Crane Accidents

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August, 2012 Archive

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Overhead Crane Drops A Luxury Yacht


Russia When you spend loads of cash on a yacht, you expect it to be well taken care of. Not so in this case, where a crane operator in Russia dropping some unlucky millionaire’s luxury ride into the water. Fortunately, Bloomberg caught it on video.

DOTD Crane Overturns in Southern Monroe

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Monroe, Louisiana A Department of Transportation and Development crane being used to construct a bridge on Martin Luther King Drive in southern Monroe toppled Tuesday afternoon, filling a drainage canal with dirt. According to Charles Westrom with the Monroe public works department, the crane fell when loose dirt underneath it Read More

OSHA Investigating Howland Boom Truck Accident that Caused Power Outage


Bangor, Maine Original Story A federal workplace safety agency is investigating why a Cianbro Corp. bucket truck’s arm was extended enough to knock a power line onto a passing car on Coffin Street and cause 1,100 utility customers to lose electricity for several hours on Wednesday, officials said Thursday. The woman driving Read More

Lucky Escape for Crane Operator

Crane Flips Backward in Malta

Malta A 59 year old crane operator had a lucky escape when his crane overturned in Malta earlier this week. The crane, an ageing Coles Hydratruck owned by contractor and block manufacturer Schembri Barbros, was lifting scaffolding materials down over a part of Valetta’s historic bastion walls when it tipped. Read More

Woman Trapped in Car After Construction Crane Topples Power Line

Construction Crane Traps Driver

Howland, Maine 8/23/2012 Update: OSHA Investigating A woman is trapped inside her car at a rotary in Howland because a construction crane knocked some power lines down onto her car as she was driving through the rotary. The incident happened at 10:00 o’clock Wednesday morning. Cianbro is the contractor on the Read More

Fatal Tree Trimmer Accident in Fort Lauderdale, Flordia

Tree Trimmer Electrocution

Fort Lauderdale, Florida A veteran tree trimmer who was shocked Tuesday afternoon while trying to cut down a towering tree remained hospitalized, officials said. City officials said on Wednesday that previous information they received indicating that the unidentified worker had died was incorrect. The incident happened about 3:20 p.m. in Read More

Bus Driver Saves from Power Line Accident

Crane Crash Involving Power Lines

Toronto, Canada A quick-thinking TTC driver drew praise for keeping 29 passengers safely on her bus Monday after a crane collapsed on Kipling Avenue, trapping the vehicle under a fallen hydro pole and surrounding it with live electrical wires. Toronto Hydro worked for an hour and a half to secure Read More

Harness Saves Michigan Window Washer


Grand Haven, Michigan A man’s harness saved his life on Sunday when his boom lift went over in the town of Grand Haven, Michigan. Gregory VanCleave was employed by Fish Window Cleaning to clean the windows of the Ottawa County Courthouse. He was working on the third floor windows, using Read More

Homeless Man Falls from Crane in California


La Quinta, California A homeless man, Joseph Vaccaro (age 51), was left in a critical condition after falling 15 metres from a crane in La Quinta, California late Wednesday night. The police were alerted by local residents who spotted the man climbing the crane, however he had either fallen or jumped before Read More

Crane Collapse Halts Metra Service for Hours


Chicago Robert Truman, of Bolingbrook, was at Chicago’s Union Station on Wednesday afternoon planning to head home on Metra’s Burlington Northern Santa Fe line when he learned he would have to make new travel plans. A crane being used to install a new signal bridge over the BNSF tracks in Read More

Truck Crane Collapses on to New Jersey Home

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Neward, New Jersey Repair crews are cleaning up after a truck crane toppled over on to a home in Newark, N.J. Thursday afternoon. According to Medi Mohammadish, director of engingeering for the city of Newark, a tree removal company was cutting down a very large tree in the backyard on Read More

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