How to Remove Contaminated Soil

When contaminating substances are not used, stored or disposed of safely, they can infiltrate the site in which they are produced or handled, seeping into and contaminating the soil. Contaminated soil is most often found in urban areas and industrial sites due to activities such as manufacturing, industrial dumping, land development, waste disposal or excessive fertilizer or pesticide use.

Depending on the type of contaminant and method in which it enters, the surface layer of soil can be contaminated, or the contaminated can be released further down in the soil. Leaks from buried tanks, sewage pipes or landfills usually cause the latter.

When removing contaminated soil, it’s important to consider also removing contaminated groundwater, and how the contaminants could have spread from your site to another via waterways or dust.

Contaminated soil can be harmful to people and animals through ingestion (of plants grown in the soil), breathing or absorption through the skin. It can have harmful health effects, and effects on the land use capabilities of the site.

Biological Treatment/ Remediation

Biological treatment or biological remediation is removing contaminated soil by using biological processes to degrade, transform, or otherwise remove contaminants from soil – the “biological processes” being bacteria or fungi. They use some contaminants as food sources, making them effective at breaking down:

  • Hydrocarbons
  • Halogenated organic solvents
  • Plastic polymers
  • Non-chlorinated pesticides and herbicides
  • Nitrogen compounds
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Chromium
  • Radionuclides

One of the ways to biologically remediate soil is by planting various plants that release substances through their roots which support the existing microorganisms in the soil in removing the contaminants. This is a process of phytoremediation called rhizosphere biodegradation.

Other biological treatments including phytoremediation include phyto-accumulation/ phyto-extraction, phyto-volatilization, and phyto-degradation.
Phyto-accumulation or phyto-extraction is planting plants that absorb the contaminants (usually water-soluble metals like lead), and then removing the plants from the site.

Phyto-volatilization is planting plants that absorb organic contaminants and release them into the air.

Phyto-degradation is planting plants that metabolise and destroy contaminants in their plant tissues.

Phytoremediation methods are especially effective against oil-contaminated soil.

Chemical Methods

Chemical methods for decontaminating soil include chemical oxidation, and soil stabilisation/ soil solidification/ chemical fixation

Chemical oxidation converts contaminated soils into non-hazardous soils by injecting chemical oxidants into the soil or groundwater. This can be done where the soil already is, rather than removing the contaminated soil before decontaminating. Chemical oxidants destroy TPH, BTEX and PCBs, as these contaminants react to oxidants.

During soil stabilisation/ soil solidification/ chemical fixation, immobilising agents are added to the soil, effectively locking it in. This reduces the soil’s leachability or bioavailability so contaminants can’t reach any receptors, converting it to a less dangerous form. Soil stabilisation also gives the ground higher resistance and lower permeability, making it more suitable for construction work.

One method of soil stabilisation is phyto-stabilisation, which is planting plants that produce immobilising compounds, keeping the contaminants harmless and in place. Phytoremediation methods are especially effective against oil-contaminated soil.

Physical Methods

Physical soil decontaminating methods include soil washing and solvent extraction. Both of these methods require removing the contaminated soil before decontaminating.

When soil is washed with a liquid wash solution, fine-grained soils like silts and clays are washed away along with the contaminants (as many contaminants bind to fine soils), while the coarse-grained soils such as sands and gravels are kept and safely reused. Soil washing doesn’t destroy or remove the contaminants from the fine-grained soils, however, so these must still be disposed of in a licenced facility.

Solvent extraction essentially separates organic and inorganic compounds by adding them to liquids that don’t mix together, such as water and organic solvents, and shaking the solution. The organic compounds will be more soluble in the organic solvents, and the inorganic compounds will be more soluble in the water. Once the water is removed and disposed of, the organic solvent can be distilled down to organic compounds and be reused. The aim is to get rid of the inorganic compounds (which are inorganic contaminants) and keep the organic ones. However, this method also doesn’t destroy or remove the contaminants from the water, so it must be disposed of in a licenced facility.

Thermal Methods

Thermal methods of soil remediation include pyrolysis/ thermal desorption, and thermal destruction. The contaminates soil needs to be removed before these methods are performed.

