Lendlease has recently implemented a new system that allows for safe and convenient access to crane towers from the sides of a building at Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct.
Originally, the construction firm was using a cantilevered scaffold on the construction site but began looking for an alternative when this proved expensive and time consuming.
The scaffold needed to be dismantled and erected on each floor level by a scaffolder as the façade was built.
Height access product manufacturer, SafeSmart Access, custom designed and built a Crane Access Bridge for the project.
It was designed for easy hand manoeuvrability with a winching height adjustment, with hinged, spring-loaded brackets to accommodate any movement or swaying of the crane while the bridge is in position.
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Lendlease Site Logistics Coordinator and Façade Supervisor Chris Drinan said the Crane Access Bridge was a cheaper, safer and far quicker way of accessing the tower cranes than any other method it had previously used.
“It could be rotated up the building safely using the tower crane with or without a landing platform. It could be disconnected and safely rolled back into the building by two people in a matter of minutes to allow surveyors, façade contractors and more to access the building edge; the platform could then be safely reinstated within a couple of minutes,” he said.
“The high sides and locking gate prevent unwanted access and any objects from falling from the walkway. I now plan to utilise this bridge whenever I need access to externally climb tower cranes.”