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A SGS Industrial Rescue Team was deployed last September 2nd at Guadalquivir River when passing through Córdoba. The team provided safety services to SGS’ technicians in Córdoba’s Testing Department, performing test to establish the bridge’s state after the fire that took place there last August 7th.

The ERI team, consisting of three members (Team leader/diver, nurse and rescue technician/diver), a diving support vehicle and a zodiac boat, began at 8 hours in the morning when the ERI descended to the working area and setting the zodiac boat used for technicians’ transport between the bridge’s pillars.

ERI performance can be classified into three zones:

1.     Base of the pillar that caught fire: since it was an area full of obstacles, all potential accidents areas were eliminated: debris, burnt logs, etc., to help gain access to the working area. Later, a temporary life line was set up in the bridge’s mobile sheaths area in the pillar that caught fire, in order to perform several tests suspended on a platform; during such tasks, there was a constant presence of a member of ERI to ensure safety of the personnel working in height, also provided with sanitary material.

2.     Bridge interior: to gather samples from the bridge interior (mobile sheaths’ upper part)  , the technicians were transported with the zodiac boat and also provided with helmets and lifesaving jackets, as well as were taught the safety measures in the boat. To help performing the works in the inner part of the bridge, several LED lightning tripods were installed as well as a temporary life line at different height (around 5 meters high); due to the difficulty of accessing the location, part of the ERI team remained with the technicians, always carrying backpacks with sanitary material.

3.     Undamaged pillar: the technicians and he necessary material was transported in the boat to gather samples of an undamaged pillar.

After all testing and sampling was finished, the team started to collect all the deployed material (life lines, lighting, etc.). ERI staff used their aquatic intervention uniforms (neoprene wetsuits, goggles, stroboscopic light, floating support device, harness, flaps), suitable for use in river currents and dams and flooding cases.

For more information:

Teresa Ruiz-Escribano Taravilla Business Development
SGS España
C/ Trespaderne, 29 28042 -  Madrid
t: +34 91 313 80 97
m: +34 690 61 55 74 
f: +34  91 313 80 91

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