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K Rouse Civil Engineering is using a fleet of compact and reduced tail-swing excavators for added safety during life motorway reconstruction works in the UK.England
Challenge for Contractor on Motorway


There is never anything easy for contractors having to work on busy highways, where it is essential to minimise disruption to traffic flow. Working with large plant and equipment, contractors are under pressure to keep lane closure as narrow as possible. In the past this had lead to some serious accidents as a result of excavators tail extending into the traffic lane during swinging. The availability of minimal tail-swing and zero-tail swing excavators means that contractors can now work safely in clearly defined zones without the risk of accident from protruding tail-swing.

K Rouse Civil Engineering is using a fleet of compact and reduced tail-swing excavators for added safety during life motorway reconstruction works in the UK.


There will be much more of this work as regulations require all steel crash-barriers to be replaced with concrete barriers. This involves working on the central crash-barriers - the most dangerous working zone in any road working.

This is clearly illustrated by UK contractors, K Rouse Civil Engineering Ltd, who have had many years experience and many contracts on widening, replacing crash barriers and other maintenance/rehabilitation work on the extremely busy motorways in England. In the past few years, they have invested heavily in more compact, more maneuverable machines that have minimal tail overhang. Part of this fleet is now working on the trans-Penine motorway - the M62.

Several kilometres of steel-fence crash-barriers need to be replaced with the now mandatory concrete barriers on one of the busiest sections of the M62 in Yorkshire. Prior to this, the contractors are also installing new drainage system. By using compact and zero tailswing excavators, the contractors have been able to keep the live traffic lanes as open as possible. The contractors are able to work with just one lane of each side of the motorway closed during the work.

New Holland compact excavators with zero- or reduced tail swing are idel for working in live road projects where safety awareness has to be extremely highThe contractor has deployed eight reduced tail-swing tracked excavators – four New Holland E235Bs and four new Holland E135Bs – and two compact radius new Holland MH City wheeled excavators. The E235B tracked machines are used in the central reservation as primary earthmovers to excavate the drainage channels, and their smaller E135B work predominantly on backfilling, the MH City machines are used to transport and install materials on site. As a result, they frequently work in the closed lane of the motorway.

New Holland compact excavators with zero- or reduced tail swing are ideal for working in live road projects where safety awareness has to be extremely high.

 

“Their great advantage in such a confined area is that they are virtually zero tailswing, which is obviously a very important safety feature in this line of work,” said Jim McGibbon, the company’s plant manager.

It was this combination of safety and productivity that initially persuaded main contractor Balfour Beatty to employ K Rouse on the job. “They became aware of it through cross hire, and saw a distinct advantage of using the City machines along with other compact radius models,” he said.


Now the company has been awarded the contract for similar work between junctions 29 and 30 of the M62 which is due to start shortly.


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