Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes adds a new Nooteboom, 4-axle low-loader to its fleet

Edinburgh-based Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes has added a new STGO Cat 3, 4-axle low-loader from Nooteboom trailer to its fleet of specialist crane ballast, low-loader, step-frame and flat trailers.

The new Nooteboom Eurotrailer Euro-96-04(P) model, which has been specified with steer/lift SAF axles with Goodyear 285/70R 19.5 tyres, comes with an extendable load bed, measuring 8,500mm when closed. Running with a 535mm loading height, the 2,740mm wide load bed can also be extended with its outriggers to add 250mm to the main deck at each side. A hydraulically operated gooseneck, with a total stroke of 800mm, permits 6x4 tractor unit operation with a jeepdolly if required, along with coupling to either 8x4 or 10x4 tractor units.

Commenting on the new arrival, which will be used for a variety of crane ballast transport, machinery movements and heavy haulage, Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes MD Mark Rafferty, said: “The new Nooteboom Eurotrailer represents a substantial investment for our business. We are delighted with its specification and build quality. The trailer will bring additional capabilities to our heavy haulage fleet, in addition to offering a wider range of transport solutions to our customers.”

Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Crush injuries result in five-figure fine

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A Southampton storage and warehousing company has been fined £32,000 after an employee was run over by one of its forklift trucks. Skillbeech Services, which holds a standard national licence authorising seven HGVs and two trailers, appeared at Southampton Magistrates’ Court following the incident in July 2019.

The court heard that the delivery driver was in the firm’s Drivers’ Wharf yard while his vehicle was being loaded, when he was hit by the forklift. He was knocked to the ground and the vehicle then ran over his legs, causing severe crush injuries.

A subsequent investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that there were inadequate control measures in place to segregate pedestrians and vehicles at the delivery yard. The company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and as well as the fine, it was also ordered to pay costs of £8,222.

Nicola Pinckney, HSE inspector, said: “The injuries sustained in this incident were life changing and could have easily been fatal. This incident could have been avoided if basic vehicle and pedestrian segregation and control measures such as barriers, marked walkways and safe working practices had been in place. Companies should be aware that HSE will not hesitate to take appropriate enforcement action against those that fall below the required standard.”