New York Crane Collapse Drama

A man was killed in Manhattan when a huge crane collapsed, probably due to heavy winds last week.

The crane is seen in this video breaking and collapsing onto the road beneath. A man in his car below was crushed by the crane. Three others were injured during the incident.

Watch how it happened below,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgCP7pW6xuA

White Card Update: Crane Collapse Destroys Building in Russia

The kind of destruction a crane collapse can cause is evident from an incident which occurred in Russia last month. The enormous construction crane collapsed onto a block of flats in Kirov, Russia, smashing through several floors of the nine-story complex, inhabited by a reported 250 people, including 37 children. Miraculously no injuries or deaths were reported despite the extensive damage to the building.

Tenants in the building apparently rushed into the hallway of the building for shelter as the huge crane tore through balconies and the building’s façade as well as a number of cars which were parked outside the building. One car was apparently crushed beyond repair and witnesses described it as a “shapeless heap of metal” following the incident.

According to reports the crane was not properly secured, causing it to break free due to strong winds.  This is quite a stark reminder of the hazard involved with crane use especially during extreme weather conditions such as gale force winds.

This video provides more clarity on the incident, let’s hope we can learn a lesson in crane safety from this incident:

http://youtu.be/ud3e8oInYTI

 

Crane Collapse Claims Lives of 2 Workers

A crane collapse has taken place in Perry, Ohio which sadly claimed the lives of 2 construction workers recently. Cranes and their parts are massive and can be extremely dangerous, especially for employees working directly with the crane as well as those working in the vicinity of it’s operations. The 2 workers involved in this incident were engaging in work at a steel mill when a part of the crane collapsed onto them.

An article on www.craneaccidents.com explained what happened:

Stark-County-Ohio5-7-2013-11-48-38-AMTwo workers outside Timken’s Faircrest steel mill in Perry Township were killed instantly early Saturday afternoon when a massive piece of a crane fell on them.

The Stark County coroner’s office identified the men as Brian Black and Mark Tovissi and said both worked for Canton-based Beaver Excavating Co.

Ages and addresses of the two were not immediately available. The families of the two men have been notified, said Harry Campbell of the coroner’s office.

The deaths happened at 12:50 p.m., he said.

What caused the piece of crane to fall has not been determined, Campbell said.

Source: http://www.craneaccidents.com/2013/05/report/two-killed-in-stark-county/

The post goes on to explain that the cause of the accident has not been identified but with federal and state investigators being called in it is likely that a cause would be established soon.

The 2 workers were part of the construction crew working at a new site being built as part of a $260 million upgrade. The fact that the crane was being operated by another worker at the time is a reminder of how dangerous work on a construction site can be, especially considering that most accidents and fatalities occur at the hands of another worker.

During this incident the 2 deceased workers were on the ground preparing a load to be lifted when the accident occurred and the large, heavy boom of the crane became detached and fell on them. These 2 workers suffered what was described as “massive traumatic injuries” which lead to their instantaneous death at the scene of the accident.

The post on CraneAccidents.com went on to publish the statement released by the employer:

“At approximately 12:45 p.m., a crane accident at a construction site at The Timken Co.’s Faircrest Steel Plant, in Perry Township, Canton, OH, resulted in the fatalities of two Beaver Excavating workers. On-site responders immediately contacted emergency and Perry Township police, who arrived at the scene shortly thereafter. OSHA officials also were notified. Construction operations were immediately suspended until further notice.

Source: http://www.craneaccidents.com/2013/05/report/two-killed-in-stark-county/

Being struck by falling objects and crane mishaps are 2 of the most common forms of accidents on construction sites and both types of hazards often result in fatalities.

While construction accidents cannot be totally eliminated, many of the fatalities we witness are avoidable and can be eliminated with attention to WHS and ensuring that workers do not take short cuts when it comes to safety.

One of the most important factors of construction safety is training. Workers should receive both general construction safety training as well as site specific training before commencing with work on a construction site. But having this training isn’t enough to avoid accidents, workers need to apply the knowledge gained during training to their work on the construction site each day. Employers can ensure this is being done by supervising workers and monitoring safety at each step of the construction process.

 

7 Construction Workers Injured in New York Crane Collapse

Injured worker being wheeled away by emergency personnel

Caption:Injured worker being wheeled away by emergency personnel

Photo Source: Todd Maisel/ New York Daily News

Yet another crane incident has occurred just outside of New York which left 3 construction workers trapped and an additional 4 injured. According to reports the construction company is notorious for it’s checkered past and this crane collapse in Queens was just the latest of a series of safety incidents.

The construction site of a luxury development in Queens turned to chaos at around 2:20pm on the day of the incident.

The crane collapsed causing 3 workers to be pinned underneath the heavy metal components, thankfully no serious injuries were sustained. Another 4 workers were also injured. It is a miracle that all workers escaped with their lives.

Workers described the scene of the incident as scary and chaotic with everyone scrambling to get out of harm’s way as the huge crane arm fell.

