We were tasked with improving safety and asset performance on some of the trash screens that we manage in the Torbay area, as part of our framework contract.
We have currently installed two new bespoke trash screens, fabricated by our own EN10-90 accredited workshops and we’re in the process of fabricating a third. These changes will help improves safety of the operatives when cleaning and prevent debris blocking hard to reach culverts. It was good to see the trash screens we replaced before Christmas working well after the recent storms.
The new fabrications are to provide safe access over a floodwall and allow debris that has entered the culverts to be easily released by the operatives. The next tranche of trash screens are being made now and will be ready for installation in the next few weeks.
Currently our workshops in Crewkerne are in a state of upheaval. All the machines are being moved and a new overhead gantry crane is being installed to facilitate moving larger pieces of steel and completed fabrications. The steel racks and storage areas are being re-sited to make more room and division walls being erected to properly segregate the woodworking areas and metal working areas. During the autumn the lighting, heating and local exhaust ventilation were all upgraded to improve the working environment in the buildings.
Through all the disruption the fabricators are busy trying to finish off projects for customers.
Figure 1 – This is an example of two trash screens fabricated in our workshop
Our workshops make all sorts of galvanised mild steel items, from debris screens to bridges, as well as bespoke stainless-steel fabrications such as equipment housings and flood gates.
Figure 2 – Wooden bridge fabricated in our workshop in Crewkerne
The woodworkers are always busy with jetties and bridges as well as preparing intricate pieces of form work to support the site teams.
Figure 3 Proprietary parts awaiting assembly for radar tubes
The intention is that after this refurbishment the workshops will be able to extend the scope of their activities and produce more finished fabrications for our customers.