Scaffolding and equipment hire

In the increasingly complex world of tools, plant and machinery used in the construction industry, it’s unrealistic for most of us to own very much at all. The answer is to hire whatever we need.

he plant and tool hire business is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has grown in complexity and scope decade by decade. Many local companies are small (employing only a few people) but large corporations have increasingly come to dominate the market, bringing with them all the advantages that scale brings to any industry.

      Not long ago, people could and would build a whole house using only a very limited range of hand tools and basic equipment. But as health and safety issues have become more important, as labour costs have risen and as builders want to maximise efficiency on their sites, we’ve all become accustomed to using more and more sophisticated equipment that can make tasks easier, safer, cheaper and quicker.

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Written by Astrid Madsen

Astrid Madsen is the editor of the SelfBuild magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email astrid.madsen@selfbuild.ie

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