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Power Line Contact

11/19/99

Sante Fe, New Mexico A 35 Ton Hydraulic Truck Mount was booming up in the companies own crane yard and got into the power lines. POWER LINES IN A CRANE YARD, WHAT’S UP WITH THAT! There were no reported injuries, however, the crane appears to be a total loss.

Boomed Into Power Lines Above

11/12/99

Maryville, Illinois An operator of a boom truck (electrical contractor) who was unloading a piece of equipment at Maryville Water Plant in Maryville, Illinois (just outside St. Louis) allowed his boom to contact an overhead power line. Upon contacting the line the boom truck caught fire causing second and third degree Read More

Australian Dogman Electrocuted

10/29/99

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia A 28 year old dogman was killed when roofing iron he was placing contacted powerlines. I think this is about the sixth or seventh death of a crane crew member due to electrical contact this year. The accident occured on a building site in Melbourne Victoria Australia. Read More

More Power Lines Struck

10/22/99

High Point, North Carolina A telescopic-boom truck crane struck power lines while the operator was preparing to lift roof trusses

Power Line Accident

10/17/99

Plano, Texas A 278H Link-Belt and a 6275 Krupp were placing bridge beams on the new highway 190 in Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. The beams were being placed with a crane attached to each end of the beams. Half way through one lift the 6275 Krupp broke the Read More

Electrocutions Kills One & Injures Two

09/11/99

East Allen Township Electrocution killed a Trunzo Employee and injured two others. OSHA follows with investigations.

Crane Knocks Out Power

09/9/99

Chapel Hill, North Carolina More Details lost due to the broken / missing links.

Electrical Arch Jumps from Power Lines

08/25/99

Ontario, Canada Crane was set up next to 60KV line within legal operating distance (confirmed by measurements.) Load that was to be picked (concrete pads) was set directly under lines. Ironically the person who placed the material to be picked was himself a crane operator, operating a loader or forklift Read More

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

New Jersey Crane Accident Shuts Rt. 80 for Hours

07/8/99

Parsippany, New Jersey Eastbound Route 80 was shut for four hours yesterday morning, after a crane struck high tension wires, State Police said. Traffic had to be diverted off the interstate approaching milepost 46.5 following the 3:10 a.m. accident, Sgt. Al Della Fave said. Crane operator Robert Vonsee, 34, of Read More

Operator Killed Due to Crane Contact with Power Line

06/22/99

Melbourne, Australia This is the third power line related death posted to this site in less than a week.

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