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Crane Collapses onto Jaguar XKR

Graham Marshall - Saturday, December 01, 2012

This crane was being used to lift a new petrol storage tank for a service station being constructed in Gits, Belgium.

Unfortunately, the operator did not pay enough attention to the triggering-mechanism of the potential for round subsidence.

The ground was in fact, unstable, and two of the crane’s supporting legs sank into the soil causing the kinetic energy in the crane and its load to go out of control.

The resulting crane collapse incident caused this Jaguar XKR to meet an untimely end.

The Jaguar XKR was one of two cars damaged, the other being a BMW 630, when the crane fell onto the parking lot at B & D Automobiles. 

The company building the petrol station will now have to return the fuel tank to the manufacturer to check for damage to the tank. 

All in all, not a great day for safety!

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