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There are two ways to learn about the load limits of your equipment: from the manual or from experience.  This video is a great expample of why you should always choose the former.

Note: They say at the end of the clip that (incredibly) no one is injured.  Still, you’ve got to imagine this likely damaged the operator’s career a bit.  “Why’d you leave your last job?”  Hmm…) 


5 Responses to Doh! The Wrong Way To Learn About Equipment Load Limits

  1. Mike R says:

    He might have been able to manage the job with that crane if:

    1. He didn’t stick the arm out so far

    2. He had the crane parallel to the arm, not perpendicular.

    But what do I know about cranes?

  2. Steve says:

    That was amazing. I am not a crane technition nor do I play one on tv but just basic common sense tell me that the bus is too great a weight and the crane extended too far. What were these people thinking? Did NO ONE say “Uh, that doesn;t look very safe there dude.”?

  3. Freddie says:

    anybody ever wonder why theres a red stop button on most equipment? Because some people are just dumb.

  4. William says:

    Notice that there is a 2nd crane in the background at about the 1 minute point. Did they think the first one wasn’t big enough?

  5. Scraper says:

    I used to be very involved in the crane business. Mike R.’s points are all valid. I investigated many accidents involving cranes and water. And in every case, the operator did not properly account for the weight or suction of the water/mud. Since this appeared to be over a river, the current might have also played a factor.

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