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Crane operator: America’s new most dangerous job?

Okay, that’s it. I can take a hint. I’m not superstitious. I don’t have any real phobias (avoiding snakes and very tall buildings is just common sense, not phobic). But this is getting freaky.

I just heard about yet another fatal crane accident, this one a few hours ago in Oklahoma City. A spectator was killed. He was sitting in his car watching the crane lift a new steeple onto his church. A steeple. For his church. There’s a message in there somewhere.

I’ve always heard that miners and lumberjacks have the most dangerous jobs in America, but I think crane operators must be catching up with them. Other crane-related deaths this year have occurred in New York, Houston, Miami, and Las Vegas. There have been hundreds of non-fatal accidents. Google “crane accidents” and you’ll be appalled.

Downtown Denver is full of huge construction cranes. I’ve even mentioned to friends how bizarre it is to see so much commercial building in progress while the housing market is going to the dogs.

I guess it’s all good for Denver, but I guarantee I’ll be giving all cranes a very wide berth from now on … very wide.

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  1. You have to be kidding me? How was the guy killed? Did they drop the steeple on him? Oh my – that’s too weird to even contemplate. I just saw a show the other night where they highlighted the high tower power workers and how dangerous that job is – I guess we can add craning to the list, eh?
    Annie
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    Looks like the entire crane fell over sideways and the boom came down directly across the car. Pictures here.

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