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This was slightly new territory for RE Plant Hire, although the Company have accomplished thousands of lift processes this was the very first to involve lifting a fallen tree out of the Cleddau River while set up on an ancient bridge.
HIAB hire Haverfordwest
The market town of Haverfordwest is renowned for its picturesque streets and castle, it also has two stunning bridges located in the town centre, St Martin’s Bridge (the old bridge) and St Mary’s Bridge (the new bridge). Objects and materials passing though these bridges is nothing out of the ordinary and are usually small enough to pass through and down the river with relative ease. Yet a 50ft tree that had fallen from the bank side would prove to be too much and had nestled itself adjacent to the old bridge. Due to the size of the tree, materials were being built up as they travelled down the river, this needed to be addressed and taken care of as a build up of materials over time could cause a risk of flooding at a later date.
Environment Agency Wales who oversee the management of water resources needed to remove the tree from its fixed position by the side of the old bridge. As the unusual lift position and the weight of the tree (around 2 ton) both the Land Rovers and small 2 ton HIAB the EAW own unfortunately did not have the capabilities to lift this sort of object in the fallen position.
RE Plant were called in and provided a site visit to assess what needed to be carried out, along with risk assessments and method statements for EWA. The HIAB chosen for the job was fitted with a Palfinger PK72002 crane, able to lift in excess of 13.5 ton and therefore, would have no problem in lifting the tree from the river and also transporting to the EWA depot to be cut up. Due to the organized actions of EWA site manager Billy and his team, the whole process was done relatively quickly and to the highest safety standard.