Boom truck tips over on wharf

Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier
Published on March 25, 2013

No one was hurt when a boom truck tipped over the edge of the Digby wharf.

Tony O'Neill of Tidal Boat Works was using a boom truck to lower a set of scallop dragger gear onto the deck of the scallop boat the Digby Challenger a little before 2 p.m. Monday, March 25.

The boom truck was parked on the south facing side of the last ell and O’Neill was running the controls between the truck and the edge of the wharf.

When he saw the front wheel lift up he dropped and ducked under the truck as it flipped over him.

The boom struck the A-frame on the dragger and witnesses say that was the only thing that kept the boom truck from flipping right into the water.

The tide was at the halfway mark and falling.

At first they attempted to lift the truck with a wrecker from Fleetline but as they pulled on the front end, the back end started to swing off the wharf.

Men on the boat cut the cable to the scallop gear and men on the wharf chained the rear of the truck to bollards on the wharf.

Finally an excavator, a tractor and the wrecker righted the boom truck.