The boom and jib of a loader crane literally snapped off as it was lifting a pallet of old roof tiles from the side of a house in Amstetten, Lower Austria. The broken part of the boom along with its jib/upper boom fell onto a scaffold that ran along the side of the house on which four men were working.
The four men were thrown from the scaffold, two of them, an 18 and 48 year old were badly injured suffering a number of broken bones, while their colleagues a 19 and 20 year old were relatively unharmed.’
The latter accident is highly unusual and only a full and detailed investigation of the boom structure will shed any light on what happened.
Category: Accident Report