Google’s new Seattle building has been the site of the latest fatal crane collapse, claiming the lives of 4 people and injuring 2 others.
It is believed the collapse happened during a storm, causing the crane to tumble down onto one of the city’s busiest streets.
A woman and 3 men have lost their lives in the incident, 2 of them being iron workers who were inside the crane. The 2 other victims were passers-by inside cars on the street below.They all died on the scene.
A young mother and her 4 month old daughter miraculously escaped serious injury as their car was smashed on one side by the crane.
Given the recent concerns over construction site safety involving cranes in particular, it’s important we learn from incidents like these and recognise the importance of safety controls or risk devastating consequences like this.
Some of the residents who were evacuated from their homes following a crane collapse at an apartment complex in Sydney’s north have returned to their homes.
An investigation is also underway into what caused the crane collapse at Wolli Creek on Brodie Spark Drive last week.
Residents of the building were forced to sleep in temporary accommodation as authorities figured out how to safely remove the crane. Residents from the surrounding buildings were allowed to the return to their homes.
Following the collapse, 3 construction workers were rushed to hospital for treatment, one of which had a suspected broken leg.
The damaged building is being assessed by structural engineers.
Meanwhile the CFMEU has called for a ban on the erection of cranes until investigations are complete, concerned that a mechanical or engineering fault may have been to blame.
A massive crane weighing 130 tonnes has collapsed at a construction site in Wembley, thankfully there were no injuries.
The crane was operating at the site at the corner of Pangbourne and Ruislip streets when it toppled, just before 10:00am. The crane hit a water main and went through new roof construction.
The construction director said that there were no injuries and damage caused was minimal. He also said the company would be cooperating with WorkSafe in their investigations as well as conducting their own.
A horrendous crane and elevated work platform crash has resulted in a massive fine for the builder involved.
The Australian building company was fined $280,000 for major safety violations discovered by the federal work safety regulator Comcare.
The regulator embarked on an intensive investigation which found inadequate communication and isolation measures on the part of the builder and inadequate supervision, instruction and training.
Comcare said the worker was lucky to escape serious injury and possibly death given the circumstances.
The incident occurred when 2 large portal cranes were loading sections of a road bridge onto trucks when one of the cranes collided with an elevated platform, forcing the worker to try to leap out as the basket he was in buckled but his harness was holding him in. The man just managed to lean out of the basket and avoid being crushed as the crane stopped just in time.
Here’s a dramatic video of a crane collapse on a construction site. If you’ve never witnessed a crane collapse in person, consider yourself lucky, thankfully there are videos like this one to make you appreciate how lucky you are.