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Video Library

Welcome to our video page, here we host a variety of films. Some are news related and attached to a news story – improving the coverage we provide, others are simply unusual or interesting videos whose subject matter includes aerial lifts, telehandlers or cranes and finally we also offer customers a hosting service for advertising videos for which we charge a small fee to help fund this service.

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A mother’s plea

A mother’s plea

Very powerful interview with Diane Lillicrap, the mother of a young apprentice crane operator Steven Lillicrap, who died in February 2009 while dismantling a crane.

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Disney Access

Disney Access

This video shows the painting of an Alaskan Airways aircraft is an excellent example of the use of aerial work platforms, ranging from large booms to 12ft mast lifts. An excellent example.

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Dropping the Tank

Dropping the Tank

A video purportedly from a lift that occurred in Russia is popping up all over the world, hopefully no one was hurt. Looking at the video it is hard to understand what they were trying to do, the crane is clearly undersized. The only positive thing is that the outriggers or ground did not give way.

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Squeezing into Carcassonne

Squeezing into Carcassonne

When Orange needed to place mobile phone equipment high up in the historic town of Carcassonne a Liebherr LTC 1045-3.1 proved the ideal machine, but only just.

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Poor boom stowage

Poor boom stowage

A free slewing boom of a loader crane struck a man in Russia as the truck it was on sped down a busy road in Russia.

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Suicidal in Albania

Suicidal in Albania

A YouTube video from 2012 shows an innovative, but highly unsafe method of lifting materials to the fourth floor of a building without the need for cranes, hoists or platforms. The video says it all a definite for our Death Wish series.

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The risk of entrapment with a boom lift

The risk of entrapment with a boom lift

This video from UK rental company AFI highlights the dangers of entrapment when using a boom lift and shows how its SanctuaryZone system can help protect against it. The demonstrations of what can go wrong if an operator is not alert to the risks are useful in their own right.

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Cranes for Children

Cranes for Children

We came across this short promotional video for a children’s book on cranes. It is so charming we felt it ought to go into the video library.

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A lucky escape

A lucky escape

This video, apparently from Russia, shows a truck crane lifting a dozer into what looks like a dry dock. The whole thing goes faster than planned as the dozer proves to be too heavy for the crane.Thankfully the operator manages to sense the danger and jumps clear before it is too late.

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LightLift 17.75 Performance 3s

LightLift 17.75 Performance 3s

The Hinowa Lightlift 17.75 Performance IIIS This video highlights the key features of Hinowa’s latest all singing, all dancing 17 metre spider lift.

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Hurting others

Hurting others

Terex is preparing to launch a series of safety related videos, the first of which covers the effects of an accident on others it is short yet carries a punch.

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Bronto at the monastery

Bronto at the monastery

A short stop-frame film of a new 50 metre Bronto S50XDT-J working at St Hughs Monastery Parkminster, the Carthusian monastery has many difficult to access areas for maintenance work which the new machine conquered.

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High up on a chimney

High up on a chimney

Somewhere in China a man working at great height demolishing a chimney … all on his own with very little in the way of safety equipment.

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Terex® TC 2800-1 erects wind turbine in the Swiss Alps

Terex® TC 2800-1 erects wind turbine in the Swiss Alps

Swiss crane rental company Welti-Furrer Pneukran & Spezialtransporte was contracted to erect a 2.3-megawatt Enercon E-70 wind turbine at an altitude of 2,465 metres, near the border between Switzerland and Italy. The company elected to use a Terex TC 2800-1 lattice boom truck crane to carry out the lift.

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Catapult effect in booms

Catapult effect in booms

This video shows two things, crass stupidity of those involved and the dramatic effect that a change in levels can have, even on a fully retracted boom driven as slowly as possible. This man is lucky not to have been seriously injured.

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The old and the new

The old and the new

This is a video of some traditional bamboo scaffolders working in Mumbai, India, on a large modern building - certainly a Death Wish, But you have to watch this one through to the very end to fully appreciate it.

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New world champion

New world champion

Unic Cranes is launching the world’s most powerful spider crane the 10 tonne Unic URW-1006 at Intermat 2012 and Vertikal Days The company has issued a short sneak preview video clip of the new crane prior to the formal unveiling.

