This video is a bit of a throwback, but I recently came across it on the interwebs for the first time and thought it was worth a share.
The incident below happened almost 10 years ago at the Wesfarmers Curragh coal mine in Queensland, Australia. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the boom of one of the site’s 5 draglines was being lowered by four cranes. The boom ended up free falling around 100 feet when one of the crane’s winches failed.
As with most crane collapses, damage doesn’t stop with the crane itself. As the Youtube poster, malaycobra, points out in the description, “as you can see the correct radius hadn't been chosen to let the drag line boom clear the M4600-based Transilift boom.” The poster also notes that the official report after the incident cited “operator error” as the cause.
One of the crane operators was injured and it’s believed that his injuries were minor. HLI Consulting posted several up close pictures of the aftermath of the crane collapsed on their Flickr page, which you can check out here.
WARNING: there is strong language in the video...
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.