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This article was originally published on October 12, 2023 on Vertikal.net.
A crane operator had a lucky escape this week when the crawler crane he was working with overturned on a site in Waterford, Ireland.
The crane, which appears to be a 50 tonne Hitachi lattice, was working for BAM construction on the Waterford North Quays development. It was apparently installing sheet piles on Tuesday morning when the ground appears to have given way causing the bank to collapse and the crane to go over. Thankfully the operator was unhurt.
The crane was installing sheet piling at the time.
This article is reprinted from the WESH article written by Gail Paschall-Brown on October 4, 2023. The orginal article also features a video on the accident.
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —
It was an incredible scene in Orange County when a big mobile crane tipped over and pinned a construction worker underneath.
One person was killed, and another person was also hurt. The crane toppled onto a red minivan.
It happened at Heather Glen apartments in Hunters Creek just off John Young Parkway.
A witness tells WESH 2 that a construction site worker was pinned underneath the crane’s arm.
“It’s really a tragic moment. I’m hearing that one person has died and taken away,” resident Shahul Shaik said.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office says one person was taken to the hospital and later died.
The sheriff’s office adds the crane overturned and fell down an embankment.
Orange County Fire Rescue says another patient was transported to Advent Health in Kissimmee with minor injuries.
“From my apartment, this is very near. I think three or four buildings away. Usually, I take that same route every day,” Shaik said.
He says, thankfully, he and his children weren’t hurt, adding the accident happened just after 3:10 p.m. as he was walking them home from school.
“It’s pretty sad,” Alejandro Bracamonte said.
He says his kids were just coming home from school, too. They live right across the street from where the crane fell.
“It was pretty shocking at first, and I was walking home with my friends, and one of my friends almost started crying because of it,” Diego Bracamonte said.
His sister Sam said, “There were a bunch of police and ambulances plus fire trucks, and well, it was pretty tragic.”
One of the patients was a crane operator, but a spokesperson for Orange County Rescue says she can’t confirm if it was the operator at the time of the incident.
Firefighters say there were several other construction workers nearby.
Orange County Fire Rescue Crews were also busy cleaning up the diesel that the crane leaked. About 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid leaked from the crane.
This is still an active investigation.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office believes OSHA will investigate this industrial accident.
This article is reprinted from KSLTV.com originally published on October 23, 2023. There is a video on the accident at the link.
FARMINGTON — Utah’s State Bureau of Investigation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration are working to figure out what led to the death of a construction worker on Monday morning.
Utah Highway Patrol’s Lt. Mike McKay said the fatal accident happened at a worksite along Interstate 15 near Glovers Lane at approximately 9 a.m.
“We had a crane that was being disassembled by some construction workers,” McKay said. “A portion of that crane came loose, crushing one of those workers.”
Workers were sent home after the accident that killed the 42-year-old man. UDOT spokesman John Gleason says the incident was especially tough on contractors on the scene who had been working closely together over the last couple of years on the construction of the West Davis Corridor.
“To have something like this happen where we lose a member of the of our construction team, it’s hard to process,” Gleason said. “It’s hard to it’s hard to know what to say because there isn’t anything that you can say that can express what this family’s going through and what the workers out on our project are going through.”
No one else was hurt in the accident, and no other vehicles from the nearby interstate were involved, McKay said.
“A lot of a lot of workers were traumatized today, there on the scene,” McKay said.
Gleason added that it will take some time before investigators could determine what went wrong.
“It’s just a terrible thing, “Gleason said. “And, you know our hearts and our sincere condolences go out to the worker who lost his life and to his family and friends.”
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