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 October 2, 2016 at 6:20pm

In construction in Saratov collapsed crane with crane operator

Saturday morning at the site on Cherry street in Saratov, a construction crane collapsed along with the crane operator. A woman was seriously injured, reports «Interfax».

On site works investigative team. The investigation intends to give a legal assessment to actions of all persons responsible for the control of safety compliance at the facility.

The investigating authorities of the Leninsky district of Saratov are checking on the fact of the woman severe injuries.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 2, 2016 at 6:30am

What caused yesterday’s crane collapse in downtown Reykjavik?

Photo: Iceland Monitor/Ófeigur

Authorities investigating the collapse of a construction crane in central Reykjavik yesterday suspect that the crane was lifting far too heavy a load – and that somebody had tampered with the crane’s safety gear.

Miraculously, nobody was hurt when the crane came crashing down over Reykjavik’s famous Bæjarins bestu hot....

Officials from the Administration of Occupational Safety and Health in Iceland (AOSH) have already announced the findings of their initial investigation.

“Firstly, the crane is in no way structurally set up to carry a load as heavy as it was [at the time of the accident],” says AOSH Director Eyjólfur Sæmundsson.

“The crane also displays physical signs that the in-built safety system which is supposed to shut down the crane and prevent the lifting of excessive loads may have been tampered with.”

Comment by M. Difato on September 25, 2016 at 4:45pm

A mechanical failure is being blamed for the dramatic collapse of a crane that left three workers dangling from a North Sydney building.

At least one worker suffered broken bones in the hair-raising incident and all three were recovering in the Royal North Shore Hospital on Sunday afternoon.

An element of danger still remains at the North Sydney site as authorities grapple with how best to dismantle the dangling crane piece by piece. They were still planning the recovery as of 10pm on Sunday night.

CFMEU NSW secretary Brian Parker said there was a chance part of Arthur Street would be closed on Monday morning, as it would take hours just to set up before they could start working on the crane.

"It is a very, very dangerous process and it needs to be analysed very carefully," Mr Parker said from the North Sydney site.

"This could be equal to, if not worse than, the damage that has already been done."

A team from Titan Cranes, which is also involved in the construction project at Barangaroo, was at the Meriton building site on Arthur Street on Sunday to deconstruct a tower crane as the project neared completion.

Something "has gone amiss" about 11.30am with the riggers involved in the process, Mr Parker said.

The crane's jib bent, collapsed and hit the side of the building.

The riggers - aged 24, 28 and 36 - who were working within the crane's boom, were trapped and dangled precariously about 60 metres above the ground.

"They had their safety equipment on and lanyards so when the boom came down they were strapped on," NSW Fire and Rescue Superintendent Adam Dewberry said.

The 24-year-old worker freed himself and climbed on to the building's roof.
Operators of a smaller crane at the same site then managed to lower down a metal bucket to their trapped colleagues, who were lowered to the ground.

Mr Parker said it looked like mechanical failure rather than human error was at play.

However, an initial look at the collapsed crane showed nothing obvious to indicate what exactly that failure was.

"The unfortunate thing here is we don't know exactly what has gone wrong," Mr Parker said..."

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Comment by M. Difato on September 18, 2016 at 6:41pm

Building collapse horror in Ramat Hahayal, Tel Aviv, Israel LA RAMPA di NAPOLI 

 A giant construction crane collapsed on a four-storey underground car-park in Tel Aviv on Monday morning, injuring dozens of people, some seriously. Another person was critically injured. "Rescue forces have extracted an additional body from the building that collapsed yesterday in Tel Aviv", an army statement said. Two people trapped in the structure had managed to call emergency services from the rubble. The Magen David Adom ambulance service said it was treating 10 people - including one with severe injuries. A police spokesman said: "Several floors of the building collapsed".

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2016 at 10:38pm

Yanjiao a crane collapse caused by the way people were injured

Updated: September 2, 2016  Views: 9

Original title: Yanjiao a crane collapse caused by the way people were injured

Crane collapse scene. Witnesses Contributor

Beijing News News (Reporter Wang Yulin striking) today (September 2) at 8 pm, in Hebei Yanjiao a construction crane overturning, causing more damage to vehicles passing vehicles. Beijing News reporter learned from the Three Rivers Municipal Propaganda Department, accident a passer-by were injured, the specific cause is still under investigation.

This evening, some friends released the microblogging said CNOOC Yanjiao Street and Yan Ling Road Interchange, a tower crane collapsed from a live video view, there are vehicles crossing is pressed.

