Worker Killed In Crane Collapse - News Story - WRC | Washington
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#1 May 23, 2008
"Investigators are trying to determine why it happened". I just guessing but I would say that it became off balanced.
#2 May 23, 2008
when you figure that the wind was at 30 mph or more it has no chance. I know for a fact the operator brought the crane down at least half way.
#3 May 23, 2008
had a friend working there when it happened, the story I was told was, when the operator got to the job he said it was too windy to make any picks.
there was a wind meter on the point of the boom, so he was talked into booming up to get a wind reading, he boomed up and when the boom got over the top of unit one, he got his reading and he again said it was too windy.
he then started booming it back to the ground and the wind picked up and while he was in the middle of booming it down the wind was straight from behind the rig and it pushed the boom on over taking the rest of the crane with it.
I am a crane operator myself, and though i don't run a crane even close to that size the wind and contractors have influence all the same.
My heart goes out to the operator and those who were in the cranes path when it came down.
I don't mean to point the finger but in my opinion it could have been avoided.....
put a fixed wind meter up on unit one, no reason to risk a 10 million dollar crane and lives just to check wind speed.
operator should of stuck to his guns when he said it was too windy in the first place, yeah he might've pissed off some folks but now after the fact I'm more than certain he wished he had.
cranes obviously come with load charts but on each of the boom configurations available is a wind chart and wind restriction.
when i first heard about it i was sick to my stomach because this is something that crane operators deal with on a regular basis, you know its too windy and a contractor gets in your head and makes you doubt yourself for the sake of progress..... these are hard lessons to be learned but i hope if nothing else comes from this that it will be that people will learn to respect the judgement of the crane operator and not "call him out" or challenge his man hood.
everybody thinks that operating a crane only consists of pulling levers but in fact when you're in the seat you have people's lives literally in your hands and there is a large amount of anxiety that comes with it.
#4 May 26, 2008
can anyone please tell me where i can find the name of the deceased? i heard it was a friend... but i don't want to believe it until i actually see that they've identified him... any help is appreciated... thank you
#5 May 26, 2008
You can't find it, because it has not been released yet. However, I will tell you that his name is Terry "Stimpy" Simpson. He was a Boilermaker out of Local Union #83, Kansas City, MO.
Please read my other blogs regarding this incident and you will understand that is could have been and should have been avoided...
#6 May 26, 2008
I worked out at this job site and knew Terry "Stimpy" Simpson (the man who lost his life). I do not feel his life was lost by any accident. The men who are in charge of this project are more worried about keeping a schedule than they are about the health and well being of the men... They have reduced the hours of ALL people who have gotten injuried on the job, whether it affects their livelihood, families or otherwise. Terry was a good man and did not deserve this. He was a Member of the Missouri Army National Guard and would have given his life to save another...
So, if any of the Alstom big wigs read this message, you can KISS MY A** and I hope Terry haunts you for the rest of your lives... Because of you, he will never be able to look into the eyes of his wife or child or family ever again... And it's because of you!!!
#7 May 26, 2008
And just for the record... This is the second crane that has collapsed on an Alstom job in the past year and a half. There was a crane that collapsed on the job in Port Sheldon, MI (January 2007)... Thank god, it happened between shifts and no one was there at the time...
Even before the crane collapsed, they were carelessly and wrecklessly flying LARGE objects, using the crane, at unsafe wind speeds... They nearly injuried numerous of workers, all because they wanted to keep their schedule... I find it hard to understand how keeping a schedule can justify the right to injure a worker, let alone take the life of one...
The news reports that they were lowering the boom at the time of the accident... I know for a fact that that is a down right lie. And because of their schedule, they were completely trying to operate this crane to keep up with their schedule...
Is the bonus money that the big wigs are going to get if the job is done on time worth the life of one worker, or will it not stop there?
#8 May 27, 2008
My husband, also a boilermaker out of 83, was called to go to that job... thankfully, he turned it down. But in his 17 years, he has been on 2 jobs that I can think of where someone got killed. It scares me to death and I know it shakes him up as well. Funny thing is, he recently got fired from a job for bing on a ladder and not being tied off... I know that is against "regulations" but he was the only one in danger, not countless guys like those that were around this crane at the time. He has long said that the safety regulations were backward, they nitpick little things but when something serious comes up they look the other way, guess this is a perfect example of that.
#9 May 27, 2008
The company only cares about production and production alone... They are laying the roads on that job site with "Fly ash"...
For those of you who do not know what fly ash is, fly ash includes substantial amounts of silica (silicon dioxide, SiO2)(both amorphous and crystalline) and lime (calcium oxide, CaO).
Anyhow... There are chemicals in fly ash that make it dangerous and hazardous to one's health... According to the "big wig" from Alstom, there are no harmful chemicals in this particular fly ash that is being laid down on the ground. However, there was a worker that has suffered chemical burns, once it got into his eyes... Sound safe to you?
They have yet to produce a valid or up to date MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet), which is suppose to be produced at any god given moment upon request.
Yet, people complain about the money that Union Members make... But no one cares to acknowledge the risks and dangers that we face on a day to day basis, just to make sure America keeps running...
I feel sorry for those who do the jobs that we do, that are no Union. They have worse working conditions and are treated a hell of a lot worse than we are... And apparently, that's not saying much for the Union leaders and companies...
I am Union by Choice and I'm Union for Life!
#10 May 27, 2008
And speaking of getting fired for BS reasons. I know of people who have gotten injured on the job and they have done everything they can to try and get rid of them. Some have been fired, others laid off and the rest have had their weekly hours reduced due to the fact that they were injured on the job (by any fault of their own or not).
So, wife of an 83 hand, I know exactly what you are talking about and yes, it is "the nature of the beast" for our trade. It's a shame that a man can go out there and give 100% everyday, but when he gets hurt, they turn their back on him and do away with him as soon as possible. Not to mention, creating reasons to fire them...
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