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Employee Killed in Crane Accident at Jackson Construction Company


Jackson, Missouri Matthew J. Pooker, Age 29. The Jackson Police Department and Jackson Fire and Rescue responded to a deadly accident at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Penzel Construction Company. The police department says workers at the company were making repairs to a crane when on of them became trapped Read More

Michael Simermeyer

Michale Simermeyer

Staten Island, New York Original Story Michael Simermeyer spent the years after his high school graduation working as a cell phone-tower installer for Lucent Technologies — but the family trade beckoned. He became a member of Local 731 of the United Steel Workers of America in November, taking his place Read More

Fatal Crane Boom Collapse

Manitowoc Boom Collapses After Cable Snaps Manhattan New York 2012

Manhattan, New York April 5, 2012 Update: Defects Found in Hoisting System April 7, 2012 Update: Inspector may be partially to blame A crane collapse at West 34th Street and 11th Avenue in Manhattan on Tuesday night left one person dead and four others injured. One injured worker died, Michael Read More

Giant Crane Falls on Pre-war House

Tower Crane Collapses on Pre-war House 2011

Goerge Town One person died while three others were injured when a seven-storey-high crane tower at a construction site toppled and fell on a pre-war house. Bachelor Liang Yit Kwang, 65, who was believed to be sleeping on the second floor of the house, died after he was buried in Read More

Fatal Crane Accident in Osaka Japan

Rough Terrain Crane Falls Osaka Japan March 2012

Osaka, Japan A Rough Terrain crane fell into a river from a temporary bridge in Osaka, Japan, killing the operator yesterday. The 25 tonne crane ended up in the Yodogawa River in Fukushima Ward, Osaka, on Wednesday morning. Police said that the crane had slipped over the edge of the Read More

Crane Overturns Scissor Lift


New Hampshire, United Kingdom A man died in New Hampshire yesterday after the scissor lift he was working from was struck by the hook of a crane. The incident occurred at the site of the Hanover Inn, Hanover New Hampshire. Dana Lowe,53, was working around five metres up, securing steelwork, Read More

Fatal Crane Overturn

Lattice Crawler Crane Crushes Man 2012

Whitby, Canada A crane operator died yesterday in Whitby, Canada, after the boom of his crane came down on him. According to local news reports the man, David Gallagher, 30, worked with Galcon Marine, the owner the crane. The family company has a number of lattice crawler cranes, mostly Koehring Read More

Man Killed in Whitby Crane Accident was Looking Forward to First Child


Whitby, Canada Inside his Barrie home, David Gallagher lined his office wall-to-wall with images of tugs and barges and swiveling cranes, incessant reminders of a life devoted — in work and play — to marine construction. So when he died in a sudden construction accident last week, Gallagher, who was Read More

Fatal Crane Accident in Texas


Leary, Texas A 20 year-old man died in a crane accident at a pipe and steel distributor’s facility in Leary, Texas yesterday. The incident occurred at the Jackson Pipe and Steel Company in Leary, near Texarkana on the border with Arkansas. The man, Stephen Rodney Cutchall, was hit by a Read More

Marshall Man Killed in Crane Accident

Wayne Mead - Backed Over by Crane 2011

Ann Arbor, Michigan Authorities say a man working on a creek restoration project at a park in Ann Arbor was killed when another member of his crew backed over him with a crane. Washtenaw County sheriff’s spokesman Derrick Jackson says the accident happened about 1:10 p.m. Tuesday at County Farm Read More

OSHA Launches Investigation Into Crane Accident


Juneau, Alaska Original Story (11/6/2011) The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating a fatal industrial accident that killed a Juneau crane operator last week. Scott Ketcham, area director for the federal OSHA office in Anchorage, said the investigation began last Friday evening, one day after the Read More

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