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The Big Freeze

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The Big Freeze

South Hams District Council recently asked QMS to respond urgently to a very slippery and dangerous surface on the River Erme footbridge in Ivybridge. Upon our inspection, it was apparent the existing anti-slip surfacing applied to the timber deck was not performing due to wear and the icy conditions experienced in the preceding few days. QMS were asked to specify and install a suitable cold applied product that could be applied quickly to a timber deck, with fast cure capabilities and would keep the amount of time the bridge was closed to the absolute minimum. The material would have to be hard wearing, flexible and offer very good anti-slip properties. From the initial call from the client at 2pm, we had to inspect and survey the site and report back to the Council our recommendations. After approval for the works to proceed we organised material, plant, labour and sub-contractors to attend site the next morning. Our supply chain partner Jeff Williams Mobile Pressure Washing arrived at 6am to clean off the salt residue and loose materials from the surface. By 7am QMS were able to begin operations to dry the existing surface, prepare and apply the anti-slip coating. The material is applied manually approximately 1.0mm to 1.20mm thick with a 4mm serrated squeegee and back rollered with a medium pile roller and left to cure for 15 to 20 minutes. All work was completed the same day and open to pedestrians from 2pm.

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