Giant airbags used to remove 12 tonne machine that toppled over at Westlegate construction site in Norwich

The recovery of the toppled over crane in Westlegate,

The recovery of the toppled over crane in Westlegate, - Credit: Archant

Easy does it. Giant rubber airbags, normally used for lifting aircraft or heavy tankers, were inflated to help recover a machine that had toppled over at a Norwich city centre construction.

A crane toppled over during construction on the Westlegate site in Norwich

A crane toppled over during construction on the Westlegate site in Norwich - Credit: Archant

The delicate recovery operation took place last night after the machinery collapsed into the Westlegate Tower, in Westlegate, at about midday yesterday.

Staff from Norfolk Recovery Services and Quinto Cranes worked together for more than three hours to recover the 12 tonne JCB telehandler.

A limited space crane from Quinto and large airbags were used to carefully remove the machinery to prevent any damage being caused to a nearby 17th century cottage.

A spokesman for Norfolk Recovery Services said the air cushions were rarely deployed and were last used three years ago. He added that the job was more difficult because of the tight space.

'It was so close to the building, but there was no risk to the general public and it worked out very well,' said the spokesman.


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