Thermal desorption (AKA pyrolysis) uses heat to increase the volatility of contaminants to a degree that they can be separated from the soil. After separation, the contaminants can be destroyed using direct thermal destruction – which is akin to incineration.

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Do you need a licence to operate a skid steer?

So, you’re starting on some home renovations, and have your eye on some skid steer hire. Thanks to the government’s semi-recent overhaul of licences pertaining to certain machines, it’s much easier to hire a skid steer without a licence.

However, this depends on what you’re hiring your skid steer for. While digging holes for your hedges is simple enough, skid steer loaders can be difficult to use in a work environment or for demolition and asbestos removal. Recognising that, the government requires High-Risk Work (HRW) licences for this, as well as requiring a White Card and Verification of Competency (VOC) if your skid steer operation is for work.

When You Don’t Need a Licence

There are actually many instances where you’re not required to hold a licence to operate a skid steer loader at all. These are:

  • When you’re not performing high-risk work like demolition and asbestos removal
  • When you’re in training for a relevant licence class and are being supervised by a licenced person
  • When you’ve applied for a licence and are waiting for the decision on the application
  • When you’re operating the skid steer as part of its manufacture testing, trialling, installation, commissioning, maintenance, servicing, repair, alteration, demolition or disposal. In these instances, the skid steer should be operated without a load except when calibrating it.

When You Need a Verification of Competency

‘Persons Conducting a Business Undertaking’ (PCBU) and employers are required by industry regulations to ensure their workers can perform the tasks related to their job role in plant equipment operation. One way they can do this is by accessing your Verification of Competency (VOC), a nationally recognised method of assessment of your ability to operate plant equipment, including skid steer loaders.

You can take a VOC course formally through a Registered Training Organisation (RTO), who, on completion, will credit you with a Statement of Attainment. You can give this statement to your employer or PCBU as proof of your VOC.

Before going in, make sure you fit the following requirements for enrolment:

  • You’re able to read and write basic English
  • You can pass a language, literacy and numeracy assessment (LLN)
  • You’re at least 16 years old
  • You can provide 2 forms of identification
  • You have all the required PPE
  • You should keep records of your VOC in the event of an accident.

When You Need a White Card

If you want a job in the construction industry, you need a White Card. A White Card is a certification proving you’ve gone through an introductory safety training course. Your White Card is valid until you haven’t done any construction work for two consecutive years – then you have to redo your White Card training. White Card training takes around a day, and you can choose to complete it face-to-face or online. The requirements to enrol in White Card training are:

  • You have 100 points of identification
  • You have a basic understanding of the English language
  • You’ve created a USI
  • You meet the age requirements (which vary by state)

When You Need a High-Risk Work Licence

“High-Risk Work” covers any work involving heavy machinery that still requires a licence. Work requiring a High-Risk Work (HRW) Licence includes:

  • Scaffolding
  • Demolition and asbestos removal
  • Dogging and rigging work
  • Operating certain types of cranes and hoists
  • Operating a forklift
  • Operating a reach stacker
  • Operating a boom-type elevating work platform
  • Operating a boiler, steam turbine or reciprocating steam engine

HRW Licences can be obtained by Australian RTOs. Usually, high-risk work performed when you hire a skid steer involves demolition and asbestos removal.

To obtain a demolition work licence, complete the course ‘CPC30413 – Certificate III in Demolition’ and submit your proof of attainment to WorkSafe Australia along with all other required documentation.

To obtain an asbestos removal licence, submit your application form, supporting documents and required fee to your state WorkCover organisation. However, asbestos removal licence application is usually handled by your PCBU.

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Tips for operating a tipper truck

Tipper truck (AKA dump truck) hire is essential in multiple industries. Loading, hauling and dumping material is a part of nearly every construction and mining project. But just because they’re everywhere doesn’t mean they don’t require care when operating.

Tipper trucks are a bit more complicated to use than other rigid vehicles. Most dump truck accidents occur when other vehicles are in their vicinity, especially in bad weather. They can often be avoided by following all possible safety procedures, such as those listed here.

1. Get your licence

A ‘dump truck licence’ does not exist, and fortunately, depending on your operation you may not need a licence at all. If it is your truck on your private property, this is often the case.

However, tipper trucks are big and unwieldy vehicles, and recognising this the government has imposed some licencing requirements for using them.

