Innovative Crane Camera
Contractors around the world are
frequently faced with the situation
where a crane has to position a
load out of site to the operator. In
such instances, the crane operator
works with a banksman who has a
clear visual of the load.
However, there are situations
where even the banksman may not have a clear view, so an alternative
solution is necessary.
he UK company, Blokcam Ltd, designs and man-
ufactures innovative solutions to aid both the
crane operator and the banksman.
BlokCam is a wireless system that can be quickly and
easily deployed to the hook block of any type of crane.
The sound and view from below the hook block is then
transmitted and received wirelessly via the antenna
systems to a high definition 10" screen in the cab and,
if necessary, a screen being viewed by the banksman.
This allows the operator to see and hear the load
and surroundings, giving an unobstructed, live, au-
dio-visual feed of the critical areas that working in the
blind would never allow.
BlokCam offers three models, the entry-level system
in addition to Plus and Pro, enhanced versions.
The new top of the range Pro, with a weight of ap-
proximately 12 kg (26 lbs) is compatible with all types
of cranes and other lifting devices.
A World First
BlokCam Ltd has installed a wireless BlokCam Pro camera
system to a Liebherr mobile telescopic crane working
on a major infrastructure project in London. This is a
world first for use of BlokCam on a mobile, telescopic
Brendan Seymour, delivery manager at the Balfour
Beatty, Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction (BBMV)
joint venture, highlighted the camera’s versatility and
ability to give the crane operator visibility when lifting
in the blind.
Brendan Seymour, who has overseen use of construc-
tion equipment and implemented safety programmes
on a variety of projects, said:
“We had previously used another camera on a
luffing jib crane but that system had limitations.
The BlokCam Pro is tailor-made for telescopic
booms and is designed for fast, wireless and
telescopic deployment with built-in lanyard
"If we need a 300 t telescopic boom crane,
for example, we can efficiently transfer the cam-
era system accordingly and it will complement
the existing controls and operation of the crane,
such is its versatility.”
The wireless BlokCam Pro camera system also boasts
audio and recording functions. Seymour said:
“BBMV sites have a positive, proactive safety
culture. The recording system on the camera
aligns with that as we can use it for training
purposes and educating teams who work with
the cranes and elsewhere on site. We have used
The 12 kg BlokCam Pro attached to the hook
on a Liebherr mobile telescopic crane with
safety lanyard for added security.
Contractors World International
Contractors World International Vol 7 No 1