Crane Accidents

Wind Crawler Overturn


North West Germany

A narrow track crawler crane overturned on a wind farm in the Emsland region of North West Germany yesterday as it traveled between turbines.

We are not quite sure which crane it was, local reports suggest it was a 200 ton telescopic, while others say a 500 ton. We were unaware of any cranes of that size or type on a special wind farm chassis. It is most likely a Terex CC2800-1NT or Liebherr LR1600/2W  lattice crane on wind farm chassis.

The crane was travelling with what looks like a small lattice extension on top of the boom and a good deal of counterweight. The three meter wide track is edged with special paving blocks, which on this section had been apparently been disturbed. As the crane moved past or over them they gave way and the crane rolled over sideways and into a ditch.

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The overturned crane

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A view from behind

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