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Crushed car

Crushed car

This video concerns a tandem lift that went wrong in Norway, we are not sure of when although we are told that it was very recent – March 2012? The one crane is clearly carrying too much of the load but recovers only to cause another issue.

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When things go wrong

When things go wrong

This video shows how using equipment that is on the border line of being big enough for the job, you need to have a ‘what-If’ plan in reserve… When lifting at height a plan that doesn’t end in disaster is often not possible as this video shows.

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Bridge bashing in Russia

Bridge bashing in Russia

This video from Russia shows a truck travelling with the boom of its telescopic loader crane in the raised position. It seems that the driver made the classic mistake of leaving the boom up, possibly due to not being able to stow it over the rear due to his load and it being a telescopic it may be too long to stow sideways? It might have gone over the front though? As you might imagine the inevitable happened. The music might take you back too...

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High City crane

High City crane

A challenging job in Zams, Austria involved the insertion of a larger number of 10 tonne concrete beams into an existing building. Crane company Felbermayer came up with a highly unusual solution, involving a tandem lift with a city crane on high blocks and another All Terrain crane, the two unloaded the beams from a truck and telescoped them into the building where a heavy fork truck took over the one end of the beam and manoeuvred it into place. We wonder about the rigidity of that high cribbing, and have to assume that the experienced planners form Felbermayer had secured them somehow?

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Spread the Load

Spread the Load

The International Powered Access Federation’s informative short film on the importance of proper outrigger, with examples of what can go wrong and set up tips to avoid making those mistakes.

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Giraffe Cherry Picker

Giraffe Cherry Picker

Having been invalided out of the Canadian army 'Ted' Trump moved to Oliver, in the Okanagan Valley in the eastern foothills of the Canadian Rockies where he started a business repairing and servicing farm equipment. Apple growing was the big local crop and injuries among the apple pickers from falls was a frequent occurrence so in 195/1952 he invented an machine he called the Giraffe. The rest is history.

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Keep your eyes on the job

Keep your eyes on the job

A passing female distraction caused the man in this short video clip to lose concentration while up a ladder, not a good idea! The result is predictable and in this case he was very lucky not to have been very seriously injured. An amusing clip.

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Sonic bungee

Sonic bungee

When Chevrolet launched its new Sonic small car in Long Beach California, it do so with a bit of splash. The stunt involved building a 25 metre tower from 40ft containers, a mobile crane and two large boom lifts helped make it happen. The following video shows the construction of this tower in time lapse view and the dramatic jump.

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Pagliero 100 years

Pagliero 100 years

In October Italian based truck mounted lift manufacturer Multitel Pagliero hosted over 500 people to its plant in Manta for a celebration of its 100th anniversary The event involved some very sophisticated organisation, tents and catering. The following is a short video of the build up to the event.

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Balls on the Falls

Balls on the Falls

Belfast’s largest sculpture the Rise or ‘Balls on the Falls’ as it is known locally, has been completed thanks to the extensive use of aerial lifts and cranes. The 37.5 metre high by 30 metre wide sculpture uses 2,400 mild steel powder coated tubes and was designed by Wolfgang Buttress and originally conceived in 2009, but finally completed and erected in the third quarter of 2011.

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The Vespa hoist

The Vespa hoist

Saving effort and time when lifting loads or working at height is what we are all about. In many parts of the world the provision of the latest sophisticated equipment is often not an option. While it is without doubt a questionable solution we liked the simple hoist arrangement devised by the crew in this video.

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A lucky escape

A lucky escape

This video clip is quite shocking in more ways than one. Thankfully the two men involved had a miraculous escape. The two, caught on a security camera had assembled a large steel tower alongside a railway line and were pushing it into position when ….. it caught up in some high voltage overhead power lines. The predictable happened, but the two survived relatively uninjured.

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A warning to arborists

A warning to arborists

The attached video clip is quite distressing – not visually - we thought long and hard before deciding to post it, however it shows how an experienced tree climber can make a mistake which can be catastrophic. The man is being filmed while preparing a quotation for a home owner when he falls. We understand that he broke his back and his foot. Safety authorities are attempting to limit climbing occasions when no alternative is available – not the case here.

