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 ( 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.,0,32...

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 15, 2015 at 6:06pm

Crane collapse kills one at Kusile power station

A crane collapse at Kusile power station, Mpumalanga, has killed one person and halted construction at the site Eskom has said.

National 15.9.2015 04.14 pm

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Kusile power station where there was a fatality. Please note that there was one fatality, and two other workers were injured,” Eskom said.

“The incident is currently under investigation.”

While further information was not available at the time of publication, Eskom has moved to clarify that the workers are receiving medical assistance.

The Kusile Power Station is a coal-fired power plant currently under construction. It is about 15 kilometres north of the existing Kendal Power Station near Witbank, Mpumalanga.

Parliament’s public enterprises and energy portfolio committee was expected to conduct a site inspection at the power station

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on September 11, 2015 at 7:18pm

Over 60 dead after crane collapses on world’s holiest mosque in Mecca

At least 65 people have died after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque of Mecca on Friday, Saudi authorities say.

According to Saudi Interior Ministry, at least 80 more people were injured in the incident.

The tragedy comes ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage which is due later this month. Millions of Muslims from around the world will converge on the holy city between September 21-26.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 10, 2015 at 4:21am

UPDATE: Crews cut crane in half after it topples in downtown Dayton

September 9, 2015, 3:40

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A crane collapsed near Monument Avenue River Corridor Drive Tuesday.

The operator of the crane suffered moderate injuries, fire officials say.  Paul Raisch, District Chief of the Dayton Fire Department tells 2 NEWS the crane was pouring concrete for a parking garage being built on Water Street near the PNC Bank building.  The crane became unbalanced and tipped over.

The operator was the only injury. He was taken to Miami Valley Hospital. According to officials OSHA has been contacted as this was a workplace accident.

Fire officials say it could have been much worse. The accident happened near the bike path that runs through that area but no one was present when the accident happened.

A second crane was put into place around 4:00 p.m. to upright and remove the damaged crane.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2015 at 9:17pm

Crane collapse at buiding site; no injuries reported

September 06, 2015 - 4:50:27 pm

Doha: A huge crane collapsed on a pick-up truck yesterday at a building site near Al Muntazah signal. No causalities or injuries were reported, according to Al Sharq website.

Some witnesses said that there were no barriers between the construction site and the main street.

On May 17 one construction worker has been killed and three others were injured following a similar collapse of a crane at a construction site.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2015 at 6:01am

Crane causes building collapse

September 3, 2015

A crane placing steelwork apparently caused the collapse of a steel structure at Bryant University, Smithfield, Rhode Island, USA on Tuesday injuring six men and crushing two boom lifts and telehandler.

The incident occurred when the operator of truck crane, helping the steel erector Barnes Buildings and Management to ‘plumb the steel structure’ for a new indoor sports practice pavilion - apparently applied too much pressure trying to pull the frame into position, causing the whole structure to collapse. Two steelworkers were working from a boom lift at a height of around nine metres, when the incident happened. The boom was overturned by the falling steel, but the two men were harnessed it and stayed with it as it went over.

Smithfield Rhode Island
The steel work came down on several booms and a telehandler
None of the six - which included Jose Vierra , Michael Gehrke, Roberto Rios, Jaime Rivas, Fabrico Quintanilla, and Douglas Tejada – suffered life threatening injuries.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 2, 2015 at 4:20am

Company investigating cause of crane collapse at Juban Crossing; no one injured

No one was injured when a crane owned by Bengal Crane and Rigging overturned at Juban Crossing on Tuesday afternoon. Bengal President John Austin said the company was investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred as workers were breaking down the equipment.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 5, 2015 at 11:30pm

Cranes collapse destroys homes

Two cranes placed on a barge in an effort to restore a bridge in the Central Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn toppled over earlier this week, crushing a row of homes along the River Rhine. The whole incident was captured on video by an onlooker. The video shows people jumping from the barge, which looks like it might capsize, while screams are heard in the background.

Reports on the extent of the damage are conflicting. Sky News reports that 20 homes were destroyed and at least 20 people were injured. At least one was hospitalized. Local news service NOS reported that the cranes had hit two shops, but that the residents of 51 properties were told they could not return home on Monday.
The cranes were moving a heavy steel section of the Juliana Bridge at the time of the incident, and topped under the weight. The BBC reported on Monday that victims were still being sought in the rubble and that heavy machinery had been moved in to help with the rescue effort, along with crews normally deployed for earthquakes and other natural disasters. The rescue effort was hampered by the instability of what remained of the the collapsed structures.
The BBC reports, “Witness Dick van Smirren, who filmed the incident, told the NOS national broadcaster: ‘You see the cloud of dust rise - that is a terrible image and you think: “Who is under there?” You can't believe what you see.’”
Rescuers searching for victims
and another in NJ (triple whammy, crane collapse, water main breaks, 360000 without water)

Water Main Break In Cliffside Park Affects About 36,000 Customers

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Three Bergen County towns were under a boil water advisory Wednesday night, hours after a water main ruptured in Cliffside Park.

A construction crane was blamed on the water main break, which happened at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. It impacted about 36,000 customers, leaving them with either low water pressure or no water at all.

As CBS2’s Steve Langford reported, a retail, residential office complex is under construction at the corner of Anderson and Lawton avenues in Cliffside Park, and the gigantic crane is being used for the project.

County officials said the crane’s boom was lowered for repairs to a sensor, and when the boom was lifted up again, water started rushing into the street.

Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco said the street collapsed under the weight of the crane, crushing a 24-inch water main, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

“Is a 600,000 pound crane sitting in the middle of the street a normal operation? No,” Tedesco said. “I could probably tell you that this road surface isn’t equipped to handle that kind of weight.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2015 at 11:17pm

No. 7 Line Back On Track After Crane Collapse Snarled Service For Hours

Scene near the 7 line where a crane dropped debris onto the tracks, halting service for hours on July 25, 2015 (Credit: Valerie Castro/CBS2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Service on the No. 7 subway line was interrupted for hours Saturday after a crane apparently gave way, causing debris to fall onto the tracks in Queens.

The incident happened around 1:15 p.m. Serviceresumed on the 7 line around 4:25 p.m.

The MTA told CBS2 a crane being used on a construction site adjacent to the tracks dropped a steel beam, causing damage to the eastbound tracks.

Crews worked through the afternoon to remove debris that was scattered on the tracks at College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue.

The MTA said the crane was not being used for any MTA project, but instead was from a commercial structure nearby.

No injuries were reported. Con Edison also responded to the scene.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 18, 2015 at 7:32pm

Crane accident kills two persons, hurts seven in China

18 July, 2015  17:24

The accident took place at a construction site of a chemical plant in Liaocheng City

Baku. 18 July. REPORT.AZ/ At least two persons were killed and seven others injured today when a crane overturned in east China's Shandong Province, Report informs Xinhua news agency says. 

According to the information, the accident took place at a construction site of a chemical plant in Liaocheng City, where the crane fell over.

Following the collapse, rescuers discovered nine injured persons and rushed them to nearby hospitals where two of them later died. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 16, 2015 at 11:14pm


Crane falls over, takes down wires and utility poles
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 04:48PM
A piece of a crane toppled in New Jersey Wednesday, taking wires and utility poles down with it.

The incident happened just before 3:30 p.m. at PSE&G Ridgefield electric substation on Hendricks Causeway, between Fulton Place and Church Street.

Officials say a large piece of equipment called a pile driver fell over while performing construction work at the site.

The crane fell over onto the road, pulling down the wires and poles in the process.

One pole landed on top of a car, but no injuries were reported.

In Ridgefield, 260 customers are currently without service.

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