Cranes are on Shaky Ground and Collapsing Daily.

A 720-tonne gantry crane tipped off its rails on Friday, dropping a section of the new Port Mann bridge into the Fraser River, just east of Vancouver.

Crane drops section of Port Mann bridge into B.C. river

90-tonne segment of bridge plunges into Fraser River
CBC News
Posted: Feb 10, 2012 9:33 AM PT

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2012 3:30 PM PT

 

 A 720-tonne gantry crane tipped off its rails on Friday, dropping a section of the new Port Mann bridge into the Fraser River, just east of Vancouver. (Steve Lus/CBC)

A crane tipped off its tracks on the Port Mann bridge construction project east of Vancouver on Friday morning and dropped a segment of the bridge into the Fraser River.

Bridge project spokesman Max Logan said the gantry crane, which is designed to move on rails, is secure and nobody was hurt, but a 90-tonne section of the bridge deck the crane was moving fell into the Fraser River.

The segment struck a pile as it fell and is now submerged in the river. It is unclear whether the segment can be recovered.

The bridge segments are brought in by barge and lifted into place by the special 720-tonne horizontal gantry crane, which is also called a segment launcher.

Logan said one of the supports for the gantry appears to have been crushed and the gantry pitched forward.

It is unclear how long the mishap will delay the project, but the contractor Kiewit is responsible for any costs that result.

The Trans-Canada Highway remains open on the old Port Mann Bridge and there are no reports of any injuries.

When completed, the $800-million bridge will provide 10-lane crossing of the Fraser River for the Trans-Canada Highway east of Vancouver. It is scheduled to be completed in 2013.

Crane falls at Mich. construction site; 3 hurt

A 250-foot-tall crane collapsed Friday morning onto a building at a construction site at the Kent County jail complex in Grand Rapids, injuring three people, authorities said.

The jail was placed on lockdown following the incident. Kent County Undersheriff Jon Hess described the injuries to a construction worker and two Kent County jail trustees as minor, The Grand Rapids Press (http://bit.ly/ziaMEe) reported.

Both the department construction company officials said all inmates and workers were accounted for.

Construction company Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. said Friday in a statement it was investigating the cause of the accident and had no further information. Hess said it appears that a cable snapped as the crane was carrying cement.

Images from the scene showed part of the crane leaning against a building. A garage area where sheriff's vehicles are kept was damaged.

The main jail that houses inmates apparently wasn't damaged, and Hess said authorities were checking the structural integrity of that building.

The crane that fell has been used for seven months on a $27 million renovation project, Hess said.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 21, 2016 at 5:52am

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3 workers injured after 300-ton crane collapses at Exxon Mobil's Torrance refinery

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Three workers were injured Monday morning when a 300-ton crane collapsed at Exxon Mobil’s refinery in Torrance, fire officials said.

The contract workers suffered minor injuries during the collapse at the refinery in the 3700 block of West 190th Street, said Battalion Chief Bob Millea of the Torrance Fire Department. The workers were taken to an area clinic for evaluation.

Fire officials said the crane was moving debris at the refinery just after 9:30 a.m. when it suddenly collapsed, he said.

Water was doused onto the debris to stop any vapors from escaping, Millea said. The situation, he said, appeared to be “static.”

The extent of the damage to the refinery was not immediately known, he said.

Exxon Mobil spokesman Todd Spitler said the company was cooperating with fire officials and “determining the cause of the incident.”

A breakdown in some units triggered a flaring event at the refinery, he said. The refinery’s flare system is activated to safety stabilize operations during an unplanned interruption. The flaring event was not related to the collapse, Spitler said.

“Our main concern is for the safety of our employees, contractors and the community,” Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Gesuina Paras said. “There is no impact to the community.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 16, 2016 at 1:54am

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Man killed as crane collapses in Caloocan

Published: 15/06/2016
Man killed as crane collapses in Caloocan
Source: NEWS.ABS-CBN.COM

A man died after the crane he was operating collapsed inside the compound of a cosmetics company in Caloocan City on Tuesday night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 15, 2016 at 6:00am

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Crane collapse kills one

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 11, 2016 at 7:38am

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Fatal construction crane collapse in Phuket

10 Jun 2016 at 16:44
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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 10, 2016 at 2:19am

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Girder Collapse At Surprise Construction Site Injures 2, 1 In Critical Condition

Published: Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 2:09pm
concrete girder collapsed
A large concrete girder collapsed at the Bell Road and Grand Avenue construction site in Surprise.
(Photo by Casey Kuhn - KJZZ)

Two construction workers were injured in Surprise this morning at the overpass work site on Grand Avenue. One of those men is in critical condition.

The worker was airlifted to a trauma center after suffering injuries from a 40-foot fall.

The 150-foot concrete girder had just been placed in construction above the railroad tracks next to Grand Avenue and Bell Road when it collapsed.

Arizona Department of Transportation spokesman Doug Nintzel said finding out why the girder fell will delay what was supposed to be a six- to eight-month construction project.

“We are going to have to take some time to investigate because safety and the investigation itself, those have to become our priority right now," Nintzel said.

