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Fatal boom lift overturn

A crawler mounted telescopic boom lift overturned in Rombach-le-Franc, between Strasbourg and Colmar in Eastern France yesterday leaving one man dead and another seriously injured.

The JLG boom lift was traveling on a steep grassed slope with the platform at a height of around seven or eight metres when it went over sideways. One of the two men in the platform, 55, was reported to has died instantly, while his colleague, 51, was airlifted to hospital in Colmar with serious injuries. At this stage we have no idea if the two two were wearing a harness or not.
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The two men were employed by a local company Boiron which specialises in the construction and maintenance of power lines . The company was contracted to repair or maintain a 20,000 volt overhead power line for power line installation and maintenance utility Enedis (previously ERDF).

An investigation has been launched to determine the facts surrounding the incident, and will include the local police and the company. The following video from local newspaper DNA Alsace shows the wider scene.


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