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Crane boom collapses; no injuries reported

Posted by nahetsblog on January 26, 2010

CASPER Wyoming— A crane boom collapsed near the intersection of East Second and McKinley streets on Monday afternoon.

No injuries and no extensive property damage were reported, said Lee Watts, safety manager for Energy Transportation Inc.

A small utility shed located behind a business was destroyed in the crane’s fall, however.

The accident occurred at about 3 p.m. Monday as workers were attempting to pin the 350-ton crane’s boom after the move of a structure near the intersection.

Late Monday, workers with the company were still working to secure the boom.

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Manitowoc Crane investigating fatal accident

Posted by nahetsblog on January 14, 2010


SHADY GROVE, Pa. — Manitowoc Crane Group is investigating the cause of a Jan. 4 accident that led to the death of a Chambersburg, Pa., man, a company official said Tuesday.

Jeffrey Cowan, 41, died Sunday from injuries sustained in a fall at Manitowoc Crane Group in Shady Grove.

The company is unclear what caused the accident, said Dennis Rooney, vice president of human resources for the Americas division of Manitowoc Cranes.

Cowan was working on the deck of a crane in the final assembly area when he fell, Rooney said. He died less than a week later.

“It is upsetting what happened to Jeffrey,” Rooney said. “He was a great man. Our hearts go out to his family.”

Because the incident resulted in a fatality, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has visited the manufacturing facility on Pa. 16 east of Greencastle, Pa., Rooney said.

The Shady Grove plant, formally Grove Worldwide, was purchased by Manitowoc in 2002, and produces small and large cranes.

The plant is one of Franklin County’s largest employers.

Rooney said Cowan worked in the final assembly area and had worked at the plant for a little less than five years.

Before coming to Manitowoc, Cowan served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm, according to his obituary.

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Two Workers Killed in Crane Accident Kotka, Finland

Posted by nahetsblog on January 13, 2010


Yesterday 06:19 PM, updated today 11:09 AM

Two men died when this basket crane collapsed.

Two men died when this basket crane collapsed.

Two people were killed on Tuesday when they fell from a basket crane in downtown Kotka. The men were cleaning a building’s gutters when the sidewalk under one of the basket crane’s supporting legs collapsed.

Rescue services who responded to the accident say the men fell from the second or third storey. Other workers on site were able to move away in time from the crane.

The fire marshal on duty, Ahti Savolainen, says that the supporting leg appears to have been standing over a hollow pocket under the sidewalk. The leg dropped one and a half metres through the sidewalk. The street was closed to traffic for several hours.

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Henry man dies in crane accident

Posted by nahetsblog on January 1, 2010

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Henry man drowned on Oct. 5 when the crane he was operating slid off a barge into Smith Mountain Lake.

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Roger Dale "Peanut" Goad, 55, was dismantling a boat dock on River Creek Road at the lake when the 10-ton crane slid off the barge and into about 50 feet of water, 100 feet offshore. After interviewing two witnesses who were working with Goad, Lt. Karl Martin with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said, "It appears he was attempting to save the equipment when the crane went into the water." The accident was investigated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Fire boat personnel and other authorities examine a barge where Henry resident Roger Dale Peanut Goad, 55, drowned on Oct. 5 when the crane he was operating slid off a barge into Smith Mountain Lake.

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