“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.Read More
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.
I’m sure everyone that has ever worked construction has used the wrong tool for a specific job at some point in their career. Most of those times, however, the end result isn’t going to be so obviously bad that it makes you scratch your head.
Motorized construction equipment, like forklifts, are invaluable tools, but they’re not good for demolition, nor are they built for continuous impacts. The guys in the video disagreed and attempted to knock down a short concrete wall by backing into it repeatedly with their forklift.
It did successfully knock down the wall, but they failed to account for the multiple foot drop off on the other side of the wall. Enjoy.
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