Read what this post onNYDailynews.com had to say:

“I was this close to death,” said Preston White, 48, a carpenter who narrowly escaped harm. “Everybody was scrambling.”

Workers said they heard cables snap and watched the 380-foot red crane buckle high in the air.

“It came down fast,” said laborer Russell Roberson, 32. “I heard guys yelling, ‘Run!’ You didn’t know what the f— was going to happen.” “You didn’t know which way the thing was going to go.”

Workers said the crane was erected just four days previously. It crashed into scaffolding and plywood at the site directly behind the iconic Pepsi sign on the shore of the East River. The building under construction will be the last of several luxury towers to rise at the Queens West site.

“The crane cut through it like a hot knife through butter,” White said. Investigators were trying to determine Wednesday what caused the collapse, authorities said.

A truck driver said workers were loading the crane with wood planks when the accident occurred. The machine was stationed at ground level, not lashed to a building. Following the collapse, workers went looking for their pals.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/crane-collapses-construction-workers-queens-article-1.1236637#ixzz2HYuxEyw8

Many speculated about the cause of the crane collapse, some claiming it was because the crane was worn out but authorities have not yet confirmed or denied this. The workers involved went on to describe the emotions they went through as they scrambled to find their friends. This is a typical example of the chaos that ensues following a construction incident of this magnitude:

“We were searching to searching to see who was around,” Roberson said, adding that about 70 people were at the site. “We were calling out names. If you didn’t hear the guy’s name you searched for them — it was terrifying.”

Two of the injured workers were taken to New York-Presbyterian Cornell Hospital and five to Elmhurst Hospital Center.

The five workers at Elmhurst, men ages 23 to 55, were expected to leave the hospital Wednesday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/crane-collapses-construction-workers-queens-article-1.1236637#ixzz2HYuxEyw8

This incident is a scary reminder of the danger of working with cranes and especially the danger of working with worn out cranes or any other heavy machinery or equipment that is not in good condition.  Crane operators should inspect the machinery beforehand to ensure that all parts are fully functional and will not present any risk. And if machinery is found to be faulty it should not be used.

For workers on the ground or in the vicinity of a crane in operation – keep your eyes open. Anyone who works around an operating crane has to be constantly aware of its movements for your own safety. Stay out of the way of the machine and its moving parts. If the operator sounds the crane’s warning signal, get out of the way fast.  You should also familiarise yourself with crane signalman’s hand signals so that you are alerted to the crane’s movements and directions.

 

Crane Collapse Results in $170K Fine

Source: OiMax

An incident that occurred in Victoria recently has highlighted the danger of working with cranes for employees and the need for employers to ensure worker safety. The crane in question collapsed on a worker, causing him to sustain serious injuries.

This post on Abc.net.au explain what happened:

A drilling company has been fined $170,000 after pleading guilty to a workplace safety incident at the Wonthaggi desalination plant.

In the Korumburra Magistrates Court last week, PezzimentiLaserbore Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to ensure the safety of workers.

WorkSafe Victoria says the company was at fault when a crane collapsed and injured a worker.

The injured worker suffered sustained shoulder, back, leg and other injuries.

The company was also ordered to pay almost $3,000 in legal costs.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-11-20/drilling-firm-fined-170k-over-crane-collapse/4381552

There are numerous ways that workers in the vicinity of a crane can be injured. Crane incidents include a full or partial crane collapse, ancillary equipment failure that endangers drivers, workers and those in proximity, negligent mishandling or misuse of the lifting equipment by the driver which usually restricts injuries to co-workers or objects dropped while being lifted.

The sheer size and enormity of a crane and its load can cause massive destruction if it collapses and although this is rare, the incident in Wonthaggi proves that it can happen. Employers must be diligent when safeguarding workers against this type of incident.

Many crane accidents have also occurred where workers on site have been struck by loads that were being moved or lifted due to negligence by the crane operator either through lack of experience or training or a simple mistake often caused by communication difficulties. Ensuring a good system of communication between the operator and those directing the load is vital to good safety.

Loads that weigh tons can cause extreme damage to property, danger to workers and fatalities, particularly on building sites. Another cause for concern when working with cranes is falling objects. The whole purpose of a crane is to lift loads too heavy for manual lifting which implies that the load is extremely heavy and most probably large, which could cause severe injuries and fatalities if dropped onto workers below. Due to the heights that are often involved in a crane accident even small falling objects can pose extreme danger.

One of the most important responsibilities of employers is to ensure that the equipment is well maintained and operating properly because as proven in the incident above any failure with equipment will result in costly fines for the company.

Another issue relating to crane safety is ensuring that operators are adequately trained and supervised. Giving an untrained worker such powerful equipment is careless and foolish. Only licenced operators should be allowed to operate such dangerous machinery. Also workers in the vicinity of the cranes operation should be familiar with the basic safety rules of crane use because any incidents may affect them as well.