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What are the thoughts out there for using a bottle jack for stabilization. The situation is lifting rail unit where access is limited to capture the load with standard cribbing packages. In looking at the situation it looked like the best option in order to lift a rail for a rescue is to place redundant 20 ton bottle jacks at the point of lifting. The process is still lift an inch, cribe an inch only after lifting, cribbing is done by the redundant jack. In the situation I am talking about, there is no danger of the load shifting (unless the lift is done incorrectly) but it must be lifted up. I have practiced this and it went well and others there liked it but I would like to hear from the crowd!


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Hey Jason,
Can't really picture your lift method. The problem with rail emergencies is there isn't one method that covers everything. You have to be able to go outside the box as far as coming up with a plan and then executing it. These things are always in tough to get places where lifting and crib have to be creative. As long as it works for you and everyone is on the same page, your crew is safe and your not going to do further harm to your patient, it's all good. Add some picture if you have time, I'd like see what your describing.
Thanks Sandy.

I agree with all that you said and that is the stance we are taking in doing the training. For a couple of reasons I wanted to throw the idea out there and see if there were any red flags.Plus, this is the first time I used the FE community so I wanted to see how the interaction was.I have pics for this and I currently have an article waiting to be published for FE that details the lift. Thank you for your comments.

Be safe out there!


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