All sorts of industries require lifting equipment and lifting devices as they need them for so many different reasons. There are many professions that need to be able to move large objects, construct buildings or even shift wild, exotic animals.
There are also various types and kinds of equipment out there, it can be difficult to know where to start and which one is required for your situation. So, how do you operate on a sleeping lion and which lifting equipment do you need to use on a film set?
Read on, to find out which industries use what equipment and to find out more about how they use them.
Engineers bridge the gap between the commercial and scientific world, creating all sorts of machines, products and vehicles for all sorts of reasons. Engineers are well versed in all sorts of equipment to build and create things, from wrenches and soldering, while often designing what they create too.
Depending on what an engineer is creating, they could be required to lift vehicles to work underneath them or suspend components in the air to take a look and make some adjustments to them. Depending on the size of the object, a chain block could be used to suspend it, or an electric hoist could be useful for some engineers.
Much of the agricultural industry requires working with large heavy objects, from grain and planting crops to feeding animals on a mass scale and harvesting large quantities of crops at various times of the year. Because of this, lots of machinery like tractors, forklifts and combine harvesters are required on farms to harvest and transport goods.
When looking after large animals, zoos have to use a lot of lifting equipment to help keep their animals healthy and the zookeepers safe. When working with large, wild animals, they can be unpredictable sometimes and their sheer size makes them difficult to handle, unlike the small, domestic animals we are used to.
When an animal at the zoo needs an operation, for example, a special lifting table is required, including lifting tools and equipment. This large, stainless steel table raises the animal to the right height, so vets can tend to them. A male lion weighs about 190kg, which gives you an idea of how strong this equipment is.
The movie industry needs to create sets, move huge objects, create controlled explosions and flip cars in high-speed chases on screen. This means that those who are working on film sets need reliable, lifting gear, so they can place, move and suspend large objects with precision and control.
As well as stunts, behind the scenes plenty of equipment is needed from tripods to jibs and cranes, so they can move the camera smoothly and get the perfect shot. All of this gear means that the film industry can produce effortless and visually stunning movies that look seamless.
Creating buildings and putting up skyscrapers requires a lot of heavy lifting, as well as professionals who are well versed in using this equipment in the right way. Whether you need to get one of your workers up high before the stairs have been put in, or scaffolding needs to be constructed, reliable gear is essential.
A boom lift would definitely come in handy, or a scissor lift which is perfect for navigating rough terrain and staying stable, ideal for construction worksites. No doubt builders and construction workers would regularly use electric or manual hoists. Some hoists can hold up to an impressive 50,000kg.