The project involves the review of 175 railway stations to certify that the structural integrity of the station buildings meets health and safety standards.

Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s leading provider of powered access hire for working at height, has provided a number of machines to work alongside AmcoGiffen, a trusted partner of choice for the design and delivery of engineering, construction and maintenance services on a large-scale, country-wide safety project on behalf of Network Rail. 

A recent inspection of Lancaster Train Station saw Nationwide’s T50JB Bronto truck mounted platform being used to aid the safe surveyance of the station’s roof, gable ends and chimneys. This machine is one of many specialist vehicles required for this project.

The process to select the correct specialist powered access platform was meticulous, ensuring all hazards and concerns were addressed and accommodated. Nationwide’s Business Development Manager - Energy and Infrastructure, Daniel Cardwell, met with AmcoGiffen’s Site Manager, Graham Ridgway, working on behalf of Network Rail, to oversee the safe use of the machine while in operation.

The T50JB Bronto provides a working height of up to 50m and a safe working load of up to 600kg. Whilst the maximum height of the Bronto was not required for this particular station, it was the perfect machine to allow multiple operators and surveyors in the basket to ensure the works could be completed efficiently and safely. Due to the location, gradient and intricate movements required to inspect and survey this station, Network Rail Surveyor, Colin Sangster, was also on site. Colin was present in the basket with Nationwide Platforms’ operator to ensure all the chimneys, gable ends and parapets were properly inspected.

The project is set to complete by the end of August and has set a new standard for the surveyance and upkeep of train station structures.

Graham Ridgway, AmcoGiffen Site Manager explained: “The service has been excellent from Nationwide Platforms. The amount of work done in the background, from co-ordinating the project to obtaining permissions from Network Rail, to scheduling the works which regularly changed, has been extensive and handled with professionalism and the utmost care.” 

Daniel Cardwell, Business Development Manager - Energy and Infrastructure, said: “Managing major projects is something we specialise in and the key to this one was our collaboration both internally and with our customer AmcoGiffen and Network Rail. Our great working relationship enabled us to communicate effectively and efficiently. It was also fantastic to see our specialist mounted Bronto truck in action at Lancaster Station recently.

“With the project due to come to an end we’ve scoped out further sites and stations and look to continue our strong working relationship with AmcoGiffen.”

For more information about Nationwide Platforms’ range and to enquire about hiring a machine, please visit Nationwide Platforms Powered Access hire page.

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