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New Detail Emerge About Wisconsin Crane Collapse
July 19, 2012
July 19, 2012
New information has been released regarding the crane collapse that recently occurred near Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department issued their report on the incident, and according to an article from The Northwestern, many of the details within the report come from witness statements.
Witnesses claim that the crane collapsed either because a 52-ton highway girder was lowered too quickly, or because the crane’s position needed to be readjusted. One worker stated that he noticed the girder was being lowered much too quickly moments before the accident, and he soon witnessed the crane buckle under the enormous weight of the girder. He yelled for workers to move, but the girder fell directly on top of a 35-year-old truck driver before he could escape.
Another crane operator stated that he believes the crane may have shifted because of movement on the barge in which it rested. He stated that the girder was about five-feet above its resting place when the crane suddenly began to tip forward.
The Occupation Safety and Health Administration is investigating the construction company in charge of the project for safety violations connected to this incident, as well as another fatal crane accident that occurred in April.