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Crane Boom Collapse in Malta

Boom Collapses Lifting Concrete Slab

Valetta, Malta An investigation is being conducted after a crane boom collapsed whilst lifting  concrete at City Gate, Valletta. The Infrastructure Ministry said the accident happened around 10:45 this morning and the cause is not yet known. No injury or damage was caused as a consequence of the accident apart Read More

Crane Dangles from NYC High-rise

tower crane high gusts manhattan new york

Manhattan, New York 11/4/2012 Update – Tower Crane Secured 11/2/2012 Update – What to do with the Tower Crane? A construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds Monday and dangled precariously, prompting plans for engineers and inspectors to climb to the top Read More

Crane Crushes Fanciest Car in the Lot

car gets crushed by crane

Gits, Belgium An All Terrain crane overturned onto a rare car last week in Gits, Belgium – to the south of Brugge. Thankfully no one was injured or hurt in the incident. The crane, a 110 tonne Tadano Faun ATF 110G-5 owned by Mather crane hire of Ardooie was lifting Read More

Aerial Stokes Basket Rescue of Ill Crane Operator


Luxembourg Fire crews in Mondercange undertook a demanding rescue task yesterday at a site on rue Limpach to rescue a crane operator who became unwell in his cab. He had to be rescued from a height of 30 metres, beyond the range of their ladders, thus a rescue involving a Read More

Mechanic Killed in Fatal Crane Accident at Port of Oakland


Oakland, California A man died at the Port of Oakland after being crushed by a crane Wednesday morning, a California Division of Occupational Safety and Health spokesman said. The crane crushed the man at about 9:30 a.m. at Berth 37 of the port, Cal-OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said. The man, Read More

Officials Identify Maui Worker Killed in Crane Accident


Maui, Hawaii A crane operator at a Kahului business was fatally injured this morning when the crane tipped over, crushing him beneath it, Maui police said. Police identified the victim as Ronald Nakasone, 62. Nakasone was moving equipment in the baseyard of Hawthorne Pacific Corporation, 470 Hana Highway, when the Read More

Articulating Crane Overturns in Australia

Articulating Crane Overturns in Australia

Darwin, Australia Two people escaped injury when a crane toppled over at Royal Darwin Hospital. A 40-year-old female crane operator and a 21-year-old man were shaken but uninjured in the accident. It is the second incident involving Darwin-based company AM Cranes and Rigging in a week. Mark “Biggles” Bigmore was Read More

IPAF Records Third Quarter Accident Report Results


The International Powered Access Federations’s accident reporting project shows that there were 26 deaths resulting from 25 accidents worldwide involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), from January to September 2012. Results for the last quarter reveal that there were seven fatalities from six accidents that Read More

Crane Goes Over in Norway

mobile crane tips in norway

Haugesund, Norway A mobile crane overturned in Haugesund, Norway last night while lifting a tower crane jib. The crane operator was pulled out of the cab by work colleagues and was apparently unhurt. The crane, a five axle All Terrain owned and operated by Nordic Crane was we understand removing Read More

Crane Accident Causes M2 Motorway Delays

crane driving accident closes lanes

Sydney, Australia A Crane accident has caused major peak-hour traffic delays on Sydney’s M2 motorway. Westbound lanes were closed in the Beecroft area for several hours following the accident, and drivers were advised to avoid the motorway. A crane travelling west hit an overhead traffic sign on the Pennant Hills Read More

Tower Crane Collapse in Sotogrande


Sotogrande, Spain A tower crane is reported to have collapsed near to the fairway of the Alcaidesa golf course near Sotogrande, Spain, due to neglect. No one was hurt in the incident and property damage was minor. According to local reports the crane is one of many in the area Read More

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