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Tower Collapse in Germany

Tower Collapse in Germany 11-11-2013 3-39-26 PM

Dachau, Germany A tower crane collapsed on a construction site in Karlsfeld, just outside of Dachau, Germany on Tuesday. The self-erecting lattice tower crane was said to have been lifting a concrete foundation when it toppled. The operator was controlling the crane from the unit’s remote controls and was not Read More

Firefighters to the Rescue

Firefighters to the Rescue 10-4-2013 12-45-23 PM

Vösendorf, Austria Another example of fire fighters being called in to rescue men trapped/stranded in a boom lift, rather than using the emergency descent procedures. Three men were trapped in a boom lift at a height of around 30 meters  in Vösendorf, Austria last night after the machine stopped working. Read More

Rope Rescue

Aerial Lift Rescue 9-19-2013 7-22-07 PM

Butte, Montana Fire crews rescued a man stranded in a boom lift in Butte Montana, last Thursday, he was working on the head-frame of the closed Belmont copper mine. In recent years many of Butte’s dozen or so distinctive head-frames have been restored and illuminated with red LED lights, they Read More

Big Articulated Crane Overturns

Articulating Crane Overturns Switzerland 8-27-2013 11-51-00 AM

Lupfig, Switzerland A 50 ton capacity articulated crane overturned last week while making a lift in Switzerland. The crane, a large Effer, was lifting a load onto a private house in Lupfig near Arrau, when one of the machines massive outriggers buckled causing the whole machine to tip forward. The Read More

Two Ladies Stuck in the Trailer Mounted Lift

Stuck in Lift Netherlands 8-23-2013 12-48-09 PM

Vlaardingen, Netherlands Two women had to be rescued earlier this month from a trailer mounted lift in Vlaardingen, near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.                                               Help arrives to rescue Read More

Crane Goes Up in Flames

Crane Goes up in Flames 7-26-2013 2-16-25 PM

Lüneburg, German A crane caught fire whilst driving on a road to Lüneburg, German in the early hours of yesterday morning. What looks to be a 750 tonne Liebherr LG1750, owned by German based joint venture crane rental company Neeb-Schuch, was reportedly travelling on the A39 road towards Lüneburg when Read More

Stranded in Bath

Stranded in Bath 7-26-2013 1-58-43 PM

Bath, New York Two men had to be rescued from a boom lift in Bath, New York on Friday, after their aerial lift failed. The incident occurred at Machuga Contracting in the town, when owner Rick Machuga and an unnamed photographer became stranded after taking an aerial view of the Read More

Spider Lift Rescue in Scotland

Spider LIft Rescue 6-7-2013 11-37-20 AM

Aberdeen, Scotland A man had a lucky escape from a spider lift yesterday in Aberdeen, Scotland after the machine tilted over due to one of the outriggers raising. The machine, a  Hinowa belonging to Height for Hire (The UK one, which is unrelated to Height for Hire in the Ireland) Read More

Crewman Injured as Crane Winch Snaps


Tauranga, New Zealand Updated: Injured Crewman Recovering after Crane Winch Snaps A Filipino crewman is in hospital with serious injuries after the main crane boom collapsed on a logging ship in the Port of Tauranga this morning. The 42-year-old was working onboard the Nordic Visby around 5.30am when the main crane Read More

Two killed in Stark County


Perry, Ohio Two workers outside Timken’s Faircrest steel mill in Perry Township were killed instantly early Saturday afternoon when a massive piece of a crane fell on them. The Stark County coroner’s office identified the men as Brian Black and Mark Tovissi and said both worked for Canton-based Beaver Excavating Read More

Crane Collapses After Fire Engulfs Driver’s Cab


Sydney, Australia Witnesses say a burning crane swayed violently over a central Sydney building site before its arm crashed on to the roof of a nearby building.                                             The crane’s Read More

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