Kevan Herbert Leads Apollo Cradles in Standedge Tunnel Shafts Project

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Apollo Cradles, a leading UK specialist in access solutions, produces bespoke working at height safety solution for Standedge Tunnel Shafts project which improves working at height safety whilst increasing productivity. Kevan Herbert comments on his company's innovative approach to another challenging access problem.

This is another example of our ideas, teamwork and experience coming together to solve another difficult access problem.

Apollo Cradles was recently commissioned to create bespoke circular platforms for Standedge Tunnel Shafts. These platforms could be raised and lowered as required at the touch of a button. The purpose of the overall project was to provide access for brickwork repair of 500ft deep shafts. The project was based around construction shafts at Standedge Canal and railway tunnels. They penetrate the Pennines between Diggle in Greater Manchester and Marsden, West Yorkshire and, due to brickwork deterioration through water ingress since their construction in the 1800′s, required re-lining and pressure pointing.

See the Standedge Tunnel Shafts project page here

Apollo Cradles X-beams were mounted across the top of the shafts to attach platform wires. The wires were subsequently threaded through the cores in the shaft caps and dropped down to a platform below.

Apollo designed and built bespoke circular platforms to suit the shaft diameters which were fitted with electric winches. This enabled the platforms to travel up and down the 500ft deep shafts, giving the workforce full access to the shaft linings.

Kevan Herbert, Managing Director of Apollo Cradles, commented about the project and experience:

“This is another example of our ideas, teamwork and experience coming together to solve another difficult access problem. We have the experienced design teams and teams of riggers capable of solving any access problem. Congratulations to our riggers on a job well done in difficult conditions.”

Apollo Cradles, specialists in supplying and installing temporary access solutions, has successfully completed many similar projects. The company supplies suspended access platforms (or cradles) for hire. Cradles are suspended platforms (hung from cables) which allows workers to work safely at heights. Cradles are the ideal solution when scaffolding, scissor lifts, ladders and cherry pickers are unsuitable.

Mast climber solutions are also supplied by Apollo. These can provide an effective alternative to scaffolding and consist of a powered elevating work platform fixed to either single or twin vertical masts.

Since many projects require bespoke temporary access solutions, Apollo Cradles can provide custom design and production whenever it is deemed necessary.

The company is so committed to safety whilst working at height that The FallArrescue system was developed specifically for the company (by Getmie Safe Ltd). This patent applied for safety device is certified to EN341 and descent is controlled by centrifugal braking. It is CE marked and has been tested by Dekra Exam gmbh, D-44809 Bochum, Germany.

A pragmatic approach to each project is taken with work being properly planned and supervised. Parts of Apollo’s processes involve checking that people hired to perform working at height tasks have sufficient skills, experience and knowledge to perform the tasks. Any workers employed by Apollo are qualified to CSCS Gold card in suspended access and hold the following levels of experience and training:

Work at Height
Confined Spaces
Roof Working
Harness Work and Inspection
Restraint and Fall Arrest
Thorough Examination
Slinger Banksmen
Telehandler and Forklift
Newer members of the team have attained NVQs in Suspended Access.

With over 25 years’ experience providing temporary access solutions, Apollo Cradles is a trusted name within the industry, renowned for rigorous training and health & safety standards. The Standedge Tunnel Shafts Project is yet another successful project for the highly regarded Apollo Cradles team to be proud of.

For the company's main corporate site, visit and the Apollo Cradles Standedge Tunnel Shafts Project blog post visit

To speak to Apollo Cradles about your next project call 01226 700 079.

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