Can Bans on Aging Construction Cranes Prevent Accidents?

Here’s a lively lunchroom conversation: If older cranes are maintained and pass inspections on a regular basis, should they be put out to pasture simply because they have aged?  A new report, Tower Crane Lift Expectancy: An Examination of Recent Trends to Establish Age Limits, has been released by Haag Engineering in Sugar Land, Texas. The research concludes that regular inspection and maintenance can make a crane of any vintage structurally fit for duty, writes Tudor Van Hampton on Risk assessment should be conducted on a crane-by-crane basis, according to Haag’s report. Another problem facing the crane industry is how to dispose of these behemoths once they age out of circulation.

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