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RE: forklift vs. crane column

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I did a lot of work for automobile assembly plants.  Auto workers called
building columns targets.  I have repaired hundreds of columns due to
forklift impact.  

It is not much of an effort to heat the flanges and bend them straight.  But
with the damage you have described, I don't think that it is necessary with
a good encasement and closely spaced hoops.

Concrete will spall and will look ugly after awhile.  Consider the following
repair solution:
Encase the column with a reinforced concrete rectangular or square section.
Provide angles with headed studs on the corners to provide armor for the

Harold Sprague

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	David Handy [SMTP:dhandy(--nospam--at)]
> Sent:	Tuesday, February 22, 2000 1:08 PM
> To:	seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject:	forklift vs. crane column
> Has anyone had to repair bent columns from collisions with crane columns
> and forklift trucks. In this case the crane is a 5 ton and the load on the
> column is about 25K. The column is a W8X24 and one of the flanges is bent
> in about 1.25" where it was hit. The other side of the flange is bent
> outwards about .75". There are two impact locations and the deformation
> takes place over roughly the bottom third of the column. It does not seem
> to be bent in the weak axis. They want concrete encasement for the column
> for the future and whatever repairs are required. Since the column has
> (had) spare capacity I was considering the concrete encasement to be all
> that would be required. This column supports only the vertical load.
> Another column behind supports the lateral loads. It was also hit so I was
> going to encase them both together in a RC pier about 5' high. 
> Should I weld on plates as well? Or do you think the concrete encasement
> will control any localized buckling due to the confinement?
> Thanks
> David Handy, P.Eng
> Ontario, Canada