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11 June 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

First Wessex is investing significantly in worker health and safety and customer care with a deal for more than 4,400 Hilti power tools.

The Hampshire based housing association which manages and maintains 20,500 high quality, affordable homes in the region and develops over 300 new properties every year, made the decision to based on several factors, including productivity and cost effectiveness.

The tools will be used by the 450-strong building and maintenance teams and were selected by the workforce themselves following open days at depots in Aldershot, Eastleigh and Portsmouth, allowing each specialised unit to choose the right tools for their trade.

Particular emphasis was placed on health and safety with a product selector provided to ensure they remain under hand-arm vibration (HAVS) levels and training and equipment – including specialist vacuum and on-tool extraction systems – to address harmful construction dust.

The contract uses the Hilti Fleet Management service, whereby a fixed monthly charge covers all servicing and repair costs, including reporting, transport, labour, spare parts and theft coverage.

Every order is placed online and tools are labelled with the name and location of the owner, who then must sign for the items on delivery which provides traceability and increases product ownership. Tool inserts, such as drill bits, chisels and cutting discs, are also ordered to allow the teams to benefit from complete Hilti systems.

Picture: The Hilti power tool deal with First Wessex was decided by the 450-strong building and maintenance teams.


Article written by Mike Gannon | Published 11 June 2015


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