Steel erecting Death Wish

Spotted by a reader in the UK, two steel erectors in Kent working from aerial work platforms that weren’t quite high enough for the job.

The picture does not give a clear indication of exactly how high up they are working but it appears to be in the region of 12 metres. Either way, what is obvious is that the aerial lifts being used are two or three metres too short for the task at hand.

As a result both men have climbed from the platforms - one standing on the rails and the other on a steel beam - in order to gain the extra height. Both appear to be wearing a harness, however it is possible they would have had to disconnect their lanyards in order to climb out the platforms.
Using aerial work platforms that aren't quite up to the job...

According to our correspondent the aerial lifts were the largest machines permitted to work on the concrete floor.

Definitely one for our Death Wish series.


Takes you back when steel erectors were steel erectors

9 Jun 2014

Kevin Morris
Hi Pat,
In a former life I would have disconnected the beam from the crane by lowering of the hoist rope a foot or so, a few sharp strikes with the back of the podger on the beam and the hook would then usually become detached.
However, to accomplish this objective would require 2 other elements. An experienced crane operator and the use of a "C" or Liverpool hook.(and touch-up paint of course)

Kind Regards,
Kevin Morris.

9 Jun 2014

Disconnecting the beam from the crane should be interesting!

9 Jun 2014
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