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NESCO Rentals Drive to Achieve Zero Harm

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Zero Injuries. Zero property damage. Zero negative affects to customers and the environment.
ZERO HARM. This is our safety initiative at NESCO Rentals.

Achieving ZERO HARM is a journey. The entire NESCO team is committed to creating a safe work environment which benefits employees and customers.  The NESCO Safety Program consist of many tools. The greatest tool is the SLAM process.

SLAM: Stop. Look. Assess. Manage. This very simple risk assessment is what NESCO team members use at start of every work day and before starting a new task. Thinking about hazards associated with a job and managing risk to reduce injury are key parts of SLAM.

NESCO Team Members need to ask themselves these five questions:
1. How can I be injured?
2. How can others be injured?
3. How can equipment be damaged?
4. What is the safe, productive and quality way to do the job?
5. What information do I need?

This check list keeps the team focused on a task and what it takes to complete it safely.

Weekly safety huddles and alerts, shared learning, training, process and policies keep employees on track to achieve ZERO HARM, using the process of SLAM. At NESCO we strive to be the employer of choice and specialty equipment vendor of choice. We do all this with one thing in mind… ACHIEVING ZERO HARM!


Joe Dixon is the Safety Manager for NESCO Rentals

NESCO, LLC announces acquisition of Bethea Tool and Equipment Company

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NESCO, LLC announced today that it has acquired Bethea Tool and Equipment Company (Bethea). Bethea has manufactured a complete range of Handline Blocks, Stringing Blocks, and Bundle Blocks and other similar products, which have been sold to electrical utilities and contractors worldwide, for over fifty years.

The acquisition includes Bethea’s facility and distribution center in Brighton, Tennessee. This location provides 60,000 square feet of warehouse and service space. NESCO plans to maintain significant inventory levels here to assure excellent customer service. Sales, rental and services are also provided from this location just north of Memphis, Tennessee.

Bethea Tool and Equipment Company will become part of NESCO’s Utility Equipment Outfitters (UEO) offerings, establishing one of the most complete offerings of Stringing Blocks in North America today. NESCO created the UEO to focus on offering Parts, Tools and Accessories (PTA) to the Utility, Rail, and Communication markets, as well as other specialized industries. UEO offers both the rental of tools and equipment, as well as the sale of new and used products. This acquisition will make UEO one of the largest providers of block rentals, as well as PTA in North America. In addition, NESCO will have the ability to offer highly engineered and specialty designed products to our customer base. NESCO will offer service support and repair of all products that are offered by Bethea, ensuring customers they will continue to get the service they have come to expect, while also expanding nationwide through NESCO’s sales, service and supply footprint in North America.

“This is an exciting opportunity to grow our business. This acquisition allows us to continue to grow our offering as the most complete rental and equipment sales company in our industry. This provides us with a great advantage as it will increase our product portfolio with quality equipment and best in class service.” said Kent Upton, President of UEO.

Utility Equipment Outfitters (UEO) is a one stop shop for parts, tools and accessories for the Utility, Rail and Communication industries. With an extensive selection of PTA, UEO provides total job-site solutions for safety accessories, auger rentals, hydraulic tooling, roping needs, and much more! NESCO’s North American geographic footprint allows UEO to warehouse and stock what you need in-house making the fulfillment process fast and easy. For your convenience, UEO provides total flexibility in outfitting your trucks and crews and offers a variety of customizable toolkits. UEO also understands the pressures of cash allocation, so we make available to qualified customers our handy installment purchase plan.

NESCO Rentals is a leading equipment and service provider for the utility, rail and communication industries, providing aerial devices, boom trucks, cranes, digger derricks, pressure drills, stringing gear, hi-rail equipment, repair parts, tools and accessories. NESCO maintains one of the industry’s largest rental fleets and service networks in the country.

