Crane Accidents

David Russel Scharf

06/18/56

North Gower

Man Killed By Falling Crane Boom – Almonte (Special) – The last step in the reconstruction of the steeple of the Almonte United Church ended in tragedy late yesterday afternoon with the death of a 47-year-old workman.

An employee of Hurdman Brothers, Ottawa contractors, was crushed to death under a section of the boom of a crane he was helping to dismantle.

The firm had just completed rebuilding the church steeple that had been destroyed by fire last September. The boom of the crane had been extended in 20-foot sections for the job. Each section weighed several hundred pounds.

Mr. Scharf was standing on the ground and was removing the pins to disconnect two sections. He apparently pulled the wrong pin and one of the sections collapsed on him.

Examination revealed that there was no defect in the machine, an official of the firm reported. The crane is nearly new and was purchased for $53,000 just before starting on the job, The Citizen was told.

Two workmen who were with Mr. Scharf at the time leaped from under the machine and were unhurt.

Coroner Dr. A.A. Metcalfe, of Almonte, ruled that death was accidental. There will be no inquest.

The accident was investigated by Constables Keith Crockford and J.A. Ellis, of the OPP.

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