Friday, July 16, 2010
July 16th, 2010
Erlangen Germany A mobile crane tipped over backwards during what sounds to be a tower crane dismantle at a sewage treatment plant. The mobile crane operator was sent to the hospital be ambulance. The damage was already listed at 1.5 million dollars.
The crane was said to have tipped over backwards. The picture doesn't quite show that, but appears to have been overloaded or had poor support under the outriggers as he was booming down to set the load down. What sometimes happens is a job is scaled (panned) out for where the crane needs to sit in order to make the pics off of the tower crane. If the person doing the scaling doesn't consider where the load must be set down as a factor, and the operator is willing to turn the key in order to get the work done, you may end up in this situation.
To be fair to the Mobile Crane Operator, the pictures don't show the ground and the article doesn't talk about cause. It's quite possible that the ground he was sitting on was back fill and not compacted enough. He easily could have been given poor information as well which would point the finger at someone else.
Posted by Gaytor Rasmussen at 2:19 PM