Crane Accidents

Load Drops on Operator


Graz, Austria

A loader crane operator was seriously injured yesterday in Graz, Austria, while loading his truck with formwork elements.

The man, 29, had lifted the two formwork panels down from the first floor of a building in the Jacomi region of the city, and swung them over the top of some telephone wires, when they slipped out of the slings holding them. They then dropped and at least one of them struck the operator standing below.

He suffered a severe head trauma and was placed in an induced coma and taken to hospital where his condition is said to be serious.

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