Crane Accidents

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November, 1999 Archive

Crane Accident at Mississippi State University Campus


Mississippi According to Clyde Payne, OSHA’s Jackson area director, an Advance Masonry employee, Claude Spann, Jr., was working on a scaffold preparing to do stone work on the front of the David C. Swalm Chemical Engineering building when the accident occurred. A crane boom fell, striking the scaffold and fatally Read More

Power Line Contact


Sante Fe, New Mexico A 35 Ton Hydraulic Truck Mount was booming up in the companies own crane yard and got into the power lines. POWER LINES IN A CRANE YARD, WHAT’S UP WITH THAT! There were no reported injuries, however, the crane appears to be a total loss.

Crane Boom Fell Across Student’s Car


Carrollton, Texas Crane boom fell across student’s car as the student was leaving parking lot Aa 65 ton Link-Belt lattice boom truck crane had its boom fall at a local high school here, that was having a new addition added on to it. A TMS 865 Grove was dispatched to Read More

Operator Escapes Alive

Crane Operator Escapes Alive (1)

Phoenix, Arizona A Link-Belt HC278 was setting tilt panels when the panel that was being lifted slid into one that was being supported by braces. There is quite a bit of damage. The operator jumped from the crane to safety. The oiler got hit with debris, the rumor is that he Read More

Crane Operator in Malibu Injured When Rig Tips Over

Crane Accident in Malibu, California

Malibu, California A crane operator lifting pile-driving equipment for repairs to the Malibu Pier was injured Monday when his rig tipped over and trapped him in its crushed cab. Jeff Patrick, 19, was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center by Los Angeles County firefighters, who worked 90 minutes to free him Read More

Tree Worker Killed in Crane Accident


Lake Zurich, Illinois The crane was a Strato Tower Crane Model AS50

Boomed Into Power Lines Above


Maryville, Illinois An operator of a boom truck (electrical contractor) who was unloading a piece of equipment at Maryville Water Plant in Maryville, Illinois (just outside St. Louis) allowed his boom to contact an overhead power line. Upon contacting the line the boom truck caught fire causing second and third degree Read More

Crane Transportation Tip Over


A crane being transported down I-95 overturned near White Marsh, Md., in Baltimore County, pinning the driver underneath. State police said the driver apparently was trying to exit to the Baltimore Beltway northeast of Baltimore around 10 a.m., when the crane flipped. Police said it was folded down for transport. Read More

Boom Buckles at 160 Feet

Boom Buckles

Boom Length: 160 Feet While attempting to lift a 40′ high X 20′ wide #90,000-pound concrete tilt-up panel, the panel popped loose and swung into the already vertically erected tilt-up panel next to it, causing it to fall on the crane. This started a chain of events that lead to Read More

Unst Mourns Clive After Crane Accident


Algeria THE UNST community was in shock this week after the death in Algeria of Clive Owers, 25-year-old son of Stewart and Shelagh, and brother of Karen and Ross, while working for oilfield services company Schlumberger. Clive was brought up on the island and attended Baltasound Junior High School. He Read More

Collapsing Crane Severs Arm of Operator


A 60-foot crane collapsed in St. Andrew’s Plaza in lower Manhattan yesterday evening, severing the arm of one construction worker after a cable snapped, officials said. The portable crane, which was attached to a truck, came crashing down behind the Municipal Building and in front of the United States Attorney’s Read More