Is this for real?
Spotted by a reader, a stunt that clearly looks like a certain Death Wish involving a crane and a platform.
The photo shows a JLG boom Lift from the Boels fleet being lifted to an elevated position by a crane. Nothing wrong with that, but a man - the operator? – is riding the machine up by staying in the platform. On top of that he does not appear to be wearing a harness/attached lanyard and has opened the gate.
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A true Death Wish of some fancy photo manipulation?
So is it real? Or is this some clever Photoshop work? We're not sure – there are a few things that do not look quite right. The man for example looks to be a little small compared to the guardrails and control panel, but that may simply be the camera angle and some foreshortening. We have in the past received photos of people riding crane hooks, and riding a platform is no worse – probably safer? However should one of the lifting straps fail or a lug or the crane slip causes a catapult effect, this man would be toast.
True or false? We are not sure, perhaps someone out there knows more.
In the meantime have a safe weekend and, if you are celebrating Christmas, a safe and happy holiday period!