Loads of labor

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Chad Bailey carries a really big load at his job.

By Lisa King

Bailey is a rigging engineer for Edwards Moving and Rigging, located on Isaac Shelby Drive.

Moving huge pieces of equipment – even houses – is the company’s function, and it’s Bailey’s job to orchestrate how each of those big jobs should be accomplished.

He lists some of his key responsibilities as producing method statement and engineering procedures and risk assessments for a wide variety of lifts, moves and transports. He has experience working with a number of companies installing and removing power generation equipment at power and substations around the nation.

A civil engineer and University of Louisville graduate, Bailey has been with Edwards for four years.

Bailey said that at Edwards, he likes the challenge of planning how to move large pieces of equipment, such as transformers, often long distances.

“You’re dealing with a lot of variables,” he said. “You’ve always got something in the way, there’s always an obstacle, and it seems like everything is getting heavier and bigger, so it’s always a challenge. You’ve got turns, you’ve got utilities, you’ve got overhead lights, wires and stuff like that, and bridges, you’ve just got so many variables.”

Each moving project is very involved, he said.

“It’s all got to be planned well in advance,” he said. “We’ve got projects that are a year out that we’re working on, so there’s a lot of preplanning involved.”

The largest object that Bailey was ever involved in moving was a large piece of equipment that weighed 440 tons, and was 25 feet in diameter.  It actually did not have to be moved very far, which was a good thing, he said.

“It was an old unit that was scraped onsite; we just had to move it out of the building,” he said.

That was in West Virginia, Bailey said, adding that Edwards’ crews work jobs throughout the nation.

“We’ve got stuff from New York to Florida,” he said. “Our crews are gone on a daily basis.”

Bailey said that one of the things he likes most about his job is that it never gets boring.

“It’s always a challenge,” he said. “You just never know what you are going to be working on – it keeps it interesting.”

- Compiled by Lisa King