Better for the workers and better for the budget. The HSE confirms that the use of aerial craning is cost effective and reduces risk to the workforce.
Heli-Lift Services’ Aerial Crane can lift objects up to 1.9 tons, place them where their ground based counterparts have no accessand often for a fraction of the cost of a conventional crane.
Footpaths had suffered from considerable wear and meandering was commonplace around boggy areas, some of which had become impassable. Improving the footpaths on the well trodden tracks of the moor was a considerable undertaking. Large flagstones needed to be placed with precision to benefit the ground based operators.
Health & Safety Executive
Regarding the use of helicopter services to reduce manual handling of stones: “As well as reducing the risks of musculoskeletal disorders the solution to use of the helicopter proved to be cost effective.”