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 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

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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.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 13, 2015 at 7:40am

Crane collapses in Hanoi, throwing two people off motorbikes

Two people fell off their motorbikes after being hit by a cable of a crane that suddenly collapsed at the construction site of a railway project in Hanoi on Tuesday.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 9, 2015 at 6:08am

Construction crane collapses in Santa Clara

Construction workers assess the damage after a crane collapsed at a construction site at the Stadium Tech Center along Great America Parkway and Great America Way in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday, May 8, 2015. No injuries were reported. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)

A construction crane collapsed at the site of a parking garage project at the Stadium Tech Center complex at Great America Parkway and Great America Way in Santa Clara, Calif., on Friday, May 8, 2015. No injuries were reported in the incident

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 6, 2015 at 6:51pm 

Mother, two kids killed in crane collapse in southern Vietnam

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Mother, two kids killed in crane collapse in southern Vietnam

A 32-year-old woman and her two children died on the spot when the crane of a truck at an unfenced construction site in the southern province of Dong Thap suddenly collapsed and fell on them on Tuesday morning, local authorities reported.

The accident occurred on Road 842 in An Loc Ward of Hong Ngu Town at 7:45 am that day when the woman, Cao Tuong Van, was carrying her two children, Tran Cao Cong Danh, a seven-year-old boy, and Tran Ngoc Thao Vi, a three-year-old girl, on a motorbike to their schools.

At that time, Nguyen Thai Huynh, 29, the driver of the crane truck, was operating the equipment at an unfenced construction site for the Hong Ngu 2 Bridge, when the crane suddenly fell on the three victims.

The construction unit is Ho Chi Minh City-based Truong Loc Works Construction JSC.

Huynh was arrested after the deadly accident for investigation into the cause of the crane collapse, Nguyen Hung Trang, chairman of the Hong Ngu Town People’s Committee, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Tuesday.

Trang added, “Competent agencies initially said industrial safety was not ensured at the construction site.”

Nguyen Thanh Hung, deputy chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said he has ordered a technical examination of all works at the construction site.

Hung said that the accident might have taken place because the crane truck driver did not operate the machinery in accordance with standard procedures.

He also apologized to the family of the victims for “the authorities’ loose control over industrial safety, resulting in such a regretful accident.”

Local police have performed autopsies on the three victims to clarify the cause of the deaths, while a probe into the case is underway.

Huynh is being investigated on charges of “accidentally causing human death” pursuant to Article 98 of the Penal Code, Senior Lieutenant Colonel Thai Thi My Trang, from the provincial Police Department, said on Wednesday morning.

Provincial authorities gave Van’s family VND13.5 million (US$623) while the construction unit offered the family VND50 million ($2,310) as initial support.

Many accidents related to construction cranes have occurred in recent times.

The latest took place on Nguyen Huu Tho Street in Hanoi on March 7, 2015, when a 46 meter-tall crane fell to the ground, but there were no casualties.

Another accident occurred on November 6, 2014, when a crane fell on Nguyen Trai Street in the capital, killing one person immediately and injuring many others.

One more accident happened in Hoang Mai Town of the central province of Nghe An on September 27, 2014, when the crane of a construction unit at the Hoang Mai Bridge collapsed on a man and killed him.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 3, 2015 at 1:39am

Crane Collapses At Dutch Car Show, 1 Dead



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