If you’re driving a dump truck on local roads, you’ll need a Heavy Rigid (HR) licence. When you graduate to public roadways the type of heavy vehicle licence you need will differ depending on the size of your tipper truck. Here is a basic guide:

  • Size
    • 4.5t-8t
    • 2 axels and 8t or over
    • 3 or more axels and 8t or over
  • Licence
    • Light Rigid (LR)
    • Medium Rigid (MR)
    • Heavy Rigid (HR)

If you’re looking to hire a dump truck for work, especially in a mining environment, consider getting a Certificate III in Surface Extraction Operations (RII3O115) from a registered training organisation.

2. Take care of your dump truck

Assuming you’ve hired your tipper truck from a reputable company (like us), it will come with all the required bells and whistles and safety features you need. Don’t add any vanity modifiers, please – they’re more likely to compromise the dump truck than impress your friends.

Your hired tipper truck should have handrails and/or steps attached to it, wheel stops available, and any other safety factors.

Start with a pre-start check every time you go to operate a dump truck. Check the indicators, wipers, mirrors, and especially the tipping operation and tire pressure. Something wrong with the tire pressure can destabilise the truck, compromising its load capacity and encouraging a rollover.

Keep equipment maintenance records. Your pre-start checks will go a long way in identifying a problem before it turns into a catastrophe and keeping logs of when you deal with those problems can do the same with your finances. These records can be used to prove to insurance or hire a company that the machine has been well looked after, and to develop plans for future maintenance checks.

3. Plan around your environment

Does the route to your next pickup or dumping location have low overpasses or low-hanging obstacles blocking the way? You should find out before you leave and change it if these would hinder you (you should also know how tall your vehicle is).

Other obstacles to keep an eye out for include powerlines, carports, steep inclines and hairpin bends. Avoid these as much as possible. While driving, stay clear of other vehicles and of pedestrians. The bigger clearance you can give at the lowest speed, the safer everyone is.

When pulling out, pulling in, dumping or reversing, ask your assistant to hop out and direct you. You should establish your signals and warning calls in advance, and ensure you always have clear communication between you.

4. Go slow

To stay clear of other vehicles and pedestrians, you need to leave the biggest clearance at the lowest speed possible. Avoid maximum speeds.

Going slow also applies to the tipping function. Check throughout the tipping process with your assistant that your surroundings are clear. Take the time to find solid, level ground to tip on and to turn on your stabilisers.

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3 Top Trends for the Australian Transport Industry in 2020

To say 2020 has been unpredictable is more than an understatement, with a pandemic cutting across the world, how are our industries tracking? Every sector, including the transport sector, started the year with predictions that have since been thrown to the bin. Let’s take a look at three that have held true… so far.

Charging Electric Vehicles With Clean Energy

  • Trend Causes: Growing number of electric vehicle chargers
  • Trend Effects: Cheaper electric vehicle charging, less carbon emissions due to charging

As big companies such as Amazon, Rivian, UPS, FedEx and DHL set the standard by announcing the implementation of large electric freight truck fleets, the electric vehicle charging business is booming. Adding to this, EVgo, BMW and Straus Organic Dairy Farm are ensuring the electricity that fuels these fleets come from renewables instead of fossil fuels, and it’s now taking off in Australia.

At the end of 2019 the Australian Government began funding Chargefox to expand their electric vehicle charging stations around the country, spanning 5 states, 22 locations and $17 million. While their public chargers are currently available in Toombul, Barnawartha, Euroa, Airport West and Torquay VIC, Chargefox also sells private charging stations to homes and businesses. Interestingly 90% of electric vehicle charging in Australia is done with a private charger.

Further government investment into software Jet Charge makes charging at home cheaper. Once installed, Jet Charge manages the times in which your electric vehicle begins charging so it takes energy at the least busy time or during peak renewable input times, saving money on your electricity bill.

Truck Platooning

  • Trend Causes: Development of AI and autonomous driving technology
  • Trend Effects: 3-7% less fuel consumption due to decrease in air resistance per truck, increase in road safety due to AI reactions quicker than human ones, increase in driver productivity toward admin and customer service tasks.

