Fatal incident at crane plant

Fatal incident at crane plant

We understand that the incident might have occurred with a lattice crawler crane

2. February 2018 

Reports are coming in of a fatal crane incident that occurred this morning at the Manitowoc / Grove crane plant in Shady Grove Pennsylvania. 

We understand that two men have died, while three others were injured, one of them seriously, he was airlifted to hospital where his conditions is said to be critical, the other two were taken to the local hospital and later released. 

We have few details so far of what actually occured, but have been told that the incident involved a lattice crawler crane being rigged on the test pad - However we cannot confirm this information.

Wind speeds in the area were gusting in the region of 16 metres a second. 

If we learn more later today we will update this item at that time. The company says that at its paramount concern at this time is the families of those who were involved in the incident. SOURCE: Vertikal.net

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Fatal incident at crane plant

Some comments that I received:

You have probably heard of this incident which occurred yesterday morning already.
> This officer says something that opened the door along with the flag blowing around in the background.
> This will be very interesting as to the cause, some  have said on social media a Manitowoc MLC 300 with VPC was the crane involved allegedly with over 300' boom handling an unknown weight to us in over 30 MPH winds.
> Did the manufacturer themselves follow the manufacturer's directions and best practices?
> Lots of questions.   Last night the obituary was already posted for 1 of the victims.
> 12 hours out from death and already posted.
> Was a proper post mortem done?
> Well that is all that t I know.
> Regards, John

Third crane plant fatality (update)

13. February 2018 

We have received the sad news that the man seriously injured in the fatal Shady Grove, Pennsylvania crane incident on February 2nd has now died from his injuries, bringing the death toll to three. 

The man has been named as Isaac Dean Notz who was based at the Manitowoc plant in Wisconsin, but was working at the Shady Grove facility, which has taken over production of the Manitowoc crawler crane line. 
No further details of the incident have been released, the OSHA investigation in ongoing. See Fatal incident at crane plant


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22/08/18 @ 08:051

Good Morning Mr Editor,Manitowoc Cranes is an excellent company, who manufacture high quality products. Therefore the OSHA Fine of 14976 US Dollars imposed on this company for the Three Men Killed in a Fatal Crane Incident on 2nd February 2018, requires close scrutiny. As OSHA confirms yet again that Lifting Operations are inherently dangerous and always involves the defeat of gravity with every single Lift. The OSHA Citation Report number 1292380 makes interesting reading for all CEO’s and confirms that an MLC 300 Crawler Crane was on Test Pad 7 at Shady Grove PA, USA when a storm occured. The Crane was rigged with 275 foot ( 83.8 metres) of Lattice Jib elevated to 81 degrees, plus a Long Luffer of 275ft (83.8 metres) set just above horizontal at 50 degrees. During the Test Procedure a Storm occured with Wind Speeds of 35mph and a Gust of 40MPH, which caused the jib and long luffer assembly to Collapse onto Test Pad 7 Technical Control Room, which was sited within 200 feet (or 60.96 metres) of the Crane above, killing Two Men and injuring a Third who died Later of his Injuries. Thus confirming that Safety is only achieved when Outside the Fall Radius of a Crane. Therefore as I have now researched and recorded 505 Crane Related Fatalities since 070507, it is instructive to see that these same circumstances were then replicated by Kobelco Cranes on Thursday 26th July 2018 when the Long Lattice Jib of a Kobelco 16000 Crawler Crane dropped to the ground in Takasago, Japan Killing Two (2) Men nearby. Moreover as 505 Men, women and Children have now been killed in hundreds of crane incidents worldwide since 7th May 2007 and in the absence of any other Crane Industry Safety Initiatives this then is my suggestion.a) Start a Training Programme and call it how to Avoid Crane Incidents by Creating a Safety of Culture.b) Crane Safety Training Programme to include Physics on how to calculate Force, Mass and Gravity plus the Dangerous Effect of Wind Loadings on Lattice Jibs, Booms and irregular shaped loadsc) Train all Directors & Managers in RAMS procedures, in order to devise Safe Systems of Work for Cranes and Lifting Operations Worldwide.The Manitowoc Incident above has been described as an Accident, yet Storms are Forecastable, so are wind speeds. Therefore to describe a foreseeable incident as an Accident is incorrect, because an accident, is only an ACCIDENT if it is not foreseeable, like Lightning. However if it is Foreseeable, then it is not Accidental and therefore not an Accident. Moreover the continued usage of this word perpetuates the Myth that Safety is not Manageable, which is patently untrue. HSE in UK ( The equivalent of OSHA in USA) will confirm that the Hierarchy of Controls to Pro-Actively Manage Crane Safety is known as ERIC, that is Eliminate, Reduce, Isolate and Control all of the Hazards in Lifting Operations. Therefore as the Employers Duty of Care to his employees and to all others affected by his acts is well known, it is now highly cost-effective to set-up a Crane Safety Training programme because Worker Safety is Important, very important and much too important to leave it to chance.I trust you would agree ?Kind RegardsMike Ponsonby

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