Crane Accidents

Load of Tubing Spills From Basket

11/18/00

Torrance, California

A Maxim Crane Works 888 skip basket got hung up on something and showered material through a unit as a direct result of miscommunication of radio signals.

The accident happened in the Exxon Mobil Torrance Refinery.

What Happened?

The accident happened when a basket of scaffold tubing that was being lifted by a crane to the top of the FCC flue gas structure became caught on a “V” cross member.

As a result, the entire load of tubing spilled from the basket and injured three contract workers.

The crane operator was working in the blind, thus radio signals were the only mode of contact with the operator.

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