For those of you who’ve never heard of it, ‘truck platooning’ is the latest strategy in increasing AI compatibility with freight trucks. A ‘platoon’ of trucks is like a convoy or many trucks directly behind one another. One driver manually operates the front truck while driverless or self-driving trucks follow their direction – either with idle drivers who can take control when needed or completely on their own.

At the end of 2019, the Chief Technical Officer at Cohda Wireless announced they were fast-tracking trials of Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology as one of the first steps of integrating this Australian-made solution into Europe’s ENSEMBLE platooning software. All trucks will run behind each other with a 5-metre gap between them, and can safely be operated at 95km/h. Trucks will also be able to join and leave the platoon without disrupting the system.


  • Trend Causes: Bitcoin technology
  • Trend Effects: Manages goods transport into a single ecosystem

Blockchain is a technology that stores digital information (the block) in a public database (the chain). Although it was originally used by a Bitcoin company, the technology is so versatile that it can be applied to increase the efficiency and accessibility of almost anything – including the organisation of freight trucks.

The startup Blockfreight, originally developed in San Francisco, USA, and now has offices in Australia, where the founder of the company believes he can improve the movement of goods throughout the country. Industry leaders are racing to catch up with the technology, with regulations and the establishment of the industry’s voice discussing how to design effective blockchain technologies would be beneficial to them.

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The World’s Top 5 Biggest Mining Dump Trucks 2020

Here at Eastern Plant Hire, we love big trucks, materials haulage is a massive part of our business so whenever we hear news of a new of different truck being released the office buzzes. Each year the big brands, Caterpillar, Komatsu, Terex and Liebherr bring out their shiny new truck, whether for underground mining, city streets or the ultra-class bulk haulage trucks. This constant competition ensures that each year the standard and quality of dump truck increases.

If you going back a few decades the only priority was making a high performing dump truck, whereas today there are a range of priorities, including performance that makes up the dump trucks of the 21st Century. Operator comfort, safety, efficiency, longevity and performance all combine together to make industry-leading dump trucks.

Working in the construction industry for over 20 years has exposed us to some of the biggest and best construction equipment and trucks Australia has to offer. However, these pale in comparison to the ultra class dump trucks most often found on mines in remote places around the world. Below we’ll go through the five biggest mining dump truck the world has to offer, and you may be surprised with who takes out the number one spot!

1. The BelAZ 75710 dump truck

Capable of hauling a whooping 450t of materials in one load the BelAZ 75710 takes out the top spot for the biggest mining dump truck. The dump truck is manufactured in Belarus and can be found on mine sites predominantly in Russia and Eastern Europe. The dump truck, which averages anywhere between $6-$7.5 million, has dual engines, designed to relieve the stress hauling at maximum 450t of materials.

With a two-axle setup and four wheels to an axle, the eight massive tires needed stand around four metres tall. At 20.6 metres long the dump truck is not only able to haul the most amount of materials in the world but is also the biggest dump truck in the world. Lastly, to make your eyes water it’s said to drink 1,300L of fuel per 100km.

While the company, BelAZ, heralds from the days of the Soviet Union, Belarus’s reputation for high-quality manufacturing can be seen in this beast of the mining world. Since it’s launch in 2013 the BelAZ 75710 has earned a reputation as reliable and efficient.

2. The Caterpillar 797F dump truck

With a payload capacity of 360t, the Caterpillar 797F dump truck comes in second place for the biggest mining dump truck. In saying that, you are much more likely to run into a Caterpillar 797F dump truck than you are a BelAZ 75710 at a mine in Australia. Featuring a 20-cylinder diesel engine and rear-axle mounted transmission the dump truck is capable of reaching maximum speeds of 68km/h.

The Caterpillar 797F is the third generation Caterpillar 797 which has been in production since 1998. With a mechanical drive powertrain instead of a diesel-electric powertrain, popular of ultra class dump trucks, the Caterpillar 797F has ensured their haul trucks are a cut above the competition.

3. The Liebherr T 284 dump truck

Unveiled in 2012 the Liebherr T 284 is both innovative and reliable. While being about to haul the same payload as the Caterpillar 757F, 360t, the Liebherr T 284 is almost 30t lighter, meaning the dump trucks functions are put under less strain when at full capacity. The Liebherr dump trucks have been renowned for their longevity, with many mine sites globally still using models that have long been retired.

