A crane being used to construct the new Tappan Zee Bridge in New York has collapsed across active lanes of traffic. The collapse happened on Tuesday and is blocking all lanes of traffic on the bridge that it was replacing. So far the news outlets report 5 people are injured due to the incident.
The crane fell just after noon on Tuesday. Governor Cuomo said that the crane was operating a vibratory hammer, had an issue, and then collapsed. Initial reports describe three drivers were hurt along with two construction workers. The crane operator survived with minor injuries as he was thrown from the cab into the water below when the crane toppled. The Coast Guard was able to successfully rescue him.
This isn't the first crane to collapse in New York this year, either. In February, a crane that was extended over 500 feet collapsed onto a street, killing a man who was walking to work and injuring 3 others. That collapse was caught on camera by a neighbor.
No word yet on when the bridge may be reopened or what the cause of the accident was. Engineers did tell CBS local news that the crane was new and the collapse was not caused by wind.
Full story: Construction Crane Collapses Onto Tappan Zee Bridge; One Lane Seriously Damaged | CBS Local News
As you may already know, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks officially opened their new home, the Fiserv Forum, for the 2018-2019 NBA season last October. That new stadium is being heralded as the “World’s First Bird Friendly Arena,” due to many of the design features. Well, since the new one is open, we can only expect that the old, non-bird friendly (I’m assuming) arena has overstayed its welcome and has to go.
Let’s get 2019 started with the first building demolition by implosion of the year.
The Smithsonian channel is airing a series of shows titled America in Color, in which they enhance lost or forgotten video footage of the 1900s, beginning with the 1920s. Part of the first episode in the series shows the men that worked on skyscrapers in New York City and it’s been edited to show color, as opposed to black and white, for the first time.
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.