centrally located in the Midlands, conveniently close to the M1, giving us and our customers quick access to major routes North, South, East and West. Our secure facilities offer 150,000sqft of internal storage space, with another 80,000sqft external storage space for items that are not weather sensitive.

All of our warehouses are heated, equipped with overhead cranes that can lift up to 20 Tonnes, allow storage for items up to 10m in height and are protected with state of the art security systems. All of which is managed by our skilled warehouse team.

Storage Services

We have customers come to us looking for a variety of storage solutions, so we often tailor our services to suit each individual need. For instance, energy engineering firm Doosan Babcock needed to store some sensitive items that required regular maintenance and a permanent power supply to maintain correct temperature, humidity and performance. By closely following instructions our skilled team were able to fulfil all the manufacturer’s requirements for safely storing the equipment.

How short and long term storage these are some of the reasons why businesses choose to store their equipment with us:

  • Machinery manufacturers from all industry sectors often need a buffer storage solution prior to UK installation.
  • A piece of equipment may no longer be required but cannot be written off due to balance sheet value.
  • Manufacturers that downsize production on multiple sites by consolidating machinery may need to store some machinery prior to it being sold.
  • When manufacturers change their tooling or model they are still required to keep the old tools and parts for a specified time.
  • Used machinery dealers sometimes need a simple holding area or showroom to keep equipment prior to sale.
  • Auctioneers can require warehouse space in which to hold closed auctions or store machinery.
  • Many transport businesses can save fuel and time between drops to customers by using our central location to temporarily drop certain loads.

 

Storage services and HMRC bonded

Customs bonded warehousing

Our facilities are also popular with importers and exporters. Merritt’s premises are HMRC approved as a customs bonded warehouse facility, which means we can help our customers defer payment of import duty and VAT on their machinery and equipment.

These are the key benefits of our customs bonded warehousing facility:

  • Businesses can defer payment of import duty and VAT.
  • The opportunity to purchase stock machinery without paying import duty and VAT until they’re sold.
  • Provides customers with greater flexibility for supplying ‘quick turnaround’ machine deliveries to clients.
  • It also means you can take advantage of favourable exchange rates when purchasing stock machinery.
  • If you are unable to sell your machinery in the UK you can sell it for re-export without having to worry about the duties which would already have been paid.

 

Secure Storage Services

Rates start from £0.10 per square foot per week (£1.09 per square metre per week), which is inclusive of buildings insurance, rates, light, heat and power in the area dependent on use. Find out more about our storage services.

Get in touch for a quote on storage.

(NB Our customs bonded warehouse is approved for ‘dry’ status only. We do not have a ‘wet’ licence and therefore cannot process enquiries relating to the storage of alcohol, fuel or cigarettes.)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. www.iosh.co.uk

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. www.nebosh.org.uk

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

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. www.prince2.com

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. www.rospa.com

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

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

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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 www.rtitb.co.uk
  • We are also JAUPT approved, which means we can provide Periodic Training www.jaupt.org.uk

 

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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