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 27, 2013 at 5:49pm

Reports: World Cup stadium suffers collapse

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Reports: World Cup stadium suffers collapse

Local media claim that the roof at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo suffered damage following an accident on Wednesday, believed to have involved a crane working on the construction.

Initial reports claimed that up to three people had been killed, although they are yet to be confirmed.

A statement from Brazilian club Corinthians, who are due to move into the stadium, read: "The board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista deeply regret the accident earlier in Corinthians Arena."

Crane collapse at World Cup stadium kills at least 3: Report

A crane collapsed on Wednesday at the construction site of a future World Cup soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing at least three people and causing damage to the structure, local media said.

SAO PAULO- A crane collapsed on Wednesday at the construction site of a future World Cup soccer stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, killing at least three people and causing damage to the structure, local media said.

Newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo said on its website that three people died in the accident. A spokesman for the city fire department told Reuters there were three victims but declined to confirm any deaths.

The newspaper Globo also reported three dead, quoting the fire chief, but said there could be more casualties.

“Awful scenes,” British soccer writer Jack Lang reported on Twitter from the scene.

“Crane was putting final truss of east stand into place. Tiny silver lining: accident occurred at lunch time so fewer workers in the vicinity.”

Lang quoted military police as saying the crane collapsed because the soil beneath it gave way.

His picture of it showed a twisted crane crumbled on top of stadium bleachers.

The stadium, which was scheduled to be finished in the next month or so, is to be the site of the opening game when Brazil hosts the 2014 soccer World Cup in June and July.

“The board of Sport Club Corinthians Paulista deeply regret the accident earlier in Corinthians Arena,” the soccer club said in a brief statement.

Arena Corinthians, one of the stadiums being built in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, was due to open in December, a soccer stadium website said.

Its seating capacity of 48,000 would be augmented with 20,000 removable seats for the opening match of the World Cup. It is located about 17 kilometres from downtown Sao Paulo.

Building started in May 2011, and was 93 per cent completed on Nov. 13, the builder Odebrecht SA reported.


Brazil has struggled to deliver stadiums, public transportation improvements and other World Cup-related projects within the timelines specified by world soccer body FIFA, Reuters reported.

Some construction sites, such as a new terminal at Sao Paulo's international airport, are being built around the clock to try to finish them before the Cup.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 13, 2013 at 11:16pm

Survivor recounts horror of fatal crane collaspe

Worker saw colleague plunge from crane ladder in accident in Downtown Dubai

  • By Zaher Bitar, Senior Reporter, and Staff Reporters Noorhan Barakat and Carolina D’Souza
  • Published: 23:00 October 13, 2013
  • Image Credit: Zarina Fernandes/ Gulf News
  • A crane collapsed on Saturday at a construction site in Downtown Dubai.

Dubai: A survivor of a fatal construction crane collapse in Downtown Dubai said the crane’s ladder had snapped, sending a worker crashing down.

The survivor, an Asian worker who did not wish to be named, told Gulf News the incident occurred between 6.30pm and 7pm on Saturday.

Three workers were killed in the incident, police said, which occurred at an under-construction luxury hotel.

“The ladder of the crane malfunctioned and broke. The worker on top fell to the level I was working at – five metres above the ground – breaking my right leg. I was operated at 1am on Sunday,” the survivor said.

It was not immediately clear what happened to the worker who fell.

Police said the crane operator had “lost control” leading to the collapse. Major General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, director of Dubai Police’s Criminal Investigations Department, said the operator was taken in to face charges of criminal negligence.

Al Mansouri said the crane had hit five Asian workers, killing three, when it lost balance.

The mangled remains of the crane were clearly visible on Sunday, slanted against the scaffolding and unfinished floors of the construction site. There were no obvious signs of extensive damage to the under-construction property, being developed by a major Dubai real estate company.

The Asian labourers were reportedly killed on the spot. Sources told Gulf News four others – two Filipinos and an Indian – were hospitalised following the accident. One of the injured is reportedly in coma.

Gulf News sources allege that a mechanical malfunction involving the ladder of the tower crane is being investigated as the cause. However, this could not be independently confirmed.

A source from the construction company, who did not want to be named, told Gulf News that three workers were treated at Rashid Hospital and one at Al Baraha Hospital. The source claimed that a survivor at Al Baraha Hospital is in coma.

“The three who died, died on the spot. They were hired workers. The site is currently cordoned off,” he said.

The construction site has no indication of any activity and appears closed. When contacted on Sunday, a manager of the contracting company was “unable to provide a statement at this time”.

Meanwhile at Rashid Hospital the two Filipino workers have undergone surgery.

