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Port Talbot Bridge Deck

Lifting Gear & Safety (LGS) were delighted to have been selected by Kier Infrastructure (Rail Division) to provide the Modular Lifting Spreader Beams with slings and shackles, for their recent installation of a 230 tonne Main Bridge section for the new railway station in Port Talbot, South Wales. The massive lift used a Sarens 1200 tonne Gottwald mobile crane and installation, which was carried out over the last weekend in September, went flawlessly.

LGS were involved at an early stage and provided a Rigging Study that, in the event and on trial lift, required no adjustments. Additionally, LGS engineers, using multiple Hydraulic Jacks and Compressive cells, weighed the entire structure prior to assembling all of the beams and then supervised the rigging for the trial lift.

Viewers of the short photo compilation might be interested to know that the ‘Chandelier’ configuration used Sectionlift spreader beams ranging from the principal 400 tonne @ 21 metres cascading through 200 tonne beams to 80 tonne pick up beams. Supporting Round slings ranged from 150 tonne x 40 metre to 50 tonne x 6 metre pick up slings, not to mention numerous 250 tonne connecting shackles.