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Three Unique Uses for Cranes

On the face of it, it might seem like cranes are primarily used in manufacturing, warehousing and shipping projects. Whilst this might be the case because of its ability to carry heavy loads, did you know that cranes can actually be used for a whole lot more?

From bungee jumping to filmmaking, here are three unique uses for cranes!

Bungee jumping

Film Making

When it comes to making a film, the importance of a crane should not be understated. If you’ve seen the James Bond film Casino Royale, then you’ll know how cranes can make for an excellent platform for thrilling action scenes that will leave you on the edge of your seat! As well as being directly involved in films, they are also used to build the actual set and assist in the filming process. For instance, using a crane in filmmaking means that you don't have to set up scaffolding just to hold lighting for a few scenes. Instead, you can attach lights to mobile cranes which are easy to manoeuvre. If you’re familiar with filmmaking, then you might be aware of the crane shot. This shot involves mounting a camera onto the crane so that you’re able to get a perspective from a bird’s eye view.

Road Blockages

Despite being great for construction projects, cranes are particularly useful when there are blockages in the road. Sometimes nature strikes, meaning that a tree falls in the middle of the road, preventing any traffic to pass through. Falling trees or collapsing bridges can be extremely dangerous, and it’s important that this issue is rectified as soon as possible. In this case, cranes are useful because they can lift the debris from the road so that normal order can be resumed. Furthermore, if a vehicle ends up stuck or lodged in a road because of a breakdown or crash, then cranes have the ability to lift it out.

Bungee Jumping

Whether you find it completely daunting or you’re a thrill seeker looking for that adrenaline rush, bungee jumping is undoubtedly not for the fainthearted! Across the world, cranes are used to provide bungee jumping experiences. If bungee jumping is your cup of tea, then you’d be required to stand in a cage that is lifted by the crane, you’re then attached to a rope and off you jump! Cranes are known for their ability to lift heavy loads whilst being extremely mobile and versatile, which means that bungee jumps have taken place over all sorts of places; volcanoes, dams and the sea!

No matter what you use for cranes for, you need to ensure that you’re using them safely. At Crane and Lifting Services, we’re a crane installation company that has over hundred years of experience in all things crane repair and maintenance. Based in Bristol, Cardiff and London, our crane engineers are here to give you a helping hand when you need it most. From overhead gantry crane training to height and safety equipment, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch with our team today!

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