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Engineers use rope access for pipe bridge repair

rope bridge repair

Asset refurbishment engineers have repaired a pipe bridge using rope access to avoid building scaffolding which would have seen the bridge close for several days.

Working for client Yorkshire Water, PMP Utilities used rope access to repair the leaking air valve on Todmorden Pipe Bridge, west of Halifax. A high directional rigging system was set up with a rope access supervisor managing the safe lowering of the engineer to the work site.

The alternative would have seen a scaffold platform built up from an adjoining canal towpath, which would have seen the bridge’s closure for several days.

PMP managing director Stephen Taylor said: “Water leakage is a key driver for most water companies and the leaking air valve, located on a 300mm cast potable water pipe on Todmorden Bridge, was an issue that Yorkshire Water was keen to address. The bridge crosses over the Rochdale Canal and more traditional means of access would have resulted in significant disruption.

“The repair was completed without the need for a network isolation ensuring no impact to Yorkshire Water’s ‘customer minutes lost’ measure. Disruption was kept to an absolute minimum for members of the public using and living on the canal, as well as road users crossing the bridge.”

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