Bavarian crane-operator lift in fiery Andalusia
During building the "La Pepa" bridge in southern Spain, a crane-operator lift from the Bavarian lift manufacturer GEDA-Dechentreiter GmbH & Co.KG is being used for approx. 2 years.
In the Andalusia town of Cádiz, the "La Pepa" bridge is presently being built. Cádiz is located on a promontory and the new bridge will in future connect the town of Cádiz to Puerto Real on the Spanish mainland. The existing bridge is no longer designed for the traffic of today – approx. 40000 vehicles per day. Therefore, the cable-stayed bridge "La Pepa" will bring enormous relief to the complete traffic situation in the region. In future, the town and port can be reached in less than half the time. With an overall length of more than 3 km, the "La Pepa" will be the longest bridge in Spain. The longest anchoring cable is 540 m.
A Comansa crane is installed on one of the 180 m high bridge pylons and exactly at this point, the crane-operator lift GEDA 2 PK will be used. GEDA’s long-standing Spanish partner, the company Turbo Iber, has rented the rack and pinion lift to the construction company on-site.
To the top, safe and quickly
The GEDA crane-operator lift is used to quickly transport the personnel to workplaces at greater heights. Thus, risky, arduous climbing actions are eliminated and the workplace is reached safely and quickly irrespective of the weather conditions prevailing. Thus, the construction company saves money on site.
The GEDA 2 PK is designed to transport 2 persons, whereby the payload is 200 kg. Thus, as necessary, material required for maintenance tasks can also be transported. The lift speed is 25 m/min. and the max. transportation height of the lift is 120 m. Of course, greater heights are possible on request. The cage has an entry ramp, so that access to the crane is completely safe. When opening the cage door, the small ramp with side protection, folds down and, together with the access barrier forms safe access to the crane.
Whilst it is already obligatory to use crane-operator lifts in different Scandinavian countries and Holland, there is no uniform European regulation. Because more and more companies realize how many advantages the use of a crane-operator lift has, the GEDA 2 PK is becoming more popular.
Rescuer in emergency: GEDA 2 PK
Of course, it must not be forgotten that the crane-operator lift can be a life saver: the GEDA 2 PK can be quickly moved upwards in order to rescue an unconscious or ill crane operator in an emergency. That saves much precious time, because normally a helicopter must be requested if no crane-operator lift is available.
Once the base unit is assembled and anchored, the aluminium ladder sections, weighing 22 kg, are installed through the open cabin roof and, using the patented quick-release connections, assembled very easily and without screws. Special rail anchoring provides
tension-free attachment to the crane mast. The lift is operated from the control panel in the cage; an option to control externally is also available.
The flexible system of the GEDA 2 PK is suitable for all types of cranes from all manufacturers.
Until 2012 in use
In remembrance of the Spanish Constitution from 1812, the bridge is named "La Pepa". That is because the constitution came into effect on the Holy Joseph's day – in Spanish "Pepe" - and, for this reason, the constitution was named after him: La Pepa.
The bridge should be complete in time for the 200 year anniversary of the Spanish Constitution in 2012. Until the bridge pylons are complete, the GEDA 2 PK will be in service in Andalusia.