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CRANE INCIDENT USA

Mobile crane overturn results in death of welder  

The boom of a mobile crane overturned when the ground beneath an outrigger failed to support the load imposed. This death is reported to have come “during a spate of fatal crane accidents in the USA that has prompted the building industry to reassess how crane operators are trained and how cranes are inspected.”

Comment: We reported on a very similar incident recently in the UK where luckily there were no injuries. When a mobile crane overturns it is often due to the loads on an outrigger exceeding the ground bearing capacity. A photograph of a mobile crane on the Olympics site shows the scale of support required to spread the load beneath each outrigger and thereby secure a safe lift.

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