A witness told the Beijing News reporter, the incident in a line next to the construction site after the crane collapsed, wires are caught below the exposed part of the line, not far from the traffic lights began blinking irregularly. Another witness Cao Mr. said the incident coincided with rush hour, the scene is a congestion time of the incident, he was at a distance of about 50 meters near the site on the eastern side of a bus station, suddenly like thunder as 'duang' bang, then saw the crane collapsed down, a few private cars affected by this, 'one of the vehicles to be photographed next to the crane, another fifty-six cement board hit in a nearby private car.' he said the incident happened at least two electric poles were broken down the middle of the scene spark splash, after passers-by ran to the middle of the road under concrete slabs propaganda, trying to find the wounded, while some people call the alarm call, ten minutes later, police cars and ambulances rushed to the scene.

The Beijing News reporter from Sanhe, Hebei Party Committee Propaganda Department was informed, at 20:00 on September 2, Zhao Fu CNOOC Yanjiao in the street and Yan Ling Road junction, Sanhe City Yanjiao Lunda Construction Company Project construction crane capsized, killing one lady injured, has been sent to the hospital, damaged four vehicles and three tricycles to varying degrees. After the incident, the relevant department heads Yanjiao High-tech zone has arrived at the scene to investigate and deal with related issues.

Comment by M. Difato on July 19, 2016 at 11:13pm

Crane collapse closes Tappan Zee Bridge

A construction crane fell on a car on the Tappan Zee Bridge Tuesday, causing at least one injury and closing the Hudson River bridge in both directions.

mages from a New York State Thruway Authority traffic camera show a crane lying across the roadway. Other local news footage showed at least one person being loaded onto an ambulance stretcher.

The crane landed on a car on the bridge around noon, according to some news reports; others have said it did not land on any vehicles but did cause injuries. State police announced that all seven lanes of the bridge were closed in both directions.

The bridge, which connects New York’s Westchester and Rockland counties, is a constantly crowded passage over the Hudson River. A new replacement bridge has been under construction beside the old bridge, several cranes have been helping to construct that new bridge.

Interstate 287, which includes the Tappan Zee Bridge, connects with Interstate 95 just south of Greenwich and the Hutchinson River Parkway just West of Greenwich, is a popular northern crossing of the Hudson River for Connecticut residents. It also links to Interstate 684, Interstate 87 and the Sprain River Parkway on the West side of the Hudson River, which are all popular north-south running roadways for residents of western Connecticut.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 1, 2016 at 5:34am

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 | MYT 10:46 PM

Crane collapses in Jalan Pahang hitting bus and two cars

PETALING JAYA: Motorists and pedestrians near Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, had a narrow escape on Tuesday evening when a crane collapsed and hit a bus and two cars.

City Fire and Rescue Department assistant director (operations) Azizan Ismail said the department was alerted of the incident at 7.15pm before a team was deployed to the scene.

"Seven firemen from the Setapak fire station were immediately deployed and checks found that there were no casualties," he said.

Azizan said the team was still in the process of removing the crane late into the night and due to the incident, traffic was backed up.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 21, 2016 at 5:52am

3 workers injured after 300-ton crane collapses at Exxon Mobil's Torrance refinery

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Three workers were injured Monday morning when a 300-ton crane collapsed at Exxon Mobil’s refinery in Torrance, fire officials said.

The contract workers suffered minor injuries during the collapse at the refinery in the 3700 block of West 190th Street, said Battalion Chief Bob Millea of the Torrance Fire Department. The workers were taken to an area clinic for evaluation.

Fire officials said the crane was moving debris at the refinery just after 9:30 a.m. when it suddenly collapsed, he said.

Water was doused onto the debris to stop any vapors from escaping, Millea said. The situation, he said, appeared to be “static.”

The extent of the damage to the refinery was not immediately known, he said.

Exxon Mobil spokesman Todd Spitler said the company was cooperating with fire officials and “determining the cause of the incident.”

A breakdown in some units triggered a flaring event at the refinery, he said. The refinery’s flare system is activated to safety stabilize operations during an unplanned interruption. The flaring event was not related to the collapse, Spitler said.

“Our main concern is for the safety of our employees, contractors and the community,” Exxon Mobil spokeswoman Gesuina Paras said. “There is no impact to the community.”

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 16, 2016 at 1:54am

Man killed as crane collapses in Caloocan

Published: 15/06/2016
Man killed as crane collapses in Caloocan

A man died after the crane he was operating collapsed inside the compound of a cosmetics company in Caloocan City on Tuesday night.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 11, 2016 at 7:38am

Fatal construction crane collapse in Phuket

10 Jun 2016 at 16:44
The wreckage of the fallen tower crane lies on the ground at the construction...

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