Alf Duggan has one of the loneliest and certainly the loftiest jobs in London, UK.?
Alf Duggan has one of the loneliest and certainly the loftiest jobs in London, UK. Each morning when he reaches the Stag Brewery site at Victoria, where four multi-storey blocks are being built, he climbs 364 feet up to the cabin of the tallest crane in London.
Like a giant hat pin stuck into the top of the largest of the buildings, the crane has grown with the week as it climbed to 27 storeys, at 355 feet high the fifth tallest office block in London. The crane is now only one foot lower than the top of St. Paul's Cathedral. The jib, 164 feet long, will lift over two tons when fully extended and 15 tons at a radius of 13 feet.
Crane driver Duggan, after the climb to the top twice a day, is too busy to watch the magnificent view as the whole panorama of London stretches before him. Although most of the buildings shrink to the size of toys, there are some which keep their lofty proportions, like the new Shell building standing just across the River Thames.