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Man Injured in Fall From Crane

03/28/01

A Canosia Township man was listed in serious condition Tuesday night after a 25-foot fall at a construction site in Hermantown. Adam Sadler, 49, reportedly fell from a hydraulic basket, or cherry picker, after a main hydraulic seal on the truck broke, Hermantown Fire Chief Ron Minter said. The accident Read More

Glynn Littlefield

03/9/01

Killed when the anti-two block system failed and the ball snapped from the cable and fell hitting him in the face. He left behind one son, Gary Littlefield and daughter, KaiCee Lopez. He has 4 grandchildren, Jordan, Jack, Andy and Charlie. Glynn worked for Agra Foundations for 20 years and Read More

Boom crashes

02/3/01

New Iberia, Louisiana Second report from Louisiana today — Operator started his Manitowoc 4000 on cold morning, went to safety meeting while crane was warming up. At the meeting a loud crash was heard. The boom raised up as it was warming. High angle kick out was not functioning, boom Read More

Another Good Boom Wasted

02/3/01

New Iberia, Louisiana Second report from Louisiana today — Operator started his Manitowoc 4000 on cold morning, went to safety meeting while crane was warming up. At the meeting a loud crash was heard. The boom raised up as it was warming. High angle kick out was not functioning, boom Read More

Crane Drops Work Basket With Two Men In It

10/5/00

Virginia Crane drops work basket with two men in it. Two construction workers are recovering after a crane-supported basket they were standing in fell 20 feet toward the ground before coming to an abrupt stop.  The two men injured Wednesday morning are listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries. It Read More

Gantry System Fails

08/4/00

Houston, Texas It is reported that one end of the gantry system failed and dropped the heater coil on the railcar as it was being lifted. It was also reported there was only minimal damage to the heater coil.  Phillips Crane & Rigging gantry crane collapsed while lifting a heater Read More

Crane Accident at Steel Mill — 10 injured

08/2/00

Birmingham, Alabama Crane accident at Birmingham, Alabama steel mill leaves 10 injured. 08/03/2000 update: Broken coupling behind explosion.

Crane Collapse Crushes Car, Taking Out Power

06/8/00

Oakland, California When Mike Williams conveniently parked his car Wednesday morning along 3rd Street near Jack London Square, he had no idea a huge pile-driving crane would collapse onto his 1983 Nissan Stanza, crushing it. Power knocked out The 110-foot “hammer” crane, plummeted while driving a pile at a construction Read More

Crane Flips Over Into Canal

06/2/00
Crane Flips Into Canal Punta Gorda Florida 2000

Punta Gorda, Florida The operator of a crane and the machine he was operating dropped off a seawall and landed in a canal on a Burnt Store Isles construction site Thursday. At the site at the end of Port Bendres Drive, the machine tipped over on its side. Another crane Read More

SPA Crane Derails

05/6/00

One of the State Ports Authority’s 900-ton container cranes ran off its rails Thursday night, disrupting operations at the Wando-Welch facility, the port’s biggest and busiest terminal. A metal pin that normally secures the giant crane to the wharf apparently dropped into a hole while the crane was slowly moving Read More

Gantry Crane Collapsed on Bridge Job

04/10/00

Daytona, Florida Engineers have figured out why a block-long construction gantry collapsed last week: Its manufacturer left out a few pieces. Broadway Bridge construction officials said only the tail end of the massive horizontal crane actually collapsed 10 days ago, a section about one-tenth the total length of the structure. Read More

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