December 21, 1989 |
Tom Nolley was operating a crane yesterday at the construction site of the new St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Front Street and Erie Avenue, when the crane snagged on some high-tension wires. Nolley was marooned inside the crane's cab for about an hour until the power could be cut off.
May 28, 1987 |
One Liberty Place topped off yesterday at 945 feet, 4 inches - a fact noted on navy blue sweatshirts handed out to construction workers as ceremonies marked the placing of the final section of spire. Then developer Willard Rouse, Mayor Goode and other dignitaries went home, leaving workers with a 100-ton mop-up chore: Bring down the crane that hoisted the spire up there. "I am more concerned about taking down the crane than erecting the spire," said construction supervisor Tom Smythe as he monitored the work from the still-incomplete 62nd floor.
August 18, 1986 |
Charles McCue concentrates. He sits alone in the cab of a construction crane perched 500 feet above Market Street, concentrating on the hook and the payload dangling from a 110- foot boom. His gaze could belong to a fighter pilot or a marksman. It could be Ted Williams, staring out to the pitcher's mound. McCue leans forward slightly, elbows on a rail. He peers down to a flatbed truck that has pulled onto the site, a few feet from the foot of the crane's tower. The truck brings big steel from Canadian mills for One Liberty Place, Willard Rouse's history-making office tower at 17th and Market streets that will shortly become the tallest building in Philadelphia.
December 27, 1990 |
A crane at the Marriott Hotel construction site in West Conshohocken yesterday collapsed onto a smaller crane, causing it to fall on a parked truck, police said. The larger crane landed across a set of Conrail freight lines. No injuries were reported. A Conrail spokesman said that the crane blocked the two rail lines but that there were no delays in service because rail traffic the day after Christmas is normally light. The accident occurred about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Front and Fayette Streets, West Conshohocken Police Officer John Bianchini said.
September 3, 1990 |
A. Reynolds Crane, 81, a former Pennsylvania Medical Society president who played a key role in establishing the county's medical examiner system, died of cancer Wednesday at his home in Radnor. Dr. Crane was a senior member emeritus of the scientific staff of Fox Chase Cancer Center, which he joined in 1974 after having directed the Ayer Clinical Laboratory at Pennsylvania Hospital since 1946. During a career that spanned more than 50 years, Dr. Crane, a pathologist, was president of the Philadelphia Pathological Society, the Philadelphia County Medical Society and the Pennsylvania Association of Clinical Pathologists.
November 26, 1999 |
Two of the workers running the lift when a giant crane collapsed at Milwaukee's Miller Park - killing three workers - say tracks on one side of the crane were sinking into the ground just before the accident. The comments came in sworn depositions released by order of the state Court of Appeals as the result of a lawsuit filed by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Attorneys for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of America, which is building the retractable roof for the Milwaukee Brewers' new ballpark, have opposed release of depositions in the civil lawsuits filed on behalf of the three accident victims' families.
August 2, 1988 |
The construction worker who was electrocuted yesterday morning while working at a West Philadelphia site was trying to chain a concrete barrier to a crane when the crane hit a 13,000-volt Amtrak line. Francis Popovich, 33, of Audubon, Montgomery County, an employee of Buckley & Co., and a co-worker, Anthony Arcuri, were working at 38th and Pennsgrove streets when the accident occurred. Police said the two reported to work about 7 a.m. and began to move a pile of concrete barriers that were stacked in a corner.
July 19, 2003 |
L. Stanley Crane, 87, the chief executive credited with Conrail's remarkable rise from the ashes of the moribund Penn Central Railroad, died Tuesday of complications from pneumonia at Hospice of Palm Beach County in Boynton Beach, Fla. Mr. Crane came to Philadelphia in 1981 as the boss of Conrail, after retiring as chairman and chief executive of the profitable Southern Railway. He had 40 years' experience in the industry, enormous energy, and a quick grasp of complex subjects.
January 29, 1989 |
The First National Bank is no longer agent for the Natalie Leaf estate because West Chester Borough Councilman Mitch Crane withdrew the agreement. Bank president Charles Swope hinted that the bank would soon have severed the relationship if Crane had not done it first. "That matter would have gone to the board very shortly," Swope said. The publicity surrounding the rezoning of Leaf's home from residential to commercial, which had been initiated by Crane, distressed bank board members, Swope said.
August 24, 2003 |
Authorities yesterday identified a third man who was part of a crew that was electrocuted after a crane struck an overhead power line in Telford. Danial G. Evans, 29, of Philadelphia, was killed in the accident Thursday morning at a cement plant owned by JDM Materials Co., according to the Bucks County Coroner's Office. Robert Forepaugh, 68, of Bensalem, had been backing up the crane when its boom struck a 7,200-volt power line. Evans and a coworker, George Frederick, 41, also of Philadelphia, scrambled to aid the crane operator, who had been thrown from the cab and was lying on the ground.