Fatal crawler crane incident in Utah

We have just learnt of a fatal crane incident that occurred on Monday near Farmington in Utah – north of Salt Lake City in the USA.

It seems the crane which appears to be a mid to large Kobelco Crawler was being derigged at the time, when a component, reportedly one of the blocks, broke free and landed on Darren Baddley, 42, who was working on site at the time. Tragically he was declared dead at the scene.

A statement from the Utah Department of Transportation said: “This morning there was a fatal construction incident involving a member of the West Davis Highway project crew. Two lanes of SB I-15 are currently closed. Utah’s transportation community is extremely close knit, and we all mourn the loss of this dedicated teammate.”

The following news bulletin adds further information. We will update this item as and when we learn more.