Marine Solutions recently received an urgent request from Steven Pickel, Senior Associate with Johnson Mirmiran and Thompson (JMT) and a representative from Carroll County, MD to assist in closing a hatch on a water tower that had accidentally sprung open.
After a call with JMT and other personnel, Marine Solutions' Rope Access Field Supervisor Brian Hughes, drove up later that same day to do a binocular inspection of the tower and to develop a quick access plan. During the binocular inspection, Brian was able to verify that the existing locking mechanisms were still intact, and that it was unlikely that any modifications would need to be made to the hatch itself to close it.
The following morning, Brian was met by Cassidy Manning and Chris Devers to help climb the tower and to also pilot the drone to take footage of the job. The team donned the necessary PPE and safely climbed the tower. Cassidy successfully closed the hatch, and in doing so protected the public's drinking water. Chris piloted the drone and was able to get quite a bit of exciting footage of the work done by Marine Solutions!