4. The Terex / Bucyrus MT6300AC dump truck

Sharing the title of second largest dump truck in the world with the Caterpillar 797F and the Liebherr T 284 the Terex MT6300AC dump truck is capable of hauling a maximum 360t of materials. It was originally designed and manufactured by Terex but after it’s mining equipment division was acquired by Bucyrus International Inc. the dump truck was rebranded to the Bucyrus MT6300AC.

Sporting a 3,750 horsepower 20V4000 four-stroke diesel engine the Bucyrus MT6300AC has two tiple reduction geared electric motors located at each side of the rear axle. Lightly slower than the Caterpillar 595F and the Liebherr T 284 the Bucyrus MT 6300AC’s max speed tops out at 64km/h. However, it’s most notable feature is it’s bed heating option, making unloading certain materials in cold climates both easier and faster.

5. The Komatsu 960E-1 dump truck

Announced in 2008 the Komatsu 960E-1 is capable of hauling 325t of materials. Although the Komatsu has a slightly smaller payload than the larger 360t payload dump trucks they are known for being easy to drive and comfortable for operators. Two things that are important when working long shifts in hazardous conditions.

The 2-stage turbo-charged engine consumes on average 160L an hour when running, which also happens to be more efficient than its heavier dump truck counterparts. While not the biggest in its field the Komatsu 960E-1 is both reliable and efficient, perfect for mine sites looking to reduce costs.

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How do Cities Benefit from Street Sweeper Hire?

How do Cities Benefit from Street Sweeper Hire?

When you go to a new city for leisure or to experience a new culture, instead of sight-seeing different areas or landmarks, you may find yourself looking at the unclean streets instead. These roads could be filthy from general rubbish, leaves, dirt and anything else.

Now you may be wondering how a city can let their own public streets become so dirty and filthy, well the simple answer is that many people don’t exactly understand how beneficial keeping city streets clean is. Not only does consistent street sweeping alleviate the build-up of rubbish and other materials throughout streets, but it also makes the city a much nicer place to visit while also helping improve the over environment and reduces safety hazard risks.

The General Purpose of Street Sweeping

Well now you know some of the reasons behind street sweeping, what exactly is street sweeping? Well, street sweeping is the process of keeping city streets and roads clean utilising a heavy duty machine. This keeps the overall area clean, while also promoting public safety and health. It also ensures that public residents and visitors feel safe while also reducing the chance of a vehicle crash occurring due to debris in the street. You may think street sweeping is a meaningless task, however, keeping your streets clean is one of the easiest tasks to ensure long-term pavement care and overall risk management.

What are the Benefits of Street Sweeping?

There are a range of benefits to implementing a street sweeper for hire not only cleaning purposes but to maintain city streets well into the future. Street sweeping positively affects a few main areas which include:

  • Storm Drains
  • Community Health
  • Public Safety
  • Local Economy and Property Value

Storm Drains

Clearing storm drains is essential to reduce the number of blockages the occur and build-up of debris. In the event of a storm, if there is a large quantity of rain that falls and the stormwater drains are clogged, where would the water go? This is why many cities have implored the help of street sweepers. Street sweepers easily remove roadside debris such as rubbish from the gutters that would normally clog the drains.

Community Health

Street sweepers are also beneficial in increasing overall community health. If there are build-ups of garbage and other debris, it could lead to rodents, bugs and other unsanitary creatures swarming these piles. This could lead to a safety risk and especially for animals as they may ingest something harmful. Clearing all of this rubbish with a street sweeper will elevate these health risks.

Public Safety

When you have varying amounts of rubbish throughout city pathways and streets, this can become very hazardous. Depending on the amount of debris, this could be dangerous for drivers, bike riders and pedestrians. In turn, this may lead to serious accidents occurring.

Local Economy and Property Value

The amount of debris and rubbish in your local area could spell disaster for how much your property is worth and result in the overall local economy decreasing in value. If roads and streets are not swept regularly, people looking to buy or lease buildings through the city may turn away. While cleaning streets may not boost the economy straight away, in the long-term it will positively impact the environment.

