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Bravery awards for Sydney crane operator

The operator of the luffing jib tower crane that caught fire and collapsed in Sydney, Australia last month has received a bravery award along with two of his colleagues.

The awards follow the incident at the University of Technology (UTS) site at on November 27th See Tower crane fire and jib collapse in Sydney . Crane operator Glen May, 60, fought the fire and then climbed back in the cab to slew the jib over the top of the building to avoid possible injuries and damage to those below.

Meanwhile his colleague, dogman dogman Nuno Nunes, 36, climbed up the crane to help ensure May got out of the cab and then helped him down. Both were on the crane when the jib came down after its luffing cable burnt through.
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Glen May (L) and Nuno Nunes after receiving their awards

Meanwhile Gordon Cameron ran around the site ensuring that the area below the crane was fully evacuated.

The three men received the inaugural Joe Owens Bravery Award at Sydney's Trades Hall earlier today.


Good on the 3 of you for making a desperate situation as safe as it could be, great work ! Just next time don't have a barbie up the crane !

Dec 14, 2012