Crane Accidents

Chicago Tower Crane Fatality

05/9/00

Chicago, Illinois

Tower Crane accident at East River construction project in Chicago.

A crane collapsed this evening at a downtown construction site, killing one worker and injuring two others, authorities said.

The dead worker was found at the bottom of a shaft at the site where a high-rise is being constructed, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Wil Knight said.

Police said the crane fell two stories inside the building around 6:30 p.m. in the Streeterville neighborhood, just east of the city’s Magnificent Mile shopping district.

Knight said one injured worker was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition and the other was treated at the scene. A hospital spokeswoman didn’t immediately return a phone message.

Further details on the accident were not available.

One killed and others injured. Patrick Bauer, 28, a service technician working on the crane, was pronounced dead at the scene.

May 12, 2000 Update: Inspectors determined that the crane should be dismantled after they found several fractures on its framework.

May 22, 2000 Update: Work halted at site of fatal crane accident.

The City of Chicago has ordered work stopped at a construction site at McClurg and Illinois where one worker was killed and two others were seriously injured May 9th.

The accident occurred when a metal cable on a crane apparently snapped, sending a load of steel beams plunging to the ground. Building Commissioner Mary Richardson-Lowry said Sunday she ordered the stoppage until an engineering report is received detailing why the cable snapped and whether the base of the building under construction was damaged.

May 23, 2000 Update: City Awaits Reports on Crane Accident.

May 31, 2000 Update: City lets Work Resume at Crane Accident Site.

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