Crane overturn in Alberta

A 300 tonne six axle crane overturned in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada yesterday

The crane a 300 tonne Liebherr LTM 1300-6.1 owned by Xcaliber Crane and Rigging, had been set up outside of the Dr Margaret Ann Armour school on the south side of Edmonton, Alberta, the operator was said to be running through safety checks and had raised the mostly retracted main boom from its trailing boom dolly to full elevation, and as the counterweight slewed over one of the rear outriggers the jack punched through the surface and sank causing the crane to tip over rearwards.

Thankfully on one was hurt in the incident, even though the crane cab was damaged, and damage was limited to the crane and the ground. The Alberta Labour and Immigration department and Occupational Health and Safety inspectors are investigating the incident.


Good Morning Mr CFK88,

Thank you for your kind words, it was nice of you to write.

As you and I both have an interest in Crane Safety matters
Why don't you personally suggest to the CPA that they set up a proper Crane Safety Training regime that includes

1. How to calculate the Newtonian Principles of Force, Mass and Gravity, all of which are fundamentally important to Crane Safety Operations.

2. Directors and Managers how to undertake Suitable and Sufficient Risk Assessments and Method Statements RAMS, as the Employer is the Duty Holder.

3. Safe Systems of Work to Ensure Worker Safety 24/7.

Because if they don't, then we will continue to see a never ending series of Overturned Cranes and Dropped Loads worldwide .

With One Fatality last week from Two Crane Incidents and 550 Fatalities in total arising from 622 Lifting Incidents worldwide since 7th May 2007.

Why, Because Worker Safety is important, very important and much too important to leave it to chance.

Kind Regards
Mike Ponsonby

Aug 12, 2019
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