Panoramic flight after midnight to the clinic

This time it wasn’t the weight, but the wide outreach over the roofs of the city of Luzern, which required the use of the 450-tonne crane with an additional boom.

The operation began with a road closure shortly after 8:00 pm at Luzern train station for the installation of a 7.5-tonne MRI (magnetic resonance imaging machine). With the help of a second, smaller crane, the 450-tonne crane, which was parked the middle of the street directly at the train station, was ballasted and the additional boom was mounted.

At midnight sharp, SBB, whose railway traffic also had to be closed for the operation, gave the green light to start. Under the observation of numerous onlookers, the MRI, securely fixed on our 10-tonne heavy lifting platform, took off for the flight over the roofs of Luzern and was safely transported to the insertion opening. There, we secured the flying platform to the anchor plates mounted by us on the building. Subsequently, the high-tech device could be manually pulled and pushed to its destination, where it was prepared by our client for its future clinical use.

While our team was busy with the final work at the clinic, the mobile crane was dismantled so that the street and tracks could be reopened for road and rail traffic at 04:00 in the morning.

About the Hirslanden clinic

St. Anna Clinic is the only private central hospital in Central Switzerland. It is part of the Hirslanden AG, which comprises 17 clinics in 10 cantons and is the largest private hospital chain in Switzerland.


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September 14, 2024

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