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 Saturday

Crane Fatally Crushes Construction Company Owner at Midtown Site: Officials

April 24, 2015 12:20pm  | Updated on April 24, 2015 12:41pm

MIDTOWN — A flatbed truck crane fatally crushed the owner of a construction company at a site for a high-rise hotel shortly before noon on East 44th Street, officials said Friday.

Trevor Loftus, 40, the owner of Kenry Construction, was unloading construction material from the truck when a mechanical failure caused the crane atop the vehicle to fall onto him about 11:44 a.m. at 219 East 44th Street between Second and Third avenues, officials said.

"The hydraulics malfunctioned and the victim was caught between the knuckle boom and the flatbed itself. When we came on the scene, he was trapped in there," said FDNY Deputy Chief Joseph Carlsen at the construction site for the luxury Even Hotel.

"The only thing we do know is he was killed between the boom [crane] and the apparatus itself," Carlsen said.

The fire fighters were able to raise the boom with jacks and take him out, the chief said.

Loftus was pronounced dead on scene.

Fernando Bajana, who works at a garage nearby, saw a man trapped under the crane soon after the deadly accident.

"I didn't see him moving," said Bajana, 52. 

The truck involved in the fatal malfunction belonged to Loftus' company, which was issued a work permit on March 3 for the site, according to Department of Building records.

"We are all devastated," said Mark Russell, a friend who had worked for Loftus for ten years. "He was a family man, happily married, he had two young kids."

Russel said Loftus lived with his family in Yonkers and came to the U.S. from Ireland around 15 years ago.

The building at the site has risen to 23 stories but is slated to reach 36 floors when it's completed. A stop-work order has been issued for the site, officials said.

"It's important to know that this was an accident that did not relate to the stability of the building. It related to the work on the truck," Councilman Dan Garodnick said. 

The Department of Buildings had issued two partial stop work orders and received a series of complaints for the hotel site prior to the accident, according to records.

The site also had a complaint on March 16 for endangering workers and several for after-hours work, that were all dismissed by the DOB.

Federal investigators found multiple "serious" violations against Kenry Contracting Inc. at two other construction sites in Brooklyn and Manhattan, records show. The company was fined more than $20,000 for the infractions, which occurred in 2011 and 2014. 

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration and the Department of Buildings are investigating the accident, a spokesman said.

A spokeswoman for Kenry said the company did not wish to comment.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on Wednesday

Worker killed in crane collapse in Brampton


A man is dead after a crane collapse in Brampton on Tuesday.

Const. Lilly Fitzpatrick said Peel Regional Police were notified about an incident around noon at a construction site behind the Gore Meadows Community Centre and Library. A man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene at 10150 Gore Rd.

“Reports are that there was a large crane at the construction site that either tipped over or collapsed, striking a male worker who was on the ground,” Fitzpatrick said.

“At this point we don’t have any information as to what caused the crane to flip over or collapse.”

The Ministry of Labour has taken over the investigation and dispatched inspectors and an engineer to the scene, spokesman William Lin said.

Bondfield Limited is working at the construction site, but the worker was employed by Forma-Con Construction, Lin said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 4, 2015 at 5:32am

Crane tips onto Dallas Museum of Art, narrowly missing sculpture on lawn; 1 person injured

Last Updated: April 03, 2015 - 4:25 pm

DALLAS — A truck-mounted crane has toppled onto the roof of the Dallas Museum of Art, injuring the operator and narrowly missing a sculpture outside the building.

Museum spokeswoman Jill Bernstein says the crane was being used to assemble a tent for a special event when it fell Friday morning.

Bernstein says the crane operator was taken to a hospital. The operator's name and condition weren't immediately available.

The crane just missed a towering red steel sculpture called Ave by Mark di Suvero, which stands on the museum's front lawn. Bernstein says no works of art were damaged but that the south end of the museum has been closed.

Officials are investigating why the truck tipped over.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 23, 2015 at 4:08pm

Skyway crane crashes in Pasay; 5 vehicles hit

Girder launcher which crashed on at least five vehicles at Tramo-Andrews Ave. Contributed photo from Naim Guroalim

Girder launcher which crashed on at least five vehicles at Tramo-Andrews Ave. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Naim Guroalim

MANILA, Philippines – Some roads leading to the airport were not passable on Monday afternoon after a heavy equipment machine at the ongoing construction of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Elevated Skyway collapsed along Andrews Avenue and damaged five cars.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 25, 2015 at 8:31am

Crane topples at Potong Pasir, no one injured

A tipped over crane seen at the construction site of Sant Ritz along...
A tipped over crane seen at the construction site of Sant Ritz along...
PUBLISHED: 10:07 PM, FEBRUARY 24, 2015

SINGAPORE — A crane at a condominium construction site in Potong Pasir toppled this afternoon (Feb 24), crushing the front gate of a house nearby, but no one was injured.

