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Cracking Investment from PSS Hire

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PSS Hire has made an investment of over £3m in the innovative Click Stick from UIS (Utility Innovation Solutions Ltd). The Click Stick, which is available from PSS Service Centres nationwide, has been designed for safely breaking cast iron mains pipes without the need for podger bars.

UIS is the leading supplier of innovative trenchless techniques for the utilities industry. PSS Hire is part of A-Plant’s Specialist Products division, which comprises of A-Plant Accommodation, FLG Services, Eve, GB Access, Leada Acrow and PSS Hire. It is the UK and Ireland’s leading specialist supplier of products and services to the utilities, civil engineering, pipeline, infrastructure and associated sectors.

Mark Hamilton, Director of PSS Hire explains why they have invested in the product, “We’ve had a number of discussions with our customers about developing safer ways to break pipes. Traditionally when breaking old metallic cast iron gas pipe, contractors needed to enter an excavation or smash the pipe from above with a podger bar, this long established process can bring several health and safety risks for the operator and contractor alike.

“Now, with the Click Stick there is a far more controlled, safer and efficient way. The lightweight Click Stick is manually lowered into the excavation, easily positioned around the pipe and, via the use of the battery powered hydraulic pump, it simply grips the pipe and breaks it in a controlled manner.”

Rosalind Macgregor, a Director at UIS added, “We’re delighted to be working with PSS Hire in delivering the Click Stick to their contractors across the UK as we believe this is a very significant innovation to the industry.”

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