Man Killed by Crane in The Big Apple

A massive crane collapse in Tribeca in New York City last week was caught on video.

One man was killed as the crane fell onto his car and 3 others were injured.

Watch the video to see how it went down.

 

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Tower Crane Collapse Kills 2

Working around tower cranes can be extremely risky when the proper precautions have not been taken by those undertaking the operation, this accident in Singapore is proof of that. Two workers died when a tower crane collapsed at a construction site in the city. Three other workers are lucky to be alive and were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

According to the health and safety officials in that country, the 2 deceased workers passed away on the scene and were pronounced dead by paramedics while the other 3 were rushed to hospital for treatment.

Construction crews use tower cranes to lift steel, concrete, large tools like acetylene torches and generators and a wide variety of other building materials. But as useful as the tower crane is, it can be just as dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken when undertaking work with these machines.

This particular incident took place when concrete slabs which were serving as a counterbalance on the back of the crane came loose and fell onto scaffolding, it is believed the crane was about to be used to lift building materials at the time.

This excerpt taken from an article on www.ChannelNewsAsia.com explains,

Concrete slabs on the rear of the crane, which serve as counterbalance, came loose at about 10.32am and fell on to scaffolding in the worksite, eyewitnesses said. The National Art Gallery is at the site of the former City Hall and across Coleman Street from St Andrew’s Cathedral.

Engineer Mr Kenneth, 40, told TODAY that the worker who died in the accident is a Thai national. Project manager Mr Gil, meanwhile, said that the crane was about to hoist construction materials when the concrete slabs fell, and he ran for cover just before when he heard a noise from above.

Both men did not want to be identified as their management is not speaking. The main contractor for the site is Takenaka.

The SCDF said they received a report of the incident at 11.33am.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/two-dead-in-tower-crane/831052.html

Perhaps what is even more disturbing is that this was not the first incident to take place at this site. A previous crane incident almost turned into a disaster when it collapsed, narrowly missing passing cars. It is baffling why the site’s management did not address all crane issues when they got their first warning, but unfortunately too many in the industry are guilty of this type of behaviour-ignoring the signs, to their own detriment. The post goes on to explain,

The accident is not the first at the worksite near the Supreme Court. On July 25, a crawler crane tilted and its jib landed on Coleman Street, reportedly missing cars driving by.

Of that incident, the National Art Gallery said supervisors from the Takenaka-Singapore Piling Joint Venture took action to close off the street when they noticed the crane begin to dip and that there were “no injuries or damage to vehicles in the vicinity”.

Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/two-dead-in-tower-crane/831052.html

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Construction Worker Injured in Fire

A 51 year old contractor was seriously injured recently on a construction site in Glenlogie when he was trying to build containment lines to contain a fire and instead injured his leg in a machinery accident.

Read more about the accident below with a short post from SafetyCulture.com.au:

worksafe-vic-logo1A contractor that was working to contain a fire yesterday afternoon at Glenlogie, about 45 kilometres east of Ararat, in Victoria’s west was injured and flown to a Melbourne hospital for treatment.

The 51-year-old man received serious leg injuries in a machinery accident. The Country Fire Authority said that at the time of the incident the man was using equipment to build containment lines.

WorkSafe inspectors will be investigating the cause of the incident.

http://www.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/02/contractor-injured-when-trying-to-contain-fire/

2013 has not started off on a good note for the construction industry with the death toll already nearing 10 and we’re only in the second month. In fact half of the workplace deaths that occurred this year were in the construction industry – this is a bad reflection on the OHS standards on construction sites across Oz.

But why exactly are we seeing so many tragedies and accidents on construction sites? Just the other day a well-known and highly experienced crane operator was killed in a 35m fall from a platform on a Melbourne construction site. These are the types of incidents that we need to avoid and in order to do so, we need to get back to making safety a priority.

Begin by training workers appropriately, first white card training to familiarise them with the general hazards they will face on a construction site and then site specific training so that they are able to deal with the hazards unique to their place of work. Also have daily or weekly safety meetings with staff to discuss any issues or changes to the site that may require attention. Employers should make sure they listen to workers and engage in 2 way communication rather than just telling workers about the hazards they need to manage, hear what safety issues  they are experiencing and come up with ways (taking their suggestions into account) of overcoming these problems.

