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 January 6, 2016 at 5:41am

Crane collapse on Thai bridge

A view of the site this morning

January 5, 2016

A tower crane lost its jib this morning on the site of a new bridge being built on the south side of Ayutthaya - north of Bangkok, Thailand. Initial Reports say that 13 construction workers were injured, while one was is missing.

The new 800 metre bridge across the Chao Phraya river will connect tambon Ko Rian and tambon Samphao Lom.

The crane was lifting a concrete deck slab measuring around nine by three metres when the jib broke free from the crane.The contractor on the project - which began in mid-2013 - is Prayoon Engineering.

Crane collapse on Thai bridgeThe dropped jib

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 15, 2015 at 4:57am

Father, 41, dies and his 17-year-old son is fighting for life after the crane they were using to take professional photographs collapsed onto a road in Brisbane's CBD

  • A man has died and his son is fighting for life after their crane collapsed
  • Father, 41, and his son, 17, were in the bucket of a crane in Brisbane CBD
  • Both were thrown from the crane as it fell after a support beam snapped
  • Witness said he was concerned with how it was being operated before fall  

A man has died and his teenage son is fighting for life in hospital after the crane they were using collapsed in Brisbane.

The 41-year-old and his 17-year-old son were in the bucket of the crane, taking promotional shots of a construction site at Newstead - just north of Brisbane's CBD, when it topped over about 7pm on Monday.

Both were thrown from the crane as it fell, which was the result of a support beam snapping.

James Small, who works in construction near the accident scene and witnessed the incident, said he became concerned about the way the crane was being operated before it fell.

'I don't believe that the support systems were adequate for what they were doing,' he told the ABC.

'It was stretched to a maximum level. It was one of the highest lifts I've seen off a truck, ever, and I work in the building industry. I think they were taking risks that were unnecessary. 

'One was critical to the point of death and the other was trapped under the cage and screaming for his life. It was a tragic incident, but very lucky that there wasn't pedestrians in the way because the weight of this would have killed anybody in its way.'

The boom of the crane was fully extended and tragically the crane has toppled over, causing the death of one person and seriously injuring another that were in the bucket of the crane,' Acting Police Inspector Rob Campbell said.

Workplace health and safety officials are investigating the incident.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on December 5, 2015 at 4:42am

Crane collapse in Sewri kills one, injures woman

04 December 2015-20:31

In a freak accident, one man died while a woman sustained severe head injuries after the crane of an under construction building opposite Sewri T B Hospital broke loose and fell on a house. The woman was rushed to KEM Hospital and has been admitted in the emergency ward, where she remains critical. RA Kidwai Marg Police station in Sewri - under whose jurisdiction the incident took place- are investigating the matter. Also read: Seven killed as crane collapses in Madhya Pradesh storm While...


Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 25, 2015 at 6:29am

Crane collapse traps several workers

November, 25 2015 11:46:00
A rescue team dismantles a crane after it suddenly collapsed last night at HCM City's Tan Thuan Port. — Photo

HCM CITY (VNS) — A crane with a load capacity of several tonnes suddenly collapsed yesterday at Tan Thuan Port in HCM City's District 7, trapping many workers. 

The number of fatalities and injured people remains unknown. 

At 11.30pm yesterday, the crane broke while it was being used to unload cargo from a vessel of the Viet Nam Ocean Shipping Joint Stock Company. The crane fell down on the cargo and the workers near the vessel. 

Several rescue workers have been mobilised to save those trapped in the debris. Three ambulances have been kept ready to take the victims to hospital. 

The site of the accident has been cordoned off for further investigation

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 18, 2015 at 8:18pm

One person dies in crane collapse

November, 18 2015 15:11:00
The scene of the accident in Le Hong Phong Street. — Photo

HAI PHONG (VNS) — One person was killed and another was injured when a 10m-tall crane suddenly collapsed this noon at a construction site in the northern Hai Phong City's Le Hong Phong Street.

The mangled body of the victim was found after the accident. A building of the Bank for Investment and Development of Viet Nam is being constructed at the site.


The local police are investigating the case. — VNS

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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