G&B Finch has opted for new Stralis X-Way mixers

Finch Stralis X-Ways

Chelmsford-based G&B Finch has put two 8-wheel IVECO Stralis X-Way mixers into service; one 400hp unit with CIFA bodywork, and one 360hp example with bodywork from Schwing Stetter. 
The trucks, which will deliver concrete within a 20-mile radius of G&B Finch’s main site in Chelmsford, are much lighter than the older Trakkers they replace.
Steve Finch, owner of G&B Finch, said: “The Stralis X-WAYs add a new dimension to the fleet – and as they are lighter, we’re able to carry an additional 500 litres of concrete on every journey.” 
The company specified the OFF version for the 360hp X-Way, which has superior off-road potential. The approach angle is 25 degrees greater than the on-road version, and it has a tougher bumper too. 
“We find nothing comes close to IVECO. Their vehicles are built tough and tackle everything we throw at them. We’ve not looked at another manufacturer for 30 years,” commented Finch.

Company fined £9,400 after employee falls from lorry bed


A company has been fined £9,400 after its employee fell from a lorry bed while unloading it in South East Wales.

The worker suffered multiple fractures following the fall from height at the premises of Braithwaite Engineers in Risca, Monmouthshire in October 2017.

Cwmbran Magistrates Court heard how his injuries, which included fractures of the head, ribs, shoulder blade and fingers, led to the employee missing more than five months of work.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company, which manufactures steel water storage tanks and supporting towers, had failed to provide employees with suitable and clear instructions and training so that staff did not access lorry beds in an unsafe manner.

Braithwaite Engineers pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and was ordered to pay costs of £1,680.75.

Speaking after the case HSE inspector Will Powell said: “Falls from vehicles can be overlooked by employers when considering risks from work at height. Simple measures would have prevented this accident.”

Earlier this year, the all-party parliamentary group on working at height published a report making four recommendations to reduce the overall number of falls.

These included the introduction of an enhanced reporting system through RIDDOR, the appointment of an independent body allowing confidential reporting of all near misses and an equivalent system to Scotland’s fatal accident inquiry process extended to the rest of the UK.