The worksite – for condominium Sant Ritz – is located on Pheng Geck Avenue near Potong Pasir MRT station. The police said they had received a call at about 4.55pm requesting for assistance.

According to construction workers, no one was in the crane when it collapsed, while a neighbour who identified herself as Ms Huang said that no one has been living in the affected house for a while.

Another resident of the area, who would only be known as Mr Lim, added that construction noise from the condominiums being built in the area was so loud that he had not realised a crane had toppled, until he saw what happened.

Workers from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said a lamp post was also damaged during the collapse and they are waiting to replace it one the crane has been removed.

As of 8pm, heavy lifting equipment were seen being brought in as part of efforts to remove the crane blocking the road.

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has ordered work at the site to stop while investigations are ongoing. An MOM spokesperson said the occupier of the worksite is Santarli Construction, which had been contracted by Santarli Realty to build Sant Ritz.

“Officers from MOM’s Occupational Safety and Health Division commenced investigations immediately,” the spokesperson said. “Preliminary findings indicate that a crawler crane toppled at the worksite at about 5pm on 24 Feb 2015. No one was injured.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 26, 2015 at 7:05am

Crane collapses onto Abu Dhabi building

Apartment building doorman Mohammed Sarwat shows the damage caused by the crane’s collapse. Delores Johnson / The National

January 25, 2015 Updated: January 26, 2015 08:30 AM

Crane collapses onto Abu Dhabi building

ABU DHABI // A mobile crane collapsed onto a building on Sunday morning, shattering windows and waking residents in the surrounding area.

The crane, which belonged to Suwadi and Shams Contracting company, fell shortly before 9am near the junction of Sheikh Zayed and Hamdan streets, the same location where a mobile crane collapsed over a street in 2011.

Mohammed Salem, head of the communications department of Suwadi and Shams Contracting said although his company was still awaiting the outcome of the Abu Dhabi Police investigation, the accident was something that could happen to any company and was not completely out of the norm.

“We were sleeping and suddenly there was a big sound and the whole building shook,” said Nilima, who felt the effect from her apartment on the third floor of the affected building.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 21, 2015 at 6:28pm

Four killed in crane demolition accident

A crane undergoing deconstruction collapsed at a shipyard in Busan on Wednesday killing four workers.

At about 9:46 a.m., the crane’s machine room fell about 20 meters to the ground immediately killing four workers, including one who was crushed by the debris.

The authorities believe that the workers, employees of a demolition contractor, were in the process of detaching the machine room from the 40-ton crane. 

According to reports, three of the workers were cutting through structures holding the machine room in place, while another was working inside the machine room. 

A fifth worker assigned to the project escaped unhurt as he was overseeing the operations from the ground. 

The shipyard was initially believed to belong to Daesun Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., but it was later revealed that the company had sold the facility to Geocheong Shipbuilding Co. in December. 

Geochung is a supplier of ship parts, and the crane was being dismantled as part of the company’s plans to convert the plot occupied by the structure for a different use. 

The police plans to question witnesses and officials of the contractor to determine whether safety protocols were followed. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 15, 2015 at 7:54am

Crane comes down in Moscow

January 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Exceptionally strong winds are blamed for the collapse of a tower crane in central Moscow yesterday. 

The crane looks like a fairly dated bottom slewing luffing tower crane, its triangular section tower and jib blew over the back of the machine base, with part of it apparently striking the rear end of a passing car. However no one was injured in the incident, which occurred in Testovskaya Ulitsa in the business district. More modern top slewers nearby were unaffected by the winds.

Moscow crane
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 11, 2015 at 12:31am

Crane collapses near Parkway in Brick, one injured

A construction worker was injured when a crane tipped over near the Garden State Parkway this morning.

Brick Police Sgt. Art Rivaldo said the crane’s operator was thrown into a wooded area from the cab when the incident occurred at about 10 a.m. He was flown by emergency medical helicpter to the Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.

Rivaldo said the crane was working on an overpass that carries the Parkway over New Jersey 88 when it apparently collapsed. The New Jersey State Police are investigating.

The right northbound lane was blocked for a period after the accident, but Rivaldo said traffic is now open in both directions.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 14, 2014 at 1:06am

Crane topples onto billboard in Durham



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