The story of the crane is to some extent a story of the evolution of construction and manufacturing.
Cranes in some form have been around for thousands of years.
They have developed from simple systems into the efficient, versatile and purpose-built machines we use today.
This infographic looks at a number of common and niche cranes, their features and attributes.
The instantly-recognizable tower crane is a common sight on construction projects around the world.
Aerial cranes, level-luffing cranes and other types are more-rarely seen, as they’re engaged in task-specific work from shipbuilding to lifting prefabricated buildings in remote areas of country.