[ RadSafe ] Need advice Moving large Pb shield

jimsradco at aol.com jimsradco at aol.com
Tue Mar 5 12:12:25 CST 2013

Hi Rob,

We'll have one of our technicians in your area on Thurs. and he can take a look at this if you'd like. We just happen to have one of these shields here and move it around with a lift truck. I did speak to the tech about this and he said it should be able to be moved with a pallet jack and 4" x 4" boards. Let me know if you'd like the tech to stop by and take a look. 

Jim Bell, Sr.
ADCO Services, Inc.
Tinley Park, IL  60477

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert J. Gunter, CHP <rjgunter at chpconsultants.com>
To: 'The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List' <radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu>
Sent: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 11:01 am
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Need advice Moving large Pb shield

Greetings All,

We are trying to move a Canberra Model 747 Pb shield into a room and onto
its stand and need some advice.  We can get it into the room with a forklift
and even set it onto the stand, but must then move it about 8 feet.  We are
concerned with moving it while loaded on the stand as it will be top heavy.
We cannot get the forklift into the room.  The unit weighs 3000 lbs and has
lifting eyes.

I am sure someone out there has done this and can give some advice.  I would
much prefer to lift the device onto the stand once in the room, but am not
familiar with small enough portable equipment capable getting into the room
through a 36" door and lifting this 3000 lb device.  Another way we could do
this is to load it onto the stand with a forklift from outside the room and
then "slide" it over about 10 feet.  This does not seem like a very safe way
to do this since it is so top heavy.


Perhaps there are lifting devices that can be rented?

Any advice would be appreciated.





Robert J. Gunter, MSc, CHP

CHP Consultants/CHP Dosimetry



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