Situated on the lower Waitaki River on the east coast of the South Island, the Waitaki Dam was constructed between 1928 and 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression.
The dam was the last in New Zealand to be constructed without modern machinery. More than half-a-million cubic metres of material were excavated using picks and shovels. Steam powered pumps were used to keep excavations dry.
The project required a safety railing to be fitted on site. With limited plans and as-built information, adaptations needed to be made during the installation – modular industrial guardrails were perfect for the job.
Products used: Galvanised Handrails
“This modular system worked very well for our application as it enabled us to make small adjustments on site without the need to weld. The installation took very minimal site work other than cutting rails to the required lengths and assembling with the use of the grub screw fittings. There were a few changes required during installation which were made easy by the variety of fittings available.”Craig Langsford, Site Engineer