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 February 13, 2017 at 8:20pm

9-year-old girl among 4 injured in Bat Yam crane collapse

A giant crane collapsed in the middle of Bat Yam today, injuring four people including the crane operator and a 9-year-old girl. It is still unclear what caused the crane to collapse.

Feb 13, 2017, 4:10PM

Four people were injured on Monday by a crane that collapsed in Bat Yam. The giant crane was being used by construction workers and collapsed for an unknown reason onto a nearby road. The crane collapsed onto a car, moderately injuring the driver. The crane operator was also injured.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 3, 2017 at 10:23pm

Construction crane collapses onto highway in Dubai

A construction crane has collapsed during high winds on the main highway running through Dubai,... Read more

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A construction crane has collapsed during high winds on the main highway running through Dubai, disrupting traffic in the heart of the Mideast's commercial hub.

The official Dubai Media Office said the crane toppled onto Sheikh Zayed Road on Friday afternoon, injuring at least one person and setting three cars alight. Rescue crews were on the scene.

Friday is the first day of the weekend in Dubai, and traffic on the multi-lane highway is typically lighter than on workdays.

Dubai's transit authority says service on the elevated metro line running alongside the highway was temporarily suspended as a precaution.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 2, 2017 at 8:02pm

Police: Rigger issue might have caused crane to topple over

Wednesday, February 1st 2017, 8:38 am EST


Traffic is again moving along I-10 westbound over the Biloxi River Bridge. That wasn't the case this morning after a crane toppled over.  

It was 7:20 a.m. Rush hour traffic was building. It came to a screeching halt when a huge crane collapsed, blocking all westbound lanes. Traffic backed up for miles.

Incredibly, only one car struck the crane. The driver, Patty Warrick, was not injured, but was she shaken up. 

“I slammed on the brakes and just slid right into the crane that had already fallen over and stopped,” Warrick recalled.  “I wanted to get through it, but I didn't know what I was going to do. I just said, ‘Lord, it's in your hands.’”

The steering wheel was in Melissa Boedecker's hands as she was at the front of the pack when the crane fell. 

“When I realized it was moving and I realized then that I was terrified that it was going to catch fire, so I backed up. One guy said, ‘Don't get out of your car. Move, move,’ so I backed up to get out of the way. I was just thankful that no one else was hurt,” Boedecker explained.

For Jerry Stussman, who is returning to California, this was not the tourist attraction he was expecting. 

“Clearly something wasn't right. I'm being facetious, but something was wrong, so we shut the van down and been here for a while,” Stussman said.

Despite the colossal traffic jam on I-10 and despite the inconvenience for everyone traveling westbound, this incident could have been a lot worse, according to Sgt. Josh Bromen with the Gulfport Police Department. 

“We talk about one factor that may have changed, fog, adverse weather, rain, sleet, or snow. Any of those conditions, or even if there had been more traffic, we could have had a really bad accident. We got lucky all things considered,” Bromen said.

That's something everyone on the bridge agreed on.

It took almost five hours to clear the crane from the interstate and get traffic flowing again. Gulfport police said the crane toppled over because its riggers were not out far enough for proper stabilization.

The crane has been on the bridge for about two weeks for maintenance work on the structure, including sandblasting.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 31, 2017 at 5:45pm

One dead, three missing after overloaded lorry plunges into River Nzoia

Tuesday January 31 2017
Residents look on as divers search for the

Residents look on as divers search for the bodies of four people who drowned after a lorry plunged into River Nzoia on Sunday night. PHOTO | ISAAC WALE | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

  • Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya visited the scene of the accident at Sikubale Bridge in Navakholo sub-county on Monday.
  • He promised to help bring in equipment to retrieve the truck and intensify the search for the missing bodies of two men and women who were in the lorry before the fatal crash.
  • Normal activities at the Kakamega-Bungoma border have been disrupted after the collapse of the bridge which serves as the only link for communities in the two counties.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 27, 2017 at 11:25pm

FOOTAGE: Construction Crane Collapses in Ashrafieh

Friday 27th January 2017, 04:38 (EET)

Several cars were damaged on Friday when a construction crane collapsed in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Sioufi.

