High force activity at Hastings Pier
Posted on December 2015
As FPE Site Operations embark on their second year anniversary at Hastings Pier, it is now possible for our team to walk the entire length of the pier, without the use of safety harnesses! After just two years, the Site Ops team have almost completely restored the 140 year old pier, following years of neglect and a catastrophic fire.
The project was initiated by Hastings Borough Council in support of the local ‘Save Our Pier’ campaign which began in 2008. In 2013 FPE Site Operations won the contract to restore the ‘People’s Pier’ and have achieved ground breaking work since.
FPE Site Ops are now working on the final stages at the head end. To capture this a short film has been created and will be released on our website soon. The film highlights the team’s ability to deliver on rope access and steel installation in extreme situations. The film also shows the invaluable team spirit and resilience, as the team replace the old metal trusts on the pier head end with steel ones.
As Winter sets in, the weather is causing a number of high risk safety alerts, all of which we are prepared for. Our team experience wind speeds of up to 60mph and ten feet plus waves.
Tony Brundrett, FPE Health and Safety Manager is on site at Hastings Pier and pleased with the progress to date. Tony commented;
‘Hastings Pier has been an interesting, diverse and challenging project to get involved with. It has really tested our operatives and site management team alike, in a wide range of skills and often working in harsh environmental conditions. It is definitely a testament to the proactive approach and efforts adopted by the whole site team that our health and safety record for 2015 has been excellent.’
As FPE Site Operations prepare for the final stages, it is quite remarkable to see the difference that has been made. The local community have been in full support of the work and will no doubt feel a huge sense of pride, as we will, when the ‘People’s Pier’ is back to full usage.