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Harness saves the day

Harness saves the day

We are told that this accident occurred in Columbia in August 2011. Two men using a scaffold tower to reach a steel beam which they then proceed to cut away from the building. The tower is too short and not really the right tool for the job. However thankfully both men are wearing harnesses with lanyards of a suitable length. So both survived intact.

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Moving a 500 tonner on  a wind site

Moving a 500 tonner on a wind site

This video shows the Romanian company Deme Macarale moving its Liebherr LTM 1500-8.1 along a built up road into a wind farm, where it was scheduled to erect three wind turbines.‏ The crane was moved with 45 tonnes of counterweight and 21 metres of luffing jib.

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The wrong tool for the job

The wrong tool for the job

This video from a security camera captures the moment when two young trainees - charged with replacing light bulbs in a warehouse but given a fork truck and basket to do it, for which they had no training - came to grief. Fortunately the man in the platform while seriously injured made a full recovery.

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Changing the paint on a plane

Changing the paint on a plane

The following video is a time lapse record of a United Boeing 777 being converted from the old livery to the new. Needless to say a large number of aerial lifts, both scissors and booms are used and the job is a great deal more involved than you might think. The music is good too.

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Extreme self-loading

Extreme self-loading

Nothing to do with cranes, telehandlers or access, but we loved it all the same, ingenuity rules, although it may not be the safest thing to do – 'don't do this at home'.

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Time lapse cranes and access

Time lapse cranes and access

A time lapse video from London’s Olympic park shows the erection of the ArcelorMittal Orbit and the vast variety of cranes and work platforms used in the construction of this 115 metre high structure.

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Lucky escape in Russia

Lucky escape in Russia

This video shows two men amazingly escape without injury after a crane accident caused by sloppy slinging and the wrong equipment. It typically demonstrates how short cuts usually end in long delays and expensive damage – thankfully this one, which occurred in June 2010 did not add death and injury to the list.

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Tandem lifts are tricky

Tandem lifts are tricky

Here is another example of how easy it is for a tandem lift to go wrong. We are not sure where this was or when, but as the two cranes lifted the work boat into the water, the truck crane closest to us clearly took too much of the weight and consequently went over. The boat seems to have survived and we understand the operator escaped too.

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Wrecking bunny

Wrecking bunny

An unusual job for New York Crane and one of its Link Belt Rough Terrain Cranes. Strong message.. ‘You need the right tools to do the best job’ but really just a bit of fun.

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Front end loader lighting

Front end loader lighting

Two men snapped in Warsaw, Poland in January 2011 using tractor and front end loader to work on street lights. This form of access is still widely used throughout Europe, in spite of its inefficiency and most of the dangers involved. Falls from such short cut access are exceptionally high and often fatal. A certain Death Wish.

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How not to load a crane

How not to load a crane

This video shows the attempted loading of a five axle Grove 5120 All Terrain crane onto a ship in the Azores. The lift was being done by a ship to shore crane – possibly two? When the mobile crane started to roll – take a look for yourself.

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Crane ground accident NZ

Crane ground accident NZ

This video footage shows what happened in the August 2010 accident in which a 200 tonne Terex All Terrain was lifting the second beam of the new Huruhuru Cycleway bridge in Henderson to the west of Auckland, New Zealand, when the embankment, built for the cranes and trucks on each side of the creek, gave way.

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Steve’s Scissor lift

Steve’s Scissor lift

A reader spotted a video on U Tube of the incorrect use of a scissor lift – is it real ?? given that it is Tennessee maybe? No matter fact is it is hilarious and quite likely to real. Take a look and see what you think.

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16 Floors in 90 hours

16 Floors in 90 hours

This time lapse video shows how a 16 storey hotel and spa was built in just over 90 hours thanks to lots of labour long working days and the efficient use of mobile cranes and suspended platforms. According to the claims no accidents were recorded in spite of some pretty horrific work at height practices and lack of edge protection.

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Access to transmission towers

Access to transmission towers

This is a video of how transmission workers climb to the top of towers as high as 550 metres, the ultimate working at height, de warned if you do not have a very good head for heights you may wish to avoid watching this one.

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How not to move a statue

How not to move a statue

When a contractor was charged with moving a 100 year old statue in Brecht, Belgium, he clearly didn’t have a clue what he was doing and the damage caused is likely to cost more than the entire renovation budget for the square, one small part of which was the relocation of the statue!

