Electric scissor lift
Posted 26 November 2007 - 01:34 PM
Posted 26 November 2007 - 04:04 PM
You could mess with leveling, but it'll take time, and it has to be absolutely solid.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 04:39 PM
Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:30 PM
For what you are doing it really sounds like you need the bigger scissor lift anyway. Either convince production to pay for it or figure out another way to light it. No point in renting something that isn't going to work.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 05:39 PM
leveling a lift is a no-no according to Osha and the manufacturers. This is where you can either fight for the responsible safe choice of using the right tool for the job, or you can risk your future for a movie. Accidents do happen and death does occur.
Google leveling a lift or go to the JLG website.
CAL-OSHA allows condors to be level in accordance with the Local 80 and manufacturer's specifications. It is essentially a 3ft x 8 ft x 11inch block of plywood with a 6x6 stop on it. It is expensive to build.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 06:38 PM
Both JLG and Genie have these little boom arm trailer things that you can tow behind an ordinary car. You drive and then muscle them into position, set up the outrigger legs, and the arm runs on batteries. They go about as high as a small electric scissor lift, and are designed for ordinary urban outdoor terrain. Electric scissor lifts are for things like changing light bulbs in a warehouse, where you have limited room for the machine footprint, and a good hard level floor. Maybe we should have asked earlier, how high does this need to go?
Yeah, unfortunately, they don't have the money for a boom lift. It's going to be a scissor, if anything.
Posted 26 November 2007 - 08:10 PM
Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:23 PM
I have noticed that there are several times a month postings from people willing or asking if things work when you cross the line of safety. I know that the budgets are shrinking, the old timers are retiring or opting out of low budget shoots. I guess this is more for all the people who ask will it work or can I do this.
Think about what you are doing work through it completely in your head, look at what could happen, think of how to do it safer. Dont worry about the cost. Do it right, or dont do it at all. It is only a movie. It is not worth your life, your friends life, your ability to provide, nor anyones.
Producers make more than you, work less than you and are exempt when it comes to the legal responsibility of an accident. Producers look to you to have the knowledge to do the job in a manner in which is safe.
I applaud everyone who has asked what is right and what is safe. For every one of you though there is four who don't ask who risk it. I hear stories all the time.
sometimes you have to stand up to a producer and say no.
Posted 28 November 2007 - 09:15 PM
I think I'm going to try to convince the producers to go with a 26' diesel (self-leveling) scissor lift, and chain vise either a combo stand or a candlestick to it (I think with 26 feet, I'll have enough height to use a candlestick). If they say it's too expensive, then we'll have to come up with a scaffold or something else. I think that, for safety reasons, I'm going to nix the shorter electric scissor lift.
Again, many thanks.