Crane Accidents

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December, 2000 Archive

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Crane Crushes Roof of Tire Shop


Ogden, Utah The crane operator had forgotten to put down one of the outriggers (stabilizers). Another avoidable accident, caused by operator error.

Search for Crane Operator Continues


BATH, Maine Original Story The search for a man presumed dead after a construction crane fell into the Kennebec River is expected to intensify Thursday when crews try to salvage the crane. The crane operator, 48-year-old Steven Oldham, of Felton, Del., has been missing since the crane fell from a Read More

Tower Crane Boom Topples


Singapore Tower crane boom topples over, injuring two workers.

Power Line Accident

Mobile Crane Destroyed by Power Line Contact 2000

Northern California Power line accident #28.  The operator stated that he looked up after hearing humming noises, saw that he had contacted high power lines and jumped from the control station. Yeah … he is still alive to tell about it. No one was hurt. The only damage was to Read More

Gantry Fell and Killed a Supervisor


Harvey, LA Gantry fell and killed a supervisor.  A crew was preparing to walk a 3900 Manitowoc crane across a highway this week. The boom was lowered onto a flatbed trailer for transport assistance. The 35 year old supervisor was removing the pins to lower the gantry to allow passage Read More

Boom Collapses in New Jersey

lattice boom buckles New Jersey 2000

Jersey City, NJ The operator backed the machine down an incline without first booming down to a safe boom angle. The boom collapsed over the back of the machine. From the photos, it appears there was nothing in the way that would have prevented the operator from swinging the crane Read More

Ship slams into Loop 610 bridge

Hole in Texas Bridge From Crane 2000

Houston, Texas At least three people were injured Thursday night in a bizarre accident in which a crane on top of a ship apparently struck the underside of the Loop 610 Houston Ship Channel bridge at its highest point, about 135 feet above the water, police said. State highway department Read More

Accident at Bath Iron Works


Bath, Maine Divers contesting frigid temperatures searched unsuccessfully Thursday for the operator of a crane that toppled off a barge and into the Kennebec River at Bath Iron Works. (Confirmed dead after ongoing searches in later posts) 48-year-old Steven Oldham (body never recovered) 12/27/200o Update: Search for Crane Operator Resumes Read More

Crane Topples Over In Chicago

Mobile Crane Collapses Chicago 2000

Chicago Just in… This accident happened in the Chicago area on December 12th. We just received word of it yesterday. We were told the operator picked up a load that was out of his load chart.

Crane Crashes on Building Site


New York Crane Crashes on Building Site.

Murray Crane Co. to Be Cited in Death


Salt Lake City, Utah Murray Crane Co. to Be Cited in Death A Murray crane company likely will be cited in the December 7th death of a construction worker at the Rose Wagner Center in Salt Lake City. Another crane/power line incident. This is #27 recorded by this site for Read More

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