A reader in the UK sent us a slightly unorthodox method of lifting roof trusses into place and asks, "is this a safe method"?
He provided no details at all of where it was, and simply asked if this was safe practice? We can see that the photo was taken on Monday this week but that is about it. The man looks to be using a mid-size truck mounted lift and appears to have slung the roof truss to one of the platform's guardrail posts.
Some larger truck mounts do offer a davit crane or boom mounted lifting eyes that can often handle up to 300kg - sometimes more, but this does not appear to be the case here.
We cannot see what type or size of lift it is, but platform capacity might be as low as 250kg, in which case the machine would be close to an overload. However regardless of this the guardrails are not designed to take this type of loading, but at least the load might be acting on the machine’s overload system?
If you rent out this type of lift in the UK, you might want to check the guardrails of machines coming back off hire for signs of such abuse.