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New crane climbing craze will end in tragedy

Tag Guard : 24 March, 2009  (Technical Article)
Tag Guard is urging improved building site security to prevent thr inevitable tragedy that will result from the latest craze of climbing cranes and posting the videos on fiile sharing sites
Using cranes to attach protest messages and banners is not new but a more
recent development will surely end in tragedy - construction companies are
reporting rising incidents of youths climbing cranes and then taking pictures of
their foolhardy exploits to post on popular file sharing and social networking

Richard Lang, Managing Director of construction site security specialists Tag
Guard comments, "We have had a number of recent enquiries from construction companies including existing clients concerned about the increasing number of incidents where youths have climbed cranes with scant regard for the risks they are taking.

"The motive appears to be to post pictures of these so called 'acts of bravado'
on file sharing websites like YouTube.

"Just in the last month Tag Guard wireless security systems installed on cranes at a large development in Manchester city centre were activated in the early hours of the morning; this alerted the on-site security personnel who informed the police and they were able to arrest four youths in the process of attempting to climb one of the cranes.

"Site developers Bovis Lend Lease were pleased that the youths were arrested and obviously relieved too that a potential tragedy was averted; discussions are now under way with Bovis about extending the use of the Tag Guard systems on cranes at their other sites around the country.

"We feel there is a terrible inevitability that if steps are not taken to increase security at building sites where cranes are in use then a mixture of alcohol and bravado combined with the opportunity to publicise such potentially lethal stunts on file sharing websites will result in the death of one or more young people falling from a building site crane".

Tag Guard pioneered the development of wireless security products and is now one of the UK's leading specialists in wireless systems for buildings and construction sites.
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