Health & Safety

Astley Hire has Health and Safety at the centre of its business. The policies and procedures are written into our ISO 9001 manual. For us it's not an add-on with lip service and little attention.

The safety of our own staff and that of our customers is something we care about. As a family run business the Directors, Stephen and Michael Dorricott, keep a watchful eye on all operations to ensure standards are driven up. In recognition of this effort, Astley Hire is one of the few companies with HAE SafeHire Certification.

We offer advice and give safety information with all our equipment. The demand for additional training on certain products has lead to the formation of Astley Hire's specialist Training division.


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HAV Hand Arm Vibration

Who is at risk?

  • Those who regularly use high vibration tools such as breakers, saws, vibrating machines etc.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pins and needles, pain and numbness in the finger tips, reduced sensitivity, painful wrists.

What must employers do?

  • Assess the risk to the health of employees and plan for its control.
  • Manage the risk.
  • Provide suitable equimen for employees' use.
  • Maintain equipment correctly.
  • Supply information and training on health risks and safe use of equipment.
  • Provide health surveillance of your employees where risks cannot be completely eliminated.
  • Consult with safety or employee representative on proposals to deal with vibration hazards.

What will we do?

  • Regular maintenance of equipment.
  • Supply the latest equipment.
  • Supply ratings for each tool, to allow risk to be managed.
  • Provide written instructions with equipment.
  • Provide training to staff and customers to increase awareness.
  • Downloads and further information available from our website.

Vibration ratings for equipment


HV - High Vibration Level
Control measures required: risk assessment, surveillance, job rotation, alternative measures.
Vibration in m/s2 over 10.


MV - Medium Vibration Level
Similiar measures to HV should be implemented.
Vibration in m/s2 5-10, 2 hours maximum daily use without further assessment.


LV - Low Vibration Level
Low level of risk.
Vibration in m/s2 below 5, 8 hours maximum daily use.

The above information is a simple guide for customers and you should obtain exact ratings for machines you are using. For each tool requiring a rating see key indicators for that piece of equipment.

For a more in depth explanation of HAV visit


Working at Height Regulations

The new legislation which came into effect in 2005 places certain responsibilities on employers.

The primary objective of the new legislation is to eliminate work at height where possible and where it is not possible to ensure that all work at height is performed safely and equipment has been appropriately selected, whether it is from a mobile access tower, scaffold or a ladder.

You must ensure that only trained competent persons are permitted to use the equipment.

The WAHR require employers and the self-employed to put into place arrangements for:

  • Eliminating or minimising risks from work at height.
  • Organising and planning the work at height.
  • Selected suitable equipment to perform work at height.

When selecting suitable work equipment account must be taken of the principles of Risk Assessment as required by the Regulation 3 or the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. The Risk Assessment and the action taken should be appropriate to the harm that could occur if no action was taken.

Where work at height cannot be eliminated/avoided, safe means of access/working should be considered.

You must plan and organise the work before it begins, carry out a full risk assessment and be guided by the findings.

Take into account the following:

  • Height you want to reach.
  • The task you need to perform.
  • How long it will take.
  • The workplace, ground and site conditions.
  • Access and egress.
  • External factors such as weather, vandalism as well as safety from electric shocks.
  • Practical Alternatives to Using Step Ladders Parts 1 & 2.


Ladders and Trestles

These documents are reproduced here with the permission of the BLMA.

PDF File Working at heights BLMA statement (73 Kb).

PDF File BLMA risk assessment card (ladders) (51 Kb).

PDF File BLMA risk assessment card (stepladders) (50 Kb).

PDF File BLMA covering letter (102 Kb).