In this case study, we delve into the successful removal of flood debris from a river, in the shape of a fallen tree, using the Jekko 545 V-Max articulated crawler crane equipped with a grapple saw attachment.

Fallen tree in a river

In a scenic river flowing under a main A road, a large tree had washed downstream in high water and wedged under a historic bridge. This created the potential for further debris (or wracking) to collect against it, increasing flood risk to the surrounding area and potential for damage to the bridge structure. The removal required precision, expertise, and specialised equipment to ensure the safe extraction of the tree while minimizing disturbance to the surrounding environment.

What equipment can be used to remove a fallen tree from a river?

The Jekko 545 V-Max articulated crawler crane boasts unparalleled versatility and agility. Its robust design, coupled with the grapple saw attachment, enables precise and controlled cutting of large timber. This combination is ideal for handling challenging tasks like the removal of fallen trees from difficult access environments and minimal space for set up.

What team was key for removing the fallen tree from the river with the Jekko 545 V-Max crane?

The success of this operation hinged on the expertise and collaboration of a skilled team. Our team comprised of:

Crane Operator: A certified and experienced operator adept at manoeuvring the Jekko 545 V-Max crane to perform intricate tasks.

Slinger / Banksman: Responsible for communication and coordination between the crane operator and ground personnel, ensuring safe and efficient operations.

Planning and execution to ensure safe removal of the tree

In order to ensure a safe removal of the tree from the river it required a comprehensive lift plan, encompassing:

Risk Assessment: Identifying potential hazards such as overhead obstructions, vehicle movements, and environmental impact.

Method Statement: Detailing the step-by-step process, from initial unloading and positioning of the crane to the cutting and removal of the tree.

Relevant Drawings: Illustrating the crane's placement, the tree's dimensions, and the cutting strategy.

Overview of the operation

Site Preparation: The area was assessed and prepared to accommodate the crane's access and operating radius.

Crane Setup: The Jekko 545 V-Max was positioned strategically, ensuring stability and a clear line of sight for the grapple saw operation.

Cutting Process: With precision, the grapple saw attachment was employed to section the fallen tree into manageable pieces, minimizing environmental impact.

Timber Removal: The cut sections were carefully lifted and relocated to the riverbank using the crane, allowing for efficient extraction from the water.

Haulage and site clearance of the tree

The extracted timber sections were loaded into a large bin trailer for removal from the site. The arisings were chipped with a whole tree chipper and sent for use as biomass.

Successful removal of fallen tree from the river

The successful removal of the fallen tree from the river showcases the effectiveness of the Jekko 545 V-Max articulated crawler crane equipped with a grapple saw attachment. Coupled with meticulous planning and expert operation of the equipment, a potential flood risk was removed in a safe and efficient way. Risks to operational staff from working on or near the water and manual handling, were completely eliminated.

The utilization of advanced equipment like the Jekko 545V-Max crane highlights the importance of innovation in addressing specific challenges. Through careful planning, collaboration, and the application of cutting-edge technology, objectives can be achieved safely and effectively.

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