Remote Controlled Electric Breaker

At Mace’s GPE Hanover Square Project, J Coffey Construction Ltd used a ‘Brokk 260’ remote controlled electric powered breaker to substitute a more traditional diesel powered breaker, used for breaking out concrete.

Sustainability benefits include:

  • Reduced carbon emissions – as electricity at Hanover Square is sourced from a 100% renewable supplier (Ecotricity), electrical breakers have zero carbon emissions.
  • Reduced pollution risk – no diesel is required on site so there is a reduced pollution risk. It also removes the need for spill kits.
  • Improved air quality – no particulate matter and no nitrogen oxide emissions generated.

J Coffey have estimated that a diesel powered breaker consumes 70 litres of diesel per full day shift. Therefore, based on this consumption, an electric breaker would save the following per day shift:

  • Carbon emissions: 118.15kg
  • NOx: 0.3836kg
  • Particulate matter: 0.007kg

H&S benefits: Using an electric breaker plant which is not manually held by an operative reduces the risk of hand arm vibration to individuals on site by removing the use of a high pressure system.

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