Crane Accidents

Fatal Crane Overturn


 Crestmore, California

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.

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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.

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The operator’s cab was badly crushed

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