[TowerTalk] GIN POLE (trivia)
Dick Green WC1M
wc1m at msn.com
Sat Apr 1 09:15:45 EST 2006
Can you give us some examples of safe and unsafe use of the Gin Pole?
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> All joking aside, if anyone is really interested, the proper
> term is GIN POLE. GIN as in enGINe comes from Middle
> English and refers to any mechanical device that transfers
> energy into movement. The term "gin pole" refers to a
> device used to lift or hoist heavy loads and has been used
> in numerous industries such as fishing, mining, construction
> of buildings, walls, etc.
> The gin pole we are all familiar with is one derived mostly
> from those used in mining. This piece of equipment is
> designed to be mounted vertically and used to lift heavy
> objects straight up and swiveled into position for stacking purposes.
> The gin pole is one of the safest and most useful pieces of
> equipment available for stacking towers and mounting heavy
> loads on tower tops as long as the device is handled
> properly. Unfortunately it is also one of the most fequently
> misused and therefore most dangerous pieces of equipment in
> our industry.
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