January 13 - A Modulift spreader beam was utilised by Rope and Sling Specialists, on behalf of client Amey, to lift a truck-mounted access platform during maintenance on the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland.

Amey carried out overnight repairs on the bridge in December and used the spreader beam to lift a 35-tonne Bronto Skylift - a mobile elevating work platform (MEWP).

The spreader rig was assembled in line with computer-aided design (CAD) drawings of the MEWP.

Steve Hutin, managing director of Rope and Sling Specialists, said: "We only had half a day to design the assembly of the rig and deliver it to the site but we were able to use CAD drawings to calculate the centre of gravity - the load was heavier at one end - and we knew we could use the outriggers as pick up points."

Access was required to make a repair to a support truss on the bridge's northern pier. The pier from the north tower is sited on the Mackintosh Rock, a whinstone outcrop that made for an ideal foundation during construction, said Rope and Sling Specialists.