A loader crane lost stability yesterday while lifting a 20ft storage container, in a residential street in Worthing, West Sussex on England’s south coast.
The crane was prevented from tipping over when it came to rest against the truck it was unloading and the container came landed on top on top of a second container on the truck.
The company that owned the truck and its Fassi F485 crane – SOS or Storage On Site – called in a second truck equipped with a F485 loader crane, to carry out a recovery. It seems that it was unable and eventually was used to help stabilise the stricken crane.
A third crane – a larger Hiab then arrived to take the weight of the suspended container from crane number one, and a fourth crane – a smaller Fassi was brought in to lift a rigger – suspended in a harness – to attach the Hiab crane’s slings to the container and unhook the slings from crane number one.
Finally a Liebherr All Terrain owned by Gearing Plant Hire arrived on site, one assumes to carry out the original job of placing the containers?
Looking at the Sussex police news feeds, they seem to have become somewhat confused and perplexed, as more cranes kept arriving.
The tangle was eventually cleared and the road reopened and as far as we know none was hurt in the incident.