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D-Drill remove a potentially toxic substance from a manufacturing centre in Northumberland.
Experts in remoted-controlled demolition at a national diamond drilling and concrete sawing company have helped to safely remove a potentially toxic substance from a manufacturing centre in Northumberland.



D-Drill, which has offices across the UK – including in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, was called in by main contractor – Harpers Environmental Limited - to Egger’s compact resin site in Hexham.

The company was required to remove 300 tonnes of paraformaldehyde waste – which is a potential carcinogen – from a nine metre high by ten metre diameter tank.

D-Drill branch manager Alan Davison deployed a Brokk 180 – a remote-controlled demolition robot - into the tank to break-up the substance before it was removed onto a conveyor belt in one tonne tubs.

Wearing special PPE while operating the machine, the highly-trained operator, Alan, spent 30 shifts tackling the waste before it was safely removed and disposed of.

He said: “Harpers couldn’t send in their own staff to break up the paraformaldehyde waste because of the potential risk of hand arm vibration.

“They knew that we had the skills, the equipment and experience in removing this kind of material safely so they called us in to undertake this crucial job.

“The fact that we could deploy the Brokk 180 meant that we could carry out the demolition by remote control, but it was still vital to wear a protective face mask and correct PPE with the operator out of the contaminated area.

“We were delighted to carry out this crucial task on behalf of Harpers and to get the work done on time, on budget and, crucially, in a safe manner, with no risk to any operator.

“Clients often tell us that it gives them great peace of mind when they utilise our services for this type of work because they know we have many years of experience in ensuring jobs such as this are handled in the correct way.”