Hydro Rents Selected for Multi-Trade Access Solution
and Safety Training at Lexington Hospital Expansion

Hydro Rents Carolina, Inc., part of AGF Access Group’s rental division, was selected by Alabama-based general contractor Brasfield & Gorrie to provide a full turnkey solution of service, installation, training and equipment rental for the construction of the new Lexington Medical Center addition, the largest hospital expansion in South Carolina history.

The new 10-story patient care tower in Columbia will add 50,632 m2, 20 special care nursery beds, 8 operating rooms, 71 inpatient beds and much more to its already popular facility. The immense job, stretching up to 56.3 m, required a multi-trade access solution; one that would allow steel erection, glazing, waterproofing, caulking, brick masonry, and glass installations to be completed simultaneously.

“Scaffolding and aerial lifts can’t go that high with the same capability,” said Allen Heape, general manager of Hydro Rents Carolina, Inc. “The only solution that was going to work for them was to use multiple mast climbers that supported extra high capacity for the workers and their tools. That way the workers could chase the steel up and perform any number of tasks at the same time.”

Hydro Rents delivered approximately 30 tractor trailer loads of equipment to the jobsite starting in June 2017, supplying 23 factory-new Hydro Mobile platforms and 1,500 mast sections to complete the job. This included 18 Hydro Mobile M-Series mast climbers and 5 P-Series mast climbers. There were also 4 Hydro Mobile H-500 hoists to help move brick up and down.

The M-Series platforms provided the workers with large, 2.1 m wide decks, anywhere from 0.6 to 3 m in length. The easy-to-use, 10,000 kg capacity platforms allowed workers to load them up with their tools and supplies, such as fiberglass mat sheating, brick and glass for the entire shift. With their smaller footprints, the 2,700 kg capacity P-Series platforms were perfect for constricted areas where the M-Series units could not fit.

“Safety is a huge part of what we do on a daily basis, 24/7,” said Mr. Heape. “We take safety very seriously. Hydro Rents organized over 20 classes to train the workers, who were unfamiliar with this type of access equipment. Operators were put through 4-hour user and operator courses on site and anyone working on the platforms had to have a familiarization class before they stepped on the Hydro-Mobile. We had to train over 100 operators how to use the equipment properly to ensure safety and efficiency on the jobsite.”

“Not only are we proud to contribute to the building of the new medical center extension in a safe and efficient manner, but we are helping to build an important part of the Columbia community,” he added. “This is a significant project for the state of South Carolina and we are full of pride to be playing a crucial part in its construction.”

Hydro Rents Carolina, Inc., provides a wide variety of equipment brands such as Hydro Mobile, Multiquip, Hilti, Diamond Products, ReechCraft, and the new MULE (Material Unit Lift Enhancer) by Construction Robotics. There are 8 branches of Hydro Rents located throughout North America. Each location offers a variety of construction equipment for rent at competitive prices. Hydro Rents is known for creating hazard-free work environments while increasing worker safety, security, longevity and productivity.

The Lexington Medical Center is scheduled to be completed in 2019.

Source: AGF Access Group Inc.

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