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 May 3, 2017 at 2:37am

6 killed in crane collapse at Samsung South Korea shipyard


May 2, 2017 at 13:05 JST

SEOUL/OSLO--Six people died and more than 20 were injured when a crane collapsed at a Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard in South Korea on Monday, Yonhap News Agency said.

The incident took place during the construction of an oil platform for French energy company Total's Martin Linge field off Norway. The extent of any damage to the platform was not immediately clear, a Total spokesman in Norway said.

Total and Samsung Heavy said it was also not clear how the incident might affect delivery of the platform, which was expected to start producing oil and gas in the North Sea in 2018.

"It's too early to say what would be the consequences for delivering the platform, but for the time being all work at the yard has been stopped and the investigation is ongoing," said Leif Harald Halvorsen, a spokesman for Total's Norwegian subsidiary.

South Korea's Yonhap said 22 people were injured, including three severely.

"The crane fell onto the platform's well bay module, where the people were working," Halvorsen said.

No Total employees were killed or injured in the incident, which took place around 0545 GMT at the shipyard in Geoje, he added.

Total owns a 51 percent stake in the Martin Linge license, while Norwegian state-owned Petoro has 30 percent and Statoil 18 percent.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 29, 2017 at 2:30am

Norwegian ship capsizes after crane collapse in Poland

Published on Apr 27, 2017

A Norwegian ship docked in Poland's northern city of Gdynia capsized on Thursday after being struck by a collapsing crane.

Authorities said no injuries occurred in the accident. A spokesman for the local fire department said that "all people were evacuated" before the firefighters arrived at the scene. Lukasz Plusa added that emergency workers were securing the ship.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crane to collapse. The ship was out of service and docked at the Nauta shipyard for repairs.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 3, 2017 at 7:07pm

Police said the crane collapsed at 2.45pm, apparently while being used to lift construction materials to one of the floors. Witnesses said the arm of the crane came off after swinging wildly for a couple of seconds. "He probably died instantly when the arm of the crane landed on his shed. A police team reached the New Town construction site around 3.30pm and cordoned off the area. The incident occurred when the cable of the crane, which was being used at the construction site of the East-West Metro, snapped while lifting a 30-tonne object, officials said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 24, 2017 at 4:54am

Tower crane collapses injuring two in southern China

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News video: Tower crane collapses injuring two in southern ChinaAftermath footage has emerged of a collapsed tower crane which injured two people in southern China.

Transcript: Tower crane collapses injuring two in southern China

Aftermath footage has emerged of a collapsed tower crane which injured two people in southern China.

The video, filmed in Huai'an, Jiangsu Province on Tuesday, shows cars crushed by the crane on a construction site.

According to local reports, a worker and a car driver were injured in the incident.

The reason for the collapse is under investigation.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 20, 2017 at 4:29am

Horrific crane collapse documented in Ramat Gan

The owner of an apartment was injured when a crane collapsed in Ramat Gan: “They didn’t let us enter.” Mar 19, 2017, 5:29PM

A crane collapsed in Ramat Gan this morning, damaging several vehicles and also nearby apartments. A tenant in one of the apartments heard about what happened on the news and arrived in the area in order to check that the cats were not hurt. Even the owner of a nearby apartment came to assess the damage. This is how the dramatic documentation appears after the collapse, after residents fled the area and warned one another.

The Israel Police announced that they were blocking off roads in Ramat Gan after the crane collapse. From Prophet Yehushua Street to Jordan Street until Kinneret Street is blocked off: “The public is asked to travel via alternative routes and to in no instance come to the area of the collapse.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 7, 2017 at 9:20pm

Two people injured in crane collapse

Update: March, 07/2017 - 16:50
A construction crane collapsed and crushed three house roofs in HCM City early Tuesday.—Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY – At least two people were seriously injured, and three houses and a wood workshop were damaged after a construction crane collapsed early Tuesday in HCM City’s District 12.

At 2:45am, a 100m-long crane collapsed and crushed three houses.

According to the local police, survivors of a damaged house said they heard a loud sound on their roof and then hurried to run out of the house. The crane block crushed their house right afterward.

Two seriously injured men were the crane operator and a 20-year-old was inside a collapsed house during the accident.                  

District 12 authorities and transport department inspectors are working with Vạn Thái Trading & Service Construction Joint Stock Company, owner of Topaz Home construction, where the crane collapse occurred.

Owners of damaged houses and workshops were also invited to discuss consequences and repair measures.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 6, 2017 at 8:21am

Crane collapse kills one in Patuakhali

Update: 12:05, Mar 06, 2017
A worker was killed and 15 others were injured as a crane of an under-construction bridge over the Paira River collapsed in Dumki upazila on Monday morning, reports UNB.

Dibakar Chandra Das, officer-in-charge of Dumki Police Station, said the crane of the under-construction ‘Lebukhali Bridge’ collapsed around 9:30am during piling works, leaving at least 15 workers injured.

Of the injured, Sohel, 22, son of Ayub Ali Khan, hailing from Teota village in Shibalaya upazila of Manikganj district, died on the way to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital in Barisal, UNB said
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 13, 2017 at 8:20pm

9-year-old girl among 4 injured in Bat Yam crane collapse

A giant crane collapsed in the middle of Bat Yam today, injuring four people including the crane operator and a 9-year-old girl. It is still unclear what caused the crane to collapse.

Feb 13, 2017, 4:10PM

Four people were injured on Monday by a crane that collapsed in Bat Yam. The giant crane was being used by construction workers and collapsed for an unknown reason onto a nearby road. The crane collapsed onto a car, moderately injuring the driver. The crane operator was also injured.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on February 3, 2017 at 10:23pm

Construction crane collapses onto highway in Dubai

A construction crane has collapsed during high winds on the main highway running through Dubai,... Read more

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A construction crane has collapsed during high winds on the main highway running through Dubai, disrupting traffic in the heart of the Mideast's commercial hub.

The official Dubai Media Office said the crane toppled onto Sheikh Zayed Road on Friday afternoon, injuring at least one person and setting three cars alight. Rescue crews were on the scene.

Friday is the first day of the weekend in Dubai, and traffic on the multi-lane highway is typically lighter than on workdays.

Dubai's transit authority says service on the elevated metro line running alongside the highway was temporarily suspended as a precaution.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 27, 2017 at 11:25pm

FOOTAGE: Construction Crane Collapses in Ashrafieh

Friday 27th January 2017, 04:38 (EET)

Several cars were damaged on Friday when a construction crane collapsed in the Ashrafieh neighborhood of Sioufi.

The massive crane toppled over in a horrific accident that sent debris flying and left nearby vehicles mangled.

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