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2001 Archive

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Worker Suffers Electrical Shock at Mitchell Paving


Orondo, Washington A Clarkston man was in serious condition today in a Seattle hospital after he was shocked Tuesday at the Mitchell Asphalt and Paving Plant. Clarence Akkerman was airlifted to the Seattle hospital after the 6:33 p.m. accident, said Douglas County Fire District 4 Chief Tom Steichen. Akkerman was Read More

Man Commandeers Crane in Atlanta


Atlanta, Georgia Michael D. Kelly, 23, commandeered large construction crane in Atlanta hangs himself after daylong standoff. The man in a suit climbed up a 200-foot construction crane and held police at bay all day Thursday, reading a Bible, scribbling and, at one point, dropping a blank check as psychologists and Read More

A Loophole You Can Drop a Crane Through


There’s a trillion-dollar industry, a major portion of which has essentially no government oversight.  It happens to handle the deadliest stuff on Earth. I found this loophole by accident after San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) dropped an 80,000 lb object 40 feet on June 1st, 2001 (specifically, a crane Read More

Crane Operator Crushed to Death at Warehouse


Cockeysville, Maryland  A 28-year-old man, Aitor Dorronsoro of Spain, was crushed to death by a stack of steel rail-car wheels at a warehouse in Cockeysville yesterday morning, according to Baltimore County police.

Alpha Crew Does ‘Bang Up’ Job Flexing Robot Arm


Cape Canaveral, Florida The dress rehearsal for an upcoming space station construction job was not quite a resounding success. But it did begin with a resounding thump. As astronauts prepared to test the international space station’s new robotic arm, it unexpectedly released its grip, rebounded and banged into the side Read More

Workers in Critical Condition After Concrete Pump Truck Hits Power Lines


Los Angeles, California More information lost due to broken links.

Crane Falls On Theater


Syracuse, New York More information lost due to broken links.

Construction Crane Accident Causes Power Outage in Downtown Area


Tacoma, Washington More information lost due to broken links.

Roger W. Whitt


Roger died as a result of a fall from a platform of a ladder crane truck. The truck was for sale and Roger was testing it’s capabilities before purchase when a cable broke causing the boom to drop rapidly. Roger was the founder and owner of All Signs in Chillicothe, Read More

Foundation Pile Lost a Link-Belt LS338


Napa, California  It is reported that Foundation Pile lost a Link-Belt LS338 late last week. Apparently they were driving pile with the crane on a railroad trestle and pulled the machine over. Reportedly, it sat in salt water for 5 days until they could re-engineer the trestle to support a 250 ton Read More

Crane Falls, Clipping a South Salem Church

Crane Falls, Clipping a South Salem Church (1)

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

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