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Nine Hurt as Crane Crashes Into a Car

03/4/08

United Arab Emirates Nine Asians were injured seriously in a horrific vehicle pile-up after a mobile crane crashed into one car, hit a cement road barrier and brought down an electric pole at the busy National Paints roundabout here yesterday afternoon. The diesel from the crane spilt on to the Read More

One Dead, One Missing as Offshore Crane Fails

02/28/08
One Dead, One Missing as Offshore Crane Fails (1)

Offshore  We’ve received a report in confidence regarding a crane boom failure on an offshore rig leading to one fatality and another person still missing. On 20th February a crew on the jack-up rig Rowan Gorilla IV in the Gulf of Mexico was installing ropes in preparation for re-entry into Read More

Runaway Crane Hits Car, Misses Three Homes

09/4/03

Cooperstown, New York Jeffrey Rogers’ Wednesday morning started like most others, but it went downhill fast from there. Rogers was driving a large mobile crane to Cooperstown on his way to the site of the new Meadows complex south of the village when the vehicle lost its brakes coming down Read More

Crews Handle Accident Involving Nuclear Missile Rocket Propellant

09/4/03

Cheyenne, Wyoming It is reported that a specialized crane used to move and disassemble the pieces had a malfunction (mechanical failure) in the hoist’s hydraulic system as it was lifting the missile section out of the silo.

Greg Larsen

02/4/03

Howell, New Jersey Greg, age 35, was killed when a crane was said to have malfunctioned allowing a cable to slip and setting the piling free to fall vertically. His brother, Thor Laresen, was killed in a work related construction accident two years prior. Both brothers are dearly missed by Read More

One Killed in Construction Accident

09/17/02

High Point, North Carolina It is reported that a construction worker was killed when a crane collapsed at a north High Point construction site. It was caused by a mechanical failure.

Crane Topples at Stono Bridge Site, Injuring One

09/13/02

Charleston, South Carolina Second time in month heavy equipment failed on job. More information lost due to broken links.

A Crew Was Erecting Precast Wall When the Lifting Lugs Failed

12/20/01
A Crew Was Erecting Precast Wall When the Lifting Lugs Failed (1)

Location unknown As per the report sender, “It seems it was an engineering problem rather than a rigging problem. The crane is a 100 ton Link-Belt. The panel was removed without any further harm.”  

Roger W. Whitt

06/6/01

Roger died as a result of a fall from a platform of a ladder crane truck. The truck was for sale and Roger was testing it’s capabilities before purchase when a cable broke causing the boom to drop rapidly. Roger was the founder and owner of All Signs in Chillicothe, Read More

Bath Iron Works Crane Accident

06/4/01

Bath, Maine OSHA CITES NEW JERSEY-BASED MARINE CONTRACTOR FOR SAFETY VIOLATIONS AFTER FATAL CRANE PLUNGE INTO KENNEBEC RIVER The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Weeks Marine, Inc. for willful, repeat and serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act following a fatal accident in Read More

Mechanical Failure — Controlled Incident

05/25/01

 Miami, Florida  It is reported that a GCI crane was working on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach with 125′ main and a 55′ jib when a mechanical problem developed. The operator said he lost both boom functions. While towering the crane down for further inspection, about half-way down the boom Read More

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