Cranes are a necessary and useful piece of equipment on most construction sites, but extreme caution must be taken when working with them, as any failure could be catastrophic or, at the very least, very costly.
Earlier this week, a wheeled crane in Orlando, Florida toppled over onto its side and onto the adjacent on-ramp to SR-408 . Luckily, no injuries were reported and no cars were hit by the crane. The crane operator was reportedly strapped in inside the cab and was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
There were conflicting reports initially regarding what the crane was doing as it fell. Early reports stated that the crane was lifting a girder, but it was later confirmed that the operator was just getting the crane into position to prepare for upcoming overnight work.
On its way down, the crane hit power lines and poles, which briefly knocked power out in the surrounding areas. The crane landed awkwardly under the overpass and the general contractor is bringing in professionals to determine the best way to get the crane upright.
Helicopter footage of the accident was shared to Facebook by WFLA, which you can watch below:
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.