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Swinging on the hook

With another week coming to an end we bring you yet more examples of people riding crane hooks.

The first sent in from a UK reader shows a rigger hooked on by his harness, we not quite sure if this is the official method used to unhook/ attach the slings to this vessel, or as is he just having a little fun?
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Sent in from the UK a man on a hook having a little fun in his work

The second is a video clip that was posted yesterday showing a group of workers also having a little fun with, what looks like an old bank of airline seats, and a self-erecting tower crane. The have attached the seats to the hook and created a swing to ride out over the city. – It does look like fun, as long as it does not go wrong of course! To see the video clip just click here
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A swing that brings a Bauma stunt to mind

While it is good to see people having a little fun at work – these do qualify for our Death Wish series.

Ahhh we missed the bosun's chair


They look more like minibus seats. For the self erecting crane, the loading is little more than just exercising the crane, and there is no reliance on hydraulics, however the seats with the three point seatbelts probably are unsafe as they could slip out, and there would be no insurance cover.
Hydraulic mobile cranes really should not be used for this when proper manlifts with locking hydraulics are available, but it is easier to get to where you need to from a crane hook.

Nov 22, 2013

The rigger taking the slings of the vessel is in a bosun's chair can't see if he is wearing a harness as well! this has been a way of sling removal for many years on vessel's of this type. However as a Company if we are using this method we would not use a long sling and the rigger would have a Tested Fall Arrest attached from the hook to his harness as a secondary safety system.

Nov 22, 2013
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