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Providing rapid solutions to unexpected challenges

In an emergency, our customers rely on us to provide a swift, professional response.

At Mabey Hire we work with you to assess the situation and deliver the right solution when you need to react to unforeseen challenges.

Our expert teams deliver bespoke solutions and can provide a complete service from initial design and supply through to installation and monitoring. Whether it is enabling our customers to re-open major roads after bridge strikes or re-connecting flood hit communities, we have the engineering expertise and the service capability to deliver an effective solution, fast.

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Emergency solutions in action

Mabey delivers solution to rapidly re-open the M6 following a bridge strike

In the event of a bridge strike, depending on the nature and force of the impact, the structural integrity of the bridge can be severely compromised. In the worst-case scenario, the bridge could collapse. This type of critical situation requires an emergency response to ensure the safety of anyone in the structure’s vicinity and to minimise disruption to road users.

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The Challenge

When an articulated vehicle crashed into one of the main supports of a bridge over the busy M6 Motorway in Lancashire, the entire structure was in danger of collapse. Thankfully, the driver was not seriously injured, but the accident led to significant delays and the subsequent closure of the M6 in both directions between junctions 32 and 33.

Our Solution

Mabey was immediately contacted by Kier Highways, on behalf of Highways England, to help resolve the issue. Mabey's engineers worked through the night to design and install a solution which comprised two Mass 50 four-legged towers with base beams to spread the load on the carriageway, as well as header beams and hydraulic jacks which supported the existing bridge beams.

The bridge propping solution was partially assembled at the Mabey Hire depot to increase speed and minimise manual handling on site. It was installed overnight, which enabled the safe removal of the wreckage, and allowed the road to be re-opened within approximately 24 hours of the accident.

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Mabey provided an absolute first-class response. From the initial call, Mabey engineers designed and delivered a solution that enabled us to re-open the road in little over 24 hours. The team worked tirelessly, and we are extremely grateful for their support

Grahame Porter, General Manager Area 13 M&R - Kier Highways

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