A man has died at Lyttelton Port, Christchurch, after the scissor lift he was using overturned and landed on a tractor trailer loaded with a container.
The man, 40, was thrown from the platform when it landed on the trailer/container. Worksafe New Zealand and the local police are investigating. The lift is a large five scissor stack model, with stabilizers we do not know if they were deployed though. The port has been criticized for its safety record with the several major incidents already this year and this being the third fatality.
The scene at the port shortly after the incident occurred
We do not know what caused this incident, but such overturns are rare and when they do occur are usually due to high side loads – including high winds – applied to the raised platform or driving the raised lift onto an excessive slope. Oddly this is a rare example of when the operator might have fared better if he had been wearing a harness and lanyard – which is not usually recommended for scissor lifts.
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On the small Pacific island of Guam, a Grove all-terrain crane recently helped construct a federal GSA building, which will house federal employees working in that U.S. territory.
Yigo-based company Smithbridge chose the Grove GMK5275 to handle the important work. The company unloaded precast wall panels onto the job site before placing them around the perimeter of the building.
Rick Schmidtke, crane and heavy equipment superintendent for Smithbridge, said the GMK5275 was an ideal tool for the job.
“We chose the GMK5275 for this project because of its reach and capacity,” he said. “It was equipped with 56 USt (51 t) of counterweight, and we relied on the 21 USt (19 t) heavy jib to erect precast panels into vertical position.”
The wall panels ranged from 17 USt (15 t) to 20 USt (18 t) in weight, which were easily lifted by the 275 USt (220 t) capacity crane. The panels were 40 ft (12 m) by 10 ft (3 m) in size, and were lifted just a few feet off of the ground to be placed.
Precast stairs were also lifted and placed into position for the building – this required lifting the stairs over the top of the building’s structure. The GMK5275’s seven-section, 223 ft (68 m) MEGAFORM boom with TWIN-LOCK boom pinning provided ample reach for the lifts.
The crane’s MEGATRAK independent suspension and fully-automatic Allison transmission were key benefits on the job site, as the building was being constructed on fresh ground. Outrigger pads that measured 7 ft (2 m) by 7 ft (2 m) were utilized to stabilize the crane before lifting. Precast erection of Guam’s new GSA building lasted just over a week.
“We find the Grove all-terrain cranes to be efficient and reliable mobile cranes, especially for their price range,” Schmidtke said. “Also, the service support from Grove is extremely good.”
Fontana, Calif.-based Western Pacific Crane & Equipment is providing product support for the GMK5275. The company is an affiliate of the Lanco Group of Companies, and sells and supports cranes from the Manitowoc, Grove and National Crane product ranges.
“Western Pacific provides us excellent service and support,” Schmidtke said.
Smithbridge was founded in 1964 and serves the equipment rental, bridge and wharf construction industries, among others. The company offers an extensive crane and construction equipment fleet, including tower cranes, all-terrain cranes and more.
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An 18 year old student fell to his death from a tower crane at Penn State University in Pennsylvania on Saturday night.
Jack Crean was discovered on Sunday morning at the HUB-Robeson Center construction site in State College, Pennsylvania. It is not known if he fell or jumped from the 26 meter high crane but he died on impact just a few days before the new semester begins.
The tower crane was reportedly secured, and the entire site is covered by video surveillance cameras.
The crane at the HUB center, Penn State
This tragic incident shows once again how important it is to properly secure tower cranes from unauthorized access. This is especially true for cranes working in city center locations, near colleges or wherever people tend to congregate at night.
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A three axle All Terrain crane overturned in Concord, Massachusetts on Friday when one of its outriggers sank deeply into the grass while helping remove trees from a larger property in the area.
The crane, a Liebherr LTM1050-3.1 owned by Astro Crane, looks to have been set up with mats and cribbing, but clearly the grass under the outrigger carrying the most load was not firm enough to support the ground bearing pressures being applied.
The outrigger sank deep into the grass
Thankfully no one was hurt in the incident, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration was called to the scene to investigate.
Mats had clearly been employed, at least to the rear
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An All Terrain crane rolled over onto a verge yesterday near Saint-Pons-de-Thomières in Southern France to the north west of Beziers.
The crane rolled as it took the bend and strayed onto the verge
It was fortunate that the crane did not roll any further
The crane, a three axle unit owned by crane rental company Hugon, was travelling down the steep D-907 road through the Haut Languedoc Regional Park, strayed on to the grass verge and rolled onto its side but fortunately did not continue down over a drop onto the road further down the mountainside.
The recovery begins
Two cranes were called in to complete the rescue and the road was, we understand re-opened later in the day.
The crane driver suffered some minor scrapes and bruises.
Back on the road again
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