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Refurbishment helps to bridge the gap

A comprehensive scaffolding access system provided by Harsco Infrastructure has enabled the refurbishment of an historic bridge at Mizen Head on the Southern tip of Ireland.

The 50-metre long bridge spans a dramatic sea gorge 45-metres below, and connects the mainland of County Cork with Cloghan Island. The original reinforced concrete structure had been in place for 100 years, but its location and exposure to the elements had caused it to deteriorate, and by 2009 it was in need of major refurbishment.

Harsco Infrastructure designed and installed a scaffolding solution using its CUPLOK® system. This provided full access to all areas of the bridge so that refurbishment could be carried out.

Harsco Infrastructure's John Haffey commented: "The Mizen Head Footbridge is a popular landmark in this particular corner of Ireland, attracting a great deal of visitors. It is great news that the public can continue to enjoy the access it provides to Cloghan Island. It was clear that the bridge needed refurbishment, and our CUPLOK® scaffolding system offered the ideal platform for that to happen. Safety is always a major priority for Harsco, and the location of this project meant that it posed particular challenges in that area. It is testament to the versatility of our CUPLOK® system that we were able to achieve the objectives while still ensuring the highest levels of safety.”

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