Reclamation of the Pride of the Woods mine was not like any mine clean-up. Located in the pristine Henry
M. Jackson wilderness area, and to restrict machinery access,
no road had ever been built and none would be permitted –
not even for this project.
Safety is paramount on any production set
and in an industry where getting just the
right shot can make all the difference, that
safety is even more critical when people and
equipment are being lifted high in the air.
It was a tall logistical order, but we came up with an integrated plan that included a 35 metre Potain HD40A Self-Erecting Tower Crane mounted on an engineered 20 foot stand set up over the sidewalk, allowing foot traffic to move freely underneath.
Within a week of being hired, we had installed a 45 metre Koenig K70 with an 8,800 lb. maximum lift up close and a 2,000 lb capacity at a 148 foot radius. All at about a quarter of the cost to hire a mobile crane.