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The heavyweights

Sometimes in building you have to move really, really heavy things. Take this RSJ for example. It's one of over twenty beams that are going into a Grand Designs Style project in Ratton, Eastbourne. It weighs a whopping 677kg, for those not familiar with kilograms that's around 107 stone or nearly three times the Olympic Weightlifting record! It's not the largest beam we will even install this month but nonetheless it's still a monster. The key thing for us when moving these 'heavyweights' is planning. Fail to plan and people will get hurt. The beam shown in the picture went through several processes before finally reaching its resting place; first it was craned into the front garden, from there it was moved using a 'HIAB' truck mounted crane. This second crane lifted the beam onto a specially constructed scaffold which allowed the beam to be slid onto 'genie winders'. These are hand cranked mini lifting platforms with wheels on so allow for tiny adjustment. All this is planned in advance and discussed with not just our staff but also the delivery companies and steel suppliers. This type of organisation is only possible when you promote excellent communication between all parties, but together, there's not much we can't do!

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