Crane Accidents

Crane Wheel Falls in Hole

09/27/12

Hilversum, Netherlands

A man using in boom lift in Hilversum, the Netherlands had a lucky escape yesterday after a wheel of his machine dropped into a void.

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The man was operating the Genie S-85* – rented from Gunco – just off of a busy road, working at a height of around 13 metres or so when one of the front wheels punched through the block surface and into a large void.

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The machine, which weighs over 16 tonnes*, tipped over sideways, with the counterweight coming to rest on the ground, while the platform landed in a tree.

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The operator did not appear to have been wearing a harness and was very lucky in the way the lift fell and the fact that it was cushioned in the branches of the tree.

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He was later rescued by the fire service using a rescue platform.

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The machine was extracted from its hole by a large wrecker with loader crane and appeared to be relatively undamaged. A lucky escape all round.

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