Crane Accidents

Crane Falls, Clipping a South Salem Church

06/5/01

Salem, Oregon

Crane tipped over while attempting to set a 48,700 lb concrete wall panel. The incident happened on June 5th.

Crane Falls, Clipping a South Salem Church (1)

The lattice boom failed in the center and folded to the left side. It narrowly missed two men who had no way of escape, with the boom coming down on one side of them, the cables and rigging in another direction.

Crane Falls, Clipping a South Salem Church (2)

A 28,000 lb panel which was braced and sitting on its foundation was knocked loose by the original wall panel and began to fall in on the men.

Crane Falls, Clipping a South Salem Church (3)

As the photos show, the crane boom folded at the perfect angle to catch the falling panel (32ft tall), and break it in half, before pushing it out of the way. The cause of the accident is still unknown.

Crane Falls, Clipping a South Salem Church (4)
The crane is actually owned by Continental Crane of Albany, Oregon, but used to be called Coast Crane. The crane is an old model 100 ton Link-Belt.

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