Bethea Tool & Equipment Company is one of America’s top manufactures of Handline Blocks, Stringing Blocks, and Bundle Blocks which have been sold to electrical utilities and contractors worldwide for over fifty years. Bethea specializes in manufacturing top quality highly engineered products. “Our team provides the best in design, engineering, and manufacturing of these products. The Bethea organization is excited about our opportunity to become part of NESCO. We look forward to a bright and prosperous future, with a company like NESCO, to partner and help grow our business.” Said Bobby Allen, President of Bethea.

NESCO Night with V&H Trucks at Hotel Tango!

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We are so excited about NESCO Night with the support of our partners at V&H Trucks! Networking, food and a mixology class. Why haven’t you RSVPED yet?!

REMSA sponsors the largest exhibit of maintenance-of-way equipment, products and services in the United States. It’s members exhibit rail and track products, track maintenance equipment and services, safety devices and software that enables the railroad industry to work smarter.

Railway Interchange showcase the latest technology in the rail industry with freight railroad executives, operating officers, transportation officials and a large number of rail supply companies from the mechanical, communications and signaling and railway maintenance industries as attendees.

NESCO Specialty Rentals is a division of NESCO Rentals specializing the rail, lighting, sign and telecom industries.

Samson Rope

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Rope Handling/Usage and Splice Instructions
There are many factors that impact the life of a rope in use.  Maximizing rope performance and safety starts by choosing the right rope, followed by education in handling during its use, and retiring it from service at the right time to maximize value without risking safety.  Ropes are serious working tools, and when used properly, will give consistent and reliable service. The cost of replacing a rope is extremely small when compared to the cost of personal injury or property damage.  It is important to be educated on best practice and industry standards for rope handling.  The beginning and end of knowing your rope is, literally, your termination.

Samson recommends splicing as the preferred rope termination method. Knots can significantly decrease a rope’s strength – up to 50% – while most splices maintain 100% of the specified rope strength. For this reason, spliced eyes are used to determine all Samson specs for tensile strengths for new rope.  More importantly, splicing for stringing and pulling lines, winch lines, and hand lines allow the ropes to be easily integrated into existing equipment, and allows for rapid repair in the field.

Because splicing is so important for rope user’s success, Samson maintains a library of video and written splice instructions on their website.  In keeping with Samson’s history of innovation, safety, and constant improvement, Samson has released updates to their written and video splice instructions in July, 2017.

Samson & NESCO
NESCO and Samson have enjoyed a partnership for more than 15 years, working together to supply the utility industry.  For more information about Samson products, please contact your NESCO UEO Representative.

Customer Service – Value That You Can’t Quantify

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Recently, I replaced my twelve-year-old truck with a brand new one.   The day I was out looking I had no intention of buying a vehicle, much less a new one.  I swear I was just “looking”. However, as I was driving through the lot, I spotted it.   It had the look, the options, everything I wanted.  It was almost like it found me, but I still had reservations.

A sales representative approached me and I thought to myself, ‘oh boy, here I go, I am about to get the sales pitch of my life’.   To my surprise, the rep asked if he could help me, if I had any questions, as I was walking around the truck.  I never felt once pressured.   We looked the truck over and visited for a while.  He asked me if I would like to drive and check it out, so we did.   As we were driving it, he explained to me how things would work, if there were any issues with the truck and how things would go. We came back to the lot after the test drive.  His manager came over and asked me how I liked it. Again, never putting any type of pressure on me.   I felt at ease.   We went inside and talked numbers and I drove out with a new truck that day.

During the negotiations, I wanted a few options added to it, like a sunroof and bed cover.   It was going to take a week or so to get the parts needed for the options.  I thought ‘Well, we will see if my sales rep was blowing smoke’ or truly would do what he promised by walking me through the steps one by one even after he had my signature on the dotted line, and my money.   To my surprise he did EXACTLY what he said he would do.  He arranged for everything to be done on a certain date, told me to drop it off, and he would have a loaner car for me to use.   He took me around to each location at the dealership introducing me to the people who would be working on it.  He went above and beyond what he promised me while trying to sell me the truck.   The truck was completed in the time he had promised.  I could not have been happier.

