Eurosafe wins by a head on Kelpies job

Ian Shore, rope access co-ordinator at Eurosafe Solutions.
Ian Shore, rope access co-ordinator at Eurosafe Solutions.
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Wild horses wouldn’t be enough to get some people dangling off ropes on 30-metre structures – but it’s all in a day’s work for a Sheffield fall protection company.

Eurosafe Solutions took the reins after being asked to install safety points for maintenance workers on The Kelpies.

The two 30-metre 300- tonne horse heads, made entirely out of steel, are the centrepiece of the 740-acre Helix Park, between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

Sculpted by Glasgow artist Andy Scott, they are inspired by Scotland’s history of working horses, which once pulled barges along the nearby Forth and Clyde Canal.

Main contractor on the project SH Structures commissioned Eurosafe to supply and install an internal ladder within each head, and to provide rope access assistance to those installing external cladding.

Ian Shore, of Eurosafe, said: “It was fantastic to be involved in this prestigious contract.

“The Kelpies will help to reinforce this area of Scotland’s heritage and tradition, leaving a lasting legacy for the area.

“We have provided access solutions for many iconic structures such as The Shard, the Emirates Stadium and Heathrow Airport and it was great to be able to utilise the rope access skills of our experienced team on this exciting project.”

Work to erect the £5m Kelpies sculptures began last year and the public can now take guided tours. They are expected to attract 350,000 visitors to the area and bring in £1.5 million of annual tourism spend.

Eurosafe has also worked on the O2 Arena, The Millennium Stadium, Manchester Evening News Arena and Gatwick Airport.

The company also tests and inspects schools, offices and shopping centres.