Asbestos sheets had blown from the roof of a building at Birchanger motorway depot, ran by the highways contractors Amey. This left gaping holes within the workshops, directly over workstations which exposed individuals to the elements and caused disruption to operations.
FPM made the building wind and water tight using the existing structure and sourcing alternative sheets. Due to the location, the presence of asbestos, and working at a height of 12 metres, stringent health and safety regulations were in place and adhered to by FPM operatives.
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Oracle, a nationwide asbestos removal contractor, called upon FPM to carry out the reinstatement works. As the existing sheets were Big 6 asbestos sheets, which had been taken out of manufacture, FPM sourced alternative substitute sheets which enabled the existing structure to be used rather than re-doing the whole roof. This kept the costs to a minimum for the client and kept disruption to a minimum for the day to day operations of a busy motorway depot.
Due to the size of the sheets and working at a height of 12 metres, the sheets were like sail boards in the wind and had to be handled from a mobile tower crane. Compliance to the stringent health and safety regulations was of utmost importance during the reinstatement works.