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The MEC Titan

The MEC Titan

This short time lapse video shows the new MEC Titan 40S in action with a passenger car on the deck. The unique machine is a combination of a telehandler, scissor lift and boom lift rolled into one. MEC’s European distributor PSE is planning a road show later this year to demonstrate this unusual machine to prospective users and buyers.

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Liebherr LTM 112000 time lapse

Liebherr LTM 112000 time lapse

If you want to see how the 1,200 tonne Liebherr LTM112000 telescopic crane is rigged take a look at this time lapse video of a reader rigging up a scaled model along lines that are faithful to the real machine.

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Who needs a crane or a hoist?

Who needs a crane or a hoist?

One of two videos that we have been sent showing alternative, although highly dangerous, methods of moving material up to high places without the benefit of a hoist or a crane. While they are totally crazy and limited to the third world, they do work.

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Who needs a crane or a hoist?

Who needs a crane or a hoist?

One of two videos that we have been sent showing alternative, although highly dangerous, methods of moving material up to high places without the benefit of a hoist or a crane. While they are totally crazy and limited to the third world, they do work.

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Dragline drop

Dragline drop

This video shows an accident from December 2008 in Queensland, where a Lampson Transilift dropped a dragline while it was being lowered to the ground for routine maintenance at Wesfarmers Curragh coal mine in central Queensland.

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Springboard to nowhere

Springboard to nowhere

This video was sent in from several people over the past six months or so, we are not sure where it was or how much of it is real, one wonders what type of insurance the crane owner might had had though.

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Human Monkey

Human Monkey

Peoples are all too often making do when it comes to working at height or reaching high places rather than employing the correct equipment. Take a look at this man whose climbing would put a chimp to shame, although he is a accident waiting to happen.

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Spot the Mistake

Spot the Mistake

IPAF has launched a new 20 minute safety video that includes common mistakes for operators to spot and then the correct way to do the same job. The video is intended to highlight six common errors that operators of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) make, focusing on the wrong and right procedures for using such equipment.

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Nothing to do with cranes

Nothing to do with cranes

This video is nothing to do with cranes or work platforms or telehandlers, however it is to do with being a little different and how that might work even when you r offering is normally of little interest. We also thought it might bring a smile to your face.

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Who needs a telehandler?

Who needs a telehandler?

Sent in by a reader this video of a boat load of bricks being unloaded without the benefit of a dock crane, telehandler or self-erecting tower crane.

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On the level

On the level

Mecaplus produce amazing on the go self-leveling self-propelled boom lifts, with either one-man baskets for tree pruning or larger platforms for general construction and industrial applications. A demonstration of the machine in action is like a mini ballet. Take a look and see for yourself.

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Liebherr LR 1750 Time Elapse of Erection

Liebherr LR 1750 Time Elapse of Erection

Watch a scale model of the Liebherr LR1750 erected over four days on a time- lapse basis … so you see it go up in just over 3 minutes. This is one big model.

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A truly amazing Spierings

A truly amazing Spierings

This video shows a Spierings self erecting mobile tower crane setting up ready for work, while always something to stare and marvel at this video shows something a little different. All is not as it may at first seem.

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It’s not just the lifting

It’s not just the lifting

When lifting a fallen truck upright you need to think about what it might do once it is back on its wheels.

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Climbing as it should be done

Climbing as it should be done

This video we have been sent shows a high speed day in the life of a team climbing a tower crane. (Jumping in parts of the USA) for those who are not sure how it happens this high speed footage demonstrates it perfectly.

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Matilsa Parma 16D

Matilsa Parma 16D

Matilsa is the only company we know that produces a standard fully self propelled boom with the addition of leveling outriggers, allowing it to set up on slopes. This video shows off some of its advantages.

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Overloading never works

Overloading never works

No matter if it is a crane, a work platform, a telehandler, or in this case a cart, overloading never pays off.

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Boom deflection swing out can cause havoc

Boom deflection swing out can cause havoc

One of the most basic errors when lifting heavy loads on long booms is the swing out that can occur due to deflection on a loaded boom, causing the load to swing out once it clears the ground. Here is one of the worst cases we have seen.

