Balfour Beatty has taken delivery of its first 22 specialist earthworks machines to deliver its own in-house earthworks capability.
The £3.2M purchase is the first tranche of specialist earthworks plant and forms part of the firm’s wider £9.6M owned plant investment programme this year.
Balfour Beatty’s managing director plant and fleet services Andy Ormerod, said: “By building our own fleet of specialist earthworks machines, Balfour Beatty will be leading the market in providing an in-house expert earthworks capability setting new standards of enhanced safety and increased efficiencies.”
The first package of equipment sees an emerging strategic partnership with key Suppliers - Volvo, Komatsu and Caterpillar.
All machines are fitted with a wide range of high specification features designed to maximise safety and productivity, including; 360° vision cameras – enabling operators to have a full view of their surroundings; rated capacity indicators - ensuring safe lifting operations at all times, telematics – collecting and analysing data to enhance productivity; and in cab inward facing camera - to help support operators with safety compliance and security.
This initiative is a collaboration between Balfour Beatty’s plant and fleet services, highways and major projects businesses and is designed to meet the needs of the company’s pipeline of UK infrastructure projects.