Friday, June 6, 2008

July 9th 2004

Cardiff Luffing tower crane suffered a jib failure in the wind.

Luffing tower cranes must be boomed down to a specific radius given it's configuration to allow it to weather vane. If it is not then if pointed into the wind, the jib can literally be blown over backwards. This happens all to often and later I'll link a video of a crane here in Seattle swinging around rapidly. The claim is that it was working perfectly fine, but it was the shenanigans of nothing to see here, move along. I'll get into that in that story later.

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