Crane Accidents: How to Prevent Them

by Erik Soderberg and Patrick McCarthy
Presented by Erik Soderberg at TOC Americas 2011 Conference in Panama

Container crane accidents account for about 35% of port insurance claim costs. This presentation summarizes significant operational, fatigue, wind related, and crane transport related accidents including causes and some prevention methods. Topics include vessel-crane collisions, boom hoist accidents, wind induced fatigue, fatigue tolerant detailing, structural maintenance programs, gantry braking systems, stowage system considerations, and seafastening review.