Crane Accidents

Crane collapses at OU Medical Center; No One Injured

02/24/09

Oklahoma

A crane being used for construction at OU Medical Center collapsed Tuesday but caused no injuries, authorities said.

About 7:45 a.m., the tip of a crane stationed east of Lincoln Boulevard at Stanton Young Boulevard broke and collapsed, said fire Battalion Chief Tommy Iago. Workers wrer using the crane to set construction forms when the tip, about 5 feet wide and 25 feet long and weighing around 500 pounds, broke and fell 75 feet to the ground, Iago said.
The part only hit construction forms below and caused no injuries.

Iago said the fire department has responded to several crane accidents in the past year.

State lawmakers are considering new regulations and licenses for crane operators.

A painter was killed in a crane collapse in October in downtown Oklahoma City when an aerial bucket toppled, and an onlooker was killed in July when a crane lifting a church steeple collapsed in south Oklahoma City.

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