A 30-year-old worker for Tempe Crane was admitted at Scottsdale Heatlhcare Osborn hospital with a broken leg after a piece of a 10-ton crane swung off another crane and crushed his leg Tuesday morning while he was working on a lighting project at Tempe Diablo Stadium.
The man, whose name was not available, was setting up a piece on the crane so the tip of another one known as a “stinger” could be attached to it about 9 a.m. at the stadium near Broadway Road and 48th Street. The piece of the crane was not yet attached and on its side when it came back and pinned the man’s leg, breaking it, according to Mike Reichling, a spokesman for the Tempe Fire Department.
The man was unable to move and was trapped about 15 feet up on top of the crane, where fire crews had to climb to extricate him and place him in a basket so he could be transported to the hospital, Reichling.
Tempe Crane is subcontracting with the city for lighting work at the stadium, Reichling said.