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Our Volvo machines help clear Glenridding


Stevens Equipment Rental calls into help Flooded Glenridding.



On 4 December, the Met Office issued severe weather warnings for wind and rain as storm Desmond was set to hit the UK bringing record amounts of rainfall. The worst affected areas were centred on Cumbria, parts of Lancashire and the Scottish Borders.

67mm of rain fell in just 24 hours on the village of Glenridding in The heart of the Cumbrian Lake District National Park and flooding occurred overnight on 5 December. Beckside Construction who are based in nearby Millom attended immediately and worked tirelessly to make a channel to get the watercourse back into the beck (channel). However, on 9 December following another night of heavy rainfall the river burst its banks once again and the village was flooded for a second time.

Andrew and Michael Stevens from Stevens Equipment Rental had visited the picturesque village on Wednesday 9 December prior to the second flooding to see if the village could utilise any of the machinery Stevens Equipment Rental had available from their yard, only 45 miles away in Silloth, Cumbria. The village originally decided to wait until later in the week for the machines once they had removed stone from the river but when the village awoke to the scenes of further flooding the following morning the local councillors and flood team were on the phone asking Stevens Equipment Rental to mobilise machinery as soon as they could.

On Thursday 9 December using local sub-contract hauliers, Stevens Equipment Rental mobilised two Volvo articulated dump trucks (Volvo A30G and A30F.) to Glenridding.

Andrew and Michael Stevens operated the initial two machines. With the project designed so the Volvo A30F and A30G articulated dump trucks would reverse down a ramp and into the river and then reverse 100 – 500m downstream where they were then loaded by a 20 ton excavator, with a 14 ton excavator also assisting the clearance of the river bed. The Volvo articulated dump trucks then follow a designated haul route through the village to a holding area at Jenkins field approximately ¼ of a mile away from the river on the outskirts of the village. When in flood the river had diverted across Jenkins field therefore the field was already covered in a layer of material.
So it was decided this would make a good area to stockpile the material until the authorities could decide of a more suitable location for the 8 – 10,000 tonnes of different sizes of stone.

One of the excavators working in the beck was fitted with a tilt-rotator Steelwrist attachment that handled the task well without any faults.

Following a site meeting with Beckside Construction & the team on site a decision was made that they could utilise further Volvo Construction Equipment from the Stevens Equipment Rental fleet.
So Stevens Equipment Rental immediately mobilised a Volvo L110G wheeled loading shovel and a further Articulated Dump Truck (A30F) to start work on the Friday morning.

Andrew Stevens commented: “We wanted to help our local community as we have friends in the village of Glenridding and had machines off hire locally in our yard at Silloth. Trying to assist was important to us as it was people’s homes and livelihoods that were being affected.”

When the extra Volvo A30F and Volvo L110G were delivered on the Friday morning, Engineer Michael Adams for Stevens Equipment Rental operated the Volvo A30F and an operator from Beckside Construction operated the L110G. While the Beckside operator was mainly experienced in operating Telehandlers, he was shown how to fill the bucket of the L110G and was the easily able to load the A30F in 4 – 5 passes from a large stockpile that Beckside Construction had built up over 3 days.

Stevens Equipment Rental operates a fleet of General Hire and longer term contract hire machinery across the UK and other locations around the world, with the fleet having a very large Volvo presence. The Volvo Articulated Dumptrucks within the fleet include A25F, A30F/G and A40G machines and all machines can be supplied with or without cantilever tailgates. The Volvo Wheeled Loaders fleet is made up of a range from L90H, L110G&H, L120G&H to the mid-size machines L150G&H and L180G&H series and all are available in quarry specification complete with weighloader and a variety of attachments including High tip buckets and various length Forks.
Stevens Equipment Rental has developed an impressive record over the last forty years in the construction rental industry. In 2008 the company expanded its operations to focus on providing long term material handling solutions to a multitude of industries which resulted in a large expansion of our wheeled loader fleet and the addition of dedicated material handlers.

The company now operates over 100 items of heavy plant across the U.K, Europe and West Africa.

Stevens Equipment Rental remains a family owned and managed business which strives to deliver excellent service and value-for-money. The company ethos and reputation continues today and every effort is made to go beyond the customer’s expectations.

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