Point Of View: City Of Cranes

In London the skyline is littered with cranes that shape and shave our cityscape. They are an essential part of the neverending creation and demolition of structures that makes up the major cities of the world. From New York to New Delhi, cranes are moving the things that we humans cannot. They tower above us to get the job done.

Cities the world over would be much squatter if it weren’t for these practical giants. Here at Emerson Cranes we are proud to say that we have helped to sculpt the landscape of London.

But have you ever stopped to consider the beauty of cranes?

Perhaps not, but Eva Weber certainly has. Her Point of View documentary City of Cranes focuses on London’s lifting equipment industry to reveal the beauty behind it. In the film the sky above a construction site is described as a ‘ballet of cranes’ and Weber explores another side to the lives of crane hire professionals. She reveals their birds-eye view on London and their landlocked views of the skyline.

Weber’s documentary comes in four acts. The first looks at the impact of cranes on the everchanging landscape of London and the men driving the cranes. The second looks at the relationship between crane and crane operator, while the third displays the seemingly dance-like interaction between the cranes. The final act takes a look at the loneliness and isolation certain crane operators feel, particularly when they are up top and looking down at the world. The documentary certainly looks at cranes in a way most people would never have thought to.

The drivers themselves do acknowledge an element of beauty to contract lifting, but they don’t talk about it so much amongst themselves. They agree that yes, it can be dance-like, the movements may be balletic and it does look kind of wonderful from both above and below, but they’re not going to chat about it over the intercom. They leave the arty side up to Weber and her team.

They’re busy concentrating on the job at hand.

That’s a very important attribute in crane operators. It may look like art but if it goes wrong the consequences would be much more dire than dropping a gloopy paintbrush on the floor. The mess would take much longer to clean up.

Lifting equipment specialists are essential in the use of cranes because it is an intricate operation. We, and we’re sure you, do not want untrained people operating machinery that carries such heavy loads and controls the future of expensive developments. Weber’s comparison between cranes and dance is an accurate one because of the need for precision and timing. Cranes can often be seen weaving in and out of each others paths. If people were operating them without expertise the potential for damage is very dangerous. That’s why we have to be expertly trained and why we offer training to others. Nobody wants an unwieldy crane rampaging through London.

We offer several courses to help improve safety standards in crane operation. We have over 20 years of experience which has given the tools to pass on essential knowledge to other professionals in and outside of the construction industry. Participants that successfully complete the courses will leave with a qualification and working knowledge of safety legislation and practical experience. Our Appointed Person Course  andCrane Operator Course both come highly recommended in testimonials, along with our specified crane operating training and Crane Safety Awareness Training.

We take training and safety seriously because we want crane operating to remain like an artform, as Weber considers it, rather than a game with dangerous consequences. We want other companies to feel much the same way so that we can keep standards high in the construction industry.