When it was decided to demolish the old chimney on the side of the old Institut Henrijean laboratory in Spa, Belgium, the challenge was how to carry it out when it was in the town’s historic centre surrounded by listed buildings.
There was really no choice but to bring it down brick by brick, so planners eventually decided to use a mini excavator equipped with hydraulic demolition jaws working from a flatbed skip suspended from a mobile crane.
Now many crane people will look at this and immediately condemn it without due consideration of the alternatives, but it certainly does not look good. The operator is wearing a harness which is attached directly to the crane hook, and one has to assume that the chain set and crane capacity have been specified with a huge additional margin of safety.
So what are the alternatives? Perhaps a mastclimber with circular profiled platform and individuals working from the platform?
So one for our Death Wish series? It certainly looks like one, given the way the skip is seen to move around in the video clip that has been circulating on social media over the past month or so. Perhaps you might let us know what you think though.
Have a safe weekend – a long one in the UK.
The demolition is part of a three year, €25 million renovation and restoration project of the original building that was constructed 150 years ago. The project includes a large underground car park a four star hotel and restoration of large fountain and grand entrance steps.