A Custom 80 ft PowerMast for Irwin Products and Innovative Masonry Restoration: Case Study

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We are excited to share our product highlights and tips with you so that you can take full advantage of our American-made products. Today, we're eager to share a case study about a custom PowerMast used to restore the interior of a State Office building in Missouri at heights up to 80 ft!

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A Custom 80 ft PowerMast for Irwin Products

Background: In business since 1991, Irwin Products has continually grown due to their commitment to service and the ability to promptly supply the needs of local construction firms. As a distributor of construction materials, they carry a wide variety of supplies to meet the needs of the construction industry. Based in St. Louis, Irwin Products serves customers throughout eastern Missouri and southern Illinois. Irwin Products is a proud member of the American Subcontractors Association, the Mason Contractor’s Association and the St. Louis Concrete Council.

Innovative Masonry Restoration, based out of Prior Lake, Minnesota and Kansas City, Kansas, serves the entire Midwest with maintenance, repair, restoration and waterproofing for commercial, residential, government and historical properties. IMR had used Reechcraft equipment on other jobs and knew it would be a great fit for this job.Problem: The Harry S. Truman State Office building in Jefferson City, MO, was originally constructed in 1983; the building and grounds consume 53 acres. Since its construction, the decorative limestone panels on the interior of the building have started to deteriorate and fall apart. The limestone panels, some as high as 80 ft in the air, were in need of repair so they did not become a safety hazard to those below. The floor could not support a high load, so boom lifts could not be used. The building is being occupied with office personnel during the renovation period, so setting up scaffolding wasn’t feasible. Solution: ReechCraft worked with Irwin Products to design and build a custom Freestanding PowerMast Quad that could achieve the needed height while still being light enough that the floor could easily support it. The PowerMast system is highly versatile. It provided a safe working platform for restoration workers from Innovative Masonry Restoration without obstructing essential parts of the building so office personnel could continue working as usual. With a skilled two-person crew, the system was erected in two to three hours with a minimal amount of tools. Between every five foot mast section, the PowerMast Quad has a tie that clamps down, giving the system a sturdy structure. This way, workers can erect the system as they ascend, and there's space to carry additional masts within the platform. The base is connected to a stability system that helps workers to balance out the loads. The PowerMast Quad must start out being plumb, level and square; with the aid of a good level and a little training, the crews quickly mastered this system. 

Benefits: Vince Irwin Sr. from Irwin Products said, “The Freestanding PowerMast Quad is a perfect fit for this project.” Another great benefit is the ease of moving the system from location to location inside the building. When the time comes to move the Quad, the crew can simply lower the platform and easily move the whole system to the next location without having to disassemble the masts. Even fully assembled, it's so lightweight that it takes only two people to move! And, two of the Quad systems can link together with a modular stage to create a large work bridge to cover over 30 ft of work area. The PowerMast is powered by a gearbox and corded drills on a 120 volt system.

If you have questions about any of our products or have a custom application, don't hesitate to contact us today. Many thanks to Vince Sr. and the team at Irwin Products, Jim Dolby, Michael Mann and Wayne Thaxton at IMR and our Territory Manager, CJ, for sharing their pictures and story with us!

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman, and is reaching new heights to do so. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, give us a call at (888) 600-6160 or visit our website.

ReechCraft is Committed to Safety!

Since our founding in 1993, ReechCraft has set itself apart with innovative products and first-rate services. We pride ourselves on our ability to respond to the market with our durable product solutions. Today, we are eager to tell you about ReechCraft's commitment to safety!

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Safety First with ReechCraft
The construction industry can often be full of hazards, caused by the use of heavy materials, working at great heights and a myriad of other factors that are just inherent with the job. That’s why ReechCraft strives to make our access products as safe as possible, making the good work you do easier and safer than ever before!

Part of how we achieve such a high level of safety standards is by following Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines to the "T". ReechCraft products all adhere to OSHA standards in order to create the safest working conditions possible for the people who use our products.

When it comes to our PowerMastPowerPole and Bronco, following OSHA’s scaffolding regulations is a priority. OSHA details protocols to follow for optimal scaffolding safety and ReechCraft attends to them all. These standards can be found in OSHA’s Safety and Health Regulations for Construction guide under “Subpart L” for scaffolds.

In addition, our PowerLifts are built to the OSHA standards for lifts. Details on this can be found in “Subpart L” in the section on aerial lifts. From weight capacity guidelines to quality of product construction, you can rest assured that our access solutions will keep you safe on the jobsite because of our innovative design and dedication to safety requirements.

To learn more about our commitment to safety, visit our website. You can also learn more about OSHA’s policies on construction on their website.

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ReechCraft strives to find new access solutions to meet the needs of every craftsman. If you have questions about any of our products, have a custom application, want to place an order or would like additional information about our dealer program, call us at 1-888-600-6160 or visit our website.