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Crane Collapse at Louisville's East End Bridge Site

Crane Collapse at Louisville's East End Bridge Site

Crane Collapse at Louisville's East End Bridge Site

Apparently this just happened. 40-50 mph winds in the area today.


RE: Crane Collapse at Louisville's East End Bridge Site


It's even worse on lattice boom cranes (like at ORB), but I was watching a hydro operating across the street from our office in 40mph gusts today... it's just unfathomable to me that the operators could be comfortable running picks in those sorts of conditions.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but most cranes I've seen have maximum wind speeds for operation around 30-35mph.

RE: Crane Collapse at Louisville's East End Bridge Site


You are correct, usually cranes have limitations of 30-35 mph, and deducts depending on your wind area of the object you are lifting for wind speeds less than that.

Plane and simple, should not be done you are just asking for trouble (Saudi Arabia...)

I was on a job where a lift had to be canceled due to high winds (35-40 mph. We were lifting/installing a crane onto an offshore platform. The field shut down the lift on their own, but decided to fly a guy in a man basket to prep the area where the new crane was to connect. So these guys did not want to risk damaging a several million dollar piece of equipment but had no problem sending their buddy up there. I had to shut them down.

RE: Crane Collapse at Louisville's East End Bridge Site

As soon as the crane began to collapse, the crane operator jumped into the Ohio River in the opposite direction as the crane. He was not injured and got out of the water quickly.

Dang, don't think I'd want to be jumping in the Ohio River this time of year. Probably wearing steel toed boots, hard hat, heavy clothes, etc. Maybe he knew it wasn't deep where he jumped?


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RE: Crane Collapse at Louisville's East End Bridge Site

Why they get the big bucks :)



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