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continued from page 36             training  to successful  implementa-  tre in East London as the charity had
         the awkward 5 ft. of space, we knew it   tion of the LP350, which  boasts a to-  a requirement to lift a 2.5t rescue sup-
         would be time-consuming and hard on   tal height of less than 1.5 in. (38mm),   port boat out of the River Thames onto
         the rigging crew to do all of that work   reduces  jacking  time, and is  ideal for   land for maintenance and repair.
         while hunched over,” Long said. “It   situations where overhead space or   The activity centre is located next to
         screamed soft tissue  injury!  To over-  clearance  is  limited, such  as  inside   the King Edward Memorial Park Fore-
         come this, one of our team  members   buildings or within live power stations.   shore  (Wapping)  site  of  the  Thames
         [Mike Neill] hatched the idea for a very   Robert  Young, director of operations   Tideway Tunnel project,  a major new
         clever ratcheting jack-post design that   at Hydra-Slide, conducted two visits—  sewer. RSS is a frequent visitor to the
         eliminated the need for blocking.”  once for crew training and then as site   area,  providing lifting  equipment and
           The LP350 eliminated the need to re-  support during the moves.     periodic Lifting Operations and Lift-
         move a roof section and lift out the dry-  Long said: “Training is critical to our   ing Equipment Regulations (LOLER)
         er with a 500-ton capacity class crawler   success; without it we would be doing a   inspections for the site, made up of the
         crane, which would have added signifi-  disservice to our employees and clients.   foreshore  of the tidal Thames River
         cant mobilization and crane pad costs.   Part of the reason we invested in the   next  to  King  Edward Memorial  Park
         The  Hydra-Slide  system  was  compact   [LP350] system was the confidence we   and an area to the south.
         and easy to use within  the tight con-  got from meeting with the Hydra-Slide   The  activity  centre  provides  waters-
         fines of the plant. The method also fa-  team. The fact that they are personally   ports and adventurous activities, includ-
         cilitated the three required directional   invested in the quality of their products   ing training courses, events, and ses-
         changes in 31 ft., 38 ft., and 135 ft. in-  and clearly have a passion for what they   sions for groups, schools, and individuals
         crements, with the aforementioned el-  do is very important. We knew that they   throughout the year. It approached Tide-
         evation changes along the way.     would provide the level of customer sup-  way officials to ask for their help to lift
           The slides took place across two 12-  port that would ensure our success.”  a boat out of the water and back again
         hour  shifts.  Outside,  the LTM1200,   See  a  video of  this  application here   once repairs were completed. To expe-
         part of Irving’s fleet of 100-plus cranes,   vimeo.com/269482224/49d7f8f76c  rienced  lifting  professionals  the  project
         lifted the dryers with a Modulift spread-                             was  routine,  but  the  charity  wouldn’t
         er beam  beneath the hook and slings  Rope and Sling Donates          have been able to execute it alone.
         basketed around the dryer shafts. The  Rigging Gear for Charity         Graham Dawson, Depot Manager at
         paper machine  was shut  down  while   Boat Lift                      RSS’s Aylesford facility, said: “When I
         the dryer was being replaced.        Rope and Sling Specialists Ltd. (RSS)   heard about the centre’s requirement I
           Importance of training           donated lifting and rigging gear to the   had no hesitation in offering them our
           Long  stressed  the  importance  of   Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Cen-           continued on page 42

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