Watch this Crane Fail Compilation

Watching cranes in action is almost as fun as watching them fail. Let’s see what happens in this construction fail compilation.



Video demonstrates how Crane Accidents Happen

The reason why cranes can lift such heavy loads without toppling over is because tower cranes use counterweights or the weight of the crane itself to balance the load, mobile cranes are designed so that their base s larger moving the pivot point to increase the mechanical advantage of the crane’s weight.

Unfortunately sometimes despite the best design crane accidents still occur where the crane topples over. This dramatic video shows just how dangerous it can be to operate cranes near excavations. The crane being used to lift a bulldozer falls into a hole, presumably due to being overloaded.

What would you do?


The incident with the 35 tonne crane in the video above took place in Russia but in Australia, any operator of a crane needs to be in possession of a High Risk Licence. I wonder whether the operator in the video above was properly trained, certified and experienced, however judging from the video, I doubt it.

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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 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.


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”.



Big Articulated Crane Collapses in Switzerland

A 50 ton capacity articulated crane has overturned on a work site in Switzerland while attempting a lift. The incident occurred when an outrigger on the crane buckled apparently because retaining welds for the bottom plate of the second section of the four stage outriggers gave wayand caused the crane to be tipped forward. The boom then slammed into a structure on the property.

Read what happened below with a post from

The crane, a large Effer, was lifting a load onto a private house in Lupfig near Arrau, when one of the machines massive outriggers buckled causing the whole machine to tip forward. The boom came down onto a single story garage like structure with a garden on top.

The crane operator has told local reporters that retaining welds for the bottom plate of the second section of the four stage outriggers gave way.  A photo we have received appears to confirm this version of what happens. What caused them to give way or fracture has not been determined yet. No one was hurt in the incident.



Avoiding Crane Accidents

Ensuring cranes are regularly and appropriately inspected and maintained is vital to avoiding incidents. In order for any piece of heavy equipment to function properly, it must be maintained, repaired, and inspected by qualified technicians on consistent basis. Missing maintenance tasks to save time or money is one reason cranes become unstable or perform poorly, leading to worker accidents on construction sites.

Another aspect vital to Crane Safety is Signalling Personnel. Signal personnel should be on hand and alert at all times in order to protect other workers on the ground as well as the crane operator. Signal personnel should be present to warn both workers and operators as to potential hazards on a busy construction site.

Ensuring all workers are adequately trained and supervised is vital. Crane operators need to be appropriately trained and certified for the work they undertake. Enforcing proper safety practices and awareness of safety in the workplace, especially in the construction site, lowers the chances of having accidents in the workplace. It is also important to have regular safety drills in order to keep employees aware of what to do when a crane accident happens.Also all personnel involved with or in the vicinity of the lift must be adequately trained in lifting operations. Everyone involved in maintaining, repairing, and assembling the crane should have received the necessary training and be competent to perform these tasks.

Establish a crane safety plan for each lift because the conditions and situation will most probably be different every time. Assign responsibility to ensure the safety plan is followed. Ensure that the crane has the correct capacity for the job and that equipment has been rigorously maintained and inspected according to manufacturers’ specifications.

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Crane Worker Plunges to his Death on Melbourne Site

Another construction accident today brings the number of construction workers killed at work this year to 8, a shocking start to the year.

A mature and experienced crane operator in Melbourne fell from a crane platform, 35 metres to his death in the early hours of Monday morning. The victim, Billy Ramsay was reportedly a well-loved member of Grocon’s workforce.

The incident occurred on a Grocon site and work was been halted on all of Grocons sites as co-workers and supervisors recovered from the shock of the incident. Grocon said they shut down the sites as a mark of respect. The man was a 59 year old, very well respected crane driver in the construction industry in Melbourne and came from a family well respected in the construction industry.

The incident occurred on the same site that was the source of contention last year when unions caused blockades to the site due to safety concerns. CFMEU members and supporters protested at the site during a 16-day protest in August and September. The victim was thought to be employed by Grocon for the last 2 years and some newspaper reports suggest that he was part of the disputes last year.

Read more about the tragic incident below with a post I found on

286382-crane-driver-dies-at-vic-construction-siteBuilder Grocon shut down all its Victorian construction sites on Monday as a mark of respect after the man fell from scaffolding at the Myer Emporium site.

“Our sincerest thoughts and condolences go out to the family,” Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo told reporters at the CBD site, near the corner of Elizabeth and Lonsdale streets.

Paramedics were called to the site just before 7am (AEDT) on Monday but were unable to save the man, an Ambulance Victoria spokesman said.

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) state secretary John Setka said the man leaves behind a family and children, some of whom work in the building industry, and he had been involved in last year’s union protests.

“This has got nothing to do with walking off Grocon jobs or anything along (those) lines,” he told reporters.

“We’re discussing a long-term union member … who has been killed and our number one concern now is to look after our members and look after the family and just have a grieving process.”

Lend Lease chief executive Steve McCann mentioned the death during an earnings briefing.

“I’d like to express our condolences, and our thoughts go out to the family of the worker involved and everyone involved on that project,” he said.

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The incident came as a shock because unlike many of the other accidents we’ve been hearing about on construction sites this year, this incident did not involve a trainee or apprentice worker but a highly experienced and skilled worker. It just highlights the nature of construction work and how dangerous work from heights can be.

The cause of the incident is still being investigated by the authorities and the company is working closely with them in this regard.



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