A boom lift caught fire yesterday in Tallahassee, Florida, after it came into contact with overhead power lines.
The man was using a 60ft Genie S-60, was at a height of around 12 metres and was above the power lines, when the boom came close enough for the power to arc and run to earth, causing it to catch fire. Firefighters were able to rescue him with their ladder truck, and he reportedly escaped serious injury, probably due to the fact that he was above the point of contact
The machine after the fire was extinguished
At 10:43 A.M. units from station 1 were dispatched to 715 Gaines St. with the report of a person trapped approximately 40 feet in the air in the bucket of a lift that was on fire. Crews quickly arrived on scene and found the citizen high up in the bucket, and the lift fully involved. The engine companies made an attack on the fire while being aware of the many power lines that were surrounding the incident. The truck company began to set up our ladder truck to rescue the worker. The fire was brought under control and the worker was retrieved from the bucket and brought down to safety.