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Tower Crane Jib Buckles

Tower Crane Buckles in Switzerland 7-12-2013 11-50-51 AM

Uetendorf, Switzerland The jib of a tower crane working on a construction site in Uetendorf near Thun, Switzerland buckled last week dropping its load into the site. The crane, owned or contracted by the Thun based contractor Läderach Weibel, was lifting what looks like a skip full of supplies and Read More

Fatal Tower Crane Incident

Tower Crane Fatality 7-12-2013 10-56-25 AM. #2

St. Georgen ob Judenburg, Australia A crane operator died after the tower crane he was operating collapsed in central Austria last Tuesday. The operator, 58, was said to have been carrying out routine lifts on the job site in St. Georgen ob Judenburg to the north west of Graz, when Read More

Heavy Rain Takes Crane

Heavy Rain Takes Crane 7-9-2013 1-10-06 PM

Cullowhee, North Carolina Torrential rains caused a 50 ton crawler crane to slide into the Tuckaseigee River in Cullowhee, North Carolina (south west of Ashville) last week. The crane, an FMC Link Belt of some vintage, was being used by the North Carolina Department of Transportation on a bridge replacement Read More

Crane Accident Injures Man, Knocks out Power in No. Utah County

Crane Powerline 7-9-2013 12-48-05 PM

Cedar Hills, Utah Two construction workers narrowly escaped serious injury Monday morning after their crane came in contact with a high-voltage power line. That accident also caused a power outage throughout the north end of Utah County. From a blown-out tire to melted plastic and burned sod, even a trench Read More

Crane Lifting Sightseers Overturns

Crane Collapse Neuenstadt am Kocher Germany 6-26-2013 2-21-23 PM

Neuenstadt am Kocher, Germany Five children and eight adults were injured earlier today when a crane lifting them overturned in Neuenstadt am Kocher, to the north east of Heilbron in southern Germany. The crane, a four axle All Terrain owned and operated by crane rental company Scholpp, was lifting a Read More

Crane Fall Kills Two Workers


Bangkok, Tailand A construction crane at a condominium site in Bangkok fell to the ground on Saturday and crushed two workers to death.  The crane is believed to be a tower crane. The crane fell from the fifth floor of the Supalai Park condominium in Soi Phetkasem 25/3 opposite Siam Read More

Crushing Incident in Pittsburgh

Crush Pittsburg 6-21-2013 10-12-13 AM

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania A bridge inspector lost his life yesterday after he was crushed between the boom lift he was using and a steel bridge beam. The man, Tripat Mann, 58, reportedly an employee of the MA Beech Group, was inspecting a bridge over the I-279 highway in the north of Read More

A four Axle All Terrain Crane Almost Overturned

Crane Almost Overturn Poland 6-18-2013 1-10-43 PM

Poznan, Poland A four axle All Terrain crane almost overturned in Poznan, Poland, yesterday, after the wheels on one side punched through the tarmac road surface into an underground void.                                         Read More

Operator Charged In Crane Collapse In Stamford Harbor

Operator Arrested Stamford Harbour Marina in Connecticut 6-21-2013 11-13-39 AM

Update from 5/22 Report : Stamford Harbor Marina in Connecticut State Police arrested the man who was operating the crane that collapsed in Stamford Harbor several weeks ago. Richard Dufresne, 44, of Poughquag, N.Y., was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, operating a crane without a license and operating an unregistered crane, Read More

Man Trapped under Crane Boom Dies

Man Dies under a boom 6-12-2013 2-08-24 PM

Albuquerque, New Mexico A man was crushed by the boom of a mobile crane yesterday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The man was declared dead by the emergency services shortly after they arrived on the scene. Details are very sketchy with conflicting reports, the incident occurred at the premises of steel Read More

Lucky Escape after Edinburgh Crane Drops Load

Edinburgh Load Drop 6-12-2013 1-29-05 #2

Edinburgh, Scotland Stunned onlookers said they were amazed no-one was killed when a crane’s load-bearing straps snapped, showering heavy building materials on to the road below. Three people were injured when the timber and glass came crashing down on Great Junction Street, Leith, at 10.40 am yesterday. Witnesses said a Read More

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