Cherry pickers are a versatile piece of machinery, and when used correctly, they can assist with all different sorts of tasks. You will see cherry pickers being used to pick fruit, give access to high level maintenance and even being used to provide aerial shots for TV and movies. Most of the time the professionals are using them there are no incidents, but there is always those that try to take pieces of machinery to the limits – or they just simply don’t know how to use it!
Amazingly, in these situations there is always someone readily available with a cameraphone to film the proceedings.
Whilst it is not advisable to follow in these brave people’s footsteps in repeating their antics, it can at least provide us with 5 minutes of humorous videos on YouTube. Below are 4 videos of the best examples on how not to use a cherry picker – a perfect way to spend a few minutes during a lunchbreak.
The Controls can be Quite Sensitive
The thing you find out when using a cherry picker for the first time is that the controls really can be quite sensitive. Starting out slowly is a good idea and avoiding any sudden movements is key to keeping you in one place. Unfortunately the operator in this video didn’t get that memo. You will see him slowly working out the controls before he gets a little bit too eager and slips on the controller just a little bit too far. The result is he suddenly sees the potential for an almighty catapult in the design of a cherry picker – fortunately for him he lands on the platform, albeit a little bit shaken.
Mind the Step
That awkward moment you don’t see a step and trip up over your feet, next time be thankful that you are not in a cherry picker. As the video below demonstrates, movements can be greatly exaggerated in a cherry picker resulting in somewhat unexpected consequences. Knowing the ground on which you are travelling is key and the big mistake this operator has made is he forgot there was a step. Having gone down the step with the cherry pickers front wheels he gets a warning sign of what is to come, he then proceeds to speed up to bring the machine level. The drop at the back propels the front boom, and the unharnessed operator, upwards – demonstrating the catapult mode inbuilt to all cherry pickers.
Being Aware of Your Surroundings
Slopes can be great fun – if you are not in a cherry picker. We think that the driver in this video forgot that he was in a cherry picker and started to reminisce about rolling down slopes as a child. He starts of by going headfirst into an overgrown tree, once he loses sight of the slope it is literally all downhill from there. Normal procedure would be to have a banksman who guides the driver but it seems that he was too busy filming and commentating on the video – letting the audience know exactly what is going to happen.
How did it get There in the First Place?
This is one of those videos that shows the aftermath of an epic fail. We watch a fully extended cherry picker on its side have to upright itself by pushing against the basket. The big question that everyone will have though is, ‘how on earth did it fall over in the first place?’
Whilst we cannot answer that question we think it must have been quite the fail, seeming as the cherry picker is inside of a warehouse with no obvious obstructions. Enjoy seeing a cherry picker put right a wrong with some impressive skill.
MC Property Maintenance, high access hire company and property maintenance experts based in Sussex and covering the South East of England.