Mabey Hire Launches Q Kap And Trench Sheet Extractor

Mabey Hire has worked in conjunction with two of its customers to launch two new products which increase site health and safety, improve project productivity and reduce man hours.

Q-Kap, which has already been short-listed for an award, was developed and launched into the construction market in conjunction with Kitchin Plant Hire. The second product, Trench Sheet Extractor with safety chain was developed by Mabey Hire following customer liaison with Black & Veatch.

Q-Kap is a universal trench sheet driving tool that fits directly to the quick hitch of an excavator. Designed by owner/operator Ollie Kitchin of Kitchin Plant Hire, trials of the product were completed by civil engineering company JN Bentley during a project at Yorkshire Water sites. The trials resulted in Q-Kap being nominated for a Yorkshire Water TAP safety award by the JN Bentley team.

The new innovation eliminates the need for working at height to position a traditional drive cap. It also means no time is lost when moving a drive cap from sheet to sheet. Plus, Q-Kap can easily move up and down a line of sheets and cover two sheets at one time to align the tops and simplify the installation of edge protection.

Ollie Kitchin, said: “The issues of health and safety onsite are rightly becoming more of a focus in the construction industry. From my own experiences I identified a solution to an important issue and knew I wanted to work with the team at Mabey Hire to bring this and its related benefits to the industry.

“Q-Kap has clearly demonstrated that it is a product which addresses the needs of today’s construction industry. It offers significant benefits with regard to health and safety and the productivity of staff. With an award nomination already under its belt from trials, I predict further accolades in the near future.”

The seven-tonne Trench Sheet Extractor with safety chain is also a unique innovation. The extractor is fitted with a secondary safety device independent to the main attachment point, ensuring that the risks associated with incorrect attachment or damage to the wing screw will not result in the trench sheet becoming detached from the extractor.

Mark Rooney, managing director at Mabey Hire, said: “The needs of our customers, health and safety and productivity of staff are of vital importance to Mabey Hire. Working with our customers and constantly learning from the on-site use of equipment ensures we can be innovative, respond to demands and bring new valuable products to the market.

“The launch of these two new products will be supported by open days for health and
safety representatives where we will be able to demonstrate the benefits their teams will reap by utilising these new additions to our fleet.”

A specialist manufacturer, supplier and contractor of modular and proprietary temporary works equipment for ground support, refurbishment, bridging and access systems, Mabey Hire has seen its turnover increase from £28.6m to £34.8m in the last 12 months.

The 150 year old family-owned company has recruited an additional 66 staff in the last year and now employs almost 400 people at its 18 depots around the UK.

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Picture 1: Q-Kap
Picture 2: Trench Sheet Extractor

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