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Keep on hanging on

Unsung heroes of last week's NCE cover story on the Dome were CAN's team of rope technicians who are working on a subcontract to cladding subcontractor Danny Construction Company.

By the end of this week CAN will have 50 operatives roped to the spider's web of the Dome installing all the cable clamps and working on the access platforms with the US team installing the fabric.

CAN's stand at Civils 98 will be making a major show of the company's work at Greenwich and a multitude of other projects where roped access is the appropriate, safe and economical way of working.

Other features of the stand will be the launch of CAN's web site which promises a comprehensive, searchable database including technical information on rock anchors as well as descriptions of the services offered by the company. This virtual presence will be backed up by real kit such as CAN- Span, a lightweight modular platform specially designed to be used in conjunction with rope access.

The platform comes in 2m and 3m sections which are clipped together to span up to a maximum of 16m on projects such as maintenance work on bridge soffits above water. It has also been used on buildings.

PAT, the pneumatic attachment tool used for connecting panels of steel mesh fixed in place by rope-harnessed workers to stabilise rock faces, will also be on show. To get a full briefing on rock face stabilisation you should come to Civils 98 on Tuesday 19 May armed with a ticket for CAN's seminar, scheduled for Lecture Theatre B at 3.15pm.

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