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 August 9, 2020 at 1:06am

Crane collapses in downtown Toronto again, no serious injuries reported

August 7, 2020 

TORONTO – The mayor of Toronto is calling for a speedy investigation into the cause of a crane collapse in the city’s downtown — the second such incident in less than a month.

Toronto Mayor John Tory says that while he’s thankful nobody was seriously injured in either incident, it’s important that investigators get to the bottom of why the cranes collapsed.

Police have said Thursday’s incident happened at about 10:30 a.m., when a crane fell into an intersection.

The earlier collapse was on July 16, when a crane fell into a building in the city’s financial district.

Officials have said nobody was injured in that case either.

Tory says he’s encouraging the construction industry to “take all precautions possible” to keep their sites safe, and is pushing for the province’s Ministry of Labour to send instructions to the industry “as soon as possible.”

“This is the second crane collapse in our city in less than a month and so we will want to know what exactly happened in both cases and how it can be prevented,” he said in a written statement.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 2, 2020 at 5:13am

Crane Collapses At Shipyard In Visakhapatnam, 11 Reported Dead

Aug 01, 2020, 16:50 IST

On Saturday afternoon, August 1, a huge crane crashed crushing at least 11* workers to death and injuring others, reported ANI.  The incident took place at the Hindustan Shipyard Limited (HSL), a central government undertaking, in Andhra Pradesh’s Visakhapatnam.

Even though the incident occurred only sometime ago, the videos of the heart stopping incident have surfaced online.

Reportedly, the accident occurred when the workers were carrying out an inspection of the crane used to carry equipment for shipbuilding. The massive crane unexpectedly crumbled and crashed to the ground with a loud sound.

“Around 20 workers were said to be working on the inspection when the crane crashed. Some workers managed to run for safety, some others received injuries and at least 10 workers were crushed under the weight of the crane,” a police reportedly official said.

Three bodies have been retrieved from under the debris of the crane till now. The police with the help of shipyard staff, are carrying out rescue operations. “The injured workers are being shifted to the local hospitals,” the police said.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 19, 2020 at 10:57pm

Buildings evacuated after crane smashes into office tower in downtown Toronto

Published Thursday, July 16, 2020 11:31AM EDTLast Updated Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:28PM EDT

TORONTO -- Three buildings in Toronto’s Entertainment District have been evacuated following a crane collapse.

It happened shortly after 10 a.m. at a construction site at Simcoe and Wellington streets downtown.

Helicopter footage showed the crumpled crane collapsed on top of an office building. Some of the upper windows of the building also appear to have been smashed.

While some reports from the scene indicated there may be injuries, Toronto Fire said that is not the case.

“The operator is not injured. She made her way down with the assistance of one of her colleagues and was down upon our arrival,” Fire Chief Mathew Pegg told reporters at the scene.

It’s not clear if anyone was inside the affected offices when the crane struck the building. That building and two adjacent buildings have now been evacuated as a precaution.

Pegg said firefighters’ main concern is public safety in the event of any further collapse.

“We just need to deal with the public safety hazard, given I am told the crane is just about 200 feet in the air,” Pegg said. “We need to secure that and make sure that it doesn’t end up with a subsequent incident.”

He said a collapse perimeter has been established around the crane in case there is further movement.

“Obviously we can’t control or prevent the movement or failure of the crane at this point. We are taking every precaution we can to make sure that it is secured,” Pegg said.

He said stormy weather conditions could complicate those efforts.

“We’re having to keep an eye on the weather. Fortunately it’s OK right now but we’re paying particular attention to weather moving through. We have to be very vigilant about things like heavy rain, wind and the potential for lightning, but so far so good.”

Pegg said Toronto Fire will remain at the scene until engineers come in to take over and see to the safe removal of the crane.

On Thursday night, Toronto Fire District Chief Stephan Powell said the dismantling of the crane has been halted due to inclement weather. It will resume on Friday morning.

Local roads around the site have been closed off as a precaution.

It’s not yet clear what caused the structure to fail.

The crane company and the Ministry of Labour are expected to investigate the collapse.

Comment by Yvonne Lawson on July 8, 2020 at 5:52pm

Massive 65-foot crane collapses onto two terraced houses and block of flats being built in London leaving four injured as firefighters try to rescue people trapped inside

A 20-metre-high crane has collapsed in east London, destroying two houses and leaving four people injured. It is feared more people could be trapped in the wreckage of the two homes

A 65-foot-high crane has collapsed in east London, destroying two houses and leaving four people injured with fears others could be trapped in the wreckage.

Pictures from the scene at a building site on Gale Street in Bow show gaping holes in the roof of a house and through a nearby fence. Several cars can also be seen covered in dust and debris.

Witnesses who rushed to the scene moments after the terrifying incident say the man has been injured after being trapped by the crane.

Police who responded to 999 calls at around 2.40pm confirmed that the crane collapsed into a residential property and a building site, leaving four people injured.  

It is believed that firefighters are trying to free people who are trapped inside the two homes struck by the crane. 

Neighbour Bridget Teirney said: 'Crane behind my building just collapsed in Bow, London. At least one man crushed, crane went through 2 house.'

She added that the crane driver has 'made it down safely' but that 'one man, who is responding and being assisted by fire and ambulance is still under the crane.'

A few minutes later she said that the man had been freed and was being taken to hospital. 

Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis said that Urban Search and Rescue crews had begun a 'complex rescue operation' to search the two properties.

Aerial footage shows how the huge metal structure ripped through the roof into the top floors of the homes, with windows blowing open from the force of the impact. 

'This is a multi-agency response and is likely to be a protracted incident. I would ask people to avoid the area.' 

Fire crews have also deployed a drone to provide aerial imagery to aid the rescue operation.

Police have evacuated the surrounding properties and cordoned off the street. 

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Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 8, 2020 at 8:58am

Tower crane collapsed in Fengtai County, Huainan, Anhui, killing 5 people


According to the report of the Emergency Department of Anhui Province, at 17:00 on July 5, the tower crane collapsed during the construction of the standardized factory building project in the Phoenix Lake Triangle Zone, Fengtai County, Huainan City. The accident caused 5 people to be injured and died after being rescued in succession.

According to the report of the Emergency Department of Anhui Province, at 17:00 on July 5, the tower crane collapsed during the construction of the standardized factory building project in the Phoenix Lake Triangle Zone, Fengtai County, Huainan City. The accident caused 5 people to be injured and died after being rescued in succession. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 25, 2020 at 6:35pm

Munich: construction machine tipped over and ravaged ADAC-office - fierce Details | Schwanthalerhöhe That could end in a disaster:

On Tuesday (23. June) crashed in Munich, tons of heavy drilling machine in an office. Munich it is the afternoon of Tuesday (23

That could end in a disaster: On Tuesday (23. June) crashed in Munich, tons of heavy drilling machine in an office. Munich it is the afternoon of Tuesday (23. June) came to a serious accident on a construction site. A construction Crane was turned over Near the is held each year square and in an ADAC office building crashed. In the process, he broke through the glass walls of the office and banged on the two write - the staff were left a little earlier in the evening. Update 24. June, 6.10 PM: thank God, no one sat on the seats: It was about 17 o'clock, a deafening in the building, the present ADAC employees impossible: The 30-metre-high booms, the 140-ton machinery had buried a small backhoe under the roof of the offices by beat – and fortunately, no longer occupied the offices of the ADAC-complaint management by the state. What was the heavy drill tip-over, was not know until Tuesday evening. The clarification is now in the hands of the expert and police . Possibly the caterpillar chain drive came at the end of the device out of balance, as the machinist wanted to maneuver to a finished bore for the next drilling site.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 15, 2020 at 8:00pm

Typhoon winds cause crane to collapse as 'operator leaps into sea to escape'
Footage taken in the coastal city of Taizhou, in East China's Zhejiang Province, captured the moment the shipping container crane was pushed by gale-force winds

13:36, 15 JUN 2020Updated13:50, 15 JUN 2020

However, it was unclear why the container cranes were allowed to operate under such strong winds.
It happened a day before Typhoon Nuri - the second typhoon-category tropical storm - made landfall in South China.
An investigation is ongoing

This is the horrifying moment typhoon winds caused a crane to collapse before its operator reportedly leaped into the sea to escape.

Footage taken in the coastal city of Taizhou, in East China's Zhejiang Province, captured the moment the shipping container crane was pushed by gale-force winds on Friday.

In the video, the giant portal crane with a loading capacity of 10 tonnes is pushed along its rails before tearing through its brake clamps.
As the rig topples into the East China Sea, the footage also appears to capture its operator rushing down the steps before the tiny figure is seen leaping into the water to safety.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 11, 2020 at 6:57am
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on May 8, 2020 at 5:15pm

Crane Collapses During Testing on Offshore Construction Vessel

On Saturday, a heavy crane aboard the offshore installation vessel Orion 1 failed during crane load tests and collapsed onto the deck. Several people reportedly suffered injuries.
The vessel is currently under construction and owned by Cosco (Qidong) Offshore Co. and moored at the quayside at the Liebherr construction yard in Rostock, according to shipowner DEME NV. DEME was scheduled to take delivery of the ship within several weeks' time. 

Accoding to DEME, the crane has suffered significant damage. The impact on the crane and the vessel will be investigated in the coming days and weeks, and a Liebherr spokesman told media that it was too early to determine the cause of failure.
Independently, German media outlet VertiKal reports that the crane's hook block may have failed during the load test, and that the released tension caused the boom to catapult backwards over the top of the slewing unit.
The damage will almost certainly affect the charter schedule for Orion 1, which was expected to install more than 100 wind turbine jackets for the new Moray East wind farm shortly after her delivery.
The 145-meter boom crane had a capacity of 5,000 tonnes at a horizontal outreach of 35 meters, and its maximum lifting height was 175 meters above the vessel's deck. It was the first time Liebherr had manufactured and installed an offshore crane of this size, Liebherr Rostock managing director Leopold Berthold told media before the casualty.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on April 8, 2020 at 7:56am

Crane collapses at ALDOT bridge construction project in east Alabama
Posted Apr 07, 2020

A construction crane collapsed Tuesday afternoon at a job site on a state road in east Alabama where a bridge is being built, the Alabama Department of Transportation told Tuesday night. No injuries were reported.
Work was underway on Alabama State Route 46 in Heflin, in Cleburne County when the crane collapses, according to ALDOT spokeswoman Linda Crockett.
The incident is under investigation, she said, and it’s unclear whether the crane collapse will delay the project.

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