In Clare we are finding the Archway Patching units crucial during the current Covid-19 crisis as they can be operated by a single operative safely from the cab of the lorry to carry out maintenance repairs to potholes or other defects on the road network. We really see the benefit of having the self-loading hi-ab and clamshell on our larger unit where the driver can come into the MD area yards early in advance of other staff and he can load the stone chips and Bitumen using the Archway patching unit without having to operate any other plant or machinery. This is extremely important to combat the spread of this virus and self-distancing from other employees in the work place.
The 7.5 tonne maintenance pickups with the bitumen units fitted with a lance have had to be stood down during current restrictions as they require minimum 3 operatives and we cannot comply with safe distancing requirements in the cab using these smaller patching operations.
The machinery yard in Clare are currently looking forward to receiving our 3rd Archway velocity patching unit to provide the extra capacity required to remove the need for the smaller 7.5 tonne maintenance pickups currently in place.
It is our belief that the Archway units provide a better maintenance repair to the potholes and defects on the public roads and is more productive than the smaller 7.5 tonne pickup and requires less employees to operate resulting in the redeployment of more staff to carry out other essential maintenance to our road network.