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Negligent Worker Barely Escapes Death

08/24/99

Accident occurred on I-15 reconstruction project ($3 billion highway renovation to complete in 2001) when the operator, without aid of a spotter backed his crane (boom raised) on a closed section of new freeway into a 46kv line to avoid automobiles parked in the work area. (Operator had been running Read More

Crane Flips at Dock

07/22/99
Crane Topples Over at Pier (1)

This machine was extracting pipe pile, working from a barge. The job involved replacing the Pier structures with new floating units. With the extractor and pile on the hook, the machine had seven degrees (7deg) of working radius. The barge was not ballasted, nor was the crane secured to the Read More

Manitex Topples Over

04/20/99
Manitex Topples Over - Phoenix, AZ (1)

Phoenix, Arizona The crane was a 2592 Manitex, being used to set aluminum light poles, the operator set one and moved on down the street to set another. Only this time he decided not to extend the outriggers, only set the jacks. Also appears he cheated on the PAT. As Read More

Crane Accident in China

03/27/99

A marine police officer died when a mobile crane which may have been incorrectly operated toppled on to him, an inquest heard yesterday. Kwong Wing-fat, 38, died after becoming trapped under the machine on March 27 last year at Sai Wan Ho marine police station.

Human Error Cited in Port of Oakland Fatality

01/26/99

Oakland, California Chinese worker’s leg was caught in cargo crane Human error apparently led to the death of a Chinese iron worker who was caught in the machinery of a Port of Oakland container crane, sources said yesterday. Miao Yong Jiang, 19, an employee of Shanghai-based Zhenhua Port Machinery Co. Read More

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