A fatal crane incident occurred in Miami, Florida, on Saturday when the boom of a 180 tonne crane buckled and dropped its load, resulting in the death of one man, while four others were injured, two of them seriously.
The incident occurred at the HCA Florida Mercy Hospital where the crane - a 180 tonne, five axle Tadano ATF 180G-5 from the Sims Crane & Rental fleet - was helping with renovation work. Two of the injured were taken to a specialist trauma centre in a serious but stable condition, while the other two were treated on site.
The hospital was largely unaffected.
The crane was working with its 60 metre boom almost fully extended and topped by around 25 metres of its 37.2 metres of luffing extension. We have received no details or indication of what happened, but what we can see is that the top/fly section of the six section boom buckled, something usually related to excessive sideloading, most often inflicted by extreme load swings/crane out of level or high winds.
OSHA officials joined the local police investigating the cause of the incident.
We will update this item when we learn more.
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