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Crane and access ballet

A time lapse video of the removal of the buckled, twisted scaffolding from Notre Dame de Paris shows a veritable ballet of cranes and access equipment and techniques. The equipment is playing a critical role in the massive fast track restoration of the cathedral, following the fire in April last year.

The video spans a six month period and documents the massive challenge of removing the 40,000 scaffold components at heights of up to 40 metres with a total weight of more than 200 tonnes, all of which had to be secured and carefully removed in order to prevent further damage to the cathedral below.
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A picture of the wreckage following the outbreak of the fire

To assist with the work, a number of truck mounted platforms from Dijon based Joly Location, with working heights of 75 and 90 metres were used, along with a Potain MDT 809 from rental company Uperio. A number of those working on the project had to use abseiling equipment to reach the more challenging parts of the twisted structure.

Now that the immediate danger of the suspended scaffolding has been removed work to restore the cathedral back to its former glory is gathering momentum.

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