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Old 06 March 2013, 17:26   #31
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Interesting... thanks for the pictures.
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What a Cranenobber to fall in there
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Great pics, cheers ears
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What a Cranenobber to fall in there
Its quite hard to 'know' the support ground will give, when something that heavy is running on it, but getting close to bankings and edges is never a good idea. Ive witnessed a couple of occasions when the ground beneath outriggers has given way, even when the driver has used spreader plates, and caused a huge upset to the machine, though fortunately not a collapse, but it does happen. This is more unusual in that he wasnt actually working and doing anything.
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I cant imagine what that cost. A huge engineering project.
I guess that a crane like that would be 300 - 500k.

Interesting insurance claim too... I wonder who paid for the extraction and the damaged crane...the owner of the roadway that subsided or the owner of the crane that caused it to subside?
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It may be less to do with the cost of writing the crane off and more to do with the environment agency saying, "yeah, you know that crane of yours that's fallen in to the canal and all the potential impact that has?.. Yeah, we'll it can't just stay there you know.."
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It may be less to do with the cost of writing the crane off and more to do with the environment agency saying, "yeah, you know that crane of yours that's fallen in to the canal and all the potential impact that has?.. Yeah, we'll it can't just stay there you know.."
Yup, spot on. It'll probably be an insurance job.
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Just had a wander down to see what's still going on ,
Cranes drying out awaiting an electrician to check the electrics over ,

Still a large hole in the canal bank & tow path where the crane was accessed they are now putting it back using steel piling sheets ,

Temporary cofferdams still holding up with a barge & large pump aboard shifting the water down to the locks about 200yards down stream .

Last pic the original temporary road put in for the crane ,( bet when the driver went up the slope he dident think he would be upside down in less than 5 mins ).
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It may take more than that ! It depends where all the components are but with an inverted immersion like that, battery acid commonly will have leaked, and any copper in any wiring loom, even if its not openly exposed will get destroyed .. its surprising how far it gets on cable runs .. dont ask me how I know

The next problem is the engine .. oil can leak into the inlet manifold and cylinders, depending on how its built, so each cylinder needs its injectors out and the system re-powered temporarily and the engine cycled before a start up can be considered, as they wont want (or shouldnt) the risk of bending a con rod .. let the fun begin

Unlike 2 strokes .. a crane operating in an inverted position .. would not have been anticipated by the designers
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