Crane Accidents

Fatal Boom Overturn


Taunton, Massachusetts

A man died on Monday after the boom lift he was using overturned in Taunton, Massachusetts.

The man, 48, was using a Genie 65 or 85, owned by NES, to inspect a chimney at a school in the town when it appears to have gone over backwards as he boomed up to maximum elevation with a short boom while working on a slope. The man was employed by local contractor Skytline Contracting and Roofing.

OSHA is investigating the incident and confirmed that it had been reported as a fatal construction accident. A wrecker truck was quickly called in to pull the stricken boom lift back on to four wheels and then lift it onto and NES truck.

It  looks like a case of operating the  machine on an excessive slope with the machine in its least stable configuration.

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The machine was quickly uprighted ready for loading

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