Condor Height Safety
Posted 20 October 2011 - 09:53 AM
Posted 20 October 2011 - 12:40 PM
MOST IMPORTANTLY, you should seek out the services of an experienced rigging key grip to ensure the equipment and yourself are safely secured into the basket and that the equipment is suitable for the conditions of your shoot.
For the time being, I'm certified in aerial work platform safety, and I was taught the rule of thumb for wind is 20mph. Consideration for observance of the lift's "Rated Horizontal Force" is also key, as for example tarping all sides of the basket would increase wind resistance and increase the potential of failure. The site choice is also important. You should seek the most level and firm patch of ground for the base of the condor and ensure room to extend its axles for stability before going up. While my experience lies in 80' and under straight and articulating boom lifts, they generally feel very loose when moving but are relatively unfazed by wind and other conditions, locking up well when the hydraulics are set; even with hundreds of pounds of lights mounted to the basket. You and your assistant should be harnessed in with full body harnesses to the enforced attachment points on either side of the basket controls. A rigging key will keep you alive.
Posted 22 October 2011 - 01:44 AM
Look up brian Murie at cameratrux, he has a remote copter that carries a red and a remote head.
a Condor designed for a specific height should be ok, Hire a established and experienced Key and they can put you in the right piece of gear. As key's we often have a easy way of getting the shot.
Posted 22 October 2011 - 05:02 AM
Safety: Make sure you have a fall harness, not just a safety harness. There is a big difference. The majority of the time the condor will come with two fall harnesses. The grips will be able to safety the sticks and camera very easily-most likely with ratchet straps.
The shots I did were very easy. We had good grips and I felt very safe. We even did a couple shots while going up and down on the arm. Condors are very smooth for the most part, just not when they're starting or stopping. They are also very stable even at over 100ft, even with a little wind.
I may think of some other things for you to consider, but that's a good start.
Good luck! It's fun up there.
Posted 22 October 2011 - 09:14 AM
Another question - do you need to ride ? Why not get a remote head and undersling it ?
Edited by Sanjay Sami, 22 October 2011 - 09:15 AM.
Posted 25 October 2011 - 02:58 AM
Posted 30 October 2011 - 05:28 PM
Or a remote head underslung in a big condor?