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 10 hours ago

Crane collapses on set of Kamal Haasan starrer ‘Indian 2’ ; three died, 10 injured

Feb 20, 2020, 08:02 am IST

Chennai: In a very unfortunate incident a crane collapsed on the sets of movie, starring Kamal Haasan, ‘Indian 2’, that took away lives of three while 10 others suffered injuries.
The incident happened during the shooting of the film on Wednesday night near Chennai.
According to reports, the team had created the set at EVP Film City in Chennai where three cranes were used for shooting purposes. One of the cranes reportedly lost control and fell over a tent killing the three people on the spot.
The deceased are Madhu, personal assistant to director Shankar, Krishna, an assistant director, and a staffer Chandran.
Injured persons have been shifted to a hospital.
Kamal Haasan took to Twitter to share the mishap. “I have faced and overcome many accidents, but today’s is the most horrific one. I lost three colleagues. The distress of their family members will be many times greater than my own pain. I share their grief as one of them. My deepest condolences to them,” he wrote.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2020 at 4:08am

In pictures: crane collapse in Vantaa causes damage at construction...

A LARGE CRANE COLLAPSED INTO AN UNDER-CONSTRUCTION APARTMENT BUILDING in Vantaa this morning, destroying much of the site and causing severe damage. Workers were on-site at the time of the collapse, but there have been no reports of any injuries. 

The top section of the crane, known as the counterweight boom and weighing several tons, came crashing down on the construction site on Väritehtaankatu in Tikkurila early this morning. Police and the construction company are currently looking into the cause of the incident. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 4, 2019 at 5:47am

1 dead after crane collapses at construction site of new TTSH rehab facility

04 Nov 2019 11:50AM

SINGAPORE: One worker was killed and another injured after a crane collapsed on Monday (Nov 4) at the construction site of a new rehab facility under Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The Singapore Civil Service Force (SCDF) said it received a call for help at a construction site in Jalan Tan Tock Seng in Novena at about 8.50am.

"The boom of a tower crane had collapsed at the construction site. One man was pronounced dead at the scene by an SCDF paramedic," it said.

Another man was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital after the incident, it added.

When CNA's reporter arrived at the scene, the boom of the tower crane – roughly the height of a 10-storey building – had collapsed and was bent at an angle.

The worksite is the location of Tan Tock Seng Hospital's new Integrated Care Hub, which will house a 500-bed rehabilitative facility. The hub, which is expected to open in 2022, will be part of the 17-hectare HealthCity Novena, slated to be Singapore’s largest healthcare complex.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 30, 2019 at 11:45pm

Riis Houses Buildings Evacuated After Part Of Crane Falls: FDNY

New York City Housing Authority buildings were evacuated after part of a crane fell at the complex on FDR Drive, the FDNY said.

Jul 30, 2019 3:29 pm

EAST VILLAGE, NY — A partial crane collapse in the East Village caused two buildings at a nearby public housing complex to be evacuated Tuesday, the FDNY said.

Firefighters rushed to 749 FDR Drive at East Sixth Street about 2:40 p.m after part of the crane snapped at NYCHA's Riis Houses, an FDNY spokesperson said.

Firefighters were checking the stability of the building Tuesday afternoon, the FDNY spokesperson said. Residents at 749 and 765 FDR Drive were evacuated, according to the FDNY.

FDNY officials said the crane's load snapped, colliding with the building at 749 FDR Drive and ripping off some air-conditioners from residents' windows. The building suffered exterior damage, according to the FDNY. Video from the Citizen App showed a crane dangling high above the building.

FDR Drive was shutdown for about an hour in both directions Tuesday afternoon while emergency responders dealt with the crane, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 22, 2019 at 7:44am

Crane collapses onto multi-unit apartment building near Rutgers University

Posted: Jul 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT


A construction crane collapsed onto a multi-unit apartment building across the street from Rutgers University Sunday night.

The crane, which was being used to build a nine-story apartment building, crashed down onto the apartment building around 8 p.m. on 142 Hamilton St.

The apartment building sustained significant damage, and so did a house next to it.

The complex housed students who attend Rutgers University, but Heather Harris, a resident of the apartment building, confirmed that “none of the residents were home when the crane collapsed.”

Officials are trying to determine what caused the crane to come down.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 20, 2019 at 3:07am

10 students hurt as crane collapses onto school building

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 9, 2019 at 11:24pm

At Least 2 Injured in Dallas Crane Collapse

June 9 2019

At least two people were injured when a strong winds blew a crane into a building in Downtown Dallas Sunday afternoon, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue officials.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. in the 2600 block of Live Oak Street at the Elan City Lights building, officials said.

DFR said two people were transported to the hospital, but their conditions were not disclosed. This is a developing story

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 6, 2019 at 1:47am

45 Metre Giant Crane Collapses In Monaco With A Crash Of Thunder

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 31, 2019 at 4:24am

High winds topple towering crane and send it crashing down onto homes in a Russian city

  • Heart-stopping moment a crane collapses next to a Russian tower-block
  • Terrifying video shows it turn and fall in high winds and send sparks into the air
  • Crane operator, who was inside at the time, was taken to hospital with injuries
  • Video was filmed in Perm, a city about 1,400 kilometres east of Moscow 

This is the heart-stopping moment a crane collapses next to a Russian tower block and flattens a small house.

Terrifying video shows the monstrous structure turn and fall in high winds, before sending sparks and a huge plume of smoke billowing into the air. 

The collapse which happened in Perm, a city about 1,400 kilometres east of Moscow, left its operator in hospital with numerous injuries as he had been in the crane at the time. 

Horrifying video, caught by a witness sitting in their car, shows the yellow crane turn before bending at the base.

It tumbles to the ground sending up sparks as it hits the fences surrounding a tower block.

A man is then seen walking away from the scene of devastation on Reshetnikov Street while another walks towards it in surprise and alarm.

As well as injuries to its operator, a witness said several houses were damaged and a one-story home was flattened.

A witness posted this video on social media earlier this week.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 23, 2019 at 9:42pm

4 killed after crane collapses in Yavneh

4 workers killed when crane collapses at construction site.


Four people were killed when a crane collapsed at a construction site on Jabotinsky Boulevard in Yavneh.

Rescue forces worked to rescue an injured worker who was trapped on the crane, but his death was ultimately confirmed.

MDA Paramedic Alon Malma said: "This is a large construction site with two residential buildings with a crane in the center, the rear part of the crane broke down and collapsed on the ground."

"Workers who were nearby were severely injured in all parts of their bodies, and during operations to evacuate them we carried out medical examinations, but they were without signs of life and we had no choice but to determine their deaths," he said.

"Another worker who was trapped on the crane at a height of dozens of meters is being rescued at this moment by the firefighters who arrived at the site," Malma added but, as mentioned, the worker later died of his injuries.

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