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#16 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 08:36 AM

Well, I think I can prove that it is safe!

Base on the video, and using the operator foot dimension as a measurement unit (1 foot).
The concrete is:
Width = 6ft
Length = 12ft
Height = 0.5ft
Density = 143 lb/cubic foot
The weight of the concrete will be; W = W * L * H * D
6x12x0.5 x143 = 5148Lbs = 2335Kg = 2.335 metric ton = 2.5 US ton

I really don't think we should recommend this method. Besides, I think your calculations may be a little out, it certainly doesn't look 6ft wide for a start. Granted it will still be very heavy but and may be unlikely to topple but I'd still rather do it with the proper equipment.


It's fine
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#17 Mike Marriage

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Posted 02 August 2010 - 09:16 AM


It's fine


Which aspect? I'm not saying lifting a person with a forklift can't be done safely, it can and I've done it many times. However, this is definitely not the way I would go about it.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:43 AM

Did a shot on a forklift once.


We craned up higher than a huge stack of containers at Port of Houston. The stability of the forklift was beyond question.

Having said that, the math above may or may not be spot-on but the video does make it appear that the fellow was on a fairly stable platform. Safety and support is key as Jerry pointed out. Me, I'd want a flat plate behind me and below me. Pallet with 1" ply nailed to it, handrail, etc. Falling from 15 feet could be painful.

Oh wait...

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#19 Ants Martin Vahur

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 04:51 PM

I do agree with Ken's calculations. But I also agree with Erik, Sanjay and Jerry..

I myself did this a few weeks ago:

When I first saw this scaffolding on that Fisher 10 (100x70cm or 38x26inch base) I was almost to say no (somewhat of a safety freak as I am), but then after climbing on it (without the steadicam), hanging on it like a monkey to see how easily it could tip over- didn't at all!, and asking the grip to lower the platform for about 20cm (8 inches) for safer roof lamps clearance, I climbed on, hard mounted the steadicam with my CG-s and steadicam CG-s common CG (if that makes any sense in a sentence) somewhere in the middle of the platform, and we got the shot very nicely done in 2 or 3 takes.

I also must add, that I was introduced to this idea before the whole shoot began and it was all safe (seemingly), so it wasn't the someones last minute crazy idea without any proper preparation.

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#20 Dave Isern

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 06:47 PM


reminds me old metal stamping stories......
Usually germans are a bit more particular about things....

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