Crane Accidents

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2005 Archive

Robert Ruffner


Robert Ruffner - Age 34, killed due to the crane hitting overhead power lines. He was a single parent of a 13 year old dughter whom also lost her mother at the age of three.

Man Gets 6 Years for Machu Picchu Damage


LIMA, Peru Original Story A camera crane operator shooting a commercial at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins whose equipment tipped and chipped a stone sundial there has been sentenced to six years in prison, officials said Friday. The local court in Urubamba, 338 miles southeast of the capital, Lima, said Read More

State Rules on Crane Operators Found Invalid


A two-year-old state law that requires the certification of construction crane operators is invalid and the state board set up to regulate operators has no legal standing. A finding by the state Department of Labor places seven years worth of efforts to certify crane operators in limbo. It also raises Read More

Worker Injured on Big Dig Gets $8m Settlement


New Bedford, Massachusetts In what is being called the largest liability settlement involving a Big Dig worker since the project began, a New Bedford laborer will receive at least $8 million and potentially nearly twice that for injuries suffered when an 8-footlong piece of steel fell from a crane and Read More

Lubbock Family Reaches Settlement In Wrongful Death Suit


Lubbuck, Texas  Original Story (09/26/03):  Lubbock Construction Worker Electrocuted What was expected to take two weeks took less than one day. A wrongful death lawsuit was settled Tuesday before testimony could begin. That means Deerwood Construction, Trumble Steel Erectors and Trumble Crane and Rigging will pay the Tankersly family $3.1 Read More

‘Stretch & Flex’ Program Reduces On-the-Job Injuries


Daily exercise routines designed to dramatically reduce on-the-job injuries. Exercise routines can be lead by site managers and are a an easy way to increase Team Building, Communication and Planning. For more information on a downloadable PDF please click the reference.

Evidence Insufficient in Canary Wharf Crane Collapse


Canada The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has decided there is insufficient evidence to support any action regarding the tower crane collapse at Canada Square, London which resulted in the death of three workers on 21 May 2000. In a report, published this week, the HSE said after exhaustive investigations, Read More

Huge Roof Payout Put Back in Play


The state Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court ruling that threw out a $94 million award to the families of three ironworkers killed in the 1999 Big Blue crane collapse at Miller Park, but significant legal issues remain before the case can be settled. That was the net Read More