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Heavy-duty breakers punch through reinforced concrete

Three heavy-duty HB series Atlas Copco breakers have been put to work destroying reinforced concrete structures during a rebar mill clear-up at Sheerness Steel facilities on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

The powerful breakers supplied by Sandhurst to demolition contractor DDS Demolition were HB2200, HB3600 and HB4200 units, weighing two, three and four tonnes, respectively.

Steel was first produced at the site in 2003, but production furnaces and a large rolling mill on the 53-acre site had been left untouched since the specialist rebar steelworks closed in 2012. A decision was finally made to develop parts of the site and demolition work commenced in 2016.

DDS Demolition mainly used hydraulic shears and grabs to remove much of the steel building fabrication and steel-making infrastructure, during phases one and two.

Group buyer Lee Pooley said: “We faced some very heavy breaking on this job and wanted proven breakers with the capability of efficiently punching into heavily reinforced structures.”

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