[ RadSafe ] Need advice Moving large Pb shield
JPreisig at aol.com
JPreisig at aol.com
Tue Mar 5 12:51:37 CST 2013
What a cool problem. Professional Riggers are probably the right way
to go. They'll do the job in a day.
If you all decide to do the job yourself, the pallet lifters are pretty
cool. Make sure everyone wears their steel toe boots the day of the move.
Unloading and re-assembling the shield may also be another way to go.
You're doing the move with the source in place??? Let's be careful out
I've seen Riggers move lathes and other machine tools around by
rolling them around on solid metal cylindrical rods. The trick is getting the
shield up onto that first rod using a crane, crowbars, many
strong people etc. Then you kind of roll the shield on the rods until you
get the shield to where you want it to go. You may need 3 or 4 or 5 such
rods. Roll the shield slowly. Don't develop linear momentum.
Eventually you'll have to get the shield down off the rods. Again be
Riggers do this stuff everyday. I once saw a rigger dude pick up a
jackhammer, put it to his shoulder
and drill through a vertical concrete wall. Amazing.
Which philosopher said "Give me a lever, and I will move the
Good Luck. Hire a good Rigger.
In a message dated 3/5/2013 12:01:54 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
rjgunter at chpconsultants.com writes:
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
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
I am sure someone out there has done this and can give some advice. I
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
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
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
Toll Free: (888) 766-4833
Fax: (866) 491-9913
Cel: (865) 387-0028
rjgunter at chpconsultants.com
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