November 14, 2005: Picking concrete and steel girders
Testa and Cashman dual processing today. They alway are multiprocessing
but rarely can I catch two processes at the same time. Today - picking
concrete girders to the left (toward Mt. Pleasant) and steel girders to the
right. on the Mt Pleasant side is Bob McCabe -
with Jack Foley operating
the shear, Scott Billingsley operating the lift and Bob Ange's team -
Nathan Brooks and Stan Dawson are the iron workers.
Following the concrete girder action - lifting
and rotating to place the girder on the Pearman roadway
and lowering - up close
Here the left concrete girder continues its downward trajectory while
the steel team is making a final diagonal cut on the right girder
cutting continues with Cousin Arthur Ravenel watching over the process.
extending the diagonal cut downward
With Cousin Arthur watching, our team starts lifting steel girder
in the distance while in the foreground Cousin Arthur watches
Bob's team prepare to harvest the concrete girder
a closer view of the harvesting the steel girder
The left concrete girder is now in its resting position
and so the next iteration starts
And at the same time Bob Ange is directing Nathan, Stan and the crane
operator below to position the lift bar for wrapping the next girder
Here is Stan (left) and Nathan (right) at work
There is a small problem, though, -
to catch the tag line attached to the wrapping
cable. Speedy (Nathan) demonstrates a little acrobatics. With a trusty gaff
Speedy grabs the tag line and passes the tag line to Stan.
With the tag line (barely visible to the left of the bottom of the wrapper),
Stan pulls the wrapper up (a nylon tri-strand super-strength
piece of dental floss)
and wraps the girder
and then couples the wrapper to the lift bar shackles
and place the pin back in the shackle
and finished. With gaff in hand, they march off the girder - just in
time for lunch.
Our acrobatic iron workers - Nathan and Stan and their safety harnesses -
adapted for all sorts of challenges.