The high turnover of workers and temporary nature of work sites, as well as the fact that there are a lot of contractors and subcontractors working at any given time means that new people are constantly entering the site, these new people need quality safety training and education.

A number of tradesmen working simultaneously on a site, with limited space and dangerous equipment can be a hazard especially considering that most worker deaths occur at the hands of another worker. That is why each person must be responsible, not only for their own safety but for the safety of those working around them. To become familiar with their duties and responsibilities in terms of safety, workers must undergo white card training. In addition to being mandatory, it could save their life and protect the lives of their co-workers as well. Remember safety is not just the responsibility of the employer, workers need to do their part, after all it is their lives on the line every day.

 

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Worker Heard Crane Collapse in NYC Crane Incident

A crane incident in New York is the latest of crane collapses worldwide. This time 7 workers were injured, 3 of them from being trapped under the metal of the crane.

The scene of the incident was a chaotic one, as construction site incidents usually are, with workers scrambling to get to safety while warning others to do the same. The trapped workers suffered broken bones and other serious injuries which resulted in them being hospitalised and the structure which the crane collapsed on underwent massive damages.

Cranes have been a topic of contention in New York’s construction industry recently as well, with a number of other crane incidents causing damage and injury to workers. Obviously crane safety is a contentious issue that needs attention not only in New York but in Oz as well.

Watch what workers at the scene had to say:

Video: http://news.yahoo.com/video/worker-crane-collapse-heard-cable-010541054.html#

Because crane operation is such a dangerous and complex task, operators must be trained, experienced and certified. Caution and extreme care should always be exercised not only by the operator but by all workers in the vicinity that may be affected by the cranes operation.

 

 

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Construction Incident: Yet another Crane Collapse

Yet another crane collapse has occurred in The USA. Thankfully no one was injured in the incident which happened when a crane operator attempted to move 3 pieces of steel. The crane apparently became unbalance and caused the crane to collapse onto the skeleton of the building. 30 workers were on the site that could have been injured but thankfully were not.

This post on www.wral.com has more:

Raleigh, N.C. — No one was injured Friday morning when a crane collapsed at an office building construction site, authorities said.

The incident occurred at 8317 Six Forks Road shortly after 10 a.m., authorities said. The building will house the offices of Genworth Mortgage Insurance Co., authorities said.

A crane operator was moving three pieces of steel onto the six-story building when the crane, which is owned by Roanoke Valley Steel, became unbalanced and failed, collapsing into the skeleton of the building, authorities said.

“I heard (a noise) like a cat being squeezed – just screeching and crying – and I looked out the window and (the crane) had fallen over,” witness Steven Dieckhause said. “It started crumpling straight down. All the wires started crumbling around and everything. I thought one of those was going to kill somebody.”

About 30 workers were at the building site when the crane collapsed, but none were injured.

“Everyone here is very fortunate,” Raleigh Fire Department Battalion Chief Jerry Pace said. “It’s an early Christmas present.”

Source: http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/4171998/

Cranes are invaluable to construction work, highrise construction in particular but they can be a destructive force on construction sites. There are some common practices that are not only foolish but extremely dangerous and should be avoided at all costs.

Overloading is one of the most dangerous activities that can result in a load’s collapse.  Always follow the manufacturer’s specifications when loading and off-loading the crane. This is the most dangerous activity that overhead cranes are involved in. At times the cranemay be able to withstand the load while the building it is attached to may not be. The building that an overhead crane is attached to may collapse with the weight of the excessive load.

Side pulling is another dangerous activity because hoists and cranes are designed to lift straight up and lower straight down only not sideways.Side pulling causes a number of dangerous conditions which can result in accidents and serious injuries.

Another important consideration is that no workers be allowed to stand underneath a load being lifted. Standing under a load has the potential to crush the skull and cause irreparable damage. And crane operators should never attempt to lift a load over workers.

A daily inspection should be carried out before beginning work with cranes to ensure that it is working properly. Cranes should also be serviced and maintained regularly to ensure it operates without any hitches. This inspection doesn’t require a maintenance person, just a commonsense check list.

 

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