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Tipper Truck Hire Safety Guidelines

Tipper Truck Hire Safety Guidelines

With the increased number of tipper trucks on our roads and highways, understanding the safety guidelines surrounding tipper trucks is essential. From just looking at them, tipper trucks are large machines that can be quite intimidating. When their large tilt tray starts to unload various materials, this can be extremely dangerous to surrounding workers in the vicinity. However, these same machines are utilised in multiple industries, from civil earthworks to earthmoving, equipment transport and anything in between and accidents can occur. But these accidents can be avoided if those operating or working near tipper trucks follow simple guidelines and of course use common sense.

Below are some tipper truck safety guidelines that should be followed to ensure the safety of all workers involved:

  • Maintenance and Servicing
  • Process of Filling the Tipper
  • Transportation of Tipper Load
  • Entrance to the Drop-Off Zone
  • Unloading the Tipper Truck

Maintenance and Servicing

Before any tipper truck starts to undertake a projects material transportation requirement, the owner or hiring company needs to ensure that all required servicing and maintenance has been conducted before sending the machine off. Requesting to review the service logs of the tipper truck is crucial to decreasing the likelihood of breakdowns occurring on-site.

In conjunction with the tipper trucks maintenance and servicing, making sure that all operators are not only experienced, but they have the required tickets and qualifications to operate these large powered machines is essential.

Process of Filling the Tipper

Before you can start to load any tipper truck with various materials, operators must know the exact loading capacity of the tipper truck they are operating. This is because if they exceed the maximum loading capacity, this could cause damage to the mechanical parts. Making sure that all material within the tipper is level as possible will ensure efficient tipping.

Transportation of Tipper Load

Caution and safety need to take precedence when transporting materials in a tipper truck. This is to make sure that the entire load makes it to the worksite and the tipper truck is still in great condition. Avoiding maximum speed limits, hairpin turns, and inclined roads are vital as this can cause unwarranted strain on the tipper truck.

In order to avoid these obstacles, necessary route planning will need to take place. Spending time on planning a safe route can be the difference between your hired tipper truck making it to your worksite or having an accident on the way.

Entrance to the Drop-Off Zone

When you find the entrance to the worksite, you may think that everything is smooth sailing from here. Well, you would be wrong. When you are making your entrance, you and your assistant need to be on a constant lookout for travelling civilians and other site vehicles. This is even more important in not so favourable weather and environmental conditions as your visibility may be affected.

Unloading the Tipper Truck

The final and sometimes the most difficult part of the entire tipper truck process is unloading the material being transported. This process is of high difficulty as there will be quite a few tonnes of materials being unloaded, causing a major change in the tipper trucks overall weight and stability. A few things you can to do increase the stability when unloading is unload on flat and stable ground, tip the material/s out slowly, communicate effectively with your assistant and implement the use of stabilisers if necessary.

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Safety Tips for Street Sweeper Hire

Safety Tips for Street Sweeper Hire

Increasing the safety of your civil project remains an essential practice that all contractors and employees strive to achieve. Even though there are standard safety procedures that need to be followed before any project starts, all parties involved in the project should always look to improve overall safety.

With the increased number of street sweepers being used on various worksites, additional safety features and new designs are being formulated to guarantee the safety of the team and the public.

Here are a few tips that can increase the safety of your project when utilising the assistance of a street sweeper:

  1. Experienced Street Sweeper Operator
  2. Using the Correct Street Sweeper for Your Project
  3. Inspections and Maintenance is a MUST
  4. Implementing Additional Features

1. Experienced Street Sweeper Operator

Even though street sweepers aren’t known to be dangerous as they move between 20-40 km/h, they are large machines that can cause serious damage if an inexperienced operator is at the wheel. This is why you need to ensure that before a street sweeper starts sweeping away, the person operating it has the required tickets and licenses. This license will give an operator the required knowledge about the various functions and mechanisms.

If your street sweeper is left-hand drive, the operator utilising the machine will also need training on how to operate a left-hand side street sweeper. There are training courses that can provide an operator with the knowledge to operate a left-hand sweeper safely.

