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Watertown Man Killed When Crane Tips

11/8/98

Monroe, Wisconsin A 28-year-old Watertown man was killed Monday in a construction accident in Green County, officials said. Donald H. Zache Jr. died after a crane-type machine he was operating got stuck in the soft soil and tipped on its side. He died on the scene at about 1 p.m., Read More

Subway Worker is Killed in Crane Accident

10/10/97

Universal City, California A subway construction worker was struck and killed Wednesday by equipment attached to a crane marking the third fatality this year on the Metro Rail project. The 36-year-old mechanic, Brian Bailey of Reseda, was in an 80-foot-deep shaft when he “walked into the path of grippers as Read More

Insecure Load Claims Life

09/2/97

Morehead City, North Carolina James “Pop” Harvey was helping unload a barge at the port when approximately 3,000 pounds of unprocessed rubber fell on and killed him. Longshoremen said at the time that the incident apparently occurred because one of the four hooks used in lifting the three metal baskets Read More

3 Iron Workers Killed in Airport Garage Collapse

07/31/97

Portland, Oregon Three union Iron Workers were killed July 31 when a 150-foot section of a seven-story parking garage under construction at Portland International Airport collapsed. Killed were Donn Soto, 25, of Portland, a fourth-year apprentice in Portland Iron Workers Local 29; Nick Colouzis, 55, an assistant business agent and Read More

Man Knocked Off Top of Structure

04/8/97

It is reported that Christopher Garris died April 8, 1997, a day after he was injured while sandblasting aboard a ship at Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp. He was knocked off the top of a silo by a crane and fell 30 feet to the deck. According to witnesses, he Read More

Construction Worker Is Killed At Fashion Valley Mall Job

08/30/96

El Cajon, California Cal/OSHA Cites Schuff Steel After Fatal San Diego Crane Accident The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) today issued two citations to Schuff Steel Co., for violations of state workplace safety regulations related to an incident June 4 at the Fashion Valley Mall in San Read More

Laings Fined After Fall Kills Workers

05/26/95

United Kingdom A construction worker from Radlett plunged to his death after an unstable crane toppled over, a court heard on Friday. Anthony Fear, 38, was thrown five storeys to the ground when the work platform he was dismantling came away from the building. Inadequate safety procedures left the platform Read More

Industrial Accident Fatal to Shreveport Man

01/30/95

Shreveport, Loisiana A Shreveport man was fatally injured in an industrial accident at the UOP Shreveport Plant this morning. Galen V. Johnson, Jr., a 42-year-old employee of Louisiana Crane and Machinery, was working as a sub-contractor in a roadway near a UOP manufacturing unit. Caddo Parish Sheriff’s deputies report that Read More

William “Mickey” Johnson

04/27/94

Rosalia, Washington Mickey was working as a rigger and was putting away his gear when the crane turned and he was crushed between the housing and the counterweight. Mic was pronounced dead at the scene. He left behind a wife named Sandy, a step-daughter (Katie) two sons (Kaggen and Nic) Read More

Lowell Sweatt

08/26/86

Killed instantly in a crane accident while working on the Mississippi River. My father was a crane operator foreman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and in a separate incident on the same day, just five hours later, at a different site entirely, another crane operator was killed when Read More

William Cahill

06/16/73

East London, England Age 50, Owner of one of Europes largest crane demolition companies was killed instantly whilst removing cranes from Portsmouth Harbour in Southern England, leaving two sons Tony 19 and William 15 and wife Jean 42. The accident happened in June 1973. William climbed up to the cab Read More

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