Higher Access Spider Lift Helps Keep King's Cross Station Work on Track

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Higher Access supply tracked access platforms for a broad range of applications, including spaces where manoeuverability is limited and the spider lift must be extremely compact in order to gain entry.

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Higher Access, suppliers of spider lifts and tracked access platforms for safe working at height, provided an FS320Z - the world's largest 'Z boom' tracked spider lift - for recent work carried out inside London King's Cross station.

The station's distinctive interior ceiling, a lattice of triangular criss-crossing metal beams, was in need of maintenance - but the working environment put its own challenges on to the process.

In particular, workmen needed an access platform which:

  •     Could reach difficult areas, such as ceilings over escalators;
  •     Needed a minimal number of additional safety staff on-site;
  •     Could be used indoors and for external work;
  •     Was able to fit into constricted areas and operate as normal.

The FS320Z is the ideal solution for such situations, with a long reach, a Z-shaped boom that can expand within a tight area, and a relatively small need for competent supervisors and support staff at ground level.

Its specifications include:

  •     17m reach - enough to span escalator flights and other hard-to-reach areas;
  •     Less than 1100mm width - compact dimensions, and so easy to transport;
  •     Outrigger feet with nylon spreader plates - to minimise floor damage.

Higher Access spokesperson Lucy Ashburner says: "This was a challenging project, but Higher Access rose to the challenge - quite literally, in the case of the FS320Z spider lift. Outrigger pads protected the station floor - which needs to be in good condition for the millions of passengers who pass through the King's Cross station terminal - while the compact Z boom demonstrated its flexible capabilities in reaching everywhere from over the escalators, to the uppermost reaches of the roof."

The work was completed out-of-hours to minimise disruption to the station's passengers, and Higher Access provided two operators with the machinery on a Friday and Saturday night; not only did this allow the work to be carried out to a high standard, but it also meant other workers on the site could complete their own parts of the maintenance work, without having to learn how to use the FS320Z for themselves.

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Higher Access supply tracked access platforms for a broad range of applications, including spaces where manoeuvrability is limited and the spider lift must be extremely compact in order to gain entry. To find out more, visit higheraccess.co.uk

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