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Does anyone have a 90m cherry picker the Police could borrow please?

Old 28th Oct 2019, 15:33
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Does anyone have a 90m cherry picker the Police could borrow please?

The Police in Carlisle have put out a nationwide request to borrow a 90m cherry picker after a chap has gotten stuck at the top of a chimney in the centre of Carlisle.
It would appear he is stuck over the top of the chimney, inverted, held by his leg.
A helicopter has been unable to rescue him, for fear that he may get sucked off.
Two cranes are on their way from Scotland and Lancashire, but the man has stopped responding.
As the Police are saying they are not sure who he is, could it be another instagram hero, metal thief or Extinction Rebel?

Having hired a cherry picker two in my time, 20 meters is as high as I want to go...90m is not somewhere I want to go...even if they made them that big, which I doubt.


https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-a9173961.html

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 15:57
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I have just been reading this story and I am worried now that this will be the start of another couple of years of bad dreams for me. I had a bad experience in the 1970s when working on a wooden platform, suspended inside a new steel chimney a bit smaller than this one in the steel works at Redcar. Long story short; the platform tipped through 90 degrees and I was holding on to the steel wire that supported the platform with my foreman hanging on my left wrist and me shouting "Get off you &**&^" while gazing at the concrete floor hundreds of feet below. Not at all pleasant.
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 16:19
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That is truly awful and this must be hard for you.
Would you like me to remove the thread?
Have you ever sought help for this?
Kind regards
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 16:51
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27 stories? Sure.
Here's a plan. Hire half an aircraft's worth of HKG builders. Fill the rest with bamboo sticks.
They'll rig the scaffolding in a day.
Then bill the lot to the idiot.
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 16:52
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BBC Report...
That's one cherry picker you wouldn't get me up in...

A man stuck upside down at the top of a 290ft former mill chimney in Carlisle "has not responded" to rescuers for some time, police said.
Emergency services were called to Dixons Chimney in Carlisle at about 02:20 GMT and a helicopter has been hovering near the top of the structure.
Footage from the scene appears to show a figure with his legs in the air.

A specialist cherry picker from Scotland has been drafted in to help with the rescue effort.
Roads around the prominent listed local landmark, which was built in 1836, have been closed.

A Cumbria Police spokesman said they knew the identity of the man and specialist officers were assisting his family.
"Emergency services have been working to safely resolve the situation at Dixons Chimney, including the use of a helicopter," Supt Matt Kennerley added.
"However, rescue has not been possible due to the precarious position the man is in and the potential for back-draft to worsen the situation.
"Efforts are ongoing to reach the man from below."
He said while the man had responded to rescuers earlier, there had been no contact for "some hours".

However, he added the operation was still being classed as a rescue.
A Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "This is a very complex and difficult process given the obvious dangers to the man and the extreme difficulty in gaining access to him in a way which will keep him and emergency services safe.
"I can assure the public that the emergency services are working tirelessly and effectively together to resolve this issue safely for all and that the protection of life is our first priority.
"Volunteers from the Penrith Mountain Rescue Team, the coastguard helicopter and a rope access crew from Lancashire Fire Service are also at the scene.
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 17:50
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So........I know they say they don’t know how this guy got up there, but how did he get up there?

Is there a ladder all the way up - in which case why doesn’t a crew climb up the ladder to reach him?

Or did he somehow climb up the metal bands? Either way; that is a hell of a climb - even for Fred Dibnah.

