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Faced with challenges on site including small working space and limited time schedule, Riga-Mainz – a long established family business whose core competencies involve a wide spectrum of crane and heavy haulage services, successfully installed a railway bridge in Bad Wimpfen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The new steel bridge for German rail company Duetsche Bahn (DB) weighed 355 tonnes and 40 metres long and to fully support the weight of the crane during the lift, a dozen 13 metre deep piles were driven into the site for the foundation. What was notably most unique about this heavy lift operation, as mentioned by Kathrin Gottschang from DB Projektbau project management, is that Riga-Mainz was the only supplier to offer the solution of lifting with only one crane and also the one who suggested the concept of threading the cross beam through the bridge trusses. Working under such challenging situations aren’t new to Riga-Mainz as they had demonstrated in late 2012, when they successfully lifted a 265 tonnes, 70 metre long steel footbridge at the A6 freeway near Kaiserslautern, Germany. Working within a short time frame and limited working space, a perfect scheduled plan and coordination was required for Riga-Mainz to bring the crane at the freeway, perform the heavy lift and clear the road. To ensure that the lifting of the bridge was done safely across the freeway, both directions were closed between 6:00pm, Saturday – 8:00am the next day. Once it was clear, weeks of preparation to assemble and erect the bridge sections on both sides of the freeway allowed for them to quickly complete the assembly of the bridge within the short time frame. Such meticulous planning to ensure that the project is done safely and timely is essential especially to address the introduction of any new or unusual techniques, type of lift or its environment. As in the case of both Riga-Mainz’s experience with working in challenging situations, such as constricted working space, it is imperative that every safety measures are considered such as ensuring that all personnel and third parties are kept out of any area of any heavy lifting equipment where if it swings, shifts or falls can potentially struck or crush them. Doing so would not only allow them to reduce the risk and consequences of but also to respond and manage all foreseeable lifting and hoisting emergencies that can occur during a lifting operation. Sources: 1. http://www.khl.com/magazines/international-cranes-and-specialized-transport/detail/item105041/Challenging-bridge-lift-for-Riga-Mainz 2. http://www.terex.com/cranes/en/aboutus/news/UCM03_057302.html 3. http://www.ogp.org.uk/pubs/376.pdf