Once very much used, after The Fall, the treadwheel crane was soon forgotten. Fortunately, it came back some time during the 13th century.
It’s most notable use was during the Gothic period. There would be no magnificent cathedrals without the use of this, sometimes very dangerous, contraption. It was used everywhere, from ports to sewing guilds.
image: Pieter Bruegel’s Construction of The Tower of Babel featuring a double treadwheel crane (10,629 × 13,481)