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    HIGH REACH DEMOLITION SECTOR GUIDE UPDATED

    New training course supplements revised and updated high reach Guidance 

    The National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) has launched a revised and updated edition of the existing Guidance Notes on the Safe Use of High Reach Demolition Excavators. The publication has been produced by NFDC in conjunction with all the leading high reach excavator manufacturers reflecting changes in the high reach demolition sector over the past five years. The co-author and industry expert Paul Brown said:

    “Since we published the original document, we have seen high reach machines go beyond the 60, 70 and even 90 metre working height mark. It was important that the guidance was brought up to date to reflect those changes.”

    Free hard copies are available to UK contractors using the NFDC Publications order form and the electronic version can be viewed online 

    Guidance sets out checks required to ensure stable and secure base

    The National Demolition Training Group has developed a high reach excavator training course designed to take an operator experienced on a machine with a 15m working height up to 30m.

    NFDC CEO Howard Button said:

    “with publication of the revised guidance notes and the introduction of the new training course, the NFDC and NDTG are ensuring that the UK demolition sector keeps pace with the rapid development of these highly specialised machines.”

    He added: 

    “There is probably no faster-moving area of the demolition business than the development of high reach excavators.  These huge machines are potentially dangerous and require enormous care when operating them safely. 

    Unseen voids and hidden basements are probably the biggest threat to high reach safety. The new guidance sets out the checks required to ensure the machine is working on a stable and secure base.”

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