Residential Handrail Project Fabrication Job
Crawford Division: Welded Fabrication
Client: Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL
Challenge: Updating existing water tower to meet current regulations
Solution: Installation of OSHA compliant ladder, hand rails, and internal components
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Crawford Co. performed work at the Rock Island Arsenal Water Tower this summer. The project included fabrication and installation of OSHA compliant ladder, hand rails, and internal components. Crawford's design team meet with RIA Public Works Department to design the solutions. Crawford fabricated the ladder and safety cage in segments. The hand rails were also fabricated in Crawford's Fab Shop. The final steps included epoxy painting and field installation by a crew of three Crawford employees.
About Arsenal Island (from Wikipedia):
The Rock Island Arsenal comprises 946 acres, located on Arsenal Island, originally known as Rock Island, on the Mississippi River between the cities of Davenport, IA, and Rock Island, IL. It lies within the state of Illinois. The island was originally established as a government site in 1816, with the building of Fort Armstrong. It is now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. It has been an active manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880's. It is designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Established as both an arsenal and a center for the manufacture of leather accoutrements and field gear, today it provides manufacturing, logistics, and base support services for the Armed Forces. The Arsenal is the only active U.S. Army foundry, and manufactures ordnance and equipment, including artillery, gun mounts, recoil mechanisms, small arms, aircraft weapons sub-systems, grenade launchers, weapon simulators, and a host of other components. Some of the Arsenal's most successful products include the M198 and M119 towed howitzers, and the M1A1 gun mount. About 250 military personnel and 6,000 civilians work there.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING
I am writing to acknowledge the quality serviceman employed by Crawford Co. I am a 65 year old woman whose husband was out of town. I came home at eleven p.m. with the temperatures at minus nine degrees to a broken furnace. The house was at 59 degrees and I didn’t have a clue what to do. I called my husband who walked me through a couple of simple options to try to jump start the furnace. When that failed, he suggested I call Crawford. Thankfully, a serviceman called me back. I didn’t want him to come out again in the cold, so I asked him if he could talk me through a possible easy fix. He tried so patiently to help me and then decided it would be best for him to come to the house. As grateful as I was he was willing to drive from DeWitt, I was nervous about having a stranger come to the house in the middle of the night. (Old ladies worry about that.) First and foremost, when you call Crawford you can be sure of quality service, I know that. The young man, Drew, came promptly to the house and handled the situation as you would expect him to do. What was exemplary was his understanding of my upset and was pleasant, confident, capable and very reassuring. In the middle of the bitterly cold night, this man explained what he was doing in “my” terms, totally repaired and cleaned the furnace, checked flues outside and made me feel safe and warm. Those are things that company training cannot instill in a person. I thank Crawford for employing this man and I thank Drew for helping me when I was most upset.My hope is that he would be recognized and rewarded for his abilities to do his job, but also his kindness and understanding of people.