Crane Accidents

Strong Winds Take Crane Jib

07/26/18

Strong winds took a luffing tower crane jib over the back in a Melbourne, Australia on Monday night, July 24.

The crane, a Raimondi owned by sales and rental company Clark Cranes was working on a Rescom site in the Richmond area of central Melbourne when the wind caught the jib and took it over the back, coming to rest against the stops. According to Michael Clark of Clark Cranes the crane had not been left to weather vane properly, and the jib angle was not set at the correct angle.

A total of 88 people were evacuated from nearby properties, and local roads were closed, while work to stabilize the crane began at first light. A mobile crane was also called in, ready to dismantle the crane.

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