RESCUERS SAVE JUMPER FROM TOWER CRANE

06/01/1997
RESCUERS SAVE JUMPER FROM TOWER CRANEBY A. D. VICKERY and james woodbury On September 16, 1996, the Seattle Fire Department responded to a downtown building construction site, where a 15-year-old girl was perched at the end of the 230-foot boom of a construction tower crane (which has the control house at the top of the crane; see diagram below), 180 feet above street level. Indications were that she intended to jump from the crane to the street below. The incident began at 1745 hours. The construction site had been secured and shut down since 1700 hours. It was unknown how the jumper gained access to the fenced construction site. Given the challenges of gaining entry to the site, findin...

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