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 November 16, 2015 at 6:49am

Worker killed in crane collapse in Saudi

Also: Man crushed to death inside cement-mixer machine

A Pakistani construction worker was killed when a crane collapsed on him from the 25th level in a building under construction in Saudi Arabia.

The crane was moving blocks to the 25th level in the building in the Western town of Makkah when it collapsed, ‘Ajel’ newspaper said.

It quoted police as saying the worker, who was operating the crane, died on the spot after the edge of the crane and large blocks fell on him.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 19, 2015 at 5:43am

Crane collapses at Longshan Shipyard, one worker dead and one missing

October 19th, 2015

A crane has collapsed early morning on Saturday during repair work at Longshan Shipyard, a ship repair yard in Zhoushan.

The operator of the crane died in hospital, while another two workers sustained bad injuries. Another shipyard worker jumped into the ocean in order to avoid the collapse, and still hasn’t been found.

The searching for the missing worker continues, while authorities have started investigations into the cause of the incident. According to local media reports, the collapse was due to the crane being overloaded.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 17, 2015 at 1:48am

Crane boom collapse in Atlanta

The boom hit a boom lift then the building, causing it to buckleOctober 16, 2015 

A crawler crane boom came down on the site of a multi storey car park in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, yesterday.

Thankfully there were no injuries. 

The boom of the crane - a Manitowoc owned by Buckner, the steel erecting crane and rigging company – struck a boom lift as it came down before coming to rest on the building.

Contractor JE Dunn Construction has issued a statement confirming that no one was hurt and saying: "We have shut down the site to conduct a full accident investigation and determine the cause." SOURCE:

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 15, 2015 at 6:06pm

Crane collapse kills one at Kusile power station

A crane collapse at Kusile power station, Mpumalanga, has killed one person and halted construction at the site Eskom has said.

National 15.9.2015 04.14 pm

“We can confirm that there was an incident at Kusile power station where there was a fatality. Please note that there was one fatality, and two other workers were injured,” Eskom said.

“The incident is currently under investigation.”

While further information was not available at the time of publication, Eskom has moved to clarify that the workers are receiving medical assistance.

The Kusile Power Station is a coal-fired power plant currently under construction. It is about 15 kilometres north of the existing Kendal Power Station near Witbank, Mpumalanga.

Parliament’s public enterprises and energy portfolio committee was expected to conduct a site inspection at the power station

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on September 11, 2015 at 7:18pm

Over 60 dead after crane collapses on world’s holiest mosque in Mecca

At least 65 people have died after a crane collapsed on the Grand Mosque of Mecca on Friday, Saudi authorities say.

According to Saudi Interior Ministry, at least 80 more people were injured in the incident.

The tragedy comes ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage which is due later this month. Millions of Muslims from around the world will converge on the holy city between September 21-26.

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 6, 2015 at 9:17pm

Crane collapse at buiding site; no injuries reported

September 06, 2015 - 4:50:27 pm

Doha: A huge crane collapsed on a pick-up truck yesterday at a building site near Al Muntazah signal. No causalities or injuries were reported, according to Al Sharq website.

Some witnesses said that there were no barriers between the construction site and the main street.

On May 17 one construction worker has been killed and three others were injured following a similar collapse of a crane at a construction site.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 25, 2015 at 11:17pm

No. 7 Line Back On Track After Crane Collapse Snarled Service For Hours

Scene near the 7 line where a crane dropped debris onto the tracks, halting service for hours on July 25, 2015 (Credit: Valerie Castro/CBS2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Service on the No. 7 subway line was interrupted for hours Saturday after a crane apparently gave way, causing debris to fall onto the tracks in Queens.

The incident happened around 1:15 p.m. Serviceresumed on the 7 line around 4:25 p.m.

The MTA told CBS2 a crane being used on a construction site adjacent to the tracks dropped a steel beam, causing damage to the eastbound tracks.

Crews worked through the afternoon to remove debris that was scattered on the tracks at College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue.

The MTA said the crane was not being used for any MTA project, but instead was from a commercial structure nearby.

No injuries were reported. Con Edison also responded to the scene.

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 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.

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