Crane Accidents

William Cahill


East London, England

Age 50, Owner of one of Europes largest crane demolition companies was killed instantly whilst removing cranes from Portsmouth Harbour in Southern England, leaving two sons Tony 19 and William 15 and wife Jean 42.

The accident happened in June 1973. William climbed up to the cab of a crane being demolished. He put his head through the side window of the cab as the crane next door was lifting away part of a cut away section. This caused the cab to turn trapping Williams head between the window frame and the metal superstructure causing near decapitation and near instant death. Cahill & Sons was responsible for the removal of most of the cranes along the River Thames embankment between Tower Bridge and London Bridge between 1970 and 1973

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