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 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.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 28, 2020 at 7:50am

Huge crane collapses and injures three people in Pattaya

March 27 2020

This morning 3 people have been seriously injured when a crane on a construction site collapsed and fell onto some residential buildings in Naklua.
Reports say that the incident happened around 10:00 am this morning near Soi Esso and Sukhumvit Pattaya.
A 12-year-old boy and two others were rushed to a hospital for treatment.
At the time of the crash, the crane was being used on a large site near to where the residential buildings.
It is not known at this point what caused the crane to collapse and an investigation has been launched to find the reason why.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 19, 2020 at 12:18am

One person dies as crane boom collapses at jack-up barge off Qatar
Jack-up barge said to be working on sub-contract from Saipem, the key contractor for Qatargas’ Barzan pipeline replacement project

18 March 2020 11:47 GMT

One person is believed to have died on board the jack-up barge Seafox Deema when one of the vessel’s cranes collapsed into the water off Qatar this week.
Seafox Deema was working on a sub-contract from Saipem, the key engineering, procurement, construction and installation contractor for Qatargas’ Barzan pipeline replacement project, several people familiar with the incident told Upstream.

One person said the crane operator working on the vessel died when the crane collapsed into the water, while it was lifting a pipe.
“A crane from jack-up barge Deema was lifting some pipe spools from an offshore support vessel. The crane failed and toppled into the water with the boom and cabin,” he said.
A diving operation followed, which later confirmed the fatality, as the crane operator was unresponsive, he added.

One unconfirmed source claimed the deceased was a 34-year old Indian national.
A second person said work on the Seafox Deema vessel has been stalled temporarily following the incident.
However, no damage has been reported on the topsides and subsea assets involving the Barzan project, he added.
Upstream has sought responses from Seafox, Saipem and Qatargas on the incident.

Seafox Deema is a three-legged, self-elevating jack-up unit for accommodation and offshore support services.
It was converted to a self-elevating jack-up in 1990 by Lamprell in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, and was subsequently upgraded there in 1998.
The vessel has a maximum person-on-board capacity of 470 and can operate in water depths up to 190 feet (58 metres), according to the company website.
Seafox Deema has three cranes, with a maximum lift of 200 tonnes.
Upstream in 2018 had reported that Saipem was set to win a $1 billion-plus offshore pipeline contract from Qatargas, involving its much delayed Barzan gas project in Qatar's giant North Field.

The Italian contractor landed the key Barzan project in 2018 and has been working on the pipeline project.
The project’s workscope included the EPCI of more than 170 kilometres of offshore pipelines, plus an additional 80 kilometres of piggyback lines.
The $10 billion-plus Barzan gas development is being carried out by RasGas (now merged with Qatargas) and US supermajor ExxonMobil.
State-owned player Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil signed agreements confirming the Barzan project in 2011. The scheme involves a mix of offshore as well as onshore facilities.
The offshore element of the project comprises three wellhead platforms, a living quarters platform, several kilometres of subsea pipelines as well as more than 100 kilometres of subsea cables and almost 30 development wells.

The Barzan project is expected to boost gas production capacity by 2 billion cubic feet per day, as Qatar prepares to meet rising demand ahead of the 2022 football World Cup.
Much of Barzan's production is likely to be used to provide feedstock for Qatar's domestic power and water sectors.
The Barzan offshore facilities are located 80 kilometres north-east of Qatar’s Ras Laffan industrial city.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on March 11, 2020 at 8:51pm

