Ladder collapses in Arizona
Has anyone else been following this story? The investigation said that two cables snapped due to severe wear on the pulleys. The truck was two years old and had been used on only one fire in that period of time.
I was never an engineer, but I certainly worked on a lot of aerials over the years. The first being a late 50s/early 60's model LaFrance that was still a workhorse. It strikes me as odd that a two year old Sutphen (that was admittedly used very rarely) would suffer a catastrophic failure like this. Is this a "they just don't make 'em like they used to" sort of thing, or am I missing something in the bigger picture?