Crane operator trapped when compressed cylinder explodes

The operator of this crane was trapped within its steel cage after a pressurized cylinder within the pile he was moving exploded.

The operator of this crane was trapped within its steel cage after a pressurized cylinder within the pile he was moving exploded.

Just after 11:30am Wednesday morning, units from the Long Beach Fire Department responded to Pacific Coast Recycling, 482 Pier T Ave., after the report of an incident involving a crane operator who had been trapped inside his crane due to an explosion.
The crane operator had been 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, and one of the ends struck the cab of the crane, trapping him 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 part of a water-softening system.

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