Crane Accidents

Headaches Subside from Toppled Crane

04/28/10

SARASOTA, Florida

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Workers on Tuesday removed a tipped crane from the power lines and home it fell onto Monday night and made it possible for power to be restored to about 1,400 homes that were left without electricity.The tipped crane’s boom was removed, and another crane plucked the boom off the lines and the home by lunchtime Tuesday.

The base of the crane from John Burgstiner Inc. of Sarasota remained lopsided in a ditch, where soft ground caused it to tip over around 9 p.m. Monday. The ground softened after the crane operator snipped a water line that leaked.The boom knocked out power in a large area around a bridge reconstruction project over Bermuda Creek at Lockwood Ridge Road and Rose Street.A welding unit attached to the end of the boom struck a nearby house.

Florida Power & Light workers spent the night restoring electricity to the neighborhood, but needed to install a pole that had been knocked down in the collapse. The final few customers had power restored 11 a.m. Tuesday.The contractor on the bridge reconstruction, Lovin Construction of Bradenton, as well as crane owner John Burgstiner Inc., did not return calls for comment Tuesday.The company that owns the home apparently damaged by the generator, Goldie Lox LLC, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.Firefighters broke into the home after the crane fell, but did not find anyone home. No one was injured when the crane tipped.

 

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