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It's the final countdown

By ElDiablo on 31 Jul 2011

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For those of you familiar with the song from the 80's with that very same title, well, apart from being the aural accompaniment on the following video, makes for a pretty apt one as well. If youíre still clueless about the song Iím certain itíd be ringing more than a few bells when youíre watching the video and heard the first few lines and that chorus.

Heavy-duty construction machines come in huge proportions for a reason and that's down to the kind of jobs these metal handle. Whether it's smashing things to a pulp, transporting large boulders and equipment from one are to another and hoisting heavy machinery up really high.
Like the truck-mounted crane in the picture, these babies can carry up to a total of 450 tonnes! Themselves weighing about 75 tonnes.

So what happens when these machines need a lift themselves?

Well, Iím not sure how they usually do it but this video strikes one clearly off the list.

Apparently at a construction site in Russia, they needed to shift a truck-mounted crane from an elevated location to position closer to the ground a few feet away.

While itís unsure of what they were using to hoist the vehicle (I suspect another mobile crane), they simply wrapped harnesses around the front and rear of the crane and hooked it up to the other crane.

Everything seems to happen in slow motion as they slowly inch it away from its elevated locale and down towards where the poor fella taking the video was standing. And without warning the harnesses give out and next thing you know the mammoth machine takes a plunge down before landing on a slope side and ending up against a large concrete block.

Thankfully no one was reportedly hurt in the incident.

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