LaFarge Cement UK, the UK’s largest cement maker, suffered a kiln breakdown. The kiln produced 520 tonnes per hour of cement, making it critical to get back on line as quickly as possible. Safety considerations included extreme heat and working at heights.
Whilst the kiln was cooling sufficiently for us to begin work we carried out a risk assessment and provided the customer with a method statement. As soon as it was safe to do so, our Welders got to work on a half-hour-on, half-hour-off shift rota to minimise prolonged exposure to the heat and adverse working conditions. Within 48 hours the kiln was back on line.