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Contractor Cited in Jan. 9 Queens Crane Collapse


Update from previous article Queens, New York Crane operator, contractor cited in Jan. 9 Queens crane collapse that injured 7 construction workers Crane operator Paul Geer and contractor Cross Country Construction have each been cited with five violations in the collapse. The Buildings Department said the operator didn’t inspect the Read More

Texas Oil Rig Worker Sues Employer After Crane Accident


Marshall, Texas After being struck by a stack of winches weighing around 5,000 pounds, a Longview oil rig worker has filed a personal injury lawsuit that claims he was injured due to the use of a non-certified crane. Edward Hatt filed suit against Energy Drilling Co. on Oct. 14 in Read More

Lubbock Family Reaches Settlement In Wrongful Death Suit


Lubbuck, Texas  Original Story (09/26/03):  Lubbock Construction Worker Electrocuted What was expected to take two weeks took less than one day. A wrongful death lawsuit was settled Tuesday before testimony could begin. That means Deerwood Construction, Trumble Steel Erectors and Trumble Crane and Rigging will pay the Tankersly family $3.1 Read More

Company Received Victoria’s Second Largest Fine for a Fatal Workplace Accident


Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Original Story (08/05/2001):  Construction Worker Crushed to Death at Southbank Fred Smith, 53, was killed on a Southbank work site when a 20 tonne counter weight fell from a crane in August 2001. Balderstone Hornibrook pleaded guilty to three charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act Read More

OSHA Cites Weymouth, Mass., Employer in Waltham Tipover Death, Stresses Need for Proper Worker Training to Prevent Similar Deaths


Waltham, Massachusetts Brite Lite Electrical Co., Inc., of Weymouth, Mass., has been cited for four alleged serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act and faces $14,700 in fines following the Nov. 24 death of Dennis O’Neil of Tewksbury, Mass. O’Neill was working in the bucket of an aerial Read More

Union Pacific Railroad Auto Accident Litigation


Washington Original Story In 2001, JoAnne Beffert was parked in her pick-up truck in the Seattle Union Pacific railroad yard, waiting to give a co-worker a lift. Suddenly, a wheel on a 175,000 pound “piggy packer” crane, broke through a concrete lid on the yard surface, causing the crane to Read More

Widow Sues Columbia for Spider-Man Death


Downey, California Original Story The wife of a crew worker who died on the set of the upcoming Spider-Man movie has sued Columbia Pictures. The wrongful death lawsuit filed Wednesday in Superior Court seeks unspecified damages. A call to Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, wasn’t immediately returned early Thursday. Read More

Man Sues Waco Business for Injuries During Accident


Waco, Texas A consulting engineer who was struck by a falling wall at a Clayton Homes plant in Waco is suing the mobile home manufacturer for his injuries. Kenneth C. Coffing of Clearwater, Fla., is seeking unspecified damages in his lawsuit (April 20), filed this week in Waco’s 74th State Read More

Machu Picchu Sacred Stone Damaged


Lima, Peru Man Gets 6 Years for Machu Picchu Damage A massive crane being used to help film a beer commercial toppled over damaging a stone sundial in Peru’s famed Inca ruins of Machu Picchu, officials said Monday. The Intihuatana, or “hitching post for the sun,” is a granite block Read More

Worker Seriously Injured in Big Dig Accident


Bad rigging was the cause. OSHA cites four Big Dig contractors for violations. Injured worker wins $8 million settlement.

Crane Accident with 3 Fatalities

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London, England The three workmen killed when a crane snapped and plunged 400 feet in London’s Docklands have been named. The dead men were Peter Clark, 33, from Southwark, London; Martin Burgess, 31, from Castleford, West Yorkshire; and Michael Whittard, 39, from Leeds. Health and safety investigators are continuing on-site Read More

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