Crane Accidents

Worker Loses Leg Due to Accident

09/17/98

Stanford

A 23-year-old construction worker who lost his right leg in a construction accident Tuesday at San Francisco International Airport underwent surgery yesterday on his left leg, officials said.

Dan Chipparone was undergoing surgery late yesterday at Stanford University Medical Center, spokesman Walter Hangad said. Chipparone’s condition was upgraded from serious to fair.

Chipparone, an employee of Alamillo Steel in Benicia, was part of a construction team building a new Highway 101 on-ramp at the site of the former Airport Hilton. He was helping guide a steel cage that was being lowered by a crane onto a concrete foundation when the crane’s 150-foot boom collapsed, severing his right leg, which surgeons were unable to reattach.

A serious citation refers to safety violations that could cause harm or death.

SFO is undergoing a $2.4 billion face-lift intended to expand the airport’s capacity.

About 40 million passengers are expected to transit through SFO this year. By 2006, that number is expected to shoot up by about 11 million. Much of that increase is expected to come from flights to and from Asia.

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