A six axle All Terrain crane lost its balance in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Sunday - no one was seriously injured in the incident although the crane operator suffered a leg injury after he jumped from the superstructure cab. He was taken to hospital for treatment.
The crane - a 300 tonne six axle Grove from the GCCS Gulf Coast Crane Services fleet - was, we understand, lifting a load over the rear when it tipped, either due to ground failure or possibly an overload situation of some type. A couple of those who sent us information on the incident stated that the crane was participating in a tandem lift at the time, adding that it looked as though it was a classic case of the load distribution shifting between the two cranes as the lift progressed.
We have not been able to confirm that information, but aspects of the photograph would seem to support it. We have asked GCCS if it would like or be able to make a statement of fact relating to the incident, but so far it has not responded. If or when we receive anything from the company, we will, of course publish it in full.
We will update this item if and when we learn more.