The massive crane toppled over in a horrific accident that sent debris flying and left nearby vehicles mangled.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 27, 2017 at 3:19am

Crane collapses, damages MSU building in downtown Springfield

Published 1:27 p.m. CT Jan. 26, 2017

A construction crane collapsed Thursday, damaging a Missouri State building downtown.

An official with the university said the crane was being used to repair the roof at the Jim D. Morris Center, at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and McDaniel Street.

The collapse, in a part of McDaniel Street closed to traffic, knocked out windows on the south side of the MSU building.

No injuries were reported.

Suzanne Shaw, vice president for marking and communication, said equipment on the crane malfunctioned at a weld point on the arm of the crane, causing it to collapse.

She said it fell in a "containment area," set off by chain link fencing, that was closed to traffic because of the project.

A construction crane broke causing damage to the Jim D. Morris Center on McDaniel Street on Thursday, January 26, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

Shaw said the crane was in the process of removing deteriorated concrete fill from the roof and pieces of concrete hit the building when the crane collapsed.

As a result, a window in a fourth-floor office and a window in a third-floor common area were broken. At the time, the common area was unoccupied but there were two people in the office.

Andrea Mostyn, director of university communications, said the construction site was shot down and will remain closed until a safety investigations has been completed.

A construction crane broke causing damage to the Jim

A construction crane broke causing damage to the Jim D. Morris Center on McDaniel Street on Thursday, January 26, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader)

The center houses international services, international programs, the Foreign Language Institute, the English Language Institute, and an international leadership and training program.

In the past year, the executive committee of the MSU Board of Governors has allocated nearly $700,000 for the project, which involved repairs to the south wall to stop water infiltration.

The project calls for removing existing roofing material that has been leaking the then replacing it. The contract was Tremco Inc., also referred to as Weatherproofing Technologies, Inc., and both roofing and masonry subcontractors.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 21, 2017 at 6:48am

rane falls on Takahama nuke plant buildings amid storm warning

Crane falls on Takahama nuke plant buildings amid storm warning

Crane falls on Takahama nuke plant buildings amid storm warning

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 12, 2016 at 8:55pm

No Injuries Reported After Fort Lauderdale Beach Crane Collapse

A crane collapse is being investigated at a Fort Lauderdale Beach construction site after an accident Monday afternoon.

Emergency crews were called to the Paramount Fort Lauderdale off North Atlantic Blvd. just before 12:30 PM. No injuries were reported.

Officials have no released a cause for the collapse or any further details.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2016 at 6:22pm

Monday, 5 December 2016 | MYT 4:18 PM

Crane collapses at Bandar Damansara Perdana construction site

PETALING JAYA: A crane has collapsed at a Bandar Damansara Perdana construction site on Monday.

Selangor Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Mohd Sani Harul confirmed the incident, saying that the accident happened at a construction site located in front of the LHDN building at Empire Bandar Damansara Perdana.

He added that the department received the call at about 2pm.

“Five personnel were dispatched to the scene. No one was injured during the incident,” said Mohd Sani.

Earlier, an image of an overturned crane at a construction site in Damansara has been posted up on social media by a motorist.

"I was near the PJ Trade Centre. This was opposite the Trade Centre, across the highway. I believe that this is a new development," he said when contacted.

He verified that the image is real and said that he took the photo at about 2pm on Monday.

The image posted by the motorist shows a crane hanging upside down on a high-rise building, and it appears to be attached to the back of a trailer.

"Just moments ago, this crane overturned and is dangling precariously on the ledge of Empire Development. Doesn't look like anyone was in it, but no idea if anyone got hurt. Yet another example of construction mishaps," he wrote in the post.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2016 at 2:40am

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