LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – Almost eight months after a crane crashed into a West Louisville home, new state documents lift the veil on how the crane ended up on the roof of the House.
The crane crashed into the house on Plato Terrace in West Louisville on April 7.
Days later, WAVE 3 News requested documents from the Kentucky Labor Office. A spokesperson said the investigation would take months and information would be made available afterwards.
On Tuesday, the roughly 250-page inspection was made available and gives better insight into how the crane tipped over.
According to the documents, Percell Tree & Crane Service owner Michael Percell accepted the job to help a friend remove tree branches from his garden. Percell contracted out another man, Anthony Zayas, to finish the job. Documents show that Zayas made his first cut at around 10:15 a.m., and the crane was then moved. At around 10:40 am, Zayas made a second cut and tied two tree branches to the crane.
At this point, the documents say:
“Sir. Percell began to rotate the boom to the right at a 60 degree angle. In this process, the concrete sidewalk where one of the stabilizers was installed broke causing the stick to sink. stabilizer in the ground and unbalance the crane.The crane then rolled over onto a neighboring house which came to rest on the roof.
The company estimated the limb weight to be between 300 and 450 lbs. The response document also stated that the maximum length of the boom was 105 feet, although this appears to be an inaccuracy as the manual and company website stated that the maximum length of such a boom was 103. feet.
According to the load chart, at 59 degrees (used because the weight for 60 degrees was not listed and 59 would be close, but also more restrictive) and a maximum length of 103 feet, the maximum weight capacity of the crane would be 3,350 lb. If the load was assumed to be 450 lbs, then the load would only have been 13% of the maximum load. As such, the crane was unlikely to be overloaded.
Still, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Percell in connection with the incident.
The quote reads as follows:
“On or about 8/4/2021, Percell Tree & Crane Service LLC did not maintain certification records for monthly critical item inspections.”
The documents indicate that Percell claimed to perform daily and monthly inspections of the cranes, but did not document them.
He was not ordered to pay a fine.
WAVE 3 News has contacted Percell’s attorney for comment. He told WAVE 3 News that he wanted to speak to his client before posting a statement.
WAVE 3 News also sent an email to the Kentucky Labor Office, requesting more details on the inspection.
No one was injured in the April incident.
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