Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 4 No 2 - page 13

Long reach excavator specialists,WM Plant Hire, based in Shropshire, supplied a Case
CX130 machine specially equipped with a hydraulic rotating grab to clear over 500
tonnes of debris from the arches of Worcester’s historic bridge. This had built up fol-
lowing recent flooding and due to the exceptional flow and water level of the River
Severn.
The operation to remove the material required im-
mediate and combined action from the local council,
emergency services, environment agency, and highway
authorities, as there was a real concern the lodged
debris would restrict the flow of water and cause
additional lateral loading and stress on the bridge
structure.
WM Plant Hire were able to offer a swift response
by delivering the specialist equipment required at
short notice. Emergency response is something the
company is well used to, having dealt with many land-
slips and civil engineering challenges requiring prompt
action over the years.
The debris inWorcester comprised mostly timber
and large trees, which had been washed down the
river with the force of the floodwater.The whole op-
eration was carried out over a weekend.The bridge was able to be reopened to traffic
as planned, on the Sunday evening.
A ‘Long Reach’ From CASE Keeps the
River Flowing
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