A two axle All Terrain crane overturned earlier today in Hinckley, Leicestershire, UK, while lifting roof trusses onto a new home under construction in the town.
The crane, which is owned and operated by Norwich based Quinto Crane Hire, appears from to have been operating with outriggers retracted, and yet with full boom extended. The ground seems to have yielded a little and the crane overturned with the boom coming down onto the new building and reaching into the property beyond. The crane operator escaped injury, and no one else was hurt in the incident.
The recovery was due to happen this evening, with a larger crane working from the street which was set to be closed during the operation.
Following the incident Quinto released the following statement:
“We can confirm a Quinto crane overturned yesterday on a building site in Hinckley, Leicestershire. The crane was working under CPA terms. Contrary to what has been written, outrigger pads were in place and being used at the time but were ejected as the crane overturned. Their impressions can be seen where the ground gave way. The crane was operating within its duty capacity.
No one was injured in the incident.
A recovery crew were dispatched straight away to the scene and were there today recovering the crane. We would like to thank the surrounding neighbours for their patience and support for the crane operator. A full investigation is currently in operation.”