A crane overturned onto a car at a home in La Cañada - Flintridge, on the northern edge of Los Angeles, California last week.
The crane was removing a tree section at the time, thankfully no one was injured in the incident which appears to have been related to poor outrigger set up. The crane, an Altec truck crane/big boom truck, was working with around 37 metres of main boom out when it went over, with the boom landing on the back of the family car.
The tree company called in Pepe’s Towing Service to recover the crane, the job was extremely tricky due to limited space and the fact that the crane owner wanted to preserve as much of the crane as possible. The team from Pepe’s made a video of the entire recovery which provides some real insight into the challenges of such recovery jobs. Be warned it is almost two hours long, but very well done.
Once the crane was upright the team faced a challenge of bringing the boom in - the owners wanted to start the engine and telescope it in having cut off the bent sections. That did not work so it was onto plan B.
The video says it all.