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 Tracie Crespo on March 19, 2022 at 3:49pm

Drill rig collapses, crushing 2 cars on State Street in Salt Lake City

One person was injured in the incident.

Police originally said the crane operator was in serious condition after falling about 20 feet, but on Wednesday the construction company said the drill rig operator was the person injured, and his injuries did not appear life-threatening.

"We are happy to report that the drill rig ... operator's supervisors have updated us on his condition this morning, and the report is good; he was diagnosed to have a small fracture in his lower back, and latest reports are that there will be no treatment other than rest, and that it is expected to heal in time and not be a long-term health issue. He was said to be bruised and sore, but in good spirits," Amy Christensen, Jacobsen Construction spokeswoman, said in a written statement.

The incident happened around 9 p.m. and closed State Street at 200 South in Salt Lake City. The street remained closed Wednesday morning.

Police are asking drivers to take an alternate route to avoid the area.

"This is pretty uncommon, for as much as Salt Lake City has been building in the last few years. We've really been fortunate," Mumedy said.

Jill Wiscomb and her husband had just left Eccles Theatre on Tuesday night when they noticed flashing lights.

"My husband said, 'I think that's where I parked,' and I said, 'I think that's my car that's underneath that's smashed,'" Wiscomb recalled.

"It happened five minutes before we got there so that was a little alarming," she added.

She and her family members expressed gratitude they weren't in the car at the time of the accident and urged others to "just hold the people you love a little bit closer tonight and be grateful that everyone is safe."

The drill operator was working on foundation drilling at the time of the incident, Christensen said.

"All of the professionals who work on our sites are family, and their safety and wellbeing are our top priority. We are committed to learning as much about what caused this and taking proactive steps to ensure the continued safety at this project site," the statement said.

"Following the incident, we activated our response teams, which are trained and prepared for circumstances like this. We don't yet have all the details of how this occurred but are suspending operations for 24 hours while gathering information for a safety investigation," Christensen said Wednesday morning.

Comment by Tracie Crespo on July 14, 2021 at 3:32pm

5 dead in Kelowna, B.C., crane collapse, police say

Click to play video: 'Four construction workers along with one nearby office worker killed when a crane collapses in downtown Kelowna'
"It hit home for all of us”, four construction workers along with one nearby office worker killed when a crane collapses in downtown Kelowna.

Four people are confirmed to have died in Monday’s crane collapse in downtown Kelowna, say police, and a fifth is believed to be buried in rubble in an adjacent building.

Kelowna RCMP announced the news on Tuesday during a press conference at 11 a.m.

Click to play video: 'Questions remain after deadly Kelowna crane collapse'
Questions remain after deadly Kelowna crane collapse

Just hours after Monday morning’s deadly crane collapse along the 1400 block of St. Paul Street, police said there were multiple fatalities, though they did not release how many had died.

On Tuesday, four bouquets of flowers could be seen at the site of the crane collapse.

RCMP Insp. Adam MacIntosh said the four individuals who died were all men who were found at the scene of the collapse.

One of the four was transported to hospital, but later died.

Police said all four were associated with the worksite, that being the 25-storey tower under construction.

Click to play video: 'Kelowna RCMP confirm 4 dead, 1 still missing in Kelowna crane collapse'
Kelowna RCMP confirm 4 dead, 1 still missing in Kelowna crane collapse

The fifth person, also a man, was in a building that houses a consulting business of some sort, police said.

A sixth person was taken to hospital, with what police called non-life-threatening injuries, but has since been released.

As to why the crane collapsed, MacIntosh said it was his understanding that workers had been getting ready to dismantle the crane.

“Why that crane collapsed, that’s part of the investigation,” he said. “We don’t know the answer and I certainly can’t speculate.

“Obviously, something catastrophic occurred. That’s the responsibility of WorkSafeBC, in conjunction with the RCMP — first to ensure it’s not a criminal event, and the other is the investigation by WorkSafeBC to determine exactly what occurred.”

Click to play video: 'First hand accounts from the crane collapse in Kelowna, BC'
First hand accounts from the crane collapse in Kelowna, BC

A state of emergency was declared on Monday afternoon by Central Okanagan Emergency Operations, and it remains in effect.

A large portion of the downtown core is cordoned off by police tape, and the families of the victims have been notified.

“Due to the damage to several buildings, and the danger posed by the partially collapsed crane, a large area of the downtown core of Kelowna was closed and the surrounding area was evacuated,” RCMP said in a press release on Tuesday afternoon.
Click to play video: 'Crane crash impacting people, businesses'
Crane crash impacting people, businesses

WATCH: Many people remain out of their homes and nearby businesses remain closed as officials work to stabilize crash site. Jules Knox reports.

“The evacuation will remain in effect until the area has been determined to be safe.”

