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Crawler Crane Overturn

04/14/15
Crawler Crane Over 4-15-2015 2-14-57 PM

Virginia Beach, Virginia A crawler crane flipped over backwards at a bridge site in Virginia Beach, Virginia yesterday. The crane, a somewhat dated FMC Linkbelt, belonging to McClean Contracting – the main contractor on the $79 million Lesner Bridge replacement project – was lifting a load when the ground appears Read More

Boom Overturn Due to Ground

02/5/15
Boom Overturn 2-8-2015 6-07-45 PM

Roosendaal, the Netherlands A boom lift overturned earlier today in Roosendaal, the Netherlands when the ground – gave way under one of its wheels.                                 The machine was only partially extended         Read More

Crane Overturns in New Jersey

12/30/14
Crane OT New Jersey 1-9-2015 3-28-14 PM

 Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey A Rough Terrain crane overturned yesterday in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey, seriously injuring a man on site.                                         The operator was thrown from the cab Read More

Crane into the Void

12/11/14
Crane into the Void 12-12-2014 1-29-07 PM

Haute Savoie region of France A self-erecting mobile tower crane overturned onto the roof of a famous hotel/restaurant in France on Monday, after one of its outriggers punched through the tarmac drive into an underground void.                             Read More

Two More AT Incidents

12/3/14
AT Incident 12-5-2014 1-51-42 PM

One in Norway and one in Germany Readers have reported two more mobile crane incidents last week, both involving four-axle All Terrain cranes, in Norway and one in Germany. In the most recent incident, a four-axle All Terrain crane owned by Sarens, occurred Monday morning on a building site in Read More

A Lucky Escape

12/2/14
Lucky Escape 12-5-2014 1-32-00 PM

Bolzano, Italy A crane operator had a lucky escape at the end of September when the ground gave way beneath one of his outriggers, in Bolzano, Italy, causing his four axle All Terrain to overturn.                               Read More

Crane Drops Boat

11/28/14
Crane Drops Boat 12-5-2014 1-03-18 PM

Auckland, New Zealand A three axle All Terrain crane overturned in Auckland, New Zealand this morning dropping the boat it was lifting onto a house. No one was seriously hurt in the incident, although the crane operator was treated in hospital for what was said to be a minor leg Read More

Roto Telehandler Overturn

11/13/14
Roto Telehandler 11-12-2014 3-48-39 PM

Stuttgart, Germany A 360 degree telehandler overturned in Kernen, near Stuttgart, Germany yesterday after the ground gave way beneath one of its outriggers. The machine, a large Merlo Roto owned by telehandler and access rental company Induma Rent was working with a suspended load at the towns new community center. Read More

Another Ground Incident

11/8/14
Ground Incident 11-12-2014 3-27-01 PM

Hengelo, Netherlands A 3.5 ton truck mounted lift overturned in Hengelo, Netherlands yesterday after one of its outrigger jacks broke through the bricks on the sidewalk/pavement.                                   The machine’s outrigger punched through the paved Read More

Crane Closes Road

11/6/14
Crane Closes Road 11-12-2014 3-12-43 PM

Lorena, Texas A truck crane caused a major traffic backup in Lorena, to the south of Waco, Texas, yesterday, closing Interstate 35 while it was recovered. We are not quite sure what happened, we were told that the crane became stuck and started to overturn in the soft ground. Two Read More

Fatal Crawler Crane Overturn in South Africa

11/4/14
Fatal Crawler S Africa11-5-2014 3-07-54 PM

Upington, South Africa A large lattice boomed crawler crane overturned in South Africa yesterday killing two and injuring four others. The crane was working on a construction site of a new solar power plant, around 40 kms from the town of Upington in the Northern Cape, when it went over Read More

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