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 Sunday

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

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 25, 2015 at 3:20am

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 April 22, 2015 at 4:33am

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.



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