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 18:18
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Spunkey Monkey: That is a very kind and thoughtful offer but no thanks. Leave the thread.
No, I never sought help, I, as always, "self-medicated". A couple of years after that incident I was working for the South African Navy and used to volunteer to carry out jobs at the top of ships masts (radar, comms gear etc) and even to help out our aerial rigger with jobs on top of the 60m tall steerable antennas. After about 20 or 30 years the dreams began to fade and now I no longer wake up with my arm outside the bed and my hand flat on the floor!
Anyway, I also suffer from another recurrent dream based on a particular incident in Aden when some bugger was shooting directly at me (and missing by inches) and the L/Cpl in charge never actually gave me permission to shoot the sod. For 50 years now, that, or incidents related to that time, has been the first dream I have every night and it usually results in my waking up just minutes after falling asleep. It is getting tedious and I recently considered seeking treatment for PTSD but then I thought I have put up with it for 52 years so I am sure I can put with another couple of years!
As for cherry pickers; I was doing a comms job for the now King of Bahrain in the 80s. We had to install VHF aerials and microwave dishes up a tall tower. We borrowed a cherry picker from the Bahrain Army in an effort to speed things up and that was a huge mistake. Once extended to about 15 or 20m, the bloody thing rocked and swayed like a drunk. When my mate and I came down, the Bahrainis told us how all the safety interlocks etc had been disabled so it could easily have toppled over. Send that back and I shall carry on climbing!
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 18:21
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Is there a ladder all the way up - in which case why doesn’t a crew climb up the ladder to reach him?
Images I have seen on line show there is a ladder all the way up. Why does nobody climb it? No Fred Dibnah available!
https://content.api.news/v3/images/b...b1258b55c32236
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 18:34
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He died.....

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...rlisle/?ref=ar

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Old 28th Oct 2019, 18:41
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Originally Posted by KelvinD View Post
Images I have seen on line show there is a ladder all the way up. Why does nobody climb it? No Fred Dibnah available!
https://content.api.news/v3/images/b...b1258b55c32236
and then be faced with a panicking person grabbing at you while you hang on a ladder? I know the Chimney well, it is in my home town, Why he ever decided to climb it is beyond me.
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Old 28th Oct 2019, 18:49
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Many years ago a friend of mine in Carlisle, an experienced climber who is a Lake District mountain guide and who has lead expeditions to peaks in the Himalayas was out with climbing friends having a few drinks one night. At some stage someone suggested that it would be a good wheeze to climb Dixon's Chimney. It all went well until they got to the top and discovered that they were now completely sober, and it suddenly no longer seemed to be such a good idea. Well, they got down safely, but he said he had never been so scared in his life, even when surmounting some very challenging Himalaya peaks.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 10:10
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RIP to the guy.

Originally Posted by NutLoose View Post
and then be faced with a panicking person grabbing at you while you hang on a ladder? I know the Chimney well, it is in my home town, Why he ever decided to climb it is beyond me.
Well, a rescuer should have a full safety harness and double anchor lines, and the poor sod stuck at the top would probably be frozen with fear.

As to why he climbed the chimney, I should imagine drugs or alcohol were involved?

I hope they now make it impossible to climb that thing.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 10:30
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RIP to the guy.
I hope they now make it impossible to climb that thing.
This puzzled me, as years ago we had a 100ft high lattice antenna tower at work, with a fixed ladder running up it. The H&S mafia made us fit padlocked steel plates over the lower 15ft or so of the ladder, to prevent anyone from climbing it. The argument was that, despite the tower being inside a secure area, if a member of the public was to climb over the fence, climb the tower, and then fall off, we might be liable. Seemed OTT to me, but the works and bricks people duly fitted heavy galvanised steel plates to the lower section of the ladder.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 10:33
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Not familiar with that particular chimney. However it could be that the attached ladder was deemed unsafe to climb.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 11:38
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VP959, we had to do the same with 3m float wells that no one had ever fallen off in over 50 years.
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 11:47
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Um...no.....I don't have a 90m cherry picker....sorry
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 12:05
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Police should have read this thread, I'm getting ads for cherry picker hire...
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 13:24
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I was chatting to my sister last night ( I originate from Carlisle and the rest of them still live there ) and we seem to think that the ladder does not start to about 20 odd feet off the ground. it looks like part of the ladder came away

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/u...nging-20744311

Why?


https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...mney/#gallery1

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Old 29th Oct 2019, 17:58
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https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/1...imney-tragedy/
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Old 29th Oct 2019, 18:21
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What I want to know is where do they have 90 m cherry trees that need 90 m cherry pickers?
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