Sunday, January 9, 2011

December 13th, 2006

Sienna, Italy. A tower crane collapsed killing the operator. The accident trapped the operator necessitating that hydraulic spreaders be used to free the operator.

The details are few and the only picture that I can find is the one included which certainly lacks clarity to help explain anything. For me, the idea of being trapped or crushed by my crane was the worst part of operating a tower crane. It would be one thing to crash due to a problem, it would be another to survive the crash only to be trapped. Maybe it's that I experience some clausterphobia when I'm squeezed and unable to move. For me, the idea of being trapped is ample motivation to inspect the crane.


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