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 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.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 28, 2019 at 6:05pm

April 27, 2019 11:14 pm

Seattle crane collapse leaves 4 dead, 3 hurt, 6 cars damaged: fire department

The collapse of a construction crane in downtown Seattle on Saturday has left four people dead, three people hurt and five cars crushed, the fire department tweeted.

The collapse of a construction crane in downtown Seattle on Saturday has left four people dead, four people hurt and six cars pinned under it.

Two of the people who died were crane operators, said Fire Chief Harold Scoggins.

Two others who died were in separate vehicles. Three of the dead were males, one was female.

Firefighters arrived after the victims had died.

The three patients who were hurt in the collapse were taken to hospital.

A mother and her four-month-old child were hurt and taken to hospital, but they’re believed to be in “satisfactory” condition, according to the Seattle Times.

Another was treated on scene and not transported, the fire department said.

The crane collapsed at about 3:30 p.m. PT, at Fairview Avenue North and Mercer Street in the city’s South Lake Union area.

Mike McCuaig, transportation chair with the South Lake Community Council, said the crane was being dismantled when it collapsed.

“The construction crane on the top of the building was being dismantled this afternoon and my understanding was in the process of dismantling, the crane fell to the ground on the south side of the building,” he said.

A secondary crane was helping with the dismantling, he added.

Winds were also blowing at the time that the crane fell but it’s not clear whether that was a factor in the collapse, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

One of the people injured was a 27-year-old man in serious condition, another was treated at the site of the collapse.

The collapse happened at a building that was set to house a new Google Seattle campus, as well as over 100 new apartments, the Times added.

Construction was to wrap up later this year, after having started in 2017.

Seattle had 60 construction cranes as of January, more than in any American city.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee tweeted that his “heart goes out to the family and friends of the four people who died in this terrible accident.”

Mercer Street is expected to remain closed from Fairview Avenue N to 9th Avenue N until Sunday, said the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT).

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 13, 2019 at 8:29pm


Road collapse leaves crane in peril

A crane threatens to collapse in the 16th arrondissement of Paris

rue de l'Assomption, in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, after the collapse of a road on April 12, threatens to collapse a crane. BERTRAND GUAY / AFP

47 people were forced to leave their home on the Rue de l'Assumption in Paris on Friday, April 12, following the collapse of a roadway next to a construction site, fearing the collapse of several buildings.

The collapse of a road near a construction site led the fire department to evacuate several buildings on Assomption Street.

Released today at 17:46, updated at 17:50.

Several streets of 16 e of the district's capital were closed at the beginning of the day for all traffic after the firefighters intervened to evacuate six threatened buildings. The danger of collapse would have been averted with relief at 12 noon, according to Le Parisien but now it is a crane installed on the site and its walkway collapsed and could fall on buildings at

worked to consolidate a mistake that has occurred on the plate of the crane, so the location of the France Bleu radio. Residents got a message in the early afternoon that they should not expect to be able to return home during the day.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 8, 2019 at 5:12am

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