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2004 Archive

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Crane Driver Rescued from Above Burning Building

05/18/04

Wollongong, Australia A crane driver has been rescued by firefighters from his rig above a burning building in Wollongong, south of Sydney. Smoke enveloped the crane driver after fire broke out below him on the top floor of a four-level steel milling structure in suburban Coniston at about 9.30am (AEST), Read More

Company Received Victoria’s Second Largest Fine for a Fatal Workplace Accident

03/31/04

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Original Story (08/05/2001):  Construction Worker Crushed to Death at Southbank Fred Smith, 53, was killed on a Southbank work site when a 20 tonne counter weight fell from a crane in August 2001. Balderstone Hornibrook pleaded guilty to three charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act Read More

Paul Hanson

03/29/04

Waretown, New Jersey Age 31, died Monday at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center, Rahway, of a work-related injury. He was a 1991 graduate of Toms River High School North, Toms River. He was an excellent guitar player and played in his own band, Gypsy Feed, with three of his best Read More

More Training Needed for Crane Operators

03/25/04
Poor set-up accounts for over 60 percent of all crane tip-overs

Crane Operators Don’t Have Certification Requirements, but Hairdressers Do U.S. Department of Labor statistics indicate that from 1984 to 1997 construction fatalities averaged about 1,150 individuals a year, of which crane-related fatalities averaged about 50 a year. It was perceived that with the introduction of voluntary operator certification across the Read More

Charles “Charlie” Jordan

02/17/04

Stratford, Connecticut He had been a crane operator for 33 years. He was working on the new Sikorsky Memorial Bridge at the time of his death. He and another crane operator were dismantling a section of the old bridge when tragedy happened. As they were lifting a huge, long, heavy Read More

State Fines St. Clair Shores Firm in Two Electrocution Deaths

02/10/04

St. Clair, Michigan Original Story (11/08/03):  Two Killed as Crane Contacts Power Line $16,950 a paltry sum, says one victim’s mom. According to a state report released Monday, Klee Construction Co. committed eight code violations – including one willful violation – in allowing its employees to work at a site Read More

Osha: Safety Precautions Weren’t Taken Before Fatal Crane Accident

02/10/04

Tilford, Pennsylvania Original Story (08/21/03):  Three Workers Killed when Crane Touches Power Line More information lost due to broken links.

Vosha Warns Crane Operators to Be Safe in Wake of Tragic Accident in Pennsylvania

02/8/04

Tilford, Pennsylvania Original Story (08/21/03):  Three Workers Killed when Crane Touches Power Line More information lost due to broken links.

Human Error Cited in Fatal Crane Accident

02/4/04

Tilford, Pennsylvania Original Story (08/21/03):  Three Workers Killed when Crane Touches Power Line More information lost due to broken links.

State Withdraws Disputed Citation

01/28/04

San Diego, California  Original Story (05/14/2003):  Crane Accident Shuts Down I-5/805 Merge The state’s occupational safety agency has closed its investigation into the May crane accident that shut down the Interstate 5/805 merge, withdrawing the citation it had issued over the incident. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Read More

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