Posted on 30/04/2013 by Dave Irons
Jobs in plant hire could have an important role to play in a future trend in the construction industry.
During a recent event at Birmingham New Street Station, business consultant Brian Swain outlined the principles of 'lean construction', and how a lean approach to specifying can have benefits for various different sectors.
Within construction in particular, the Chartered Institute of Building reports, Mr Swain defined 'lean' as meaning: "A business operational, organisational and developmental strategy for high performance and continuous improvement."
These principles are, in the UK, encouraged by the Lean Construction Institute, which promotes lean working throughout the supply chain - including on issues like manpower, materials and equipment.
It is the last of these three concerns that may be tackled through jobs in plant hire, and the equipment supplied by plant hire firms.
Hiring tools allows construction firms to access the equipment they need without facing the full cost of purchasing it for themselves.
This creates an element of flexibility, allowing specific tools to be used when needed, without upfront capital investment or ongoing maintenance costs.
In its report, the CIOB says: "The UK construction industry is geared to achieving fast results and fast profits," but adds: "It is not prepared to take the time to continuously improve."
Tool hire can achieve both aims in one, providing prompt access to specialist equipment on-demand, while allowing construction firms to continually use the newest innovations in plant machinery, maintained to a high standard by the hire firm.
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