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Another boom truck overturn

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Mar 092014
 

A boom truck overturned in Damariscotta, Maine on Wednesday, due to incorrect outrigger set up

March 7, 2014 

The crane, a dated unit supplied by Arthur D. Henry Crane Services of Thomaston, was preparing to lift a heating/air conditioning unit onto a store in the town when it went over in the parking lot.
The boom struck the back of a parked car

The boom struck the back of a parked car

Thankfully no one was hurt, although the operator was thrown from the truck.

Tower cranes collide in London

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Mar 082014
 

Two tower cranes collided over Canary Wharf in London, UK today seriously injuring a 35 year old man.

March 7, 2014 

Tower cranes collide in London

A flat top Yong Mao saddle jib tower crane was set up over the top of a Jost hydraulic luffing jib crane when the jib of the higher crane struck the luffer which had its jib in the out of service position.  Continue reading “Tower cranes collide in London” »

Liebherr Wind force Calculation (video)

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Mar 022014
 

Liebherr – Mobile and Crawler Cranes: 3 things an operator needs to know….

Strong wind and especially gusts can be really dangerous during a crane job.

WindForce Calculation

Liebherr – Mobile and Crawler Cranes: 3 things an operator needs to consider

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Ultra-deepwater Semi Listing in Brazil – Not the First Time for this Rig…

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Mar 022014
 

The Noble Paul Wolff, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible drilling in the Campos Basin at about 4,200 ft. water depth, was partially evacuated after tilting overnight.

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The rig is owned by Noble Drilling and contracted to Petrobras. Paul Wolff dry docked on Gavea Lifter in Brazil for modification. Image credit: HMC

Contacts close to this rig tell me that the semi has had multiple ballast control issues over the past few years. In fact, several times in the recent past, people on the rig have said that it leaned a little too far (human error cited in those cases). Continue reading “Ultra-deepwater Semi Listing in Brazil – Not the First Time for this Rig…” »

Man Dies as Crane Collapses at Wedding in India (video)

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Feb 262014
 

Cranes in the hands of amateurs can turn into Deadly weapons!! Man Dies as Crane Collapses at Wedding in India

The conical platform with the bride and her sister

The conical platform with the bride and her sister

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Published on 25 feb. 2014

Man Dies as Crane Collapses at Wedding in India
1 died, 4 injured in crane collapse at wedding venue.

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Safely lift concrete Pipes

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Feb 222014
 

The Concrete Pipe Lifter makes light work of the installation of waste water pipelines.

Concrete Pipe Lifter

Published on 28 nov. 2012

Simply attach it to your excavator in seconds, using a quick-hitch coupling. There are no hydraulic links or additional energy requirements.
There is no need for anyone to stand on the bed of the vehicle during offloading (the biggest cause of accidents during pipe laying). There’s no need for anyone to stand in the trench during installation. And there are no slings or chains to trap hands and fingers. The whole operation is around 50% faster. And you can reduce the size of your pipe laying gang, so costs are lower too.
The Concrete Pipe Lifter is suitable for standard UK specification BS EN1916 concrete pipes from DN 300 to DN 1200.
Visit http://www.concretepipelifter.co.uk/ for full details.

Maersk Line: Loss of Containers “Worse than Feared”

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Feb 222014
 

The containership Svendborg Maersk faced particularly nasty weather last week as she sailed through the Bay of Biscay on her way to Colombo, Sri Lanka resulting in disastrous consequences. Limping into the port of Malaga, Spain on Monday, 520 containers had been lost from the deck of the ship.

The total number of lost containers turned out to be even worse than we feared,” commented Palle Laursen, Vice President of Operations, Maersk Line. ”We will now carefully examine our procedures to see if they need correction in order to avoid similar incidents in the future.

Photo : P.Canela

Photo : P.Canela

As of now we remain focused on supporting our vessel crew and are dedicated to getting correct information about lost or delayed cargo to our customers and ultimately get the ship back in service as soon as possible” Continue reading “Maersk Line: Loss of Containers “Worse than Feared”” »

Overhead Crane Failure – Drops 75 Tons! (old news)

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Feb 162014
 

This is the failure of an overhead crane in the Netherlands.

Overhead Crane Failure – Drops 75 Tons!

uploaded on 2 nov 2009

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I received this video in an email a while back. I am not sure of the exact details. If anyone has any further information as to what exactly caused the failure or any information on the damage it caused, let me know!

Comment of Heavy Lift Specialist:

As can be seen in the Aftermath, the coupling segments on the drive unit of the winch broke. Why that happened, I do not know, it could be: bad workmanship during constrcution of the coupling, bad material, fatigue, overload or corrosion.

