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Fatal Crane Incident in Melbourne


One man has died and two are injured, one very seriously, after a tower crane dropped a fully loaded 53 cubic feet skip of concrete onto the men, who were working in the pour area below. The incident occurred on the site for a new 12 story apartment block on Read More

Crane Causes Building Collapse

Building Collapse 9-4-2015 2-08-31 PM

Smithfield, Rhode Island A crane placing steel-work apparently caused the collapse of a steel structure at Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, on Tuesday injuring six men and crushing two boom lifts and a telehandler. According to one of the steel erectors, the incident occurred when the operator of truck crane, Read More

Twin Fatality from Suspended Platform

Twin Fatality 9-4-2015 1-50-05 PM

 Limerick, Ireland Two men died on Saturday after a man basket suspended from a loader crane dropped into the river in Limerick, Ireland. Three men working for an unnamed sub-contractor were carrying out repairs to the Thomond Bridge from a man basket slung from the hook of a Palfinger articulated Read More

Tower Crane Failure

Tower Crane Failure 8-28-2015 3-38-56 PM

Bavaria, Germany A tower crane broke in two on Friday, landing on a house under construction in the town of Kreuth –Plötzlich, Southern Bavaria, in Germany. The tower of aging self-erecting crane – which has a two section tower and a jib of around 25 meters – appears to have Read More

Climbing Collapse

Climbing Collapse 8-7-2015 1-35-26 PM

Melbourne, Australia A large luffing jib tower crane dropped onto the top of the lift shaft of the building it was working on this morning in Melbourne, Australia, after something failed while it was being climbed and tower sections added. The crane has remained upright and within the building, but Read More

Crane Fatality at Penn State


State College, Pennsylvania A Man died on Friday evening while de-rigging a crane on the campus of Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania. The man Jerod Chapman, 29, of American Ornamental Iron, was helping de-rig the crane when another person is reported to have knocked out a pin causing part Read More

Bucket Truck Drops Tree Trimmer

Bucket Drops Trimmer 6-5-2015 1-29-08 PM

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania A man was seriously injured yesterday after a lift cylinder on a truck mounted lift failed, dropping the bucket to the ground. The man, Joe Henry, 41, was working from a 2006 Altec lift in the Springdale area of Pittsburgh when the rod on the main lift cylinder Read More

Minnesota Telehandler Fatality

Telehandler Fatality 3-6-2015 2-13-55 PM

Rochester, Minnesota A man was killed on Friday when a telehandler attachment, or fork carriage, broke free and dropped on him at a hotel construction site in Rochester, Minnesota. The man, Ben Baird, 30, was standing under the CAT TL 1055 at the time, and was rushed to hospital with Read More

Boom Drops on Pizza Hut

Crane drops on Pizza Hut 2-13-2015 1-51-22 PM

Barrow, Furness in the UK We have received information and a photograph of an incident in Barrow, Furness in the UK on Tuesday evening, where the superstructure of a telescopic truck mounted lift broke free from its chassis, causing the boom to drop on to the roof of a Pizza Read More

Crane Outrigger Catches Cars

Outrigger 2-8-2015 6-46-53 PM

 Farnham, Surrey, in the UK The outrigger beam on a city type All Terrain crane badly damaged three cars as it extended while travelling to a job in Farnham, Surrey, in the UK yesterday. The crane, a two axle Demag owned by Terranova Crane Hire, was driving down a residential Read More

Loader Crane Failure

Loader Crane Fail 10-24-2014 2-13-59 PM

UK A Copma 990 loader crane mounted on a four axle truck, owned by York, UK-based A.Rhodes Haulage, collapsed, following a structural failure whilst placing a Portakabin Titan temporary building. The 99 tonne/meter loader crane’s articulated joint at the top of the turret/superstructure suffered a major failure causing the four Read More

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