Battersea crane collapse case finally gets to court
Wed, 18/02/15 – 7:57 | No Comment

More than eight years after two men were killed by a collapsing tower crane in Battersea, the case is finally set to reach court.

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Steady as she goes
Wed, 11/02/15 – 8:04 | No Comment

Last week a mobile crane lifted a Bristol Bloodhound missile over the London rooftops and into the Hayward Gallery, as part of an exhibition which opens today.

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The 55 year old Bristol Bloodhound is delivered to site

The decommissioned Bloodhound weighs around 2,300kg, but with its launcher weighed 3,500kg. It was lifted into the Sculpture Terrace at the Hayward Gallery in London’s Southbank Centre by City Lifting’s new 300 tonne Grove GMK6300L All Terrain, with its 80 metre main boom lifting out to a radius of 65 metres.

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Up and into the gallery terrace on the 80 metre boom

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to a radius of 65 metres with 3,500kg

It is part of Hayward Gallery’s ‘History is Now’ exhibition which has a section curated by artist Richard Wentworth who considers the post-war period, modernism of modest means, the beach as a discursive site, the coast, the start of the Cold War, militarisation and industrial design.

The Bristol Bloodhound is a British surface-to-air missile developed during the 1950s as the UK’s main air defence weapon, and saw large-scale service with the Royal Air Force and the forces of four other countries. The Bloodhound Mk.I entered service in December 1958, and began to be replaced by the Mk.II in 1964. The last Mk.IIs were stood down in July 1991, although Swiss examples remained operational until 1999. In total 783 were built.

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And down onto the sculpture terrace

The rocket, reaches 400mph by the time it clears the three metre long launch ramp and gets to Mach 2.2 in seconds, and can eventually reach Mach 2.7.

Author; Unknown

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http://www.vertikal.net/en/news/story/22059/

Record number of ESTA Awards entries
Tue, 3/02/15 – 8:47 | No Comment
Record number of ESTA Awards entries

The final deadline for the 2015 ESTA Users’ Night and Awards has passed with the association receiving the highest-ever number of entries. More than 70 entries were received.

CICB Expands Rigger, Signal Person Certification Training
Fri, 30/01/15 – 9:07 | No Comment
CICB Expands Rigger, Signal Person Certification Training

Crane Inspection & Certification Bureau has expanded its national certification training/exam programs to Oklahoma, Louisiana, CICBWyoming, Georgia, and South Carolina, in order to meet demands for certified riggers and signal persons.

Liebherr to Debut 5-Axle Mobile Crane
Mon, 26/01/15 – 9:46 | No Comment
Liebherr to Debut 5-Axle Mobile Crane

Liebherr will be showing its new 160-tonne mobile crane LTM 1160-5.2 at the Intermat 2015 in Paris, France. This crane on a five-axle chassis was presented to the public for the first time at the …

Coalition Wants OSHA to Revise Operator Certification Requirements
Fri, 31/10/14 – 8:58 | No Comment
Coalition Wants OSHA to Revise Operator Certification Requirements

Ten construction industry organizations today launched the Coalition for Crane Operator Safety (CCOS), a group dedicated to the swift revision and finalization of the crane operator certification requirements within the OSHA Cranes & Derricks in Construction rule.

Mountain climbing crawler
Mon, 27/10/14 – 8:33 | No Comment
Mountain climbing crawler

Swiss rental company Clausen Kran has driven its new 60 tonne Liebherr LTR 1060 telescopic crawler crane to the top of an Alpine mountain to work on the one of the highest railway tunnels in the Alps.

What Can a Crane Pick Up?
Fri, 24/10/14 – 8:29 | No Comment
What Can a Crane Pick Up?

We came across this short promotional video for a children’s book on cranes. It is so charming we felt it ought to go into the video library.

Tower crane compromised
Wed, 22/10/14 – 8:14 | No Comment
Tower crane compromised

Around 100 people were evacuated from their homes yesterday in the Evere suburb of Brussels, Belgium, after the foundation of a newly erected tower crane was seriously compromised.

New Tier 4 Hitachi
Tue, 21/10/14 – 11:16 | No Comment
New Tier 4 Hitachi

Hitachi Sumitomo is preparing to launch its new 80 tonne SCX800A-3 crawler crane, with a low emissions Tier IV power unit. The first two units destined for Europe have been ordered by NRC Plant – Hitachi Sumitomo’s distributor for the UK.

Crane tip in New Zealand.
Tue, 14/10/14 – 8:19 | No Comment
Crane tip in New Zealand.

An overturned mobile crane closed down a construction site this morning in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Bridge build for Sennebogen
Thu, 9/10/14 – 9:18 | No Comment
Bridge build for Sennebogen

Russian construction company BaltMostStroy used its Sennebogen 7700 crawler crane to help build an 800 metre bridge in Russia.