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High-tech machines take skyscraper construction safety to new heights

Two major tall building projects have benefited from robotic-style technology in recent months to speed construction time and keep employees safe while working at height.

The project team for the 50 Hudson Yards in New York City relied on an Italian-made machine that hydraulically “climbs” up the side of a building to provide structure and walkways for workers as they construct the building’s steel frame. Once several floors’ worth of steel is in place, the Despe Self-Climbing Kokoon retracts the walkways, activates its hydraulic cylinders and jacks itself up to the next tiers.

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