Crane Accidents

Port Crane Topples, Operator Injured

07/27/09

Wilmington, Delaware

Firefighters rescued a worker at the Port of Wilmington this morning when the crane he was operating toppled, trapping him inside.

Wilmington firefighters arrived about 8:50 a.m. to find the crane, which had been lifting turbines, fallen on its boom. The operator was trapped about 30 feet above the ground, said Capt. Richard S. Danner, fire department spokesman.

Firefighters used a port fork lift truck to lower the operator to awaiting New Castle County paramedics, who treated him for a shoulder injury and leg scrapes. He was taken to Christiana Hospital and admitted in stable condition, said paramedics spokesman Cpl. Peter T. Small.

The rescue was completed within 25 minutes of firefighters being dispatched.

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