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Crane crashes through house

2009-11-17 19:28:41.63318+00 by Dan Lyke 9 comments

[ related topics: Machinery Real Estate ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-19 22:19:37.424075+00 by: meuon

They keep making better fools.. ;)

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-19 20:46:29.809444+00 by: Diane Reese

Dan, that guy walking under the chassis scared the daylights out of me!

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-19 15:40:17.789587+00 by: Dan Lyke

Diane, the guy walking underneath the chassis, giving it some berth, but not enough should it decide to come down.

Hanan, the site claims last update was yesterday!

Meuon, no system can be made damned fool proof.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-19 12:30:17.291426+00 by: meuon

The similiar crane that put the 40' long 18" tall steel ibeams on my house had all kinds of sensors that told the operate where his center of gravity was and would not let him exceed certain parameters, and he said they had a large safety margin to allow for inertia and shifting loads. There was also an over-ride switch.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-18 06:14:00.696583+00 by: hananc

This is a good opportunity to post a link to this fine old website http://www.craneaccidents.com/

It seems to be not really updated anymore but I am not absolutely sure about this.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-18 00:40:15.962799+00 by: Diane Reese

This article has a ~4-minute raw video taken from a news helicopter which is even more WTF-inspiring. (Warning, it's preceded by a 15-second commercial.)

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-17 23:57:42.363991+00 by: Dan Lyke

Here's some serious WTF were they thinking: this update article has an aerial photo of the crane. I wonder where the failure happened, whether the tree guys underestimated the weight of the stump or the crane guys didn't check their counterbalance numbers?

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-17 21:51:07.139375+00 by: andylyke

Irony is not dead - I love how the company's name ("Reliable") is prominently displayed on the boom, arranged to be read while the boom is in the horizontal position.

This is a good argument for some sort of public licensing of crafts people. Whoever was directing the operation was utterly incompetent to the task.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-11-17 21:45:44.646682+00 by: jeff

Holy smokes! Timber!!!

And the wife was in a car accident the same day!