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A new crane failed during the overload test following erection. A test load of 5 tons at the end of the jib (rated capacity 4 tons) was in the process of being slewed at the time of this failure. Inspection revealed that the collapse had resulted from the opening out of one eye of the rimming steel tie-bar of the main jib at the lower splice. This permitted the pin to pass through and allowed the jib to fall. Examination subsequently revealed that brittle fracture of two of the corner angles of the tower head assembly had also occurred....

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