Irish Cement Ltd, Platin (Drogheda), Ireland
NASC member: McCrory Scaffolding Ltd
Main Contractor: Hastie Insulation Ltd
When Hastie Insulation Ltd were enlisted by Irish Cement to undertake remedial works on one of Ireland’s tallest man made structures, the pre heater tower at Platin Works, they turned to longstanding NASC member McCrory scaffolding to come up with a solution to their unique access requirements.
Due to the 115m height of the tower and harsh weather conditions, it seemed impossible to get scaffolding materials to the top of the tower via a crane or any other means. McCrory Scaffolding utilized the expertise of our hoist & mastclimber division and installed a GEDA 500zzp single mast rack and pinion transport platform to the steel structure which allowed materials and personnel to be easily transported to the working height.
With the flow of materials ensured, McCrory operatives set about erecting the 32m high scaffolding structure to provide wrap around access to all areas of the down comer pipe. One particular challenge was the lack of tie in points for the scaffolding and this problem was solved via the erection of a 21ft square tube and fitting buttress scaffold supported off the pre heater tower steel structure. In order to provide access to the rear of the pipe which protrudes some distance into the air at height, McCrory operatives erected a tube and fitting cantilever scaffold which at over 100m high is not for the faint hearted.
McCrory Scaffolding Director Patrick McCrory commented "we were delighted to rise to the challenge on this project and it clearly displays our ability as a company to think outside the box and deliver total access solutions for our clients".