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Why Cranes are Dangerous0

It may have felt like you took your life into your own hands while battling the crowds in the stores yesterday,  but let’s just say, it probably wasn’t as dangerous as driving a crane. There’s a reason why only trained individuals should operate those things.

Some cranes are taller than city buildings and can wreak a path of destruction the likes of which can only equate to a localized natural disaster—like a tornado that picks one specific place to tear to shreds.

Take this accident, for example.  It occurs at the 47-second mark:

Three people died in that accident.  From what I can gather, high winds were a primary factor in the structure breaking away from the crane.

Then you have this debacle.  I would normally provide a warning concerning the language used in this video—but in this case it’s quite appropriate:

This occurred at the Wesfarmers Curragh coal mine in central Queensland, Australia.  Apparently the crane operator was inexperienced with this particular machine.  He pulled the wrong lever.  That’s all it took.

The operator only suffered minor injuries.  He was lucky.

Photos of the aftermath can be found here.

I’ll leave you with this little video and the happy thought of knowing that nobody actually died:

I believe the “Oh, f**k!” from the previous video would have escaped my lips had I been there. . .

by John Barker

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