lippermen face further problems
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• Tipper operators are facing a bleak 1996 following forecasts of a further depression in the building industry. The Building Employers' Confederation (BEC) survey of 600 companies says that for builders the recession has not bottomed out.
"The knockon effects for the whole of industry are very serious and tipper and construction vehicle operators will inevitably be affected," warns BEC senior econo1996. mist Gary Roe buck. And the BEC does not expect any improvement until late next year.
Bristol-based tipper specialist Roadstone's transport manager Brian Lomas says work from the Second Severn Crossing has cushioned the recession: When that's completed we will have to work harder to get contracts."
Halls, part of the Ready Mix Concrete group, has 58 tippers across the South-east. Transport manager Roger Body says while the company has held its own during the recession of the past few years, prospects look bleak.