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Construction Worker Dies After Hit by Crane Counterweight


Atlantic, Iowa More information lost due to broken links.

Ceiling Crane Weight Crushes Man’s Leg and Hand


 San Jose, California  Roger Talbot, 49, was using a ceiling crane to move a heavy piece of equipment from one part of a room to another at the Water Pollution Control Plant, 700 Los Esteros Road, police spokeswoman Officer Gina Tepoorten said. Suddenly, a 700-pound counterweight on the crane shifted Read More

City Employee on Mend after Crane Accident


Auroa, Illinois Jim King was using a crane to help erect a light pole near McCoy and Venuti drives, near Westfield Shoppingtown Fox Valley, when the two pins holding the two parts of the counterweight in place broke, according to city officials. A portion of the weight fell from about Read More

United Crane Topples at New K-mart

United Crane Topples at New K-mart

Austin, Texas This was the an operator error. In a hurry, forgot counterweights.

Accident Forces Delay of Mexico Freeway Opening


Mexico City, Mexico Officials have been forced to delay opening of a new freeway section – the most visible construction project of recent years in the capital – following an accident that seriously injured two workers. Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador told a news conference on Thursday that it might Read More

Construction Worker Crushed to Death at Southbank


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Update (03/21/2002):  Union Slaps Work Ban on Baulderstone Update (05/31/2004):  Company Received Victoria’s Second Largest Fine for a Fatal Workplace Accident It is reported there was a fatal accident involving a 300D Favelle tower crane today. Apparently, a rigging crew was climbing the crane and either through Read More

Foundation Pile Lost a Link-Belt LS338


Napa, California  It is reported that Foundation Pile lost a Link-Belt LS338 late last week. Apparently they were driving pile with the crane on a railroad trestle and pulled the machine over. Reportedly, it sat in salt water for 5 days until they could re-engineer the trestle to support a 250 ton Read More

160 Ton Demag Tipped Over

160 Ton Demage Crane Collapse

Tacoma, Washington Rumor is they had 130 foot of stick out, but did not have all the counterweight on. When they made their lift, the crane went over. Some equipment was damaged and one person injured when they jumped off a 15 foot ladder to get away. March 28, 2001 Read More

Waste of a Good Boom


Dulac, Louisiana  A Manitowoc 4100 was loading out drill rig at night. The operator had a high boom angle, crawled in reverse direction of boom, tracks no longer on the mats, over came center of gravity, counterweight took down the rear, boom went past the stops and laid out over Read More

Phillips Crane and Rigging Accident


El Campo, Texas The crane was a 75 ton Liebherr, working at an oil rig site. While moving the crane on mats, with full counterweights, the crane was swung over the side (no load?) and the crane fell over backwards onto its side. The operator had one section of boom Read More

Worker Killed in Crane Accident


Port Richey, Florida According to witnesses, Mark J. Holcomb, went to duck under a hoisted beam to get a different vantage point when the counterweight on the crane broke off. The beam then dropped, striking Holcomb.  Holcomb worked for Charles Evans, a subcontractor on the home being built by Lexington Read More

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