Videos: “Operator error” being blamed for St. Pete crane collapse

Videos: “Operator error” being blamed for St. Pete crane collapse

13 April 2018

Video shows the massive crane attempting to lift a scissor lift into the air when it slowly overturned, sending the massive crane boom crashing to the ground - nearly hitting several workers who barely escaped in time.

Author: Beau Zimmer
Published: 5:22 PM EDT April 6, 2018
Updated: 5:33 PM EDT April 6, 2018

"We all need to say a little blessing that no one was hurt,” said Bill Byrne, president of Ajax Building Corporation.

Video shows the massive crane attempting to lift a scissor lift into the air when it slowly overturned, sending the massive crane boom crashing to the ground - nearly hitting several workers who barely escaped in time. SOURCE: WTSP

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“We’re very fortunate the incident that happened yesterday didn’t affect the building, won’t affect the schedule, and most importantly no one was injured,” Byrne said. “It was just an unfortunate event that happened and the operator made an error lifting a piece of equipment. He got outside the safe zone of the equipment so this is a good opportunity to remind everyone to be diligent about every task they do so that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

Ajax, which specializes in public universities and government buildings, has an excellent safety record and is honored annually by OSHA for their clean track record.

Thursday’s incident could result in a fine for the company or the operator losing his crane operator's license. A spokesperson for OSHA said their investigation is required to be finished within six months.

"We all need to say a little blessing that no one was hurt,” said Bill Byrne, president of Ajax Building Corporation.

Video shows the massive crane attempting to lift a scissor lift into the air when it slowly overturned, sending the massive crane boom crashing to the ground - nearly hitting several workers who barely escaped in time.

Watch the video below:


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