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#326231 - 6th Jun 2009 11:33am Upton Crane Accident
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I don't know when this happened, but I spotted this crane accident on Microsoft LiveEarth, it is just behind the Champion Spark Plugs buildings.

Looks like it was trying to either lift the chimney or take it down. Lets hope they were trying to take it down, because in that aspect, they succeeded!


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#326238 - 6th Jun 2009 12:17pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: diggingdeeper]
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raftl raftl WTF???

Hope no-one was injured, but thats some funny stuff laugh
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#326252 - 6th Jun 2009 1:16pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: MGCraig]
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raftl nice find
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#326278 - 6th Jun 2009 3:43pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: BMW Joe]
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wow thats mad lol
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#326286 - 6th Jun 2009 4:27pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: Pete_Robbo]
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laffin thats mad that
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#326291 - 6th Jun 2009 4:33pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: xxbad_babexx]
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Found some info about it

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Firm fined £8,000 as 60-tonne crane falls

A COMPANY has been fined £8,000 after a 60-tonne crane overturned on a Merseyside building site and crushed an electricity substation.

Magistrates imposed the fine after hearing the crash, at the former Champion Spark Plug premises in Upton, could have been fatal and left a nearby brook contaminated.

Safety chiefs said they hoped the prosecution of Flintshire-based Cheshire Crane Hire Ltd would act as a wake-up call to other firms.

Wirral magistrates heard the overloaded crane was parked on a tarmac surface on March 29 last year, but its outriggers were positioned on soft ground.

It overturned while attempting to lift a 23-metre steel chimney stack from the outside wall of a brick-clad machinery room that was about to be refurbished.

The stack fell next to the boom of the crane, while the cab crushed an adjacent electricity sub station.

Over days, the crane’s diesel and hydraulic tanks leaked, contaminating the nearby brook.

Health and Safety Executive inspector Neil Jamieson said: “The company’s managing director Frank Preston estimated the weight of the tower at about six tonnes, but its actual weight was more than double that figure.”

The company was also ordered to pay £8,842 costs by magistrates after pleading guilty to failing to ensure the safety of its employee under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Today Mr Preston put the incident down to “an unfortunate accident” and added: “We always put safety first.”

He said the incident was the first significant accident in the company’s 30-year History.


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#326293 - 6th Jun 2009 4:38pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: BMW Joe]
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Good find Joe. July 08, so its not live earth. if DD spotted it this morning.


Edited by bert1 (6th Jun 2009 4:40pm)
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#326297 - 6th Jun 2009 4:49pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: bert1]
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None of these satellite maps like google earth, maps, live earth e.t.c are actually 'live'.

Usually the images are less than 5 years old
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#326300 - 6th Jun 2009 4:56pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: BMW Joe]
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imagine if it was live, the trouble that would cause.
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#326330 - 6th Jun 2009 6:38pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: bert1]
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Good find Joe thanks. happy

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#326332 - 6th Jun 2009 6:39pm Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: ]
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Hahahaha how silly of it!

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#327006 - 10th Jun 2009 2:08am Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: Peachy]
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Yeah - good find Joe, I missed that!

There is no excuse for the firm - those cranes have the most annoying sound go off when they approach their weight limit, everybody knows there is another 10% available and lets the alarm go off ocasionally, but this was a long way over the load limit!

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#327084 - 10th Jun 2009 11:38am Re: Upton Crane Accident [Re: diggingdeeper]
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looks to me like the out riggers were put on to the grass/mud resulting in the the veichle tipping. some one will loose their job for that with out a doubt. I've worked for Jimmy Ainscough, nice guy but he's no push over. I can see him saying it to the opperator now

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