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Know where to sling the load

Know where to sling the load

When lifting or recovering any load, but particularly a truck with a loader crane, know where to sling the load and where not to.

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A Lucky Escape a Lucky Rescue

A Lucky Escape a Lucky Rescue

This is a 1998 video from Austria that shows the rescue of a four axle All Terrain crane that had tipped onto a cooling tower, a second crane was called into rescue it.

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Power Tower

Power Tower

Another amusing look at an access problem with a solution, of course, from Planet Platforms.

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Channel 4 – Big 4

Channel 4 – Big 4

On the steps of Channel 4's Horseferry Road HQ, the iconic 4 is to be rendered as a huge piece of public art. Loader cranes, Mobile cranes and powered access all played their roles.

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Hardly Best Practice

Hardly Best Practice

When a truck mounted aerial lift tipped over in Prague, a crane was called in to right it. The method used is hardly best practice though.

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Britain's Next Top Model

Britain's Next Top Model

Yet another application for a compact minicrane in this case a Unic Spider crane. Be warned that this is more pictures of girls with only short glimpses of the crane in action.

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Ladder Racing

Ladder Racing

Perhaps this should be a new Olympic sport? Health and Safety specialists, best not look!

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High Power Worker

High Power Worker

This is the most amazing method of working on overhead power lines. What it does show is that a very comprehensive risk assessment and job plan plus a well trained individual can make the seemingly very dangerous – safe.

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Why men die young

Why men die young

How things can go wrong. With thanks to Gordon Leicester of Facelift for sending this to us.

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Tight entrance?

Tight entrance?

Look at this clever crane squeaking into or out of a very tight location. Work at height behaviour leaves a little to be desired at times.

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Lampson crane collapsing

Lampson crane collapsing

We came across this shocking eyewitness video of the Lampson crane as it collapsed while lifting a 400 tonne section of a retractable roof at the Milwaukee Brewers' new stadium in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 15th1999. The verdict was that the Crane, Big Blue should not have been used when wind speeds were above 20mph. Three men died in the accident.

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From Skyjack to Genie

From Skyjack to Genie

While the scissor lifts in this video are only props it is amusing. The scissors are rented from Simplex services, a Quebec based rental company.

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Accident Videos

Accident Videos

Here are a few examples of accidents that have been posted elsewhere. The point of this section is to demonstrate the catastrophic effects that can occur when short cuts are taken or basic checks forgotten. It is hoped that by drawing attention to them they can be used for training and educational purposes.

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Nifty

Nifty

The latest information video form Nifty demonstrates its 21 metre high speed 210SD.

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Grove

Grove

Grove announced the GTK1100 in September and is intending to display it at Bauma in April. The concept while not entirely new has never been taken to this extreme. This virtual reality video shows how the new product is set up.

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Islands in the Sky

Islands in the Sky

This arty film featuring a number of Genie boom lifts rented from United Rentals, was sent in by several readers. It is a ballet with booms but sadly none of the actors are wearing harnesses and it includes a number of bad practices. So a bad video in terms of setting an example. Otherwise nicely done and different, So after a good deal of deliberation we have included it for your interest. We wonder if United explained to these people that they should wear a harness for their own safety?

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Ascendant

Ascendant

This, our first video, was provided by Facelift to test this new page, it covers the 22 metre truck mounted lift that it helped develop with UK based producer – Ascendant.

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Lucky escape in Russia

This video shows two men amazingly escape without injury after a crane accident caused by sloppy slinging and the wrong equipment. It typically demonstrates how short cuts usually end in long delays and expensive damage – thankfully this one, which occurred in June 2010 did not add death and injury to the list.

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Harness saves the day

Harness saves the day

We are told that this accident occurred in Columbia in August 2011. Two men using a scaffold tower to reach a steel beam which they then proceed to cut away from the building. The tower is too short and not really the right tool for the job. However thankfully both men are wearing harnesses with lanyards of a suitable length. So both survived intact.

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A reader has sent in a video showing a method of demolition involving an excavator and crane that happens far more often than it should.

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Somewhere in China a man working at great height demolishing a chimney … all on his own with very little in the way of safety equipment.

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This is a video of some traditional bamboo scaffolders working in Mumbai, India, on a large modern building - certainly a Death Wish, But you have to watch this one through to the very end to fully appreciate it.

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