Tough-to-access submersible pumps complicated life and increased costs for maintenance workers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, United Kingdom.
“Our original submersible pump sets were no longer maintainable by our in-house staff,” said Leslie Dey, Estates Officer for the hospital, “Keeping up with the training to send anyone down there would have been a massive cost.”
Routine O&M items like pulling a pump to change a seal or impeller required dangerous confined space entry, including permits, tripods, safety harnesses, air monitoring equipment and more.
“A lot of it was just far too costly… to do in house,” Dey said. “It was eventually all contracted out.”