IPAF takes Bauma to task over exhibition’s ‘circus rides’
One aspect of this year’s Bauma exhibition which didn’t go down too well in all quarters were the 50 metre high rides from a tower crane on offer, which provoked IPAF to raise their concerns with organisers.
The rides were organised by AirEmotion on the stand of specialist truck manufacturer Paul-Nutzfahrzeuge, using a Liebherr 81K self-erecting tower crane owned by Nagel.
A promotion flier for the rides says: “AirEmotion offers daily flights between 9 am an 6 pm – don’t miss out on the chance of this breathtaking BAUMA experience! Tightly secured you will take off from the Heavy Mover of Paul-Nutzfahrzeuge, rotate on a Liebherr crane 81k of Nagel above the BAUMA with swinging wings until you touchdown safely in the landing zone! You can’t miss this unique experience! Of course you can bring you camera on board.”
Using a crane in this way flouts the guidance given by the Fédération Européenne de la Manutention (FEM) who state that mobile cranes “may be used to hoist and suspend personnel in man baskets only in unique work situations when it is the least hazardous way to do the job. As such the use of standard mobile cranes to suspend persons and/or devices for entertainment purposes is also not intended.”
A letter from IPAF chief executive Tim Whiteman to Georg Moller of Bauma asks that the organisers “immediately ban the use of cranes for circus rides at Bauma”.