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About our client

The Army Reserve, formerly known as the Territorial Army, provides support to the Regular Army at home and overseas. They are based around the UK at a number of sites. At PGE, we have developed a strong working relationship with the Army Reserve over recent years and assist them with a range of projects.

Project brief

In the summer of 2020, we were asked to attend site to inspect damage, caused by an impact, to the main gym shutter door. As a result of the damage, the door was unusable.

Our engineer visited the site and carried out a digital risk assessment to establish the extent of works required. His recommendation was to replace all the laths (the horizontal metal slats which make up the main structure of the door).

The estates office agreed with our recommendations and gave us the go-ahead to carry out the works as required.

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How we managed the project

In advance of the project start date, we submitted all RAM paperwork (responsibility assignment matrix to assign roles and responsibilities within the project team). This included our Covid-19 workplace document. Having reviewed our paperwork, the client issued a guide to ‘Working at height’ from the Health and Safety Executive. The guidance is useful for anyone working at height and if followed, is sufficient to comply with the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

On the day when the work was due to start, our engineers arrived on site to carry out a final risk assessment. Barriers were erected around the door to ensure a safe working environment for the PGE team and all Army Reserve employees.

We then assembled a mobile aluminium tower at the correct working height needed to safely carry out works to the door. At PGE, we ensure that all our technicians who may need to use mobile towers are PASMA trained and certificated.

During the first stage of the project, we removed the canopy to expose the head of the shutter door. We had already identified, through the risk assessment, that using battery powered tools would be preferable to mains powered, to avoid the need for trailing leads and the increased risk of an electrical accident.
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After removing the canopy, we were able to detach the damaged laths, ensuring the site was kept tidy and hazard-free throughout.

New laths with new end locks and a new bottom T-section were fitted and the barrel was re-tensioned appropriately. After thorough testing, our technicians refitted the canopy and retested the entire door to ensure it was fully operational. We also tested the original safety pins which were still in good condition and checked that the required signage, with instructions on how to operate the door, could be clearly seen.

Having completed the works, our technicians cleared the site, removed all equipment, disassembled the mobile tower and removed the safety barriers so that the client could once again use the area.

All documentation was completed and signed with electronic copies provided to the client.

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