Improving lifting accessibility on coastal work

Working methods that could potentially increase the level of safety on site should always be considered.

Improving accessibility regarding working methods can not only increase productivity but also reduce the risk of hazards.

Some works will always hold an element of risk but if there is potential to reduce this by changing procedures or techniques it should be of high interest.

One site demonstrated this potential through the example below:

  • The work took place at beach level which caused considerable risk to maneuvering heavy materials;
  • A travelling ‘train’ was developed, requiring just one central crane to lower pre-cast units from road level to the line of revetment at beach level;
  • This was free from otherwise tidal constraints and uneven ground;
  • The train was a purpose designed, manufactured and tested solution to high risk lifting and placing of 450 pre-cast stepped revetment units;
  • The need for a crane on the beach (not possible) was removed and productivity was improved, which is important when work is tide-dependent;
  • The risk of lifting in tidal situations was resolved.

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Monitor report. Balfour Beatty. North Yorkshire. March 2016.


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