The Battersea Station Northern Line Extension site have recently begun installation of block-work walls in the below ground station structure.
Blocks are delivered to site on wooden pallets and then have to be lifted down onto the relevant floor level.
In partnership with Conquip, an innovative new cage has been trialled and adopted that enables this process to be completed both more efficiently and more safely than previously used methods.
The newly designed lifting cage comes with a specific fork attachment, which enables the pallet of blocks to be loaded and unloaded into the cage by the crane.
Standard lifting cages would require the pallet to be lifted into it via slings, which would often cause the pallet to break once pressure applied, or by a separate pallet truck.
As the Northern Line Extension enters fit-out stages more and more materials will be delivered on pallets and need lifting to the relevant floor/ part of site. The new lifting cage should make this a much quicker and safer operation.
Entry submitted by Laing O'Rourke
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