Crane Topples Under The Weight of The Pool It’s Lifting, Crushes House

Crane flips and crushes house because of error in calculation on part of the operator 5 photos
Photo: YouTube / Peter Krause
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Sometimes, the Internet works in mysterious ways, bringing to our attention older stuff that we didn’t even know existed. Still, it can serve as caution that not playing by the rules can have disastrous consequences.
Take this crane operator, for example. The video is actually from way back in 2011, but it has reemerged and gone viral. It shows what can happen when a crane driver miscalculates or completely ignores the weight of the load he’s lifting and the distance he’s supposed to transport it.

Case in point: a heavy pool. This happened in Shoreview, Minnesota, where a homeowner had dug the hole for the pool and hired a so-called professional to handle all the heavy lifting. Instead, he got an operator who couldn’t follow through with instructions and ended up putting a hole in his house and the garage - and probably ruined the pool, too.

The video was uploaded to YouTube by Peter Krause (no relation to the Peter Krause from the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” in case you were wondering), who was part of the team working on the pool.

“We were onsite waiting for the pool to be set so we could bond the frame and what not, when things took a wrong turn…,” he writes in the caption of the video.

“I was filming with my phone and I heard the crane operator scream and I took off running toward the front of the house as soon as he started to yell I knew something went wrong. It sounded like thunder when the thing hit the house knocked out the chimney crushed the garage and busted up the house good. The operator was shaking in his boots scared the hell out of him not to mention things like this do not happen they have a load chart that prevents things like that.. needless to say he was on the phone with the owner of the company right away,” Krause adds.

You can hear the homeowner repeatedly ask what happened and screaming when he finds out the answer to that question on his own. No word on how this incident was settled, but we guess the operator and his company dug deep in their pockets. After all, this was their fault entirely.

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About the author: Elena Gorgan
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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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