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Demolition of heavy loading bridge Hamburg

Hamburg, Germany Demolition

Demolition of heavy loading bridge Hamburg

Recently, DDM has successfully completed the demolition of a 500 tonne loading bridge at a large steel manufacturing company. After detailed planning and preparation work, cutting and removing of all non-structural items, and finally the dismantling of the main structural items, the job was completed within two weeks.

The dismantling of the loading bridge required a lot of heavy lift equipment: five mobile cranes were used ranging from 70 – 800 tonnes (70, 400, 500, 750 and 800 tonnes), four aerial platforms, a 25t wheeled excavator with scrap shear, scrap handler with grab and a 70t tracked excavator with scrap shear.

Before the dismantling of the main structure of the loading bridge, the end sections of the loading bridge had to be carefully removed; this allowed the four large lifting cranes to lift the full loading bridge. Once the weight of the loading bridge was lifting, 5m sections of the support structure was cut and removed using a combination of cutting torch and mobile excavator. This process was repeated as the lifting cranes slowly lowered the main loading bridge to the ground

The loading bridge was cut and sized using the excavators with scrap shear. All scrap metal was cut to feed stock allowing it to be delivered direct to the blast furnace for recycling. All scrap was delivered using DDM’s inhouse scrap bulkers. This provided the client with additional peace of mind. All operatives were congratulated on their professional attitude towards the project and the goal of completing the project safely and efficiently

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10 specialists
2 weeks
10 specialists
2 weeks


The Quality and Health, Safety and the Environment policy is an ongoing process. That is why DDM is continuously working on improving all these areas to keep improving safety levels.

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DDM was rewarded with a World Demolition Award in the Civils category.

Removing 5 arch bridges over the Amsterdam Rhine Canal was an intensive job. The schedule was tight and the expectations of all employees were high. But with a joint effort and incredible passion, DDM has successfully removed and recycled the 5 bridges within schedule.


Every year DDM holds a number of safety days to boost safety awareness.

Last year's objectives are evaluated and new objectives are determined. All managers and all operational employees discuss safety, policy and vision together. In addition to all regular training courses, DDM offers workshops and training to all employees during these days to take the qualities of the professionals to an even higher level. Together with all DDM employees, we are working on an increasingly higher safety ethic. Everyone at DDM carries out their work in a safe and healthy manner, with sufficient attention to the environment. And they're getting better at it. This applies to everyone; back to work healthy and safe and back home healthy.


Dow has awarded DDM a certificate for Outstanding Safety Performance.

Following various demolition and disassembly projects that DDM carries out worldwide for Dow Chemical Company, DDM has received recognition for its excellent safety performance during implementation. DDM always continues to strive for a higher level of safety. Safety First! Read below a quote from the letter that DDM received from Dow. “In summary, DDM continues to deliver excellent performance in safely planning and executing all work related to Dow demolition projects. We truly believe that your company's exceptional efforts continue to be a reflection of the leadership and support of you and the entire DDM Management team. "

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