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According to the old adage,
necessity is the mother of
an unusual and yet highly effective use for a set of “jaws of life” cutting equipment, the type of
employed by the Fire Brigade to free injured people from cars and vehicles damaged in road accidents.
Button Linguard was working on the demolition of the former main warehouse of electronics retailer Dixons in nearby Stevenage,
a site that covered more than 8.0 hectares, the contract required the controlled demolition of the
main warehouse building measuring 277 x 107 metres and a returns warehouse building measuring 100 x 46 metres, together with the demolition of a 5,000 m2 administration office and staff canteen. The site is being cleared to make way for a new housing development. According to Button Linguard director Roy Gibbons, the six-month contract was very machine intensive, involving an Hitachi 455 high reach excavator and a Caterpillar 330 high reach machine together with Cat 320, Volvo EC 360 and Volvo EC 210 units and an Hitachi EX 60 supported by a pair of JCB Robot skid steer loaders. But the most striking item of equipment on the site was a hand-held hydraulic metal
D & D Autumn 08
JAWS OF LIFE
A newly-purchased set of “jaws of life” have been pressed into work in an unusual application that is far removed from their more common roadside rescue duties, as Mark Anthony reports.
cutter, more commonly known as the “jaws of life” for its ability to rescue people trapped in vehicles after a road accident. Powered by a Briggs and Stratton engine, the Jaws of Life are capable of cutting armoured cable up to 150 mm in diameter.
and very thick which we needed to cut prior to demolition,” Roy Gibbons says. “It was inaccessible with a machine so the jaws of life were the perfect solution.” It was a solution that clearly
Not content with
“The warehouse buildings contained a lot of cabling, much of its very heavy-duty
has since replicated this approach on a contract for the same client in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
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