It is quite strange to associate a crane outside of a building construction job. It is a piece of heavy equipment that lifts, lowers, moves, hoists and installs objects into place. Qualified crane operators that require a licence operate cranes. If you happen to pass by a construction site, a crane is the very tall metal equipment with a long metal protrusion that moves around the site that carries enormous and heavy objects. But can you think of another purpose for the use of crane outside of a construction site? Surprisingly, some jobs require cranes that are entirely not construction-related. Here are some.
Movie and TV shoots
You may think, how are cranes beneficial to the film and TV industry? Besides using them for props on certain scenes like an action scene where a character is atop a crane and needs to be rescued by another character, production outfits also use cranes - mobile cranes in particular - to move props and equipment from one location to another. The film company can even move whole buildings to another location if required. It will make the task of changing sceneries in a movie or TV show a lot more convenient and efficient. Another use for a mobile crane is to allow camera operators to produce various shots of a scene. Rail-mounted cranes can move in a wide angle to allow camera operators to shoot moving scenes smoothly and continuously.Set and stage decoration
For large sets and stages for concerts and other events, event organisers may require a small crane to hoist objects up to their positions and install them easily. Using a crane for this purpose makes it safer, easier and faster to finish the set or stage. It will take less time to use a crane compared to if you install or position set or stage decor by hand.
Fire and rescue operations
Fire fighters no longer use a water hose for fire and rescue operations. They also make use of available mechanical technology to help them carry out rescue missions. The use of a crane in a rescue operation is crucial. Say for example a high rise building is burning, and there are people trapped in the higher floors that ladders can no longer reach. Using a crane to rescue trapped people will make the task quicker to complete, which significantly reduces the risk of casualties. It also reduces the risk and danger to rescuers who carry out these missions. Keep in mind though that a qualified rigger should still be behind the controls of the crane, and rescuers will direct the rigger to position the crane for the best and most suitable angle for quicker rescue.
Cranes come in different types and sizes, so you can choose the one that is most suitable for your needs. If you have a small area and a low roof, you can opt for a jib crane or a mini crane. A specialist crane hire company can assist you in picking out the right crane for your job.