Crane Accidents

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January, 2000 Archive

Homes and Businesses Lose Power After Crane Accident


Van Nuys, California Another preventable accident. Look up and live. Power lines DO NOT move. Operators swing cranes into them. Two power line related accidents with one death this month is NOT acceptable. It is shameful, to say the least.

Township Man Killed


Indiana Township man killed in Arkansas on a building demolition project.

Crane Topples on Building Project

Crane Topples Building Loveland Colorado 2000

Crane tipped over while setting iron on a new building. Luckily, no one was injured in this accident.

West Virginia Legislature Approves First Bill


The first bill to pass the legislature in 2000 allows crane operators six more months to comply with a state certification law. The House of Delegates approved it Thursday, January 20, 2000. The Senate delayed its vote until Friday so all Senators could be in attendance. Governor Underwood signed legislation Read More

Dogman Fatally Injured


Australia Early indications are that the crane jib came into contact with 22Kv overhead lines.  The accident occurred at the corner of KNUTSFORD and WRIGHT streets in BELMONT, a PERTH suburb, on January 12, 2000. The matter was reported in the WEST AUSTRALIAN newspaper the following day and again on Read More

Coming Up Through The Ranks


A “green” crew can put grey hairs on your head faster than heavy loads and bad ground conditions. So can over zealous foremen who’s prime focus is production. A key point that I always keep in mind now is….The Operator Has The Final Say…. Coming up through the ranks was Read More

Crane Slides Off Road Due to Ice

Crane Slides Off Icy Road Colorado 2000

The operator didn’t chain up to back up a icy driveway. Thirty minutes to put chains on the tires would have prevented this accident.

Fatal Construction Accident at the Future Home of the Academy Awards


Hollywood, California Francisco Javier Mendoza Jr., 24, of Norwalk apparently was at the bottom of an 80-foot parking structure excavation for the $430 million “Hollywood & Highland Development” when he was hit.  Los Angeles fire Capt. Steve Ruda told reporters near the accident site in the 1700 block of North Read More

A 65 Ton American Off the Chart in Mexico


More details lost due to broken links.

David McCoy III


Virginia Wednesday, six days after he was thrown from the cab of his 42-foot straddle carrier after it was broadsided and knocked over by another one. A resident of Suffolk, McCoy had been a crane operator in the Norfolk International Terminals port facalities for five years. He was a member Read More

Crane Tips Over While Moving Home

Mobile Crane Topples While Lifting Home 2000

Spokane, Washington A crane moving a manufactured home tipped over Monday in West Spokane’s Thorpe-Westwood Neighborhood. The crane was turning the home around to put it on a foundation when it tipped. The crane operator jumped to safety before the big machine fell all the way to the ground. The Read More