A loader crane overturned while lifting a generator in the city of Bath early yesterday.
The crane – possibly a Fassi F800XP – owned by Wheeler & Son machinery movers of Bridgwater, Somerset was set up with outriggers down but beams fully retracted. The arrangement clearly did not provide sufficient stability for the lift, once the load was removed from the truck bed. The boom came down onto the Lamb & Lion pub roof preventing a full overturn.
Wheelers is an experienced loader crane operator and runs a fleet of Fassi cranes, and regularly carries out quite complex lifts. It is therefore hard to understand how this incident occurred.