About the company.

Our Mission

M O'Brien Plant Hire takes a professional approach to Plant Hire and assures the construction industry that they are receiving a high quality service.

Our History

From humble beginnings to offering a top end plant hire experience with high specification and quality guaranteed on any job no matter how large or small.

Our staff are hardworking and motivated
individuals with a high knowledge of our industry,
who are more than happy to help our customers
with practical sound advice that comes from
We invest in only the best Machinery to ensure we
can provide a quality and reliable service to all of
our customers no matter how big or small the Job.
M O'Brien can supply a complete solution
throughout our range from 0.5 tonne to 50 tonne
excavators from 1 tonne to 35 tonne dumpers
along with our range of tele-handlers, rollers,
tractors and a huge variety of attachments we can
supply a nationwide complete hire solution.

M O'Brien Plant Hire is renowned nationwide for its quality of machine operatives. We only employ the best,
reliable and experienced operators to work with our machines. We have worked alongside our drivers for
years and have a strong crew of talented individuals who have the M O’Brien Work ethic and
conscientiousness to carry out the task to the highest standard.

As a minimum our operators have:

  • CPCS Qualification for specific equipment
  • CPCS Lifting Operations
  • Environmental awareness and best practice
  • Attachment familiarisation
  • Quick hitch identification and safe use training
  • Daily Check’s training
  • On site health and safety
  • Safety Critical Medical and ongoing health screening

Michael O'Brien was just 19 years old when he first came over to England. He very quickly found work in the UK construction industry, initially starting out as a ground works labourer. As time went by, young Michael got a inkling to operate the machines and blagged his way into the seat during lunch breaks. During these periods he used to practice hard to perfect his skills and in time he was given his own machine to operate.

In 1990 Michael decided to have a go at machine ownership, and in conjunction with his wife Annamarie, he formed M O'Brien Plant Hire, which at the time was based in Luton. Michael's first ever machine was a JCB 3CX, which they ran out of there back garden in the town. As the business expanded they were eventually running no less than 11 JCB's - still from their garden! As one can imagine the neighbours soon got fed up with the sound of machines firing up at 5am in the morning and the late night sound of sledgehammers and tools clanging as repairs were carried out in preparation for the next day. It was at that time that the company purchased it's first yard in Markyate, which is currently being refurbished to house the head office and accounts department.

Today the business runs in excess of 600 pieces of equipment, employs 50 office based staff spread between two depots, around 400 plant operators at any one time plus additional supporting plant engineers and yard staff out of their premises near St Albans adjacent to the M1. The business operates not only locally but on a nationwide basis, providing a one stop plant solution to a wide variety of clients including blue-chip company's such as Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Costain, Bam Nuttall, Morgan Sindall and Kier to name but a few.

Operators Nationwide
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