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 Tuesday

One Person Killed after Crane Collapse

Updated: Dec 07, 2018 4:34 PM EST


A man is killed after a crane collapse south of Fredonia, KS. According to Wilson County Sheriff Pete Figgin, deputies were called Friday morning about a possible on site work related accident.  

The location is the new site of the Fredonia Water Treatment Plant that is being constructed.

Upon arrival, officers discovered two adult males with injuries. One male died from his injuries, the other male was treated for minor injuries.  

The cause of accident has not been determined, according to Sheriff Figgin. OSHA has been contacted for further investigation. 

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office expresses condolences to the families of those involved. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 1, 2018 at 9:13pm

Crane operator dies after hotel construction accident on Isla Mujeres

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 17, 2018 at 5:33am

Crane collapse closes Route 15


WINFIELD — A construction crane carrying a steel beam collapsed onto Route 15 near County Line Road in Union Township on Tuesday night, spilling fuel and hydraulic fluid onto the ground and creating a traffic nightmare in the Valley through the weekend. No one was injured.

The 9:30 p.m. accident between Shamokin Dam and Winfield, which will bring in both the state Department of Environmental Protection and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is being investigated by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.

PennDOT officials said they do not know when Route 15 will reopen and that it's too early to tell if the accident will affect completion of the Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation project. The bridge in question spans Route 15 as part of the $700 million Thruway's Winfield interchange.

John P. Schwab, senior project engineer, Trumbull Corporation, of Pittsburgh,  said the crane was the responsibility of New Enterprise, of Winfield. "I have no information on what happened," he said.

Several phone calls and emails to New Enterprise's headquarters in New Enterprise, seeking comments about the accident, were not returned.

PennDOT spokesman David Thompson said there are three active contracts on the project: Trumbull is prime contractor for the river bridge and the Northumberland side of the project. New Enterprise is prime contractor for the interchange at Winfield.

"We're thankful there were no injuries whatsoever, or worse," Union County Township Fire Company Chief Rick Wetzel said. "It's not every day you have a crane collapse on a construction site like this. It's kind of a unique situation."

Moving steel beams

Wetzel, who was at the accident scene Tuesday night, said two cranes were being used to move steel beams, and one toppled over onto the bridge. The steel beam went between other beams that were already on the bridge, and some other debris fell onto the road. The operator of the crane was aware enough to know what was happening as it happened, and he jumped out before it fell, Wetzel said.

Wetzel said mechanical liquids were running down the supporting walls underneath the overpass. Volunteers put booms, which are blanket-like physical barriers that slow the spread of oil and other liquids, to divert fuel from the drainage systems.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Neil Shader said "DEP will be inspecting the cleanup to ensure that the spilled fuel and hydraulic fluid were removed, along with contaminated soils."

Mark Stellmack, the area director of the Wilkes-Barre office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, said the agency will be involved.

"What we would try to do is determine the causal factors in the incident, and we'll work from there," Stellmack said. "It will depend on the circumstances. OSHA can issue citations if there's a violation of any of our standards. It's way too early to tell."

Cause unknown

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 4, 2018 at 4:34am

6 Dead As Crane Collapses In Under-Construction Factory In Karnataka

The crane collapsed at an under-construction cement factory in Kalaburagi

August 03, 2018 01:34 IST

Kalaburagi, Karnataka: 

A crane collapsed at an under-construction cement factory in Kalaburagi in Karnataka on Thursday, leaving six dead and one injured.

Police have reached the spot and rescue operations are underway. The six workers who died are reportedly labourers from Bihar.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 19, 2018 at 8:04pm

4 people died in the collapse of a tower crane at a construction site in Hainan's Five Fingers Group

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 24, 2018 at 3:14am

Large Crane Collapses On CSU Campus: No Injuries

A construction crane fell onto the roof of a building under construction on the campus of the CSU vet hospital in Fort Collins

Apr 23, 2018 8:07 pm ET

Large Crane Collapses On CSU Campus: No Injuries

FORT COLLINS, CO -- A construction crane collapsed onto the roof of a building on the campus of Colorado State University's Veterinary Hospital campus in Fort Collins on Monday. No injuries were immediately reported when the crane fell onto the roof of the building being constructed at the College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences.

The building is being constructed by Silva Global Solutions northeast of the veterinary hospital at 300 West Drake Road.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 11, 2018 at 2:31am

2 dead, 6 hurt as crane crashes down in Pasay

02:46 PM April 10, 2018

Two men were killed and six others were injured after a metal crane in a construction site crashed onto a commercial building in Pasay on Tuesday afternoon.

In a report submitted to Chief Supt. Tomas Apolinario, director of the Southern Police District, the accident happened when a crane tower was being set up in the ongoing construction of STI building near the corner of P. Calle and Edsa around 12:30 p.m.

The report said the crane tower fell down and its boom hit the adjacent Core Town building, killing an unidentified man on the spot and damaged several vehicles parked in the area.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 6, 2018 at 5:43am

Collapsing construction crane narrowly misses workers running for their lives

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 21, 2018 at 5:27pm

Fatal crane incident in Morocco

21. March 2018 | Comments (0)

Two men died and another was critically injured yesterday morning when a tower crane collapsed on a building site on the north side of Casablanca, Morocco near the suburb of Ain Sebâa.

Information is sketchy, but it seems that the crane collapsed with the jib falling onto a building under construction, striking the two men who were working on the upper floor. The injured man is the crane operator.

The only photos that we have received do not given any indication as to what caused the collapse. We have been told though the crane, a Jaso, collided with a large generator/electrical installation before it failed, but we have not been able to confirm that.

We will update this item if and when we learn more.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 26, 2018 at 5:32pm

Thousands stranded on MRR2 after crane collapse
Feb 26 2018

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 — Thousands of motorists traveling along MRR2 today were caught in a massive traffic jam especially from Ulu Klang to Ampang after a crane collapsed at the site of a construction project near Dataran Ukay at about 10am today.

Bernama found that as of 1.30pm, only one of the three lanes along the route could be used as the crane was still obstructing traffic flow.

According to Selangor Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department Head Superintendent Azman Shari’at, the traffic congestion stretched five kilometres from Ulu Klang to Ampang.

He said the consultants and contractors involved in the project were in the process of moving the crane which was obstructing traffic.

The incident also resulted in a man, 36, being injured and now being treated at the Ampang Hospital.

As at 6.20pm, two units of crane transporters were used to remove the crane that collapsed at the project site near Dataran Ukay, here this morning.

According to sources, one of the two cranes was placed near the embankment of the slope near the site of the collapsed crane while the other crane was parked on the road to provide support.

“At the moment, the project contractor was in the process of fixing a special chain to one of the wheels of the crane to carry the collapsed crane.

“In addition, a temporary platform was also being erected to place the collapsed crane and this was being implemented as soon as possible,”he told Bernama.

Traffic congestion was still being reported at the MRR2 especially from the direction of Ulu Kelang to Ampang. — Bernama

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