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Crane Operator Trapped When A Compressed Cylinder Explodes

By Jackawa Jackson | August 25, 2010

Just after 11:30 a.m. this morning, units from the Long Beach Fire Department responded to Pacific Coast Recycling located at 482 Pier T Ave to a report of a crane operator who had been trapped inside of his crane due to an explosion.  The crane operator, who appeared to be in his 60’s, was moving a pile of debris when a pressurized cylinder within the pile exploded.  The blast sent both ends of the cylinder rocketing in opposite directions.  On of the ends struck the cab of the crane, trapping the operator beneath the crane’s protective steel cage.  It took firefighters roughly 10 minutes to cut the man from the wreckage using the Jaws of Life.  He was transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries. The Long Beach hazardous materials team determined the cylinder did not contain any explosives and was probably a part of a water softening system.   A total of 24 fire personnel responded to this incident that occurred in council district 2.

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