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10 Years Ago Today: Big Blue Crane Collapse

Big Blue Crane Collapse 1999

The Original Today marks a somber anniversary in Milwaukee history. 10 years ago today, the “Big Blue” crane collapse killed three workers at Miller Park. “There’s a major accident at the stadium here,” said a man making the 911 call at the construction site of Miller Park on the day Read More

4 Settle Post-traumatic


“Big Blue” Collapse Four workers who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of the Big Blue crane collapse in July 1999 at Miller Park have reached an out-of-court settlement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America and nine other defendants. The settlement, reached late in July, just months before a Read More

Windows’ Settlement Reached in Crane Deaths at Miller Park


Milwaukee The families of three ironworkers killed in a 1999 crane collapse at Miller Park have reached a settlement in their lawsuit against insurance companies and the contractor hired to install the ballpark’s roof, their attorney said Monday. The exact amount was not disclosed, but Robert Habush, the lead attorney Read More

Huge Roof Payout Put Back in Play


The state Supreme Court on Friday overturned a lower court ruling that threw out a $94 million award to the families of three ironworkers killed in the 1999 Big Blue crane collapse at Miller Park, but significant legal issues remain before the case can be settled. That was the net Read More

Miller Park Case Arguments Heard


MADISON — The contractor hired to install the roof at Miller Park intentionally disregarded the rights of three ironworkers killed in an accident, an attorney argued Thursday. William DeGrave of Kimberly, Jeffrey Wischer and Jerome Starr were killed in 1999 when a crane collapsed as they tried to guide a Read More

Jury Awards $99.2 Million in Miller Park Accident


“Big Blue” Collapse A jury ordered two companies to pay $99.2 million to the widows of three ironworkers killed when a crane collapsed at the construction site of Milwaukee’s new baseball stadium, Miller Park. All but $157,500 of Friday’s award must be paid by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America. The Read More

“Big Blue” Crane Accident of 1999

Big Blue Crane Collapse 1999 - Animation

“BIG BLUE” the tallest crane in the world (almost 600 feet) fell this afternoon at the sports stadium under construction in Milwaukee of the baseball stadium Miller Park at about 5:15 P.M. The 450 ton load coupled with 30 mile an hour winds caused the gigantic tower crane’s integrity to be Read More