LIFT are often considered the 4th Emergency Service…
The enquiry came through as an emergency, when a high reach fork truck had stopped on it’s way down from sorting the Pallets out in a warehouse.
The operator had to be rescued by MEWP and the cab was wedged between racking and a broken steel cylinder that had also stuck on the opposite racking in a narrow alley.
The problem was that the weight of the carriage or cab at the top of the forklifts mast weighed nearly 1.5 tonnes, and the alley was a little over 1.6m wide. Fortunately for us the UNIC 706 is 1.6m wide when tracking, and also the height of the mast was just under 10 metres.
The LIFT team where able to track the crane into the aisle, open up the legs and set them out beneath the racking so that we could get up close to the forklift. The forklift was secured in various places to prevent it falling on anyone.
Eventually after a long and careful operation, the carriage was lowered down, the forklift set upright and the engineers were able to move in and repair the machine.
Here are some photos to show how the spider cranes can fit into the smallest spaces…