United Rentals Opens New Store

Staff | September 28, 2010

United Rentals in Liberty, Mo., has moved down the hill from its previous location to a new building at 1900 Plumbers Way, just west of Interstate 35.

The 11,000-square-foot facility features a 2,000-square-foot showroom with an inventory of about $300,000 in contractors supplies and a six-bay service area where technicians provide customer repairs to all lines of small and compact equipment as well as some larger machines.

The new store also offers parts for most major lines of equipment.

In addition to rentals, the United Rentals branch is an authorized Link-Belt distributor, providing equipment sales, parts and service for the full line of Link-Belt equipment. It is also an authorized dealer for such lines as JLG, Genie, SkyTrak, and Wacker.

The store carries contractor tools including DeWalt and Black and Decker and is a Baldwin Filter distributorship.

Key personnel at the new facility are Branch Manager Chuck Gallagher and Parts and Service Manager Bryan Magnuson.

The telephone number remains the same at (816) 792-3100.

Trench Safety Training

In an effort to ensure the safety of its customers involved in underground construction, United Rentals, Inc. in December began offering Excavation Safety for Competent Person Training on a monthly basis at many of its United Rentals Trench Safety branches.

Conducted by professional trainers in compliance with federal requirements, the classes are held on the first Friday of every month.

The expanded training platform gives United Rentals customers broader access to Excavation Competent Person instruction that satisfies Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements. The program teaches OSHA Excavation Standard Subpart P referencing proper soil test procedures, different types of protective systems, and provides guidance on how to take control of hazardous conditions. In the United States, OSHA mandates that every excavation project have a trained "competent person" on-site to oversee safe work practices.

"As the leading provider of trench safety equipment and services, it makes sense for us to step up and take the lead in customer training," said Paul McDonnell, United Rentals vice president for trench safety. "Excavation job sites can pose unique dangers to untrained workers. All of our instructors have trench site experience so they can speak knowledgeably about effective safety measures and regulatory expectations."

United Rentals' Excavation Competent Person training is part of a broader curriculum for customers that includes safety and fall protection, site-specific regulatory compliance, confined space training, and operator certifications for equipment such as aerial lifts, loaders, backhoes, forklifts, and cranes.

For more information on training opportunities through United Rentals, contact your local branch or see the website (www.unitedrentals.com).