Technology to aid blind lifts

The nature of construction work poses great personal risks to operatives.

Occupational hazards should be identified and managed effectively to avoid and/or reduce the threats.

A common risk posed to operatives has been identified and an innovative method has been developed to mitigate such threats:

  • The new safety measure, ‘hook-cam’ technology has been recently pioneered. To minimise the risk to operatives working in shafts or blind lifts where crane drivers don’t have a direct sight of the load, this new technology is being developed, using a camera attached to the hook block of the crane, which relays wireless pictures back to the cab;
  • ‘Hook-cam’ technology helps the crane operator to see vertically, aiding the manoeuvring of loads around the props;
  • The responsibilities of the slingers have not been removed, but this does help the driver to position the load without having to get a slinger to stand directly beneath him.

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The Construction Index, September 2014

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