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Big crawler over

19. January 2018 | Comments (1)

Strong winds overturned a 650 tonne crawler crane on a wind farm in the Kirtorf area of central Germany yesterday.

Kirtorf
The overturned crane

The crane a Demag SL3800 owned and operated by Dufour group was working on the installation of a large turbine, when hurricane force winds hit the region to the north east of Frankfurt. Turbine components and the crane were badly damaged, but thankfully no one was hurt in the incident.

Kirtorf
The wind simply took the crane over


Kirtorf
The crane and major turbine components were badly damaged

We do not know at this stage if the crane was lifting at the time, or had been left fully erected in the face of the strong winds. We will update when we learn more.

Kirtorf
A rear view
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the crane instructor
21. January 2018 21:34

Too bad. Crane not properly left behind according maximum allowable wind speeds in crane manual?

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