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Washington Original Story In 2001, JoAnne Beffert was parked in her pick-up truck in the Seattle Union Pacific railroad yard, waiting to give a co-worker a lift. Suddenly, a wheel on a 175,000 pound “piggy packer” crane, broke through a concrete lid on the yard surface, causing the crane to Read More
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Original Story (08/05/2001): Construction Worker Crushed to Death at Southbank Members of the Electrical Trades Union yesterday voted to ban work on future Baulderstone Hornibrook construction projects in protest at a shady deal revealed last month at the royal commission into the building industry. A mass meeting Read More
Jacksonville, Florida A 45-year-old Jacksonville man died yesterday after plummeting nearly 10 stories from a crane at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand Avenue site. Sgt. Jim Parker of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the crane operator, whose name was not being released pending notification of next of kin, was just Read More
Florida After setting a headwall for underground drainage. The operator backed the crane away from the site in sugarsand with the boom straight up. As the pictures show, the swing lock was not engaged. The outrigger pad hung up on a 30′ long submersible pump lying on the ground, on the Read More
Fort Lauderdale, Florida On 03/15/2002 a 46-year-old Sunrise man broke his leg after he fell 15 feet at a construction site at Broward General Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale. George Jackson fell when a concrete roof panel being lifted by a crane snapped in two pieces. Reportedly, he was attaching Read More