April 13, 2010 | Comments (1)
The first was taken by a reader in Texas who says:
“I took this picture at Terminal B of the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, here in Houston. These guys were setting structural aluminum with what looked like an electric hoist, mounted to a beam stuffed through light staging.”
“I went through there again last weekend, and all the fascia had been cladded with glass. Now, I wonder if they had any professional input on that little setup? The area was off limits to the public, so I couldn't get closer (in fact even taking the picture got me some unwanted attention).”
“The loads appeared to be light, but I can think of so many ways OSHA would have a field day with this.”
And on to London
The other occurred in London last year and was taken by one of our readers from Holland. It shows a specially constructed tower bolted to one of the vertical pillars of the building, with a single ladder beam to serve as a jib/gantry and was being used to unload steel from delivery trucks.
In the words of our respondent: “Since I appreciate your safety awareness items very much, I thought you might appreciate attached photo of an improvised crane which I saw in action in London last year. A chain hoist, a ladder and some scaffolding is all you need to unload steel from a truck.”
“Working circumstances were difficult though, a narrow alley close to the Thames made it hard to reach for a crane.”
Both of these jobs are well suited to a range of properly designed lifting solutions, which would not only be safer but also more productive. A mini or spider crane sitting on one of the upper floors or light weight sectional crane if loadings are hyper critical.
It shows that there are still opportunities to both spread the use of that type of lifting equipment while helping make construction a safer industry. Let us have your views.