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Fatal Crane Overturn in Alabama


Parrish, Alabama A crawler crane overturned on a highway project near the town of Parrish, northwest of Birmingham, Alabama yesterday killing the operator. The crane was working from a terrace on a sloping job site and looks as though it was preparing to tandem lift some concrete bridge beams, but Read More

Bucket Truck Collapse

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Dunn, Wisconsin A man was rushed to hospital in critical condition yesterday after the boom of the bucket truck he was working from is said to have ‘snapped’ in the town of Dunn, Wisconsin. The man, 50, was trimming trees in the town – which is due east of Milwaukee Read More

Crane Roll

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Scotland, A six axle All Terrain crane left a single track road and rolled into a field in Scotland earlier this week So far we have been unable to trace the exact location of the incident, which involved a six axle Liebherr All Terrain owned and operated by Ainscough Crane Read More

Platform Brings Bridge Down

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Oklahoma City, A delivery truck carrying a boom lift struck a bridge in Oklahoma City at last week, causing a section of it to collapse. The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon when a tractor trailer belonging to Sunbelt Rentals with a JLG articulated boom lift passed under the May Avenue Read More

Runaway Crane

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia A man was lucky to have escaped with his life in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday after a truck crane ran away and collided with his car. The crane – a well used three axle Japanese truck crane – owned by MB Crane Trading & service, was apparently Read More

Crane Operators to the Rescue!

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Sunderland, UK Two crane operators from UK rental company J Hewitt Crane Hire made the newspapers yesterday when they played a key role in the rescue of a family of three from an overturned car on the A19 road near Sunderland. Crane operator and rigger Kieran Edwards was driving the Read More

Tower Crane Drops Jib

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Charlotte Street, London A tower crane jib came crashing down onto the building it was working on in Charlotte Street, London. We have received several reports from readers in London, one of which said that the crane lost its counterweight, although that has not been confirmed. We do know that Read More

Fire Leaves Crane Stranded

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Limeux, France A large All Terrain crane caught fire on Tuesday in Limeux between Amiens and Abbeville in the Somme region of North France. The crane was working on high tension pylons for the grid when the incident occurred, but was not related to the electricity as the lines had been Read More

Fatal Incident in the Netherlands

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Zevenaar, Netherlands One man is dead and another in serious condition after the van mounted lift they were working from was struck by a passing truck earlier today in Zevenaar to the south east of Arnhem, near the border with Germany. The two men are apparently employed by Olbotec, a Read More

Major Construction Crane Accident Hornsby, Sydney, Australia

Tower Crane Accident Hornby, Sydney, Australia

February 26, 2016 Neighbors to a construction site in Hornsby Australia were evacuated after a tower crane collapsed in Hornsby, a town in the northwest of Sydney. Fire and Rescue did not believe that wind was the cause at the time. Three blocks of buildings were evacuated nearby, and cranes Read More

One Dead, 3 Injured, New York City Crawler Crane Crash

Manhattan Crane Collapse Kills and Injures

In what is possibly thought to be a wind-related accident, a crawler crane that was being prepared for disassembly on top of a building in Manhattan Friday, February 5, 2016 fell to the sidewalk, killing one and injuring 3. Witnesses recording video of the crane, as it was being taken down, Read More

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