Programme makers Yorkshire TV required the basket to hold six men, with the facility to attach two men underneath. The equipment would be used in a storyline covering the rescue of construction workers trapped 40 feet down a concrete pit.
Said Lloyds British’s chief executive, Ian White: “This was certainly not your normal job, but we got straight to work and modified some existing equipment, retested it and painted it, using it alongside a one tonne overhead crane.
“Filming was carried out on site at Corus in Middlesbrough so we were required to submit method statements and risk assessments. Once these were accepted, we then supplied spreader beams and slings to lift the main set into position in the granulation pit. Operations were controlled at all times by one of our lift supervisors.”
Crew and actors on the set had to be supplied with safety harnesses and Lloyds British made 23 of these available over the three weeks whilst filming took place.
Added Ian White: “Jobs like this are certainly a challenge, but they just go to show how flexible our operation is.”