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September, 2000 Archive

35 Ton Lorrain Crane Tipped Over


Beulah, North Dakota A 35 ton Lorain crane tipped over at the Dakota Gasification Plant at Beulah, North Dakota. The operator was driving with a piece of fiberglass ductwork hanging from the hook.  No outriggers were out and about 40 feet of boom was extended. The load was not tied Read More

Three Survive Electric Shock


Geneva Three men suffered electrical shocks Tuesday afternoon at the site where workers are building a bridge and a new intersection at Keslinger and Peck roads. Jeff Hobbs, 45; Noel Joldstetter, 31, and Frank Gecan, 44, were taken to Delnor-Community Hospital in Geneva after they were shocked while holding onto Read More

A Manitowoc 888 Crane Involved in Accident

Large Lattice Boom Buckles 2000

A Manitowoc 888 owned by Bragg Crane & Rigging was involved in an accident on Thursday. The crane operator had just released the load after people told him that a chord on the luffer was bent and the crane was making strange noises. The operator was booming down to check Read More

Crane Touches Power Line (17th Time in 2000)


Punta Gorda, Florida Another crane boom touches power line.  This is the 17th power line accident report we’ve received this year. Electric power to 1,777 Punta Gorda residents was knocked out Thursday morning after a crane on a barge in a Punta Gorda Isles canal struck a power line. The Read More

T250 P&H Tipped Over

Overloaded Crane Tips Due to Operator Error Australia 2000

Australia The main thing is no one was hurt, but it’s the same old story about operators that cannot read load charts correctly. He had 31 metres of hydraulic boom out with his fly jib also attached and he was working at a radius of 14 metres on his main Read More

Crane Boom Falls Across Expressway


Hong Kong Two drivers narrowly escaped death yesterday when a crane toppled over in high winds and smashed into their vehicles outside the Western Harbour Crossing. Siu Po-lung, 39, was hit by flying glass when the crane smashed into his goods van and came to a halt 8cm above his Read More

Manitex Recall


Models: Manitex 2892S Year 1999-2000 Dates of manufacture: January 1999 – September 2000 Defect: On the partial outrigger operating modes there exists capacities that exceed the manufacturers load chart. This increases the possibility of tipping the crane. Remedy: Immediately discontinue use of the partial outrigger operating modes. PAT America will send new software to Read More

Crane Boom Falls

Hoist Releases & Sends Tower Crane to Ground Ohio 2000 (6)

Cheshire, Ohio A crane boom fell on 9/12/00 at the Gavin Power House project in Cheshire, Ohio. Rumor has it that “the boom hoist let go” which the pictures also seem to indicate. It is also reported the crane is a Lampson Crane. There were no injuries.

Power Line Accident Claims Life


Newport News, Virginia A cable installer who was electrocuted when he touched a high-voltage line in Fairfax County Monday morning was identified yesterday as Ricky R. Hughes, 42, of Newport News. Police said Hughes was installing cable television lines as a subcontractor for Cox Cable. About 10:30 a.m., Hughes was Read More

Machu Picchu Sacred Stone Damaged


Lima, Peru Man Gets 6 Years for Machu Picchu Damage A massive crane being used to help film a beer commercial toppled over damaging a stone sundial in Peru’s famed Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, officials said Monday. The Intihuatana, or “hitching post for the sun,” is a granite block Read More