That is what TRUE customer service means–you do what you say will do–go above and beyond even after the sale is complete to take care of your customer.   At NESCO, we absolutely strive to be that type of company. We want to take care of our customers, the way we want to be taken care of in our daily lives. To go above and beyond, to not only get a customer’s business one time, but earn that business and build that relationship so the customer wants to come back again and again. Customer service really is something you can’t associate a dollar amount with. However, if you are treated fairly, promised something and it actually happens, you are definitely more likely to give that company a chance when you are in the market for another truck because you were taken care of last time.

Jeremy Hanks – Southeast Territory Manager

UEO now stocks Milwaukee Power Tools

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Utility Equipment Outfitters (UEO) is a one-stop shop for parts, tools and accessories for the hardworking professional. With an extensive selection of repair parts, tools and accessories, UEO provides total job-site solutions for safety accessories, auger rentals, hydraulic tooling, roping needs and much more! For your convenience, UEO provides total flexibility in outfitting your trucks and crews and offers a variety of customizable tool kits.

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Facebook Contest

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Follow and Like us on Facebook  to enter our contest! We’re giving away a NESCO hat and shirt to the winner!

Post a photo with your NESCO equipment using #NESCOGear and tell us why you choose to rent with us. We’re picking the winner on Monday, April 10, 2017!

Utility Equipment Outfitters… The leading edge of tool innovation.

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nesco partsUtility Equipment Outfitters (UEO) is the parts, tools and accessories division of NESCO Rentals. UEO was the natural progression of NESCO Rentals becoming a one-stop shop to service all the needs of the Electrical Utility Industry. NESCO is known to be a leader in the trucks and equipment needed to get the job done right, but utility construction is so much more than trucks and pullers. It is all the little pieces that when put in the hands of highly skilled lineman, which makes the task of safely controlling high voltage electricity possible. This is where the experience of the UEO sales team having years of service in the industry comes into full view.

There are a numerous places in which to buy hand tools, hot tools, repair parts and the various accessories needed to outfit the equipment. UEO has the ability to not only compete with every other tool vendor for the common items, but we lead the way in bringing new items into the market place that make the work safer, easier and faster. The key to this industry is being efficient while maintaining safety; therefore, we look for new innovative tools that help make this possible.

The All-in-One Auger tool allows lineman to install screw in augers without having to remove the auger. This is much safer, no one has to climb the auger to unpin it, and you don’t have to worry the auger falling over from not being in the ground deep enough, or having it tied to the side of the truck.

The Ladder Pad has finally allowed a way for workers to be safe while working from a ladder. Its innovative design allows it to be attached to the ladder and anchored in to the ground. Giving unprecedented safety and security to anyone using a ladder.

The Latchway Personal Rescue Device (PRD) is a bucket harness that allows an individual to rescue themselves from as high as 65 feet above the ground. It is a simple harness with an amazing ability to safely lower the worker to the ground. There are other bucket rescue devices that require annual training, but in a moment of panic or extreme stress, remembering protocols is difficult. With the Latchway there are no “steps” you simply clear yourself from the bucket and pull the ripcord. As a famous boxer once said “everyone has a plan till they get hit in the mouth”, 65 feet above the ground is not the time to try to remember the plan.

The Rhino gasoline powered ground rod driver in conjunction with the Ground Rod Driver Adapter allows one worker to install ground rods anywhere by themselves without the use of a ladder or aerial device. The Ground Rod adapter clamps onto the ground rod at shoulder level and allows the Rhino to be used where the worker can safely hold it without strain and allow the driver to do the work. It can also be used upside-down to remove ground rods installed as temporaries.

These are just a small sampling of the way NESCO and Utility Equipment Outfitters is working to make the jobs and lives of the workers of this industry safer, easier, and more efficient. Contact your UEO representative and allow us to demo these innovative tools and show you the UEO difference.