Crane climbing is the latest trend for thrill seekers. These climbers sneak onto construction sites, scale the large cranes, and post their excursions on popular social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. This ongoing problem can lead to safety and liability issues.
A Vancouver police constable blames “selfie culture” and social media for the popularity of crane climbing. The trespassers create and post these videos of themselves in dangerous situations to gain online notoriety.
Since May, 16 people have been involved in crane climbing incidents in Richmond Hill, Whitchurch-Stoufville and Newmarket. The police constable said the thrill seekers’ parents were called to the scene in two of the cases. In two separate instances, the York Fire Department was called in to plan and execute a potential rescue strategy. However, the crane climbers came down on their own. Canadian authorities charged them with mischief and trespassing.
Not all crane climbers are as fortunate.
One New York City crane climber’s activity ultimately led to his death. The suspect arrived at a construction site around 4:30 p.m. He climbed to the top of a 15-story construction crane where he lingered for about 40 minutes before making his descent. The construction site trespasser grabbed a rope located under the crane cab and began to swing from it. The rope snapped and the suspect plunged to his death.
UCIT’s Crane Climbing System
UCIT Online is piloting a new crane climbing system to help eliminate these types of incidents. Strategically placed HD IP cameras are watched in real-time by remote video operators. So far, the system seems to be working well.
A live remote operator saw three males scaling a crane on a construction site at 2:30 a.m. The operator called the West Vancouver Police and activated an audio warning. The officers arrived on the property and intercepted the suspects before they could cause damage to the property or themselves.
In a separate incident, a UCIT remote video monitor stopped a suicide attempt.
A customized crane climbing system can help deter unwanted activity at your construction site.
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