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.
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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.
As the US is experiencing our own natural disaster, by way of Hurricane Florence, China is being hit badly by a Typhoon Mangkhut. According to Independent, the storm has caused a crane, which was being used on a 22-story housing development, to crumble. That collapse was caught on camera by neighbors.
There have been a few devastating structural collapses across America and the world this year. In March, an under construction pedestrian bridge collapsed in Florida, killing 6. In Colombia, ten workers were killed when a large section of a bridge being built collapsed. Both of those tragedies happened while the structures were still being built, but a recent collapse in Texas has a bit of a different story.
If you’re a general contractor in the Davie, Florida area, I have an idea why one of your deliveries might have been late last week.
On Monday morning, a 13 story building in Miami Beach that was being prepped for demolition suddenly collapsed, injuring one Project Manager that was struck by debris.