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Close Call for Big Truck Mount

01/17/14
Close Call 1-23-2014 2-19-06 PM

Newcastle, Australia A 54 meter truck mounted lift lost balance near Newcastle, Australia when the ground gave way under one of its outriggers. Fortunately the boom came to rest against the pylons of the high tension power line that it was helping to install – as far as we know Read More

Tandem Lift Overturn in Caracas

12/19/13
Tandem Crane Overturns 12-19-2013 12-17-17 PM

Caracas, Venezuela We have received photographs of an incident involving two five axle All Terrain cranes in Caracas, Venezuela last Friday.                                               The overall scene The incident occurred Read More

Mobile Tower Crane Over in Netherlands

12/2/13
It looks as though an outrigger might have sunk/punched through the road surface

Nieuwegein, Netherlands A self-erecting mobile tower crane has gone over in a shopping street in Nieuwegein, on the south side of Utrecht in the Netherlands, no one is hurt and damage is relatively minor. The incident occurred just before 8:00 this morning and thankfully the operator was on the ground, Read More

Crane Goes Over on Wind Farm

11/21/13
Crane Goes over on Wind Farm 11-22-2013 11-05-33 AM

Düren-Echtz, Germany A 750 ton All Terrain crane overturned yesterday on a wind farm in Germany as it was moving – partially rigged – between turbine installation areas.                         The overturned crane The crane, a new Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 Read More

Two Hurt in Boom Overturn

11/8/13
Boom Overturn 11-11-2013 3-46-18 PM

Torquay, UK Two men were injured yesterday evening in Torquay, UK after they drove their articulated boom lift over a culvert cover which collapsed under the weight. The two fell around six meters or so and escaped with leg injuries, they have now been released from hospital. The incident occurred Read More

Fatal Crane Overturn

10/22/13
Fatal Crane Maplewood 10-24-2013 11-13-33 AM

Maplewood, Minnesota A lattice truck crane overturned yesterday in Maplewood, near Minneapolis/St Paul, Minnesota trapping the crane operator in his cab.                         The overturned crane The operator Cory Lewellin, 34, was operating the crane, owned by Truck Crane Service of Read More

Lucky Catch Near Bordeaux

10/17/13
Lucky Escape Bordeaux 10-18-2013 11-25-32 AM

Bordeaux, France A crane operator in Bordeaux, France, had a lucky escape on Tuesday after the ground collapsed under one of his outriggers and his load caught on the building.                                         Read More

Loader Crane Overturn in Hamburg

09/26/13
Crane Overturn in Hamburg10-3-2013 3-31-29 PM

Hamburg, Germany A large loader crane overturned yesterday in Hamburg, Germany with the boom landing on an occupied home. The incident occurred in Hamburg-Niendorf while a knuckle boom crane was attempting to lift a load from the back end of a building. The boom crashed through the roof of the Read More

Sinkhole Takes Crane

09/12/13
Crane Swallowed by Sink Hole 9-19-2013 6-57-21 PM

Dongguan, Guangdong, China A three axle truck crane dropped into a large sinkhole that opened up on a road in Dongguan, Guangdong, Southern China earlier this week. The 25 tonne Zoomlion QY25V crane was simply travelling along the road when the ground opened up and swallowed it. We understand that Read More

RT Overturns at Marina

09/7/13
RT OVERTURNS 9-10-2013 2-31-52 PM

Fall River, Massachusetts A cab down Rough Terrain crane overturned at a marina in Fall River, Massachusetts – south of Boston – yesterday. The incident occurred at the Borden Light Marina and involved the marina’s own crane a 14 ton Bucyrus Erie C-280BD from the 1970’s.  From the photos that Read More

Telehandler Overturns at Wind Farm

09/5/13
Telehandler Overturns 9-6-2013 12-45-21 PM

Kehrig, Germany A telehandler working on a wind turbine farm in Kehrig, Germany overturned on Monday injuring the driver. The telescopic handler, a four tonne JLG 4017PS, was assisting with work being carried out on a wind turbine when it went over sideways. The driver suffered an injury to his Read More

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