Rail construction projects can be particularly dangerous for operatives and efforts must be made to minimise the risk of injury.
See the examples below for how one site conducting electrification of a rail network addressed this:
- The site team developed a piece of equipment designed to ‘grab’ a steel stanchion, lift it off the rail truck, turn it through 90 degrees and position it above a foundation pad allowing operatives to bolt it down safely.
- The ‘crane’ system runs on rail track bogies that can grab a steel stanchion from a low loader.
- The grab has four ‘fingers’ that close and hold the steel securely.
- This avoids the need of traditional crane lifts, slings and temporary supports previously used for this operation.
- The system has been tested safely and is now in use on site saving time, money and reducing risk to operatives.
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SM15-01 Steel Manipulator
Monitor report. ABC Electrification Ltd. West Midlands. July 2017.