Home » News » India Buildings £38m Liverpool development project powered by Nu-Star Electric Wheelbarrow
India Buildings £38m Liverpool development project powered by Nu-Star Electric Wheelbarrow
Powered tip and drive electric wheelbarrows transform site operations in Liverpool
J.B.V demolition are one of the UKs leading demolition companiesworking on high profile projects through-out the country. J.B.V were recentlyawarded the prestigious India Buildings contract strip-out.
The India Building is an early 1900 Grade II listed building in the heart of Liverpool. The nine storey commercial building commands an entire block and is mainly used today as offices. Following the re-development work the India Building will be home to HMRC’s new “Supercentre” and house 3,500 staff.
The India Building refurbishment, required J.B.Vs experienced skills to internally strip-out the building, whilst taking great care of the historic building during the renovation work.
The sheer size of the building resulted in large quantities of debris needing to be transported long distances and then tipped into the waste chutes. The nature of a Grade II listing requires the windows to remain in place, meaning there was insufficient ventilation to use machinery with petrol or diesel engines as the exhaust fumes and noise would have been a health and safety risk.
J.B.V had started the project using a large number oftraditional manual wheelbarrows before they heard about the Nu-Star MUV ElectricWheelbarrow – capable of hauling 350Kg for up to 8km on a single charge.
Rob Munro, JBV Project Manager and Demolition Engineer, states ‘Introducing Nu-Star’s Electric Wheelbarrow has transformed our on-site operations. We’ve been able to utilise our workforce more effectively, removing the debris could normally require a four man “traditional” wheelbarrow squad, but using two Electric Wheelbarrows controlled by two operatives not only reduced labour by 50%, but increased the payload by around 30/40% when transporting masonry/concrete debris at the same time. Furthermore there was no fatigue on the operatives because they don’t have to push the barrow (especially when going up a ramp!) and they also don’t need to take any load though their body, particularly their shoulders and arms.
Not only therefore has the powered drive helped save time and effort, but the powered tip functionality has been a god-send in regards to on-site health and safety. I’ve got a very happy workforce! Durability has always been an issue with electric wheelbarrows from past experience, but the Nu-Star version is durable (no issues with them whatsoever) and they are also very simple for the operatives to use.’
Matt Smith, Nu-Star MD, ‘Our MUV Electric Wheelbarrow is an ideal solution for the construction industry, with no exhaust fumes or handlebar vibrations our powered barrow is suitable for internal construction projects. With the rise in city centre redevelopment projects and the growing trend of residential basement development, we frequently sell and hire electric-powered wheelbarrows into this sector.’
Home » News » Nu-Star Power Pusher takes the hard work out of moving heavy loads for William Haley Engineering
Nu-Star Power Pusher takes the hard work out of moving heavy loads for William Haley Engineering
Power Pusher facilitates improved Health and Safety and increased productivity at the Somerset base
William Haley Engineering, part of The Haley Group, based in Somerset are one of the leading steelwork fabricators in the UK. William Haley Engineering specialise in the construction industry and have been involved in many high profile projects which have resulted in them supplying steel frame structures for buildings all over the world.
William Haley Engineering is renowned for its strong safety culture in the workplace and has annual safety improvement objectives toachieve. This is where Nu-Star’s electric tug solutions aided Haley Engineeringreach its safety targets.
Haley Engineering first contacted Nu-Star back in July 2014 with the aim of improving safety in the workplace by reducing the amount of manual handling. The production line at Haley Engineering utilises a rail system structure with transfer cars to move steel structures weighing up to 20 tonnes through the factory. Pushing the transfer cars by hand could be very strenuous on employees’ backs and a risk to safety.
The Nu-Star Power Pusher with a push pad attachment was perfect for the application, Haley Engineering swiftly ordered the electric tow tug after seeing what the Power Pusher could do at the demonstration, pushing heavy loads was effortless.
Kevin Watson, part of William Haley Engineering team, said, “Introducing the Power Pusher has quite literally took the strain out of moving the heavy steelwork for us here on our production line. We’ve improved our health and safety by reducing the number of workplace injuries from manual handling. We’re also doing our bit for the environment as the electric tug emits no exhaust fumes and it’s perfect for indoor use.”
The Power Pusher proved its credibility; as a reliable, cost effective solution and a robust asset to the assembly line. Subsequently, William Haley Engineering contacted us in September 2018 to invest in a second Power Pusher tug. This tug would run alongside the first Power Pusher to help improve efficiency and productivity in the factory, with a machine operating at either end of the production line, reducing down time in between moving one machine throughout the factory.
Matt Smith, Managing Director at Nu-Star explained “We pride ourselves in designing and building reliable solutions, which in turn make our customers come back to us, time and time again. William Haley Engineering are a valued customer and we’re happy that our Power Pusher helped them meet their HS&E and production targets.”
Find out how Nu-Star can help improve your workplaceoperations and view our wide range of Nu-Star electric tugs here.