Western Europe: Migrating Cranes


Tall buildings rise in Europe with a minimum of traffic tie-ups and almost no noise, in pleasant contrast to the bedlam at most building sites in the U.S. Main reason for the difference is the kind of crane builders use: in the U.S. most of them use "crawler" cranes that clog streets and growl angrily under the strain of hoisting a load; in Europe, construction men have learned over the past decade to employ the self-mounting "tower" crane, which is powered by a quietly humming electric motor instead of a diesel, operates off the street—usually from the center of...

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