Genie booms help to construct giant horse heads

Easi UpLifts uses Genie fleet to support equestrian art installation

Eight Genie boom lifts helped to construct 'The Kelpies'.
Eight Genie boom lifts helped to construct 'The Kelpies'.

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Eight Genie articulating and telescopic boom lifts have been used to construct a pair of giant horse heads in Scotland.

The 30m-high, 600-tonne, two-headed horse structure known as ‘The Kelpies’ forms part of ‘The Helix’, a huge parkland project connecting communities between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

The aerial work platforms (AWPs) that worked on the art installation were supplied to customer SH Structures by Easi UpLifts, owner of one of the largest Genie fleets in the United Kingdom.

“Once we were filled in on the type of work that would be taking place, we provided training, which is part of our company’s safety policy,” said Alan Gordon, area sales manager at Easi UpLifts’ Glasgow depot.

“Even when our customers’ operators are highly experienced and qualified, we feel that this is the best means of making sure that they benefit from the full extent of the machines’ capabilities,” he added.

The booms were used to assist with the construction of the installation’s two 160-tonne steel substructures. The frames were then clad in 468 individually shaped stainless steel panels, adding a further 140-tonnes to the weight of each. An additional challenge was posed by the canal, which bisects the two heads of the structure.

“To provide ample space for two workers and their tools, we also equipped the machines with the extra-large, 2.4m Genie work platform, which is a solution that we recommend at Easi UpLifts for any job involving booms above 24.4m,” explained Gordon.

The sculpture, which was designed by Glasgow artist Andy Scott, took five months to build, and was completed according to schedule.

“It was a pleasure to work on such a prestigious job, and we are glad to have played a small part in the construction of such an impressive and already internationally renowned Scottish landmark,” Gordon concluded.

 

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