Several of you have contacted us this morning regarding the All Terrain crane that overturned on a construction site in Blanchardstown, Dublin yesterday.
We understand that the site is connected to an Alexion expansion project but we have not been able to confirm that 100 percent.
What we do know is that the crane, a five axle unit from the Tusker Crane Hire fleet, looks like its 200 tonne Terex AC 200-1, with seven section 68 metre boom and what looks like the nine tonne counterweight configuration. For some reason the operator extended the boom over the front, beyond the crane’s capability for this amount of counterweight due to incorrect counterweight information being entered into the LMI. We are told that there was no load on the hook at the time.
As a result, the crane simply lost stability and tipped forward, and then rolled to the side. The operator was at the very least shaken up and would have suffered cuts and abrasions, but we understand that he was not seriously injured. If that is the case he was extremely lucky. The operator in question has around 25 years’ experience, if so it hard to understand what he thought he was doing. We are also reliably informed that no one else was injured or hurt in the incident.
We have asked Tusker if it wished to comment, but so far have not received a response. If we do receive one we will of course update this item.
There have been suggestions that the truck in the first photo we received was involved in some way, two more photos do seem to indicate that there is something to this - although it is far from clear.
The video below, posted this morning shows the incident as it occurred.