A crane operator died last week when his crane overturned in Crestmore, near San Bernadino, California.
The man, Judge W. Lightfoot, 63, a master crane operator, was operating a three axle 75 ton lattice truck crane and appears to have been free on wheels, when it went over sideways and landed on the cab, crushing it and killing Lightfoot.
The crane seems to have been free on wheels
The incident occurred in the yard last Monday, while it was being checked over, prior to going out on a job the following day. The local fire department said that the crane was being prepared to load onto a trailer when it went over. It added that Lightfoot had shouted a warning to those in the area to keep clear as the crane started to go.
The operator’s cab was badly crushed