A 500 tonne eight axle All Terrain crane owned and operated by Sarens UK, overturned at its yard in Brentwood, Essex, UK, a week ago on Saturday.
The Vertikal team was in, or travelling to Munich when the news of this incident bagan coming through, making it difficult to follow up and confirm the facts, given that it occurred in crane yard with few witnesses.
We understand that the operator – who is said to have been involved with a number of incidents while working for at least two other crane rental companies prior to joining Sarens – was loading or unloading a ballast truck, the crane had no counterweight and lifted the load out of radius, causing the crane to lose stability and tip. We have been told that no one was seriously hurt in the incident, although one person – possibly the operator did suffer injuries.
Some reports have indicated that the crane’s safe load indicator/LMI was overidden and the boom was extended out of sequence for the job in hand, but we have no evidence to confirm these claims at this point.