Lessons learned:  NEVER WALK OR STAND UNDER A LOAD!! as these unexpected failures can happen any moment!

Another World Cup fatality

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Feb 102014
 

A man died at the Arena de Amazonia football stadium in Manaus, Brazil last Friday following an incident that occurred while dismantling a crane.

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The scene at the Arena de Amazonia football stadium following the incident

The scene at the Arena de Amazonia football stadium following the incident

Antonio Jose Pita Martins, 55, an employee of Portugese metal construction company Martifer, was dismantling a crane being used to install the World Cup stadium’s roof when he was reportedly struck by a falling metal object. He was taken to hospital after sustaining injuries to his head and chest but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.  Continue reading “Another World Cup fatality” »

AT slips into a ditch

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Feb 082014
 

An All Terrain crane slipped off the road near Nantes, in France on Wednesday causing a road closure and a cut to the the local electricity supply.

February 7, 2014 | 

An All Terrain crane slipped off the road near Nantes, in France on Wednesday causing a road closure and a cut to the the local electricity supply.

The crane slipped off the road into a ditch and embankment

The crane a five axle Liebherr from Mediaco’s depot in Nantes was travelling along the D 744 between Moncoutant and Cerizay to the south east of the city, when it ended up in a ditch and resting against an embankment. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident.

Two larger cranes were sent out from the branch to rescue the stricken machine, which also required the overhead power lines to be cut off, and all was cleared up by mid-morning yesterday. SOURCE: Vertikal.net

30 seconds from death: Make Safety Personal!!!

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Feb 072014
 

Alex Harrison, managing director of London Offshore Consultants (Australia) recounts a near death experience at sea 

Alex Harrison 038-07-02-2014aI suppose it was a number of hair-raising job experiences that actually resulted in me joining London Offshore Consultants. Probably most hair-raising was nearly drowning on board a bulk cargo ship when I was 23.

It was en route from Fujairah to Singapore and I was working as a ship surveyor performing steel condition assessments. I was with a colleague and we were sureying an aft peak ballast tank that had been drained to allow us inside. The stern shaft, which passed through the lower aft peak space, was rotating throughout and the Chief Engineer was obviously keen to flood the tank again to make sure the temperatures didn’t go critical as we were underway at sea.

Also, It was a tight space and required a lot of wiggling and squeezing through small holes and around bends to get to the furthest reaches of the tank. There was an able-bodied – although as it turned out, not very able-brained – seaman at the access hatch for us, and he was supposed to stay and advise the Bosun once we were out. But after a while, and unbeknown to us, he decided it was teatime and wandered off. Continue reading “30 seconds from death: Make Safety Personal!!!” »

mv Ostend Spirit beached on scrapyard in Turkey

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Feb 042014
 

On the video below you can see how to crash a ferry. The M/F Ostend Spirit also known as the MS Pride of Calais was planned to go for scrap and recycling.

FerryScrapBeachingMost of the work of the ferry was going back and forth across the English Channel. The time to be scraped had come, the vessel was no longer needed.

 

Video shows how the M/F Ostend Spirit is arriving in a unique style at the ship breaking yard in Turkey. The vessel will be broken down, piece by piece.

M/F OstendSpirit – SelimSan – Beeching / Aliaga

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Another jib failure in London

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Jan 262014
 

Another Jost tower crane jib collapsed yesterday on a building under construction in Croydon, London during a storm.

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The crane is working on a new tower block, known as the IYLO building. The 20 storey building has stood unfinished for some time and is planned to provide low cost homes.

The scene the following morning

The scene the following morning

The damage to the building was relatively light

The damage to the building was relatively light

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Seminars “Heavy Transport & Lifting” were presented at Huisman Equipment and TWD in Rotterdam

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Jan 212014
 

Training and education in handling “Heavy Lifts” is vital to  safety of the works.

A group of engineers and workshop staff attended teh two day Seminar "Heavy Transport & Lifting" at their factory in Schiedam on the 11th of January 2014

A group of engineers and workshop staff attended the two day Seminar “Heavy Transport & Lifting” at their factory in Schiedam on the 11th of January 2014

Last week and the week before Richard L.Krabbendam (Heavy Lift Specialist) presented his well known two day Seminar “Heavy Transport & Lifting” to the Huisman Equipment operational workshop staff in Schiedam as well as to a group of engineers of TWD (Temporary Works Design) in Rotterdam. See pictures below: Continue reading “Seminars “Heavy Transport & Lifting” were presented at Huisman Equipment and TWD in Rotterdam” »