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Crane topples over onto cars, killing 1, injuring 6 in Miyagi Pref


A large crane toppled over onto a row of seven parked vehicles at a construction site in Shiogama, Miyagi Prefecture, on Wednesday morning, killing one man and injuring six others.

According to police, the accident occurred at around 7:40 a.m. at the construction site for a new Sunday Co home center chain store. A man in his 40s who was at the wheel of a station wagon was killed, while six others, ranging in age from their 20s to 50s, were injured in the other vehicles, Fuji TV reported. All six were taken to hospital, police said.

Police said the dead man and the injured men were construction workers who had just arrived at the site and were still in their vehicles when the crane, which had already begun operating, fell sideways onto them. Police said they are questioning the crane driver about how it toppled over.

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Operator error, it's a simple matter of physics.

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Looking at other reports, with images from different angles, the vehicle immediately behind the crane is a flatbed truck of a similar size to the crane. It has its side panels lowered, and seems to be touching the crane's left rear outrigger. The crane's boom is at more like 10 o'clock. I am sure, whatever the drivers of both vehicles were doing, the crane boom should not have been elevated and extended at the time.

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What's a Station Wagon? Seriously there are too many of these crane accidents in Japan. They are on TV every week. Maybe safety standards should be improved.

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Not only in Japan I'm afraid, we have had a few of these in Australia. Operator error would have to been the main cause I suspect, but when you see the spread of the feet on these mobile cranes you do wonder whether it's enough for heavy loads hanging out over a long distance. Workplace a Health and Safety officials have a role to play here in gathering statistics about these events and talking to operators and design engineers.

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"Station Wagon" is American. Brits called them vans. Japanese call them Box Cars.

No. In the UK, it's called an Estate. In Japan, it's a "wagon". (ワゴン)

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Based on how the base is lying on its side flat on the ground, it looks to me like either the left outriggers weren't extended at all, or they snapped, which is why it toppled to its left.

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Please be careful in the design of cranes, towers, as they need sufficient support at the base to prevent overturning . . . designers should account for wind, and seismic movement . . . .

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I am always sorry to hear people being killed.

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High winds or uneven ground is usually what topples one.

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"Station Wagon" is American. Brits called them vans. Japanese call them Box Cars.

May I suggest that people Google images of station wagons if they still have any doubt?

It is a car with an elongated boot, like a small hearse. Otherwise known as an estate.

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I have a license here as a crane operator for cranes up to 50 tons. There are a host of reasons why this could have happened, to my eyes, and not seeing anything on the news, just this picture, and pure speculation, the rather long cylindrical shaped object that is crushing one of the cars in the middle of the picture, sure appears to be heavy enough to have pulled the crane off-balance.

One other thing not mentioned in the article is the weather conditions at the time of the accident, if there were any wind gusts, even moderate one's, and lifting something that heavy, it could test the skills of many an operator.

I hope the injured fully recover, and my thoughts go out to the dead man's family and friends.

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An estate car in the UK isn't a van it's a car with an extended back. Vans can have rear windows or not. Both are available if you look online. An American estate car is a wagon.

Exactly. A station wagon, which is specifically what Richard was asking about.

He wasn't asking about vans.

In Japan everyone I know calls them Box Cars.

Nobody I know in Japan refers to station wagons as "box cars". However, that certainly sounds like something one might call a van, or one of those boxy van-like keis.

Why not go to some Japanese auto sites, and see what they call station wagons? (It's ワゴン, btw)

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