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.
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
As an approved HMRC bonded warehouse, Merritts must adhere to the following requirements:
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.)
Every year Merritts’ Big Machine Movers handle over 100,000 Tonnes of precision engineered machinery, moving it from A to B in the safest and most efficient way possible. Because that’s a mind-boggling figure to get your head around we’ve created this infographic of comparatively huge items to illustrate just how much all those big machine moves can add up.