The 13 Craziest Construction Videos of 2018

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. 

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[VIDEO] Crane Collapses While Placing Concrete Wall Panel in California

Video footage was recently shared of a crane collapse during a concrete wall panel lift.  Not much is known about the accident, there has been surprisingly no media coverage of the event, only a very short video description on YouTube.

According to YouTube user Brett Albrecht, the collapse happened in Napa Valley, California, while a crane was lifting 50 ton concrete wall panels.  I was first made aware of the video through the Instagram page @osha_is_this_ok, which is a good follow if you aren’t already. One of their other followers claimed secondhand knowledge of the incident and said that no one was killed in the terrifying accident.

The fact that there have not been any news stories written about it is definitely a good sign that no one was seriously hurt by the incident.  There look to be about 10 or 11 workers standing near both panels that eventually collapsed, so there was potential for catastrophic loss. BRAGG is visible on the side of the crane at the 19 second mark, but that’s all we know.

This incident is extremely similar to another crane collapse that happened in Austin, Texas in January of 2018.  In that video, a crane lifting a similarly sized concrete wall panel collapsed, forcing several workers to run away in a panic. In that accident, 1 worker was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.