Morandi Bridge in Genoa: versatility of a telehandler in critical situations
After the tragic structural collapse of the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, on 14 August 2018 the reconstruction began with the unfortunate but necessary demolition of the buildings located under the eastern section of the bridge.
The buildings, which could not be saved as they were situated directly under the unstable section of the bridge, were demolished by a mechanical excavator. The operation was carried out by a hydraulic grabber, starting from the upper floors, using a hydraulic grabber that dismantled the six floors of the building at 10 Via Porro piece by piece.
Before the demolition, the teams of the companies involved worked hard to recover all reusable materials, furnishings and appliances left in the homes.
THE PRESENCE OF ASBESTOS WAS A MAJOR PROBLEM
In planning for the demolition, particular attention was given to dealing with pollutants that may be released into the air during the work and further complicate an already delicate operation.
Given the presence of asbestos and other harmful dust in the debris, the hydraulic grapple was flanked by a Dieci Dedalus telescopic handler which continuously hosed down the work area with a water cannon mounted on its boom, thereby preventing the spread of harmful substances.
In this case, the Dieci telehandler once again demonstrated how versatility is a very valuable quality in critical situations.
NEW BRIDGE TO BE INAUGURATED SOON
The reconstruction work was carried out in record time and, as we approach the second anniversary of the collapse, which cost the lives of 43 people, the inauguration of the new viaduct is due to take place at the beginning of August.