35-ton crane tips, and its arm hits roof of medical building

November 15, 1996|By Jill Hudson | Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF

Workers in the Two Knoll North building at the Columbia Medical Plan facilities in Columbia's Oakland Mills village were shaken yesterday when a 35-ton crane tipped over and its arm fell onto the roof.

Witnesses said they heard what sounded like a loud thunderclap about 11: 30 a.m. and felt the three-story brick building shake when the arm of the hydraulic crane hit the roof, cracking the brown cementlike face of the building.

Crane operators were using the machine to haul bags of cement onto the roof for cosmetic repairs, said Gary Linder, president of the Baltimore-based Linder Crane Service Co.

The accident was caused by the extension of the crane's arm or the angle of the crane itself, a spokeswoman for the Columbia Health Plan said yesterday.

No one was hurt in the accident, and the crane was uprighted within four hours.

Damage to the roof was estimated to be less than $1,000.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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