According to sources, the workers were killed after the “15-tonne” crane crashed. An engineer said on condition of anonymity that “we usually rely on third parties to fix these cranes; they should be specialised and ensure all safety measures”.

Police and ambulance responders had rushed to the scene, evacuating the site and tending to the casualties.

Officials are investigating the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 23, 2013 at 3:06am

Crane fall kills two workers

  • Published: 22 Jun 2013 at 15.20    
  • A construction crane at a condominium site in Bangkok fell to the ground on Saturday and crushed two workers to death.

    The crane fell from the fifth floor of the Supalai Park condominium in Soi Phetkasem 25/3 opposite Siam University in Phasicharoen district.

    Workers were using the crane to complete work on a swimming pool and a garden for the 36-storey building, police said.

    The crane had been brought in to lift sandbags from the ground to use in the area around the pool. It fell over around noon while it was moving sandbags weighting about one tonne each, killing two workers identified only as Mub and Bin, police said.

    The two men were believed to have been Cambodian nationals working for the contractor.

    The high-rise condominium building is still under with about 80% of the work completed.

Comment by Howard on May 28, 2013 at 8:33pm

Tower Crane Topples in Russia, Crashes Through Apartment Building (May 27)

Dramatic video footage of a tower crane being used for nearby building construction falling into a nine-storey apartment block home to around 300 people.

Balconies were damaged, as were several cars which were parked outside the building, but no casualties were reported.

Terrified people told how they ran for their lives as the construction crane toppled over and tore through several floors of the nine-storey building.

Olga Bykova, who filmed the moment of collapse from the window of a nearby flat, said she was "shocked" by what she saw.
Incredibly nobody was injured in the complex

One resident said: "We were in the kitchen and heard a loud rattle.

"Later in the window ... a nearby construction crane bent down and began to fall directly on us, on the balcony. We ran to hide in the hallway."

The reason for the crane's collapse remains unclear.


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 22, 2013 at 4:39pm

Sumner County Highway Reopened After Crane Collapse

Posted: May 21, 2013 2:53 PM EDT Updated: May 22, 2013 6:21 AM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. – Highway 109 in Gallatin reopened Tuesday night after a construction crane collapsed on a vehicle and closed the road for several hours.

Officials with the Gallatin Police Department said a crane fell off a barge on the Highway 109 bridge between Wilson and Sumner Counties just before 1:30 p.m.

The crane landed on top of a sedan, smashing the front of the vehicle.

Police said the driver of the car, Carroll Williams, 60, from Lebanon was transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.  The passenger in the car, John Vargas, 61, from Gallatin was not injured.  Police said it was a close call.

"Most of the damage was actually on the hood and motor part of the car," said Officer Bill Storment with the Gallatin Police Department. "The inside passenger part of the car did not sustain much damage."

Witnesses still described the loud sound that accompanied the crane collapse, and said it was a scary sight.

"It was coming down real slow," said Joe Spivey, who witnessed the crash. "When it hit the top of the fence, it snapped and hit the car.  It hit the car like a ton of bricks."

"I just heard a loud crash," said Matt Brinley, who was boating on the river when the crane collapsed. "I didn't know what happened."

Both northbound and southbound lanes of Highway 109 were closed for several hours while crews worked to repair the road. After the crane was removed, Tennessee Department of Transportation officials worked to fill the three foot deep hole in the highway caused by the crane. 

The cranes were being used in a construction project to build a new bridge spanning the Cumberland River between Gallatin and Lebanon.

Gallatin Police said it is still unknown what caused the crane to collapse; however, there were some strong wind gusts in the area when it happened. The incident remains under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 6, 2013 at 8:36pm

Worker trapped after crane collapse in Canarsie

  • Last Updated: 11:46 AM, May 6, 2013
  • Posted: 11:45 AM, May 6, 2013

A crane collapsed at a Canarsie construction site, trapping a worker beneath the bucket, a spokesman for the FDNY said.

The accident happened around 11:10 a.m. today and rescuers are still trying to extricate the victim, the spokesman added.

It was not immediately clear what cause the accident or how badly the worker was injured.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 30, 2013 at 7:30am

Bellevue Fire Department Responds to Crane Collapse at Highway 34 – Missouri River Bridge

Bellevue Fire Department Responds to Crane Collapse at Highway 34 – Missouri River Bridge Construction Site

On Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at approximately 0924 hours, the Bellevue Fire Department responded to a report of a crane collapse at the work site of Highway 34 Bridge Project over the Missouri River just east of La Platte Road.

Initial reports indicated that two parties were atop the 100 foot crane at the time the crane rolled over on its top. The two parties fell into the Missouri River approximately 20-30 feet from the bank of the river and swam to shore. The crane was operating on the Nebraska side of the river at the time of the accident.

