Crane Accidents

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June, 2001 Archive

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Crane Accident Barges in on Whitewater Celebration Plans


Whitewater, Wisconsin More information lost due to broken links.

Bridge Worker Lost in Fall


Montreal, Canada More information lost due to broken links.

Tree Being Moved Falls, Kills Crane Operator; Two Hurt


Seattle, Washington A construction worker was killed yesterday when an 80-foot elm tree he was transplanting at Children’s Hospital fell and crushed the cab of his crane.

Fund Set Up for Guenther Gruber Family


Temecula, California Mr. Gruber was a well known and highly respected crane technician from Texas. Guenther George Gruber, 45, of Las Vegas died while working on a construction elevator at the new Pechanga Hotel and Golf Resort, authorities said.

Crane Operator Injured after Equipment Strikes Power Line


Providence, Rhode Island Reportedly, Portsmouth resident Michael Ariel, of BT Equipment in Smithfield, was using the crane to move concrete barriers on Route 10 south for the freight rail improvement project of the Cranston Street Viaduct.

Worker Suffers Electrical Shock at Mitchell Paving


Orondo, Washington A Clarkston man was in serious condition today in a Seattle hospital after he was shocked Tuesday at the Mitchell Asphalt and Paving Plant. Clarence Akkerman was airlifted to the Seattle hospital after the 6:33 p.m. accident, said Douglas County Fire District 4 Chief Tom Steichen. Akkerman was Read More

Man Commandeers Crane in Atlanta


Atlanta, Georgia Michael D. Kelly, 23, commandeered large construction crane in Atlanta hangs himself after daylong standoff. The man in a suit climbed up a 200-foot construction crane and held police at bay all day Thursday, reading a Bible, scribbling and, at one point, dropping a blank check as psychologists and Read More

A Loophole You Can Drop a Crane Through


There’s a trillion-dollar industry, a major portion of which has essentially no government oversight.  It happens to handle the deadliest stuff on Earth. I found this loophole by accident after San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) dropped an 80,000 lb object 40 feet on June 1st, 2001 (specifically, a crane Read More

Crane Operator Crushed to Death at Warehouse


Cockeysville, Maryland  A 28-year-old man, Aitor Dorronsoro of Spain, was crushed to death by a stack of steel rail-car wheels at a warehouse in Cockeysville yesterday morning, according to Baltimore County police.

Alpha Crew Does ‘Bang Up’ Job Flexing Robot Arm


Cape Canaveral, Florida The dress rehearsal for an upcoming space station construction job was not quite a resounding success. But it did begin with a resounding thump. As astronauts prepared to test the international space station’s new robotic arm, it unexpectedly released its grip, rebounded and banged into the side Read More

Workers in Critical Condition After Concrete Pump Truck Hits Power Lines


Los Angeles, California More information lost due to broken links.

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