A tower crane erector fell around 10 metres from a man basket in San Francisco, California, on Saturday.
Reports we have received are however conflicting or confusing. We first heard that he was working from a man basket suspended from a truck crane, when a weld gave way on the one or two of the sling points, causing him to fall from the platform. A crew was removing a tower crane with the help of a large crawler crane, when the incident occurred. Although a subsequent photograph shows the top assembly of the Potain hammer head crane being broken down for loading, with the galvanised maintenance/inspection platform on the top of the tower crane shown on the floor.
The man was unconscious when paramedics arrived, he was rushed to a local trauma centre where his condition was described as critical, with numerous broken bones and possible internal injuries.