The operator was trapped in the operator’s compartment of the crane and was freed by other bridge workers who used cutting torches to extricate the operator. The operator was out of the crane by the time medical personnel arrived on location.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 10, 2013 at 12:11am

Earth Wobble yet another crane collapses in NYC

NYC Crane Collapses; 7 People Hurt, 3 Seriously

A 200-foot crane collapsed onto a building under construction near the East River waterfront Wednesday, injuring seven people, three of them seriously.

A two-story framework for the residential building in the New York City borough of Queens had been erected when the red crane toppled and went sprawling across it around 2:30 p.m. behind a big neon "Pepsi Cola" sign, a local landmark.

The three people who were seriously injured were in stable condition.

One person appeared to have a broken bone. Three people had to be extricated from underneath the crane, Deputy Fire Chief Mark Ferran said.

Preston White, 48, a carpenter from the Bronx, was on his first day on the job at the site in the Long Island City neighborhood.

He had turned to speak to a friend when he heard a popping sound and turned back around.

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At that moment, "I saw the cable whipping toward the deck. ... You could just hear it buckling," White said.

The impact shook the scaffolding he was on.

The crane cut down the framework of the building "like a hot knife in butter," White said, because there was no plaster on it yet.

A fellow worker, Russell Roberson, 32, of Brooklyn, said the crane had been up about four days — and went down really fast.

City officials went up in a cherry picker while investigating the accident.

Construction cranes have been a source of safety worries in the city since two giant rigs collapsed within two months of each other in Manhattan in 2008, killing a total of nine people.

Those accidents spurred the resignation of the city's buildings commissioner and fueled new safety measures, including hiring more inspectors and expanding training requirements and inspection checklists.

Another crane fell and killed a worker in April at a construction site for a new subway line. That rig was exempt from most city construction safety rules because it was working for a state-overseen agency that runs the subway system.

During Superstorm Sandy, a construction crane atop a $1.5 billion luxury high-rise in midtown Manhattan collapsed in high winds and danged precariously for several days until it could be tethered.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 8, 2012 at 3:46pm

Crane collapse on Butte des Morts bridge kills worker (UPDATE)

Published: July 5, 2012

A crane collapsed on the Butte des Morts bridge Thursday in Winnebago County, killing one worker from Spancrete and injuring another. (AP Photo/Oshkosh Northwestern, Joe Sienkiewicz)

By Kirsten Klahn

A construction worker is dead and another seriously injured after a crane collapsed Thursday morning on the Butte des Morts Bridge in Winnebago County.

Winnebago County Coroner Barry Busby said the worker died at the scene and the crane operator was taken to a Fond du Lac hospital. Joseph R. Bidler, 35, of Green Bay, died when the crane collapsed around 9 a.m. He was employed by Spancrete Inc. for more than 11 years, according to a news release from Spancrete. The Waukesha-based company is performing subcontractor work for Lunda Construction Co., Black River Falls, on the Highway 41 project.

A second person operating the crane also was injured. Lunda employs that individual and the extent of his injuries is unknown, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

WisDOT spokesman Kris Schuller said the crane was trying to lift a beam on the Butte Des Morts Bridge when it collapsed.

According to the Wisconsin State Patrol, all lanes of traffic were reopened.

On April 20, another crane being used on the Highway 41 project collapsed in the De Pere area. Raymond Ashenbrenner, 58, of Black River Falls, was killed while unloading a crane in a work area in Brown County. He worked for Lunda, a subcontractor to Brownsville-based Michels Corp.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the cause of that accident. An agency official said its report might not be released until October.

Lunda is building the $54 million project for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Tim Brown, with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s Appleton office, confirmed Thursday an OSHA employee is on the scene investigating the accident. He declined further comment until OSHA has more information.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 20, 2012 at 5:21pm

Crane collapses killing one worker in Glasgow city centre

STV 20 June 2012 13:34 BST

A construction worker has died after a crane collapsed in Glasgow city centre.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the industrial accident in Port Dundas Road in Glasgow.

Another man, who was also working on Buchanan House in the city centre, has been taken to the Royal Infirmary suffering from "severe head injuries", the Scottish Ambulance Service said.

The ambulance service said they had received emergency calls from witnesses that reported the man had become trapped after the collapse of a crane working on the building.

Strathclyde Police said they were dealing with an "industrial accident" at the site, after receiving 999 calls at around 12.20pm on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the force said the building had been evacuated as a precaution.

Emergency services remain at the office block, which is currently under refurbishment. Network Rail and Transport Scotland are among the organisations based at the building.


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