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Crane overturn in Nashville

3. March 2018 | Comments (3)

A four axle All Terrain crane overturned onto a new cinema being built at a shopping mall in Mursfreesboro, on the south east side of Nashville, Tennessee.

The incident occurred on Thursday at the Stones River Mall, the crane a Terex – possibly an AC100/4L owned by CraneWorks– was rigged with full six section main boom and full bi-fold swingaway extension out. It was set with substantial outrigger mats and lifting over the rear, placing an air conditioning unit into the centre of the roof area.

The crane was fully rigged with six section boom and bi fold extension

According to the emergency services that were called to the incident, the wind shifted the load out of radius, causing the operator to raise the boom in an attempt to reduce the radius but the crane had already lost stability and went over. The damage to the crane and building is said to be relatively minor. Most importantly no one was hurt in the incident – at least as far as we know.

The crane was well set up with large mats and full counterweight


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the crane instructor
6. March 2018 22:41

The crane was properly set up, with full counter weight, lifting over rear and and the root cause was the wind on the load that pulled the crane over while raising the boom...? What is the maximum allowable windspeed for an AC100/4L with full six section main boom and full bi-fold swingaway extension out?

Tristam Mayes
6. March 2018 06:12

Who is Mr Woods and you posted this at 00:21 at night so wasn?t a good afternoon lol just shows how much copy and paste you use. And also you say you stand up for the injured and the dead in this industry but never see you anywhere else apart from on here.

Mike Ponsonby
4. March 2018 14:00

Good Afternoon Mr Wood,

Your recent public comments about Armchair Experts (and the Overturned Crane above, the second in Two weeks) prompts me to write.

HSE will confirm that 9852 (yes 9852) Men & Women have now been killed at Work in the UK since Parliament enrolled The HSW etc Act in 1974. With another 137 Killed at Work during 2016.

Therefore it follows that someone needs to speak up for the Dead, because they cannot speak for themselves. So as no-one else speaks up, I will.

Moreover 10 years of Research into Crane Safety since 070507, confirms that 472 ( yes 472) Men, Women and Children have now been Killed Worldwide by Cranes and Lifting Operations. With 10 Fatalities while assembling Wind Turbine Components worldwide.

Therefore HSE will confirm that the recommended Hierarchy of Controls to pro-actively manage Safety is known as ERIC-PD ( Eliminate, Reduce, Isolate, Control, PPE & Discipline). Therefore for employers to jump straight to PPE is a VG example of how some companies pay Lip Service to Managing Safety. When in practice they should be Pro-Actively Managing Safety via the Hierarchy of Controls above.

The Best example I can give of this wrong-headed approach is the words of the CEO of a £135 million company who said to me personally that Health and Safety was a Load of Bollocks. ( His words not mine).

So bearing in mind that Lincoln Crown Court imposed a £1.1 million fine plus £550,000 costs on the Defendant company on Friday 230218, for a Fatal Breach of section 3(1) of HSW etc Act. This then confirms yet again, that Pro-Actively Managing Safety is now Highly Cost Effective for all UK Employers. Would you agree, starting with ERIC ?

Kind Regards
Mike Ponsonby



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