Crane collapses on construction jobsites are usually pretty terrifying, especially when the jobsite is full of workers. A construction site in St. Petersburg, Florida got extremely lucky when a large construction crane collapsed and narrowly missed several running workers.
On Thursday, April 5th, video of the collapse was shared by news sources. In it, you’ll see the crane operator attempting to lift a scissor lift to an upper floor of the under construction St. Petersburg police headquarters.
After the collapse, the president of Ajax Building Corporation, Bill Byrne, told reporters at WTSP, that, miraculously, no one was injured. At least a couple workers appeared to be within a couple feet of the falling boom. WTSP also reported that Ajax has an excellent safety record and has been honored by OSHA in the past.
“We’re very fortunate the incident that happened yesterday didn’t affect the building, won’t affect the schedule, and most importantly no one was injured,” Byrne said. “It was just an unfortunate event that happened and the operator made an error lifting a piece of equipment. He got outside the safe zone of the equipment so this is a good opportunity to remind everyone to be diligent about every task they do so that something like this doesn’t happen again.”
OSHA will be investigating the incident, which they say will be concluded within 6 months. Let this be a good reminder to you that crane load charts should be strictly adhered to. It’s also generally good practice to avoid working underneath suspended loads, so cranes should be positioned in an area that reduces exposure.
Full story: “Operator error” being blamed for St. Pete crane collapse | WTSP
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.
In January of 2018, ten construction workers were killed and another eight were injured when a bridge spanning the Chirajara canyon in Columbia partially collapsed. That collapse has since been blamed on a poor design, reports have stated. Last week, the remaining sections of the bridge were demolished in dramatic fashion.
A 47 year old crane operator is facing charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident after driving a truck mounted crane into several vehicles on the Long Island Expressway in New York.
A couple weeks ago, we shared a list of the 100 tallest buildings to ever be demolished. One of the most interesting things that I learned while researching for that article was that although Detroit’s Greater Department Hudson Store was not the tallest building on the list (it was #21), it was the tallest on the list to actually be imploded.
One thing’s for sure, the only thing better than one structure being demolished is two structures being demolished at the same time. Late last week, a decommissioned Florida Power Plant saw to the implosion of two 462 feet tall cooling towers in spectacular fashion.
Construction crews were preparing to replace window glazing on the 47-story tall Wellhouse na Leninskom tower in Moscow, Russia, when a cable snapped just as the window was about to reach the top of the structure
It’s a tale (tail) as old as time: a horse walks into a construction trench, gets stuck, has to be lifted out of it by a helicopter. The trench didn’t appear to be that deep, so I don’t think OSHA is going to need to get involved with this one.