Nationwide grows fleet by 8%

By Euan Youdale09 February 2022

Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s largest powered access rental company, has invested in more than 1,100 new machines, increasing its 13,500-machine fleet by over 8%.

With higher capacity models, improved safety features and either fully electric or hybrid engines, the increased number of machines is also designed to meet the growing needs of Nationwide Platform customers, providing a diverse range of products. Customer demand for new systems and capabilities grows every year, and this feedback has determined the choices made in this investment cycle, said the company.

Nationwide Platforms booms Boom Lifts outside a Nationwide Platforms facility. (Photo: Nationwide Platforms).

The investment includes eight new boom lifts from JLG, which feature Nationwide’s SkySense enhanced detection system. SkySense uses strategically placed object detection sensors to provide operators an added level of awareness of their immediate surroundings as they operate, minimising the occurrence of incidents and damage.

“Being the market leader of powered access hire means Nationwide Platforms take responsibility for continuously developing safety systems such as these, ensuring that the safety of the customer is always the highest priority,” said the company.

New to the company’s delivery fleet are nine 32-tonne rigid trucks and 19 44-tonne tractors, with the latest Euro 6 engines, and 27 trailers.

Training investment 

As Europe’s largest provider of specialist at-height training, Nationwide Platforms has also invested in new scissor lifts for use exclusively at its 29 training locations. The company offers a range of courses, including IPAF, PASMA, IOSH and many more.

Glyn Brearley, business director for procurement, external training and BlueSky Solutions commented, “This investment, one of our biggest to date, will ensure Nationwide Platform’s clients have access to the latest in machinery technology that supports high levels of safety and productivity. In addition, the new machines have highly efficient batteries to provide longer running time, reducing downtime.

“We’re also delighted to have been able to upgrade the machinery at our training facilities so we can provide customers with the best training experience and environment. It’s a busy time for many of our customers and we are pleased to be able to announce this investment that will ensure we remain their trusted powered access solutions provider.”

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