MacIntosh said the immediate goal is to reduce the risk of further possible crane collapse. Once that’s secure, the boom and portion that had collapsed will then be removed, which would allow the fifth person to be located within the rubble.

“We’re hoping as early as this afternoon,” MacIntosh said when asked how long that could take.

He also said “(Monday) was a tragic day. To see all those workers standing there, knowing that they had just lost some of their friends and co-workers, and to see the families and what they were dealing with, I can only imagine what they were going through.

“Right now, what we want to do is everything we can to support the investigation and support WorkSafeBC and support those families.”

Click to play video: 'Construction crane collapses'
Construction crane collapses

MacIntosh said no one was hurt during rescue efforts.

“When ambulance, fire and police arrived, I think it was extremely dangerous,” he said. “There was a genuine risk that it could come down on rescue workers, workers as a whole.

“It was extremely dangerous and I think we were very fortunate that no other lives have been lost. No rescuers were injured and we want to keep it that way.”

Premier John Horgan also called the crane collapse tragic.

“When people go to work in the morning, they expect to be able to come home in the evening,” said Horgan.

“And it is just a very sad day for those families who’ve been affected, as well as all the people in Kelowna. Our thoughts are with the people in Kelowna.”

If you witnessed this incident and have not yet spoken to police, or have any information about this incident, you are urged to call the Kelowna RCMP at 250-762-3300.

Click to play video: 'Kelowna RCMP confirm 4 dead, 1 still missing in Kelowna crane collapse'
Kelowna RCMP confirm 4 dead, 1 still missing in Kelowna crane collapse

On Tuesday afternoon, the development company involved with the tower issued a press release.

The Mission Group said at approximately 10:45 a.m., on Monday, “there was a catastrophic failure of a crane at our Brooklyn construction site during the crane dismantling process. The RCMP have confirmed four fatalities. A fifth individual is unaccounted for.”

“Mission Group expresses its deepest sympathy for the families of those who lost their lives. We have set up support services to help those in need and continue to communicate with our employees, trades, and others who have been affected by this tragedy.

“We would like to express our gratitude to Kelowna’s emergency service crews. Their timely and professional response to rescue and treat those impacted made a very meaningful difference.”

Mission Group said it will continue to work with all investigators and authorities.

More to come.

Comment by KM on July 13, 2021 at 8:16am

Multiple fatalities after crane collapses at Kelowna, B.C., construction site

 VANCOUVER -- The crane collapse that forced an area of downtown Kelowna, B.C., to be evacuated on Monday morning has left multiple people dead, according to authorities. The accident, which damaged several buildings in the area of Bernard Avenue and St. Paul Street, has also prompted officials to declare a local state of emergency in the Okanagan city.

Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which workers tried to get out of harm's way as the crane was coming down.

"It was the scariest thing I've ever seen," said Miriam Halpenny. "I was talking to another woman who said she saw a man falling from the top."

Hours after the incident, Kelowna RCMP confirmed that more than one person was killed, but said they were "releasing limited information" on the extent of the tragedy, in part because authorities were still working to notify next of kin.

"Not all persons have been properly identified, and so right now, all we can tell you is that there have been multiple fatalities from people in that area," Insp. Adam MacIntosh said.

Part of the crane fell from the construction site, striking a neighbouring office building and a senior's home. Part of the crane was left standing.

The following addresses were evacuated due to concerns about ongoing danger in the surrounding area: 47 - 612 Bernard Ave., 1450 - 1488 Bertram St. and 1441 - 1471 St. Paul St.

In a news release, the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations Centre said the accident scene remained "unstable" as of Monday afternoon. Structural engineers were dispatched to assess the damage and determine what needs to be done to ensure the area is safe.

"Road and sidewalk closures, including barricades, are in place to ensure safety. Residents and visitors are to stay out of the area," the release said.

The crane collapse happened at the Brooklyn construction site run by developer Mission Group. The company described the incident as a "catastrophic failure (in which) a crane fell during the dismantling process."

"Mission Group immediately evacuated the building and emergency crews were dispatched to the site. We continue to work closely with emergency responders to assess the situation," the developer said in a statement.

"Mission Group expresses its deepest sympathy for the families of those affected by this tragedy. We have set up support services to help those in need."

Kelowna RCMP said one person remains unaccounted for, and that officers are working to determine the individual's whereabouts and well-being.

WorkSafeBC has also sent teams to investigate what happened. In a news release, the agency said it would be working to determine "the cause of the incident, including any contributing factors, so that similar incidents can be prevented from happening in the future."


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    A crane collapsed in downtown Kelowna on July 12, 2021.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2020 at 6:53am

Crane collapse near Sydney apartment building: Two injured | Daily ...

