It was a race against mother nature to get this dragline excavator back up and running. The morning clouds were rolling in fast and our available light got darker and darker as the minutes passed.
From a distance they don’t seem intimidating at all but as you get closer you realize that distance has a way of skewing perspective and ratio. Dragline excavators are giants in the mining industry. Simply look at the staircase and door on the side of this titan, you could easily fit my whole house inside of this mammoth.
When I am on a job site the first thing on my mind is safety. I have to be just as safe as everyone else that works there. Not only do I have safety on my mind while creating the images (ensuring everyone has proper PPE for the location and job) but I also have to be safe as well. My wife is counting on my coming home, I like my health the way it is, and at the present moment I have s 100% safety record which I plan to uphold as long as my career will allow it. Also know your surrounds, who is in it, what obstacles there are and what safety precautions need to take place for a successful day on the job. I deal with a lot of moving vehicles on site, including the forklift. This thing can zip in and out of everywhere and turn on a dime. I have met some skilled operators in my time, and unfortunately I have witnessed some that are not so skilled. Here is a great blog post for “Tips On Operating A Forklift Safely”
Here is an image I captured while on site at the Moa JV Inventory Warehouse located in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta. I waited a few minutes for the forklift to return to fill the hole in this composition because without it your eyes would be drown to the brightest spot of the image which is the empty doorway.
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James Hodgins is a Commercial Mining Industrial Photographer located in Northern Ontario Sudbury.