Crane Accidents

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August, 1999 Archive

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Crane Operator Dies After Crane Falls on Him

Crane Crushes Missouri Operator

Bridgeton, Missouri A heavy-equipment operator died Wednesday crane he used to lift roof trusses at a construction site in Bridgeton toppled over on him, pinning his chest and right arm to the ground. Russell Willenberg, 60, of the 10000 block of Alliance Drive in Dellwood, either jumped or fell from Read More

Electrical Arch Jumps from Power Lines


Ontario, Canada Crane was set up next to 60KV line within legal operating distance (confirmed by measurements.) Load that was to be picked (concrete pads) was set directly under lines. Ironically the person who placed the material to be picked was himself a crane operator, operating a loader or forklift Read More

Negligent Worker Barely Escapes Death


Accident occurred on I-15 reconstruction project ($3 billion highway renovation to complete in 2001) when the operator, without aid of a spotter backed his crane (boom raised) on a closed section of new freeway into a 46kv line to avoid automobiles parked in the work area. (Operator had been running Read More

Lightning and Crane Safety


I’m an occupational safety inspector in our state labor department, and some questions about lightning safety during crane operations came up during an inspection of a concrete pour for a bridge piling. A subcontractor had a crawler crane holding a 70-foot long rebar cage in place in a 6-foot wide steel cylindrical Read More

Mechanic Killed at Port of Long Beach


Long Beach, California A 40-year-old mechanic was crushed to death Friday while working 200 feet above ground on a cargo crane in the Port of Long Beach.

Tower Crane Collapse While Assembling


Frankfurt, Germany Three men died when the 40 metre high tower crane that they were assembling in Frankfurt, Germany, collapsed on August 20th. Two of the men were on the jib at the time, the third was in the cab. More deaths were almost caused by the fact that the crane Read More

Man Killed by Crane Load


Winnipeg, Canada An out-of-control crane led to the death of a Winnipeg construction worker Thursday. Police say the crane was lowering a steel beam when the load shifted, striking the 20-year-old man.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Crane Accident

Beatrice Wastewater Treatment Plant Crane Collapse

Beatrice, Nebraska A 40-year-old man was killed when the boom on a crane buckled and collapsed at the Beatrice Wastewater Treatment plant late Thursday. City and Gage County officials said Mike Genschork was standing on the building’s roof and 69-year-old Kenneth Hollingshead of Kansas was in the crane’s cab trying Read More

Tornado Topples Crane at Mormon Church

Tornado in Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah A Scientific Report by Clayton Brough, Climatologist, KTVX Dan Brown, HMT/Webmaster, NWS David James, Geographer, BYU Dan Pope, Meteorologist, KSL Steve Summy, OPL, NWS An F2 tornado touched down in the metropolitan area of Salt Lake City. The tornado lasted ten minutes and killed one person, injured more than 80 people, Read More

Crane Fatality in Indiana


Lebanon, Indiana A report came in today about a crane related accident that resulted in the death a man. It happened two or three weeks ago near Lebanon, Indiana. The report was confirmed and the information is being sent by snail mail. As soon as it is available it will Read More

Man Falls 40′ From Crane


Vidor, Texas A 36 year old man was killed Wednesday July 28th when he fell from a crane while changing light bulbs on a store sign. Investigators said Mark Edmond Robichau fell about 40 feet after the safety chair he was strapped into fell from the end of a “cherry Read More

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