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MOBILE CRANE COLLAPSE IN MANCHESTER

Driver left suspended and rescued from overturned crane

A  mobile telescopic crane has overturned on a new hotel project in the centre of Manchester. The crane operator avoided serious injury as the crane jib came to rest in the nearby River Medlock. 

A eye-witness said: “there was a huge bang, really loud. I went over and saw the driver pressed against the shattered window of the cab. It took about five minutes for him to get him out but he didn’t appear to be injured. The arm of the crane has gone into the river, it’s only a few feet from the bar next door.” HSE in investigating the incident involving a Hewden crane on the Russells Construction construction site.

Comment: The photograph shows that outriggers on one side of the crane are extended. The position of the crane suggests outriggers on the opposite side would have been in close proximity to the edge of an excavation. Most mobile crane overturns are due to loading on outriggers exceeding the ground bearing capacity. Lifting plans should always explictly address this issue.

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