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Two Workers Fall to Death in Accident at Kingdome

08/18/94

Seattle, Washington A construction crane accident at the Kingdome killed two people and injured one Wednesday night, authorities said. Two workers sandblasting the stadium ceiling fell some 250 feet when a basket affixed to the top of a crane broke loose, a Seattle Fire Department spokeswoman said. As it fell, 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

Lampson Crane Overload

02/8/93
Overload Crane Queensland Australia 1993 (1)

The cranes are owned by Lampson, however, Lampson personnel had no involvement in the lift. What made the M4100WS2 tip? The M4600WS5 and M4100 lifted the load, no problem. They then tracked sideways. During the tracking, the site personnel noticed the M4600’s counterweight was going to hit a steel bollard Read More

Lampson 1000T Transi-lift Boom Failure

10/7/91
Lampson 1000T Transi-lift Boom Failure

Beaumont, Texas The accident happened on a Mobil Oil project through the Contractor Kellogg Constructors, Inc. (KCI) The Lampson had just finished picking up a 950 ton vessel (kind of pushing capacity) from the horizontal position to the vertical position, and began its trek to the left (backing up-traveling under Read More

Construction Crane Falls

11/29/89

San Francisco, California 5 Die – High-rise Boom Hits Buildings, Vehicles In San Francisco From his 21st-floor office, Philip Auyoung had watched with fascination for months as construction workers built a high-rise just across the street. But Tuesday he watched with horror as a construction crane toppled, sending three workers to Read More

Doyle Peeks Trapped Under Crane

10/6/88
Doyle Peeks Crushed Under Crane

Doyle Peeks “It is very embarrassing to publicize this, especially since that is me, Doyle Peeks, trapped under that 580 Case. Yes, I gave myself a Dummy Award. I did something dumb. I put the photo here in hopes it may keep someone else from repeating what I did. What I 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

Jerry Sayers

04/17/70

San Antonio, Texas Construction Worker, Age 38, died instantly as the result of a crane accident . He left behind his wife, JoAnn Philips Sayers, children: David Jerry Sayers, age 14 at the time, Amy Sayers, age 13 then, Jody Sayers, age 6 at the time and a step-son he Read More

Billy Donald Yellot

10/31/64

34 years-old, killed October 31, 1964. Left behind 4 children and a wife, Shirley Joe Yellott. He was a member of the Local #450 out of Orange, Texas and was killed on the job. The dragline that he was operating had problems with the tire and he was trying to Read More

Adelbert Clark Wilson

07/13/64
Adelbert Clark Wilson

Denver, Colorado Killed during the construction of the Wadsworth Blvd and Hampden Ave. intersection outside of Denver, Colorado when an incorrect pin was released on the crane he was working under. Del left behind his wife, 2 young sons, his parents, 3 brothers, 3 sisters, and many nieces and nephews. Read More

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