Received from an American reader, an example of a platform being used as a crane – and a platform at the same time.
We have no idea where it occurred, or when for that matter, but it is a classic example of what not to do with an articulated boom lift. The operator is controlling the machine, a Genie Z-45 - from the platform, and has a substantial looking load slung from the end of articulating jib – just before the platform connection/rotator.
The lift is almost certainly overloaded and even if by chance the load is large but extraordinarily light, it presents a large ‘sail area’ that could cause the machine to overturn from the dynamic effect of the swinging load, should any gusts of wind spring up. The operator is clearly oblivious to the dangers, given that he is operating from the basket rather than using the ground controls.
Definitely one for our Death Wish Series.
Have a safe weekend!