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New Eco Sand Skimmer Arrives at Langham Water Treatment

New Eco Sand Skimmer Arrives at Langham Water Treatment

The arrival of a new Puma 2400 Eco Sand Skimmer at Langham Water Treatment Works last month is the last of five to be delivered.

These machines have been delivered over the last couple of years to Production sites in the South – 3 in Essex and 2 in Suffolk. This very specialised bit of plant is built in Germany by USG, using a JCB 300T skid loader as a platform for their conversion. Whilst not quite as powerful as its predecessor, which used a Caterpillar 277 skid loader as a base machine, it is easier and more comfortable to use due to features including; creep speed, folding conveyor and larger cab design.

As the new sand skimmer was sourced from Germany, its purchase price was stated in Euros. During the time taken for this machine to be built the pound has recovered well against the Euro, resulting in a welcome cost saving of over £10,000 (5%). VLS have therefore been able to recalculate the lease rate based on the exchange rate used for its purchase, and are delighted to report a considerable reduction in the monthly lease rate against the original quote.

With a new Hyundai HL955AXT front end loader due to be delivered to Langham, the Essex sites in particular now have a far more modern and reliable plant fleet, including; sand skimmers, loaders, dumpers and excavators to help improve efficiencies.


VLS Achieves New Health & Safety Standard

VLS Achieves New Health & Safety Standard

Towards the end of last year, VLS received formal confirmation of certification to the new ISO 45001 standard which has replaced OHSAS 18001.

The standard was developed by a committee of occupational health and safety experts and helps organisations improve employee safety, reduce workplace risks and create better, safer working conditions. For many years, VLS’ Integrated Management system (IMS) has included accreditation to international standards ISO 9001 quality, ISO 14001 environmental and the now replaced OHSAS 18001 safety.

The new safety standard came at the same time of the re-certification to the existing ISO 9001 quality and ISO 14001 environmental standards – a great result which showcases VLS’ ongoing commitment to quality and safety standards.