Cranes A crane is a tower or derrick that is equipped with cables and pulleys that are used to lift and lower material. They are commonly used in the construction industry and in the manufacturing of heavy equipment. Cranes for construction are normally temporary structures, either fixed to the ground or mounted on a purpose built vehicle. They can either be controlled from an operator in a cab that travels along with the crane, by a push button pendant control station, or by radio type controls. The crane operator is ultimately responsible for the safety of the crews and the crane. Medieval cranes Cranes of the Middle Ages were used to build the cathedrals of Europe. The crane was fixed on top of a wall as it was being constructed and was powered by men that ran inside of two large wheels on each side. Cranes were also used in medieval ports and in shipyards. Mobile cranes The most basic type of crane consists of a steel
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