Crane collapses on Valaris-operated North Sea rig

9th March 2020

THE Health and Safety Executive has launched an inquiry after a crane collapsed on a Valaris oil rig.
A picture was posted on the Rig Worker’s Rant Facebook page showing the incident on the Valaris JU-101 rig, which still shows the vessel’s old name of Ensco 101.
Operator Valaris has been contacted by ABN for comment but has not responded.
It’s unknown whether anyone has been injured.
The jack-up rig is currently stationed in Hartlepool.
The latest incident comes after a separate crane collapse on the Valaris JU-120 last month.
A spokesman for the HSE said: “We have been informed by the duty holder. We remain in dialogue and are conducting initial enquiries.”
Last month, images also appeared online of a crane collapse on the Valaris JU-120, formerly the Ensco 120, while it was stationed near the Jasmine platform in the North Sea.
HSE also said it was making enquiries into that incident.
London-headquartered Valaris was created last year through a merger of rival rig contractors Ensco and Rowan, forming the largest firm of its kind globally by fleet size

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on January 2, 2020 at 4:08am

In pictures: crane collapse in Vantaa causes damage at construction...

A LARGE CRANE COLLAPSED INTO AN UNDER-CONSTRUCTION APARTMENT BUILDING in Vantaa this morning, destroying much of the site and causing severe damage. Workers were on-site at the time of the collapse, but there have been no reports of any injuries. 

The top section of the crane, known as the counterweight boom and weighing several tons, came crashing down on the construction site on Väritehtaankatu in Tikkurila early this morning. Police and the construction company are currently looking into the cause of the incident. 

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on November 4, 2019 at 5:47am

1 dead after crane collapses at construction site of new TTSH rehab facility

04 Nov 2019 11:50AM

SINGAPORE: One worker was killed and another injured after a crane collapsed on Monday (Nov 4) at the construction site of a new rehab facility under Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

The Singapore Civil Service Force (SCDF) said it received a call for help at a construction site in Jalan Tan Tock Seng in Novena at about 8.50am.

"The boom of a tower crane had collapsed at the construction site. One man was pronounced dead at the scene by an SCDF paramedic," it said.

Another man was taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital after the incident, it added.

When CNA's reporter arrived at the scene, the boom of the tower crane – roughly the height of a 10-storey building – had collapsed and was bent at an angle.

The worksite is the location of Tan Tock Seng Hospital's new Integrated Care Hub, which will house a 500-bed rehabilitative facility. The hub, which is expected to open in 2022, will be part of the 17-hectare HealthCity Novena, slated to be Singapore’s largest healthcare complex.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 30, 2019 at 11:45pm

Riis Houses Buildings Evacuated After Part Of Crane Falls: FDNY

New York City Housing Authority buildings were evacuated after part of a crane fell at the complex on FDR Drive, the FDNY said.

Jul 30, 2019 3:29 pm

EAST VILLAGE, NY — A partial crane collapse in the East Village caused two buildings at a nearby public housing complex to be evacuated Tuesday, the FDNY said.

Firefighters rushed to 749 FDR Drive at East Sixth Street about 2:40 p.m after part of the crane snapped at NYCHA's Riis Houses, an FDNY spokesperson said.

Firefighters were checking the stability of the building Tuesday afternoon, the FDNY spokesperson said. Residents at 749 and 765 FDR Drive were evacuated, according to the FDNY.

FDNY officials said the crane's load snapped, colliding with the building at 749 FDR Drive and ripping off some air-conditioners from residents' windows. The building suffered exterior damage, according to the FDNY. Video from the Citizen App showed a crane dangling high above the building.

FDR Drive was shutdown for about an hour in both directions Tuesday afternoon while emergency responders dealt with the crane, an NYPD spokesperson confirmed.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on July 22, 2019 at 7:44am

Crane collapses onto multi-unit apartment building near Rutgers University

Posted: Jul 21, 2019 10:22 PM EDT


A construction crane collapsed onto a multi-unit apartment building across the street from Rutgers University Sunday night.

The crane, which was being used to build a nine-story apartment building, crashed down onto the apartment building around 8 p.m. on 142 Hamilton St.

The apartment building sustained significant damage, and so did a house next to it.

The complex housed students who attend Rutgers University, but Heather Harris, a resident of the apartment building, confirmed that “none of the residents were home when the crane collapsed.”

Officials are trying to determine what caused the crane to come down.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on June 20, 2019 at 3:07am

10 students hurt as crane collapses onto school building

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