Helicopter Lift for Safety

As part of the build, we needed to lift strobic fans to the roof of the R&D building. We wanted to do this in the safest way possible for the staff and general public. It was originally planned to use a large tower crane, which would have meant closing the roads and doing lifts that could last up to several days, increasing the risk of incidents.

The Project team had secured Helirig, the UK’s leading industrial heli-lift provider, to complete the installation of the six additional strobic fans and associated ducting onto the roof of the building. The procedure required three teams: a ground team to hitch the equipment to the helicopter, the flight crew in the aircraft, and a roof team to receive and place the fans.

Despite weather-induced delays, our precision planning really paid off. The job we’d scheduled to take two hours was incredibly efficient and the teams were completely in sync enabling a 45 minute completion time. All six strobic fans and the ten ducts were attached, lifted, transferred and set down making a total of 16 lifts with an average time of just 2.83 minutes each run.

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