2. Using the Correct Street Sweeper for Your Project

To further increase the safety of all personnel on a worksite when a sweeper is being used, selecting the correct street sweeper to complete your project is ideal. Let’s compare street sweepers to excavators for a second. When you need to complete a backyard excavations project, you would hire a 2 tonne excavator, not a 20 tonne excavation. The same concept applies for street sweepers, if your project is on a small-scale, enlisting the help of a small to medium sized sweeper is perfect. If your project is much larger and requires more power, hire a larger sweeper.

Street sweeper brands can also signify whether they are highly regarded in the safety department. Today, most of the top sweeper brands are known for their site safety but make sure you do your research before hiring.

3. Inspections and Maintenance is a MUST

Hiring a street sweeper from a reputable company like Eastern Plant Hire can guarantee you ultimate street sweeper safety. There are multiple components such as the engine and brushes that allow street sweepers to operate and function at an optimal standard.

Before hiring a machine, you need to make sure that the required servicing and inspections have taken place. Asking the supplier before hiring a street sweeper is your best bet but asking for service records can also show you when a street sweeper has last been serviced.

4. Implementing Additional Safety Features

With constant safety technological features being developed and created, there are a few safety features that should be implemented on street sweeper models.

The first safety measure is the implementation of a better rear and side mirrors as well as cameras. These will allow an operator to see out of the sweeper better, knowing where certain structures and civilians are located.

The second is an active warning system, such as a blind spot monitoring radar. This will notify an operator when a civilian or structure is detected in the operator’s blind spot. An alert will go off notifying the operator using a vision system. This will give the operator time to decide the best course of action.

The third and final safety feature is the implementation of brighter lights and reversing alarms. Brighter lights will allow operators working at night to better see objects in front of them, while a reversing alarm will signify to the travelling public not to stand at the back of the sweeper.

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Uses for Scrapers

Scrapers have come a long way from their original horse-drawn ancestors. The first modern practical tractor-towed scraper was invented by Robert LeTourneau in 1923, and is considered the first earthmoving machine ever invented. The development of towed scrapers from LeTourneau’s design began in the 1940s, with over 30 U.S. manufacturers entering the scene between then and the 1970s, when self-propelled or motored scrapers hit the market. Since then, the industry has continued to develop both towed and self-propelled scrapers with higher efficiency.

Scrapers are used to move or remove dirt, gravel or other material from the ground surface. Though they are specially designed for this purpose, they can also perform tasks such as:

  • Excavation
  • Levelling
  • Loading
  • Hauling
  • Dumping
  • Cutting to grade

Because of this, scrapers are considered both a specialised and versatile machine. While they can perform the core tasks of a worksite, they can also do things no other machine can do. One of these is scraping wet soil – a scraper is the best earthmoving machine equipped to scrape wet soil without waiting for it to dry. Scrapers can thus be used as an all-rounder machine in the agriculture, construction and mining industries.

Scrapers remove layers of earth by dropping a horizontal blade from their trailer – also called bowl – into the soil below. When a scraper moves forward the blade scrapes the material into the bowl.

Types of Scrapers

When deciding which scraper to buy or hire, you may be weighing up between a towed or self-propelled scraper. Self-propelled scrapers are more popular than towed scrapers overall. This is predominantly because self-propelled scrapers don’t require a vehicle to pull them along, whereas if you have a tractor and need to use a range of attachments you should consider getting a pull-style scraper.

Pull-style scrapers are considered to be more versatile than self-propelled ones. However, pull-style or towed scrapers generally have less capacity for rocky conditions and larger aggregates than motored or self-propelled scrapers. In general, scrapers do best on flat surfaces, but many can handle rough terrain. John Deere scrapers are considered the best for rocky areas. Ensure to check with your supplier what your scraper’s capabilities are before going ahead with the purchase or hire.

Self-propelled vs towed isn’t the only distinction made between types of scrapers. Other types of scrapers include:

  • Single engine wheeled scraper
    These are the most common scrapers, with a bowl and “apron,” which keeps the material from flying out the top of the scraper. The bowl also features hydraulic lifters that enable the bowl to be dumped and emptied at another location.
  • Dual engine wheeled scraper
    These are the best for worksites on rough terrains. It includes a powerful engine in the front of the vehicle and in the trailer. They are also the best for wet soil and sand.
  • Elevating scraper
    These scrapers can remove, mix and homogenise soil, and complete fine finished work. These are best for clay, topsoil and sand. They’re fitted with conveyor belts which mix the material into the bowl, where it is stirred up.

