posted on Feb, 15 2014 @ 10:41 PM
reply to post by gortex
Wow, that one gives me the chills! I'm not good with heights, though I work in them. I have been on a 440 ft tower crane, at the tip of a 420 bridge
pylon, and these days spend most of my time on conveyors 120 feet up.
On the 440 tower, I stuck to the provided cat walks with butt firmly clenched. I really didn't even think of dangling one-handed from the lacing.
Guess I'm not adventurous enough for that lol.
Interesting tidbits about tower cranes for anyone who cares:
When you look through the floor, which has glass panels, all you see is tower. You then pick up on a load and the tower which was leaning backwards
toward the counter weight before, now flexes and leans forward. All you see then is ground...
When you start to swing the crane, you look down to see the tower twisting, while you remain stationary. Then after you "wind it up" the upper works
begin to swing. It's a bit freaky.
They also usually run on electric motors, and it's eerie quiet up there.
For some additional crazyness check out www.mustang-wanted.com...
One of these guys walks on the top of the boom of a 600 footer,
tight rope style.