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Crane Overturns in Germany


Hörgertshausen, Germany A 50 tonne mobile crane has overturned while lifting a garbage disposal truck in  Hörgertshausen, Germany, on Monday.The four axle Liebherr crane, owned by Beck Mainberg, had been contracted to lift the truck which had become bogged down in the grass and place it on firm ground. Reports suggest Read More

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

Electricity Truck Crane Caught Fire


Charlotte, NC No one was hurt but thousands were without power after a power line struck a crane in the South Park area on Friday morning.                             The incident happened around 11 a.m. in the 1800 block of Carmel Road Read More

Overloading blamed for NY crane collapse

Crane Overloaded in New York

See Update New York Original Story The operator of the crawler crane that collapsed in New York on Wednesday has been blamed for overloading the crane. A statement from the Department of Buildings claims that the crane was lifting a load of 23,900lbs (10.8 tonnes), when the crane’s maximum capacity Read More

Crane Hits School in India

Crane hits school in India

Chennai, India A fruit vendor was killed, while five others, including four children, injured after a crane smashed into the wall of a girls school in Royapettah, Chennai, India yesterday. The crane drive reportedly felt dizzy and lost control of the dated tractor crane, causing it to veer off the Read More

Crane Accident Occurred Prior to Florida Garage Collapse

Crane Accident Miami Florida Parking Garage

Miami, Florida The CEO of the construction firm responsible for a five-story garage that partially collapsed Wednesday said a crane had bumped a column inside the structure earlier this week. However, Ajax Building Corp. CEO Bill Byrne said at a press conference Friday morning that while the crane sustained damage, Read More

Fatal Crane Collapse in India

fatal crane collapse india

Kasimedu, India An articulated pick & carry crane overturned in Kasimedu, India yesterday crushing a slinger as it removed debris from the harbour. M. Selvamani, 45, died at the scene, while another man received minor injuries. The 22 year old crane operator escaped unharmed from the cab and ran off Read More

Crane Worker Saved by Harness

Utility Truck 2012

Rockville, Maryland A man escaped with minor injuries after his aerial lift was clipped by a passing truck on Friday in Rockville, Maryland, USA. The man was working from a utility truck at a busy intersection, the lift was boomed out over an open lane to reach a set of Read More

Too Low for Lift

Lift Smashes Overpass

New South Wales, Australia A truck mounted utility platform rammed a bridge in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, earlier this morning, ripping it from its chassis. The driver appears to have stowed the lift correctly, but simply under estimated the height of the bridge or was unaware that his platform, Read More

Don’t Forget the Boom

Mobile Crane Collapse Florida 2012

Cooper City, Florida A utility/bucket truck overturned in Cooper City Florida yesterday after the operator failed to stow the boom before hitting the road. The lift headed down a multiple lane avenue and eventually struck an overhead traffic light beam, causing it to overturn. As it went over the truck Read More

Workmen Rescued After Crane Flips Backwards

Crane Flips Backward in China 2011

Henan Province, China Three workers were left stranded 40ft in the air after their crane toppled backwards in China. Firefighters were called to the crane to rescue the trapped workmen in China’s Henan Province. Footage shows the fire crews reaching the men in a cherry picker to return them safely to Read More

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