Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cell tower worker crushed to death by a truck-mounted hydraulic crane that tipped over on its side at T-Mobile cell tower in downtown Dallas, Texas

DALLAS, TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One person has died and another injured after a truck-mounted hydraulic crane (a boom truck) tipped over in the 1700 block of Arts Plaza in downtown Dallas.

Dallas police and fire responded to the incident just after 2:40 p.m. Monday.

Dallas Fire-Rescue says when firefighters arrived at the location, they found the large crane tipped over on its side and into a fenced area surrounding a T-Mobile cell tower. There were three workers at the site when the crane tipped over.

One of the workers was crushed by the crane and was pronounced dead at the scene. Another worker was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The crane operator was not injured.

Identities of the workers have been released.


A 51-year-old worker was killed and another person was injured after a boom truck crane toppled over in downtown Dallas Monday afternoon, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue officials.

The truck-mounted hydraulic crane overturned at about 2:45 p.m. near a T-Mobile cell phone tower at 1700 Arts Plaza.  The truck says that it is a National Crane truck.  It appears to be a swing seat crane.

Authorities said Isidro Morales, a worker on the ground, was pinned by the crane and died at the scene.

Officials said the crane operator was not injured and another worker on the ground sustained injuries that were not life threatening.

It is unclear at this time what caused the crane truck to topple over, and Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman James Evans said officials don't know what type of work was being done at the time of the incident.

About National Crane

Starting as a small family business in 1945, National Crane has come to symbolize the gold standard of durable boom trucks. The company has led the market in its field for decades, and an estimated 90 percent of all National Crane products sold since 1963 are still in operation today. This is a particularly impressive record, considering well over 30,000 National Crane units have been delivered.

National Crane currently produces 12 series of boom trucks, ranging in capacity from 7,25 t (8 USt) to 36 t (40 USt). It also produces pedestal-mounted versions of its cranes for use in industrial applications, as well as a range of accessories such as personnel baskets, pallet forks and clamshell buckets.

Its products are usually subject to demanding work routines, being required to lift several times a day, every day. With such intensive work schedules, reliability, durability and ease of operation are key factors. National Cranes has all three – in abundance.

Although North America remains the single biggest market for National Crane, the company’s products are also popular in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions.