14 Aug 2014

Saved by Harnesses.

Two men are alive today thanks to wearing harnesses.

Thanks to the short lanyards and harnesses they were wearing they avoided catastrophic injury or even death. The lift a Genie Z-135/70 was being used in Kingston, Massachusetts, yesterday to service a 34 metre high mobile phone tower. Witnesses claim that there was a loud bang followed by the basket dropping several metres, throwing tools and materials out of the platform, while the two occupants only managed to remain in the basket thanks to the their short lanyards.

The platform then came to a halt, it looks as though the articulated jib lift-cylinder may somehow have lost pressure temporarily, causing the free fall. Two access panels from the mast, can be seen suspended from the basket. A 33 metre ladder platform was called in to rescue the men who were then transported to a local Hospital with minor injuries. The lift was brought down to the stowed position using its lower controls. Osha is expected on site today to inspect the machine which was rented locally.

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