Scrapers and Technology

Modern scrapers, especially self-propelled ones, have been subject to innovations in construction and agriculture technology. Thanks to these advancements, scrapers are generally 40% cheaper in operating costs compared to older scrapers without losing any productivity. This may be in part due to their lightweight nature and lower generation of ground pressure.

Scraper operators can now complete their work more precisely than ever. GPS systems allow operators to follow survey pins and grade lasers, significantly reducing operator effort while increasing precision. Operators can also input point elevations into a 3D configuration on a USB and then load it into the machine to complete what looks like a complicated task easily. Many operators prefer scrapers to other machines as they significantly reduce the need for re-work. Scrapers are versatile, efficient and economical dirt movers and one of the vital organs of a major job site.

Hire a Scraper

When you hire with an excellent supplier you don’t just get a high quality, maintained scraper on hire. You get a team of people working together to ensure your scraper hire experience is the best out there. From pre-hire customer service organising contracts and delivery, to hire support provided for the duration of the hire, and after hire service ensuring everything is finished correctly. Now, where do we know you’ll find that? Eastern Plant Hire of course!

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5 Helpful Tips for Backhoe Hire

A backhoe is a great hire choice for almost any excavation or construction job. With a wide range of sizes and attachments, backhoes can perform several core tasks on the work site – such as digging, breaking and moving material, and even drilling and placing items. But not every backhoe will be right for you – you need the right size, the right attachment compatibility, and the right capacity and power. These tips will help ensure you purchase a machine with the optimal specs and setup to work safely, efficiently and without any unnecessary wear and tear.

1. Plan out what work you’re doing with the backhoe.

You probably know what you want to hire the backhoe out for, but what exactly will it be doing? Backhoes are versatile machines, so you may end up using it for many tasks – moving different materials, digging to different depths, lifting and placing different materials. Consider all the different tasks you need to complete, that way you can ensure the backhoe you hire is optimal for all your tasks, the type and the amount of material you’ll be dealing with. Also, think about the backhoe attachments you’ll be using, as well as, whether or not you’ll need special lift options.

2. Take a close look at the Backhoe specs.

Here you should be making sure the capabilities of the backhoe match your needs. If you’re digging, check out the dig depth and dig force. If you’re working in a tight space, look closely at the backhoe’s height and width measurements. When you’re looking at smaller backhoes remember they’re more equipped for lift capacity than reach and dig. Look at the buckets that come with your hire or that can be attached, and consider their width and how much weight they can support. Ensure to ask the backhoe hire supplier about the compatibility between the backhoe and attachments you are either hiring with it or already have available.

3. Keep operator safety and comfort in mind.

Don’t just think about how much material you can dig, break or move. Often operators spend long hours in machines in semi-dangerous sites, so you’ll want a machine that won’t leave you in pain after a job or break down on you. Look for operator comfort, visibility, safety features, intuitive controls and adjustability. Test out the controls before you put your money on it, and weigh up whether you want a roaded or tailored backhoe (roaded backhoes prioritise operator comfort and spill control). If you’re confused about the controls, check out our blog on them here. https://easternplanthire.com/2020/01/15/backhoe-hire-how-does-a-backhoe-work/

4. Hire a backhoe with advanced telematics.

Advanced telematics refers to a subset of intelligent vehicle technologies which work to tell the driver how the different systems in a vehicle are working. Monitoring the health, performance, usage and location of your heavy equipment is essential if you don’t want a surprise breakdown, and advanced telematics is a backhoe feature that lets you do that. A remote monitoring system is an example of advanced telematics which also lets you monitor your backhoe’s productivity, machine-related overhead and maintenance schedules. Ask your supplier if your backhoe’s monitoring system is robust and comprehensive, and factor that into your decision.

Hire a Backhoe from an excellent supplier!

When you hire with an excellent supplier you don’t just get a high quality, well-maintained backhoe on hire. You get a team of people working together to ensure your hire experience is the best out there. From pre-hire customer service organising contracts and delivery, to hire support provided for the duration of the hire, and after hire service ensuring all the T’s are crossed and I’s dotted. Now, where do we know you’ll find that? Eastern Plant Hire of course!

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