With cranes being on many construction sites, it’s easy for workers to get complacent. Hundreds or thousands of construction materials can be lifted by cranes throughout the project, but all it takes is one time for a disaster to occur.
A video of a crane collapsing in Austin, TX surfaced on Reddit Wednesday night and shows about a dozen workers running for their lives as it drops the concrete panel wall and falls to the ground itself.
As you can see in the video, at least two of the workers on site are standing on the base of the wall as it begins to be lifted, as if they think their relatively small amount of weight will affect how the wall is lifted. There are 8 visible attachment points on the slab which will control that.
It should be obvious that working around or underneath any suspended material is always a huge safety concern. You will also see in the video that one of the workers is thrown off the panel as the crane starts to fail and has to pick himself up off the ground to run away. The falling concrete wall turns into a large pendulum and almost takes out a couple of the workers nearby.
The cause of the accident appeared to be due to one of the lines snapping, causing the wall to fall and then pulling over the crane. According to the Austin-Travis County EMS Twitter account, 1 man was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and another injured man refused transport. The injuries could have been much worse, but thankfully they were not.
The video of the accident below was originally shared on Reddit and later posted to Youtube by Adrian Garcia.
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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.
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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.