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: