Our Lady of Paris is the scene of a construction site at high risk. Suspended by a single rope, of cordistes came on the scene, Tuesday, June 9, 2020, to the delicate operation of dismantling of the scaffolding of the cathedral, bent and welded by the heat of the fire of April 2019, said a journalist of the Agence France-Presse. "They started to cut a few of the 40 000 tubes which constitute the scaffolding," said Christophe Rousselot, general delegate of the fondation Notre-Dame.
half of The 40 000 pieces of this scaffolding, weighing 200 tons, is more than 40 meters high. The structure had been installed for the restoration of the spire of the gothic cathedral. If it has withstood the collapse of the spire in the fire of April 15, 2019, it has been warped by the heat and received a high lead contamination because of its position at the centre of the blaze.
" The cordistes are at the very heart of that which is the object of this operation. They descend along ropes attached to metal beams that have been laid down to do the cutting, " said Christophe Rousselot. Around 10: 30, to the interior of the scaffold, workers, hidden by the large iron bars melted, have made gestures to guide the movement of the large yellow crane overlooking the cathedral. Slowly, it lowered a large bucket of green retrieves the tubes cut.
on each side Of the cathedral, the nacelles were active also, a number of workers to their edge. "They allow men to act in the highest points of the cathedral [...] which will not come into the cordistes ", explained Christophe Rousselot. This operation must take place throughout the summer. The construction of Notre-Dame, the president Macron wants to see restored in five years, has experienced many vicissitudes between the introduction of measures against lead contamination, weathering the end of 2019 and the crisis of the sars coronavirus. He resumed progressively at the end of April.
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