Two people are injured after a crane collapsed between two apartment buildings in south Sydney

  • A crane collapsed between two apartment buildings in Sydney on Thursday
  • Police and paramedics were called to The Kingsway in Woolooware at midday
  • Two people have been rushed to hospital with minor injuries

November 26 2020

Two people have been injured after a crane collapsed between two apartment buildings in Sydney. 

Police and paramedics were called to The Kingsway in Woolooware on Thursday afternoon. 

Two people were rushed to hospital with minor injuries.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 26, 2020 at 3:52am

Crews recover crane that toppled over at Toronto construction site ...

Crews recover crane that toppled over at Toronto construction site

November 24, 2020 12:53PM EST

TORONTO -- Crews have recovered a crane being used in Eglinton Crosstown construction that toppled over after the ground underneath it collapsed.

The incident occurred Monday night at around Eglinton Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road.

Engineers say the ground shifted due to soil erosion caused by water. When this occurred, the 70-tonne piece of equipment fell over.

"The crane was being used yesterday to lift loads at the site and apparently some water did appear and the sink hole opened up and the crane sunk into the sinkhole," Kristin Jenkins with Crosslinx Transit Solution told reporters at the scene.
Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 16, 2020 at 8:16pm

Crane Damaged At Shell Cracker Plant

Nov 15 2020

Sunday's storms and high winds caused a crane to snap and collapse at the Shell Cracker Plant in Beaver County

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 30, 2020 at 3:16pm

Spinning Crane Sends Debris Crashing onto NYC Streets

High winds sent a massive crane spinning atop a Manhattan high-rise construction project Thursday night, causing debris to crash onto the streets below.

Oct 30th, 2020

High winds in New York City caused a massive crane to continuously spin atop a high-rise construction project Thursday night, sending debris crashing down onto the streets below in Midtown Manhattan.

According to a report in the New York Post, FDNY crews and NYPD personnel responded to the scene to evacuate the area around the building while advising citizens to avoid the area through social media alerts.

The crane was safely secure and simply "weathervaning" - a normal function that allows the structure to swing 360 degrees in such conditions. There were no reported injuries from the falling debris after fire crews and law enforcement secured the surrounding area.

An ominous-looking video filmed at the scene shows the crane spinning through the gloom and fog high above the nearby buildings:

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on October 21, 2020 at 6:33am

Worker crushed to death as crane collapses in UAE

October 15 2020

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the accident.

A 36-year-old Asian worker died in Sharjah after a crane collapsed and fell on him on Thursday morning, police said.

The man was carrying out his duty at a site in the emirate’s Al Madam area when the incident happened. The Sharjah Police, along with paramedics, rushed to the site as soon as they received a report.

The worker, however, died on the spot after being crushed by the crane.

An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the accident and ensure that there was no foul play involved.

When the police and investigators arrived at the site, they found that the security and safety surpervisors of the contracting company in charge had already run away. They were reportedly present when the crane collapsed.

The authorities managed to track them down and take them into custody for interrogation.

The body of the worker had been transferred  to the forensic laboratory in Sharjah for repatriation procedures.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 4, 2020 at 10:15pm

Tower Cranes Collapse at Construction Site 

Sept 3 2020

Russian authorities initiated a criminal case after the fall from the strong wind of three tower cranes at a construction site. Two people were injured as a result of the accident. The case was initiated under article 216 of the Criminal Code: ′′ Violation of safety rules in construction works, which caused serious harm to human health ".

According to the investigation, on the day of September 2, when the cranes were at their workplaces, the gust of strong wind leaned the first crane, and it fell behind to ground, then the second fell and the second hit the next to the third.

The second faucet together with the worker fell to the ground, and the third one caught up on the top floor of the building under construction. First and second crane workers were injured and suffered fractured bones and were taken to hospital. The third man was not hurt and left the cabin on his own.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on August 28, 2020 at 2:07am

Crane collapse kills 5 in Cambodian border town of Poipet

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia – A construction crane in Cambodia´s northwestern city of Poipet on the border with Thailand collapsed Wednesday, killing at least five people and injuring four others.

The crane was being operated on ground made wet by rain, rendering it unstable, said Ath Khem, chief of the Banteay Meanchey provincial police. He said the crane fell as it was lifting heavy concrete blocks, and described the accident as resulting from carelessness.

The crane fell on houses next to the construction site, killing the victims. No one involved in the construction work was hurt, he said.

Poipet, a major trading post, is a boom town with many casinos patronized by foreigners, including many from Thailand. It has a reputation as a “sin city.”

In recent years, a fast-growing economy fueled a construction spree in Cambodia. But the building boom has suffered from a number of fatal accidents, the result of shoddy construction practices and poor enforcement of safety standards.

In January, at least 36 people were killed in the collapse of a building under construction in the southern city of Kep, with 23 others rescued alive. Women and children were among the victims, since it is not unusual in Southeast Asia for the families of construction workers to live at the work site.

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