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Reaching New Heights: Our 3 Favourite World Records

Here at Lifting & Safety Gear Ltd, we sell a range of products that can be used in a plethora of applications - safety at height and assistance in lifting heavy objects is needed in many instances, after all!

We love seeing how some of the equipment akin to that which we sell is used in action, and we’d love to share some examples with you. What better examples to look at than those that have been featured in world records? Read on below to see our top three favourite world records featuring lifting and safety gear.

Burj Khalifa

1. Heaviest Object Lifted on Land - North Rankin B Platform

Thanks to modern machinery and equipment, it’s possible to lift incredibly large and heavy structures, but the object listed as being the official heaviest by the Guinness World Records is a portion of the North Rankin B Platform, a subsea gas production platform.

This weighed in at an astonishing 23,178 tonnes and was lifted to a height of 26.5m, with the feat taking place at the shipyard of Hyundai Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea. Multiple cranes were used in the lifting of this structure, alongside the use of numerous hoists to provide support and ensure its integrity remained intact.

2. Highest Static Trapeze Act - Anna Cochrane

From one extreme to the other, many records have been achieved at great heights, but not many are as hair-raising as this one. Back in 2016, Anna Cochrane earned the world record for performing the world’s highest static trapeze act, which she completed in Ashburton, New Zealand.

Secured in a work belt style safety harness and restraint lanyard to prevent an accidental fall, she took to the air and performed her trapeze act whilst hanging from a hot air balloon at 3159.25m - she even dislocated a rib just minutes into the routine, but persevered and finished the act!

3. World’s Tallest Building - Burj Khalifa

Now, you may be wondering why we’ve listed this one - what does the world’s tallest building have to do with lifting and safety equipment? Well, being the world’s tallest building at 828m, this also makes its windows the tallest to be cleaned than anywhere else in the world!

It takes a team of 120 window cleaners three months at a time to clean the entire exterior of the Burj Khalifa from top to bottom. Thankfully, they are dressed in the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), including full body safety harnesses, helmets, lanyards and fall arresters, which is what we like to see.

If this has inspired you to (attempt to) break a world record of your own, then be sure to have all the necessary equipment you’ll need to do so. Get in touch with us here at Lifting & Safety Gear Ltd to learn more about how our products can help.

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