Friday, September 12, 2008

Sept 12th, 2008

Vancouver Canada, Fire in Cab of Liebherr tower crane, looks like a 316, caught fire. Two workers attempted to extinguish the fire and suffered smoke inhalation. The electrical panels are in the cab so it is critical that the fire extinguisher is in the cab and charged. Additionally I've seen electrical disconnects so high that one would have to get a ladder to turn the power off to the crane. This is a great example of why you need the disconnect to be at an accessable level. Smoke inhalation on two workers haveing to climb down 20 stories could be very dangerous and you certainly don't want to fight the fire long enough to endanger yourself over having to rebuild the electrical panel.

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