The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Programme recently helped trial the use of a band-saw in collaboration with supply chain partner NFF as part of the VRS decommissioning works. The aim was to use alternative methods where the risk of fire from hot works was too great to use traditional cutting with a circular saw, as well as aiming to reduce exposure to harmful risks of hand arm vibration and noise. It was a hit with the operatives – they complimented its ease of use, surprisingly quick performance and excellent reduction in exposure levels.
Comparison of technical specifications shown below against a conventional disc cutter:
Not only does a band saw perform efficiently, it’s reduces environmental impacts as it does not use two-stroke oil and does not output high decibel levels in comparison with a traditional circular saw. This means that there is less noise disruption to local residents and wildlife, and there is less consumption of natural resources. Band saws have also proven to be effective in the removal of sign posts and street lighting columns.
Entry submitted by Kier Construction
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