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Operator Escapes Alive

11/15/99
Crane Operator Escapes Alive (1)

Phoenix, Arizona A Link-Belt HC278 was setting tilt panels when the panel that was being lifted slid into one that was being supported by braces. There is quite a bit of damage. The operator jumped from the crane to safety. The oiler got hit with debris, the rumor is that he Read More

Crane Operator in Malibu Injured When Rig Tips Over

11/15/99
Crane Accident in Malibu, California

Malibu, California A crane operator lifting pile-driving equipment for repairs to the Malibu Pier was injured Monday when his rig tipped over and trapped him in its crushed cab. Jeff Patrick, 19, was airlifted to UCLA Medical Center by Los Angeles County firefighters, who worked 90 minutes to free him Read More

Tree Worker Killed in Crane Accident

11/14/99

Lake Zurich, Illinois The crane was a Strato Tower Crane Model AS50

Boomed Into Power Lines Above

11/12/99

Maryville, Illinois An operator of a boom truck (electrical contractor) who was unloading a piece of equipment at Maryville Water Plant in Maryville, Illinois (just outside St. Louis) allowed his boom to contact an overhead power line. Upon contacting the line the boom truck caught fire causing second and third degree Read More

Crane Transportation Tip Over

11/12/99

A crane being transported down I-95 overturned near White Marsh, Md., in Baltimore County, pinning the driver underneath. State police said the driver apparently was trying to exit to the Baltimore Beltway northeast of Baltimore around 10 a.m., when the crane flipped. Police said it was folded down for transport. Read More

Boom Buckles at 160 Feet

11/10/99
Boom Buckles

Boom Length: 160 Feet While attempting to lift a 40′ high X 20′ wide #90,000-pound concrete tilt-up panel, the panel popped loose and swung into the already vertically erected tilt-up panel next to it, causing it to fall on the crane. This started a chain of events that lead to Read More

Unst Mourns Clive After Crane Accident

11/5/99

Algeria THE UNST community was in shock this week after the death in Algeria of Clive Owers, 25-year-old son of Stewart and Shelagh, and brother of Karen and Ross, while working for oilfield services company Schlumberger. Clive was brought up on the island and attended Baltasound Junior High School. He Read More

Collapsing Crane Severs Arm of Operator

11/4/99

A 60-foot crane collapsed in St. Andrew’s Plaza in lower Manhattan yesterday evening, severing the arm of one construction worker after a cable snapped, officials said. The portable crane, which was attached to a truck, came crashing down behind the Municipal Building and in front of the United States Attorney’s Read More

Crane Fell Though a Temporary Road Bridge

10/31/99

Lompoc, California On Friday, a second accident occurred at a Caltrans construction site, when a 35-ton crane working to replace a collapsed bridge fell through a temporary road bridge and toppled, injuring the operator. Cal-OSHA closed down the site and is investigating. The crane accident Friday morning, which left its Read More

Crane Boom Crushes Worker in Marco Island

10/30/99

A 30-year-old man died Friday from injuries caused when a crane boom toppled over, pinning him to the deck of a barge anchored near a Marco Island construction site.

Australian Dogman Electrocuted

10/29/99

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia A 28 year old dogman was killed when roofing iron he was placing contacted powerlines. I think this is about the sixth or seventh death of a crane crew member due to electrical contact this year. The accident occured on a building site in Melbourne Victoria Australia. Read More

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