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Full Speaker Programme Announced for the CPA Construction Plant Conference

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The complete speaker programme has now been announced for the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) Plant Conference taking place on Tuesday 31st October 2017 at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre between Birmingham and Coventry.


Speakers from organisations including HS2, CITB, CPA and King's College London will be addressing important and business-critical developments in construction plant hire, including Skills, Training and CITB, Air Quality in London, Plant Operators Supply and Demand, Shared Solutions to Reduce Risk, Evolution in Safety Standards, Challenges for 2018 and the Effect of Health on Productivity.


The CPA Construction Plant Conference is a one-day event hosted by the CPA in association with primary sponsor AMI Group and presents a unique opportunity to discuss the latest issues affecting construction plant in the UK. Delegate tickets can be booked online via the CPA website at


In addition to the speaker presentations, a number of exhibitors are displaying equipment and new products and services, including AJ Gallagher, AMI Group, CanTrack, Datatag, ECY Haulmark, GenQuip, Hook-up Solutions, IPAF, Jaama, JCB, MCS Rental Software, Point of Rental Software, SKM Asset Finance, Select Plant Hire, Teletrac Navman and Trackunit.


The full speaker programme for the conference is as follows:

  • Air Quality in London: Emission Measurement and the NRMM LEZ Policy. Do the real world measurements actually support the existing policy?Daniel Marsh, King's College London will speak about real-world emission measurement work for the London Low Emissions Construction Partnership and the NRMM LEZ policy for London.
  • Plant Operators - How many are there? Will supply meet demand? Official statistics say 45,000 plant operators in UK. But it could be as high as 245,000. Which is right?Carl Letman, Skyblue Research, will share the results of the CPA / CITB research into plant operator supply and demand.  
  • Skills, Training and CITB - What will the future look like? Mark Noonan, CITB. 2017 has seen many changes in the training landscape. What will the effect of the Apprenticeship Levy, CITB consensus and grant reform be? 

  • Shared Solutions to Reduce Risk. How can the supply chain actually work together to make sites safer? Tim Watson, CPA will talk about CPA's latest safety projects and how industries can work together to find shared solutions to reduce risk, comply with the law and establish standards.

  • Evolution in Safety Standards. Carole Bardell, Head of Health, Safety and Security, Area North, HS2 Ltd will talk about the role of the client in the constant improvement of major projects' standards, including HS2's Health and Safety Standard.

  • 2018 - What challenges will it bring to businesses in construction plant hire? Are you worried about where the next generation of employees is going to come from? What will happen after Brexit if some of your operators aren't from the UK? John Batty of Bluejohn Marketing describes the challenges that plant hire companies are facing, as shown by CPA's research amongst membership, and some of the possible solutions.
  • Health and Productivity. Kate Walker of Diabetes and You will talk about the effect that health can have on workforce productivity and absenteeism, and how an employer can address the challenges of an ageing workforce.
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