Crane Institute of America

An Empire of Cranes

Empire StateWhat was the most popular form of transportation on the job site in the 1930’s?

Before OSHA, the crane hook hoisted construction personnel up to begin work. Over 3,000 construction personnel worked to build the Empire State Building, five of which lost their lives.

Construction began in 1930 and took less than 14 months to complete. It was the first commercial fast-track project, which is modeled in the industry today. During that time, buildings such as the Empire State Building where built using a series of derricks.

The Empire State Building just celebrated it’s 83rd birthday. For 40 years it stood as the tallest building in the world. Today, it still stands as one of the tallest structures in the United States.