Tuesday, December 21, 2010

April 14th, 2006

Tampere, Finland. A tower crane operator was killed when his tower crane tipped. It didn't hit the ground, but it would appear that in the process the cab was struck by a collapsing jib, or at least deformed in the process.

The crane was on rails and properly counterweighted. There really doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the crane specifically. For some reason, the end of the rails were removed, taking the interlock ramp to shut down the bogie motors down out of the equation. At the same time, this removed the end of rail buffers as well. the crane ran off the rails and down it went.

This has been done at the end of the job before in St Petersburg killing 3 there. No Buffer or stop. I know of others that I just haven't posted as of yet. There are an extra few hours left in the schedule. There really is no excuse for this type of behavior, but we see it all too often.

torninosturin romahtaa

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