Workers have been building the Arizona Department of Transportation overpass project since April.

Officials said the other man escaped with minor injuries.

ADOT is still investigating the cause of the collapse.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 8, 2016 at 7:15am

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A crane rests against the Griffith University College of Art after falling at a construction site on Grey Street at ...A crane rests against the Griffith University College of Art after falling at a construction site on Grey Street at South Bank. Photo: Chris McDonough

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Crane collapse at South Bank

June 8, 2016 - 10:06AM

 "We heard an almighty crash and bang and the building sort of shook, we had a bit of a chat and kept working; then we were told to get out of the building ASAP."

That's how Griffith Uni student Sara Finch remembers yesterday afternoon when a 100 tonne crane collapsed into the side of the QLD College of Arts Building at South Bank.

Photography student Finch was working in a dark room on the third floor when she heard the crashing noise directly above her.

"I thought it must be guys in the roof because the whole Uni's being recabled, they've dropped something and it's about to come through the roof, that's all i thought." 

"I never guessed it was going to be a crane obviously."

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 27, 2016 at 5:47am

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Probe ordered as crane collapse hurts 2 in Makati

CRASH SITE The accident on HV dela Costa Street also caused a brownout in nearby villages and snarled traffic in the Makati central business district. PHOTOS BY LYN RILLON

CRASH SITE The accident on HV dela Costa Street also caused a brownout in nearby villages and snarled traffic in the Makati central business district. PHOTOS BY LYN RILLON

The Makati City government ordered an investigation and stopped work at a high-rise construction project in the central business district (CBD) on Thursday, where two persons were injured after a tower crane collapsed, snagged utility cables and sent an electric post crashing down on the street.

The toppled post fell on a taxi cab on HV dela Costa Street, Barangay Bel-Air, leaving the driver with signs of spinal injury. Another man on a bike sustained a fracture on his arm and bruises on his knees and elbows.

The crash happened around 8 a.m. at the Salcedo Sky Suites project site and cut power supply in Bel-Air and neighboring Urdaneta and Guadalupe Viejo. The ensuing closure of HV Dela Costa also caused heavy traffic in the CBD.



The Makati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO) identified the injured driver as Ramon Romirosa, 47; and the biker as Romeo Lopez, 40.

The building contractor, AM Oreta Construction, issued an apology and said it would shoulder the medical expenses of the two victims, who received treatment at Makati Medical Center.

In a statement, the company said the crane was being set up at the residential project when it collapsed and snagged utility cables, affecting five electrical posts and two telecom posts. The crane fell on a vacant lot and hit three parked cars.

Makati Mayor Romulo Peña ordered the Office of the Building Official (OBO) to enforce the work stoppage while investigating the cause of the incident and individuals who should be held liable. “Although nobody died, still there were people injured,” he said. “We will not tolerate negligence and noncompliance with our construction laws and standards.”

OBO Enforcement Unit officer in charge, Engr. Julio Cepeda, said they would check if standard operating procedures were followed by the personnel in charge of the crane and whether it was being installed on soft ground.

Meanwhile, Bel-Air village watchmen told reporters that the crane operator had gone missing after the incident.

 

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Bulgaria

Three injured when construction crane fell on filling station’s roof in Bulgaria

14 April 2016 | 21:12 | FOCUS News Agency
Three injured when construction crane fell on filling station’s roof in Bulgaria Picture: Focus Information Agency

Sofia. Three people have been admitted in Toluda hospital with injuries after a construction crane fell on the roof of a filling station in Sofia, BNR reported.
The three injured – two women and a man were admitted at the emergency ward of the hospital with no danger to life.
Construction workers are trying to strengthen the fallen crane to prevent further collapse of the roof.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 13, 2016 at 11:12pm

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Eighteen dead in construction crane collapse in China

Eighteen dead in construction crane collapse in China

Rescue workers carry a man after a work shed collapsed at a construction site in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China, April 12, 2016.

The death toll in a construction crane collapse rose to 18 by 18:00 Wednesday in south China's Guangdong Province.

"Except one, the identities of 17 other dead people are confirmed. Eighteen people, including four with major injuries, remained in hospital. The health conditions of the four with major injuries were stable. 15 others suffering minor injuries have left hospital after medical treatment," said Luo Bin, spokesperson of the rescue team, at a press conference.

Local officials said that the accident occurred at around 05:40 Wednesday in Mayong Township, Dongguan, when a gantry crane at the construction site in a factory collapsed and destroyed a work shed nearby used as a dormitory to house 139 workers.

Officials said 88 people managed to escape from the work shed at the time of its collapse, 15 suffered minor injuries and 18 remained in hospital.

Officials announced they have set up a special group to comfort the relatives of the dead and injured.

"We have assigned personnel to cope with the aftermath of the accident and to comfort the relatives of the dead and injured one by one. The company which takes responsibility for the construction work has allocated a special fund of 20 million yuan to deal with the aftermath issue. We will do our best to make sure that the injured acquire medical treatment and to solve relevant difficulties," said Luo.

An initial investigation showed the crane was blown over in a gale, and further investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

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