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 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.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 17, 2015 at 6:12am

PSU Crane Collapse Update
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An autopsy was conducted today on the man who was killed after a 3 thousand pound crane fell on top of him on the Penn State Campus. The Centre County coroner says Jerod Chapman of Uniontown died from blunt force head trauma and his death has been ruled an accident. It happened Friday night at the Burrows Building. Officials with American Ornamental are still looking into exactly what caused the crane part to collapse.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 12, 2015 at 7:57am

1 Killed, 1 Severely Injured After Crane Crashes at Mass. Mall

There is no word on any injuries at this time

One person was killed and another severely injured after a crane came crashing down Thursday afternoon at Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts, the state's Department of Public Safety confirmed.

The shopping and dining area is located on Canal Street.

Massachusetts Department of Public Safety Commissioner Tom Gatzunis said the accident is still under investigation.

"The site is secure at this time and will remain closed until a full investigation is concluded," he said in a statement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 9, 2015 at 6:07am

Crane collapse damages Montpelier church

Posted: Jun 08, 2015 12:00 PM EDTUpdated: Jun 08, 2015 9:21 PM EDT
MONTPELIER, Vt. -A crane collapse has damaged the roof of a Montpelier church.

The crane was extended to 65 feet so crews could remove granite blocks from the roof of the Christ Church on State Street when it collapsed around 7:30 a.m. Monday. Three workers were on site when it happened but no one is hurt.

"They are removing some granite cap stones; they are about a thousand pound granite cap stones on a section of the church. The crane was here to remove them, part of a restoration that is happening," said Chief Robert Gowans.

The roof is damaged, but fire officials say the rest of the building is structurally sound.  It is going to take two cranes to remove the damaged one. Crews are still trying to figure out why the crane fell.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 22, 2015 at 11:05pm

Fatal tower crane collapse

May 22, 2015 | Comments (0)

A tower crane collapsed onto a car park and apartment block in Kemerovo, central Russia yesterday killing the crane operator, a 53 year old woman. No one else was injured in the incident.

The crane went over and pierced the building before fully collapsiing

The 40 metre bottom slewing luffing jib crane, was apparently caught by strong gusts of wind said to have exceed 18 metres a second – 40mph/65kph. We understand that the crane went over but rested on its jib for a while, before fully collapsing. A local resident caught the final fall on camera.
Click here to see a video of the fall

The crane goes down

The damage to the building
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 17, 2015 at 10:27pm

Breaking news: One dead as crane collapses in Doha

by Neha Bhatia on May 17, 2015 

Image Courtesy: Twitter/@hamadmajeed
Image Courtesy: Twitter/@hamadmajeed 

A construction worker was killed and three people injured when a crane collapsed in Qatar today.

The incident happened near the old Airforce Roundabout around 10am. According to local news reports, the man was an employee of a construction company and was working on the installation of a crane owned by MedGulf.

The crane came crashing down across both sides of the road, causing huge traffic delays in the area. Conditions were windy at the time.

An ambulance was called to the scene and medical staff treated injured people.

Images of the scene on social media channels show what appears to be a body covered in a blue sheet near the wreckage. The crane operator's cab appears to be covered in traces of blood.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 16, 2015 at 1:02am

Operator dies in crane collapse at Bremerhaven

Operator dies in crane collapse at Bremerhaven

A 52-year-old quay crane operator has died after his crane collapsed at the APM Terminals-operated Port of Bremerhaven.

The boom of the 23-row ZPMC super-post-panamax crane snapped causing wreckage including the cabin to fall and smash into the hold of 6,674 teu Maersk Karachi below.

The body of the deceased man was recovered from the wreckage after several hours of searching, with authorities now investigating the cause of the accident, which is as yet undetermined. No-one else was hurt in the incident.

Maersk Karachi, meanwhile, suffered damage to the hull and will reportedly need repairs. A number of containers onboard have also been damaged.

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