A news 9 helicopter caught a scary moment on video at a Melbourne, Australia construction site as an already ablaze crane collapsed. The crane was at the site of a 12 story tall apartment complex, when, according to news reports, an electrical fault caused the cabin of the crane to burst into flames.
Thankfully, none of the 12 people on site were injured and no damage was done to the currently under construction building. Around 200 workers were sent home earlier that day due to high temperatures.
In 2012, another Australian crane working on the University of Technology in Sydney’s campus also caught fire, that time due to leaking diesel fuel. That fire and subsequent collapse was also caught on video. More recently, a crane collapse in Southbank, Melbourne in August of 2015 injured at least 6 workers. Australia’s Herald Sun reported that the same crane rental company was used on both the August Melbourne collapse and the most recent. Despite two collpases within 6 months, the chief of the Construction, Forestry, Mining, and Energy Union (CFMEU) told the Herald Sun that the crane company was not a “problem.”
Everyone has a camera in their pocket these days and when something goes down on the jobsite, you can bet it’s going to be captured on video one way or another. That can either be a great thing for marketing or an awful way to showcase your business.
Look, you could mobilize on site the boring old way by loading your heavy equipment on the bed of a trailer and driving it to site, or you could take a note from the Bravo Company of the 37th Engineer Battalion of the United States and spice things up a bit.
“World’s Largest” is definitely a sought after goal, especially in the construction industry. Sarens, a crane rental, heavy lifting, and engineered transport company in Belgium, has recently released a supersized crane that is being regarded as the largest crane in the world, by both size and lifting capacity.
Multiple buildings imploded at the same time with multiple different camera views? Sounds like the making of a great demolition video.
A construction crane that was working on a highway widening project in St. Martin Parish in Louisiana collapsed onto the adjacent roadway last week, injuring one driver.
Demolition by implosion videos are always fun to watch. Adding an element of water makes them even more dramatic, though it’s probably not great for the ecosystem. Late last week, a one mile long, 23 year-old bridge in China was imploded in front of a crowd of spectators and caught on camera.
Cranes are an extremely useful and important piece of equipment on the majority of construction sites. They can also be extremely dangerous if they are not understood or respected.