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 Yvonne Lawson on February 5, 2016 at 4:21pm

At least one dead and another trapped in crushed car after massive New York crane collapses in rush hour

At least one person has been killed after a huge crane collapsed on a New York street this morning

Pictures courtesy of twitter

At least one dead and another trapped in crushed car after massive New York crane collapses in rush hour At least one person has died and more than a dozen injured after a massive crane collapsed on a street in New York this morning.

Another remains trapped inside a car which has been crushed by the gigantic crane after it plunged down on a busy street in lower Manhattan this morning.

Two more people are in a critical condition and another seriously injured after the horror accident, the New York fire department confirmed.

It fell on a number of cars when it came plummetting to the ground, smashing their roofs.

A senior city official also said the crane hit a number of buildings on its way down.

One person was trapped inside a vehicle on Broadway in the Tribeca neighbourhood after the incident, which happened at 8.30am local time this morning.

A badge on the crane showed the logo for Bay Crane, a company that owns a second crane that collapsed 30 floors in New York last year.

It is unclear what caused the plane to collapse this morning, but Storm Team 4 claims weather conditions are unlikely.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 23, 2016 at 3:43am

Worker rescued from beneath collapsed crane on I-95 ramp in San Diego - See more at:

January 22, 2016 |

IMG_0166A road crew near San Diego scrambled to rescue a co-worker who became pinned after a crane collapsed during a project along Interstate 95.

According to reports from KGTV and CBS8, the crane was being used to move concrete barriers on a freeway ramp when it toppled over around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A construction worker was pinned between two K-rail safety barricades, according to the reports. Though the man suffered a severe leg injury, his co-workers were able to free him before emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The crew then brought in a crane to upright the toppled machine. The cause of the crane collapse has not yet been determined.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 12, 2016 at 11:09pm

Construction worker killed in collapsing crane incident.

January 12 2016 @10:26pm

Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR: A construction worker was killed instantly when a crane collapsed at a construction site in Jalan Damansara, here, earlier today. The 4.40pm incident saw the victim Li Yi Jia, 50, pinned by a steel frame against a concrete pillar, which is being built to support a flyover there. City Fire and Rescue Department senior operations commander Muhammad Firdaus Khan said authorities believed that the victim and two of his colleagues were on the steel frame when it was being lifted by the crane. "When the crane suddenly collapsed, the victim was trapped in between the steel frame and concrete pillar. "However, his colleagues were lucky as they only fell to the ground and suffered minor injuries," he said. Firdaus said the driver of the crane, which had tilted about 90 degrees vertically following the collapse, also sustained minor injuries. The victim's remains were sent to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre for post-mortem. Firdaus said the department deployed 25 firemen from the Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Hartamas and Hang Tuah stations.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 6, 2016 at 9:38pm

Crane collapsed near Flagler Bridge; no injuries reported

Posted: 10:51 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

A crane collapsed onto a barge near the Flagler Memorial Bridge on Wednesday morning, but the crane operator was uninjured, West Palm Beach Fire Rescue reports.

The crane failure happened just before 9 a.m. on the west side of the Lake Worth Lagoon, said Tish Burgher, spokeswoman for the bridge replacement project.

The crane never landed in the water and the operator was able to get out without injury, fire rescue spokeswoman Diana Matty said.

Although there were workers in the area, none was injured, Matty added.

The crane collapse caused no damage to the existing or replacement bridge, Burgher said.

Eastbound traffic on the bridge was shut down for 30 minutes, then reopened at 9:15 a.m.

The Flagler Memorial Bridge project began in 2012 and is expected to last until 2017.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 6, 2016 at 5:41am

Crane collapse on Thai bridge

A view of the site this morning

January 5, 2016

A tower crane lost its jib this morning on the site of a new bridge being built on the south side of Ayutthaya - north of Bangkok, Thailand. Initial Reports say that 13 construction workers were injured, while one was is missing.

The new 800 metre bridge across the Chao Phraya river will connect tambon Ko Rian and tambon Samphao Lom.

The crane was lifting a concrete deck slab measuring around nine by three metres when the jib broke free from the crane.The contractor on the project - which began in mid-2013 - is Prayoon Engineering.

Crane collapse on Thai bridgeThe dropped jib

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 23, 2015 at 4:11am

Crane collapses onto Plymouth house

Posted: Dec 21, 2015 10:10 PM Updated: Dec 22, 2015 5:08 AM


A crane collapsed onto a house in Plymouth Monday night, slicing right through the roof.

Rebecca Forman, 17, said she was in the kitchen of her house on Lisa Street when the crane crashed through her house.

"I saw from the corner of my eye something fall from the ceiling and I looked outside and saw trees falling, so I thought it was just trees," said Forman.  

No one was injured when the crane came down on the house. The crane was being used by a tree trimming company that was hired to prevent trees from coming down in the winter.

"To slice through the roof is hard to believe cause it just took a clean slice right through the roof," said a neighbor.

The collapse is under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 15, 2015 at 4:57am

Father, 41, dies and his 17-year-old son is fighting for life after the crane they were using to take professional photographs collapsed onto a road in Brisbane's CBD

  • A man has died and his son is fighting for life after their crane collapsed
  • Father, 41, and his son, 17, were in the bucket of a crane in Brisbane CBD
  • Both were thrown from the crane as it fell after a support beam snapped
  • Witness said he was concerned with how it was being operated before fall  

A man has died and his teenage son is fighting for life in hospital after the crane they were using collapsed in Brisbane.

The 41-year-old and his 17-year-old son were in the bucket of the crane, taking promotional shots of a construction site at Newstead - just north of Brisbane's CBD, when it topped over about 7pm on Monday.

Both were thrown from the crane as it fell, which was the result of a support beam snapping.

James Small, who works in construction near the accident scene and witnessed the incident, said he became concerned about the way the crane was being operated before it fell.

'I don't believe that the support systems were adequate for what they were doing,' he told the ABC.

'It was stretched to a maximum level. It was one of the highest lifts I've seen off a truck, ever, and I work in the building industry. I think they were taking risks that were unnecessary. 

'One was critical to the point of death and the other was trapped under the cage and screaming for his life. It was a tragic incident, but very lucky that there wasn't pedestrians in the way because the weight of this would have killed anybody in its way.'

The boom of the crane was fully extended and tragically the crane has toppled over, causing the death of one person and seriously injuring another that were in the bucket of the crane,' Acting Police Inspector Rob Campbell said.

Workplace health and safety officials are investigating the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2015 at 4:42am

Crane collapse in Sewri kills one, injures woman

04 December 2015-20:31

In a freak accident, one man died while a woman sustained severe head injuries after the crane of an under construction building opposite Sewri T B Hospital broke loose and fell on a house. The woman was rushed to KEM Hospital and has been admitted in the emergency ward, where she remains critical. RA Kidwai Marg Police station in Sewri - under whose jurisdiction the incident took place- are investigating the matter. Also read: Seven killed as crane collapses in Madhya Pradesh storm While...


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 25, 2015 at 6:29am

Crane collapse traps several workers

November, 25 2015 11:46:00
A rescue team dismantles a crane after it suddenly collapsed last night at HCM City's Tan Thuan Port. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — A crane with a load capacity of several tonnes suddenly collapsed yesterday at Tan Thuan Port in HCM City's District 7, trapping many workers. 

The number of fatalities and injured people remains unknown. 

At 11.30pm yesterday, the crane broke while it was being used to unload cargo from a vessel of the Viet Nam Ocean Shipping Joint Stock Company. The crane fell down on the cargo and the workers near the vessel. 

Several rescue workers have been mobilised to save those trapped in the debris. Three ambulances have been kept ready to take the victims to hospital. 

The site of the accident has been cordoned off for further investigation

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 18, 2015 at 8:18pm

One person dies in crane collapse

November, 18 2015 15:11:00
The scene of the accident in Le Hong Phong Street. — Photo

HAI PHONG (VNS) — One person was killed and another was injured when a 10m-tall crane suddenly collapsed this noon at a construction site in the northern Hai Phong City's Le Hong Phong Street.

The mangled body of the victim was found after the accident. A building of the Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam is being constructed at the site.


The local police are investigating the case. — VNS

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