Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Thoughts on Grenfell and Working at Height...

The Grenfell Tower catastrophe is bringing some shortcomings into focus as far as the availability of rescue equipment that might have been able to assist the emergency services.  There are some pieces of equipment around London that might have been able to reach to the upper stories to provide an avenue of escape.

People familiar with powered access equipment may be aware of the broad population of access equipment from scissor lifts to very tall truck mounted machines, but there has not been a connection between the emergency services and the owners of those machines.

What if the equipment rental companies and the local fire service administrators could begin to learn from each other with the intent of saving lives?  The emergency services could have contact information and lists of the available equipment, and the equipment companies could have employees that have undergone some basic training to safely assist fire personnel in rescues.

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