5 Days Ago
Above all else, Im going to try my best not to get into an argument :) Ive been doing crane work since I was 20. Im 44 now. Never had anything fail, never dropped a clevis or been struck by one. I might be a little rusty at the moment, but Id still bet my craning skills against anyone out there. Not to sound boastful, but I'm just confident about my abilities in that particular field.
So, I made some points earlier, but Id just like to give you a quick example. The job in the pics happened maybe 6-7 years ago. I took down that tree with 4 cuts, and good slinging....especially the first 2. We had to stop 4 lanes of traffic to the first 2 cuts....the second lift needed to be especially precise, because it partly hung down below the wires. Couldn't afford any rolling or twisting. Lot of activity on the ground as you can imagine, but as I recall the whole thing was pretty seamless, and we were away before lunch or there abouts. That Blue sling has a 6 T WLL, the clevis is similar or more from memory. So, as well as adding an unknown quantity into the equation, invalidating our insurance, contravening the safety standards for crane lifts....what, if anything would we have gained by the inclusion of that sling we discussing ? Nothing, is the answer.
Perhaps if we took the tree, or a tree down one branch at a time, we might make some gains. But as is, I see nothing remotely tempting me to use one.