Ainscough Crane Hire was on hand to lend vital support quickly when a transformer failed at an electricity substation in Grantham, cutting power to around 13,500 properties.
Many homes and businesses had their power restored within an hour, however generators were required to restore the remaining properties affected.
Electricity Distribution Network Operator, Western Power Distribution (WPD), summoned our help to the substation in Spring Gardens, Grantham, next to the East Coast railway line. Using one of our 150 tonne cranes from the Nottingham depot, we installed temporary generators to get power flowing once again and a series of ISO containers for use during the necessary repair work.
Thanks to a strong co-ordinated effort by all parties, all power supplies were restored within two and a half hours of the incident. WPD Engineers were on site throughout the night, along with support from Ainscough fleet, working to secure supplies.
The event generated widespread media interest due to the flames and smoke coming from the substation.
Matt Hall from the Nottingham depot said: “It was a great example of how we can respond to emergency situations and quickly mobilise our fleet and our talented drivers to help rectify a situation.
“Power cuts can be inconvenient so it was essential that we were able to support WPD to get things moving again as soon as possible.”
Market leading lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has lifted one of its own all terrain cranes onto the new Forth Road Bridge in the process becoming the first vehicle to drive on part of the emerging road deck.
The new bridge, known as the Queensferry Crossing, is due to open in 2017 and forms the centrepiece of a major £1.3 billion upgrade to the important cross-Forth transport corridor in the east of Scotland.
The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.
Ainscough is providing a range of lifting capacity at the bridge site for main contractor consortium Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors. Work at the northern end of the bridge has seen a 500 tonne crane lifting bundles of construction materials, like steel rebar, onto the ever-growing road deck.
The smaller, LTM 1040, lifted into place by the 500 tonne crane, is being used to distribute the materials in smaller packages to where they are required.
The crane will spend eight months on the road deck before being driving off the bridge once it is complete.
Contract lift manager at Ainscough’s Falkirk depot, David Shaw said: “It is fantastic to be involved in projects which are of national and international significance. Scotland is world famous for its ingenuity and we are very pleased to be playing a small role in the realisation of this magnificent road bridge.
“That the first vehicle to drive on the bridge is one of our Ainscough Cranes; it is a light-hearted but enjoyable milestone for us.”
The team from Ainscough’s Preston depot lifted a small piece of transport history when they were asked to help transport a vintage diesel engine.
The 80-tonne DELTIC diesel locomotive, which was built in 1955, was being moved from the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston, Lancashire, where it had been on loan.
The DELTIC was manufactured near Preston and first saw service on the London Midland Region of British Railways in 1955, generally operating fast London to Liverpool freight trains.
It was withdrawn and after modifications re-entered services in 1956. Tests were carried out on the Settle to Carlisle line in August/September 1956, after which it operated passenger trains, The Shamrock and The Merseyside Express, between London and Liverpool, followed by London-Carlisle trains, and in 1957, returning to London-Liverpool trains.
It was taken out of service because its engine was deemed unsuitable, partly because of the noise levels it generated.
Preston depot Contract Lift Manager Alex Schwarzer said: “It was the fastest diesel locomotive in its day and is a beautiful piece of engineering. We needed two cranes to lift it so the transporter could reverse underneath it for its journey to another museum.
“The irony is that the locomotive was actually built in Preston at what was then known as the Dick Kerr Works so our lift took place just a couple of miles away from where it was first built.”
Market leading national lifting solutions company, Ainscough Crane Hire, has been awarded CLOCS Champion status in recognition of their commitment to improving road safety for vulnerable road users. The Construction Logistics and Cyclist Safety (CLOCS) programme represents a united response to road safety across the construction industry and greater social responsibility which will save lives.
Ainscough Crane Hire takes its role in society seriously and has taken action and invested heavily to mitigate the potential for harm occurring from the interface between vulnerable road users and their 470 strong fleet of cranes and associated haulage vehicles that work nationally.
The investment has seen the entire fleet of Cranes and HGV’s equipped with cameras and vulnerable road user safety equipment, Ainscough has also achieved accreditation to bronze standard with the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and is currently working towards silver standard.
Ian Balmforth, operations support director, at Ainscough Crane Hire said: “We take our responsibilities as considerate road users very seriously. Safety and service are our over-riding priorities.
“This starts at the depot gate and we are committed to doing everything we can to make our operations as safe as possible.”
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