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2012 Archive

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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

tree brings down crane in new jersey

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

Tower Crane Collapse in Thailand

Tower Crane Boom Buckles in Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand Two construction workers were seriously injured and another knocked unconscious when a tower collapsed on a building site in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. The crane’s tower appears to have pulled out its anchors, throwing clouds of debris and some steel parts into the street and onto nearby houses. Read More

Human Error Caused Crane Crash at Metro Site


Chennai, India Read the original story It was a human error that caused the crane accident last Wednesday at Pachaiyappa’s College underground station site, says a preliminary report submitted by the safety consultant on Monday. The boom of a crawler crane carrying a 17-tonne mesh on Wednesday came crashing on Read More

Fatal Crane Incident in Chennai

Crane Accident Chennai India

Channai, India 8/14/2012 Update – Human Error to Blame There has been another fatal crane incident on one of India’s major metro projects in Chennai last Wednesday night. A crawler crane, a 75 tonne Tata TFC 280, was lifting 25 tonnes of reinforcing bar when the boom buckled, dropping the Read More

Crawler Crane Overturns in New Zealand

Crawler Tips at Milford Sound

Milford Sound, NZ A 55-tonne crawler crane working on a barge in Milford Sound overturned last week after the barge shifted and listed to one side. The boom of the Kobelco SK7055 caught up on a pile saving it from going into the water which is around four metres deep. Read More

3 Dead in Crane Collapse in NW China


Lanzhou, China Three workers were killed after a crane collapsed at a construction site in Northwest China’s Gansu province on Saturday, local authorities said. The accident happened at 10:45 am, when workers were dismantling a tower crane in a residential community in the city of Linxia, according to the provincial Read More

Finger Severed in Valve of Lorry Mounted Crane


Krems, Austria A 28-year old HGV driver had a finger severed in an accident as he worked on a hydraulic valve of a crane mounted on a lorry in Krems.

Man Falls from Aerial Lift in UK


Hertfordshire, United Kingdom A man is in critical condition after falling from an aerial lift yesterday in Chipping Hall, Hertfordshire, south of Royston in the UK. The man, said to be in his 30s, was working in the platform when something caused it to overturn, he sustained a back and Read More

Crane Overturns in Newcastle

Articulating Crane Overturns in Newcastle Australia

Newcastle, NSW, Australia An articulated crane overturned earlier this week in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. We have few details apart from the fact that it is a 25 tonne Franna owned by Borger Cranes and that it rolled while lifting on a road job in Glendale. We understand that Read More

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