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Fatal Tower Crane Incident

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Béjaïa, Algeria A tower crane collapsed yesterday in the town of Béjaïa on the north coast of Algeria killing one man and seriously injuring the operator. Two other men received more minor injuries. The local police report says that the crane was 32 meters high and equipped with a 55 Read More

Tower Crane Emergency


Hamburg, Germany The emergency services were called to a tower crane that had started to list in Hamburg, Germany yesterday. The crane operator was lifting a couple of sheets of re-bar on the surprisingly untidy site in the Lokstedt area of the city, when the crane tower shifted. He immediately Read More

Tower Crane Drops Jib

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Charlotte Street, London A tower crane jib came crashing down onto the building it was working on in Charlotte Street, London. We have received several reports from readers in London, one of which said that the crane lost its counterweight, although that has not been confirmed. We do know that Read More

Major Construction Crane Accident Hornsby, Sydney, Australia

Tower Crane Accident Hornby, Sydney, Australia

February 26, 2016 Neighbors to a construction site in Hornsby Australia were evacuated after a tower crane collapsed in Hornsby, a town in the northwest of Sydney. Fire and Rescue did not believe that wind was the cause at the time. Three blocks of buildings were evacuated nearby, and cranes Read More

Tower Crane Jib Down in Tel Aviv


Tel Aviv, Israel The luffing jib of an out of service tower crane blew over the back of the superstructure in strong winds in Tel Aviv, Israel this morning. The storm caused extensive damage in the area, uprooting trees and taking overhead power lines down. Thankfully no one was hurt Read More

Crane Operator Rescued


Stockton, California A crane operator who suffered a heart attack was rescued with the help of another tower crane in Stockton, California, yesterday. The operator’s cab was at a height of more than 60 meters. The emergency services were called by the main contractor Turner Construction Company, two firemen then Read More

65 Deaths in Tower Crane Collapse

Tower Collapse 9-11-2015 2-54-44 PM

Saudi Arabia A luffing jib tower crane has collapsed onto the Grand Mosque – the Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, according to the Saudi Arabia Civil Defence Force.    The report says that 65 worshipers have died and 154 have been injured in the incident. The crane is almost certainly one Read More

Falling Jib Injures Two

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 Lumpur, Malaysia The jib of a tower crane dropped onto two construction workers earlier today on the south side of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.                                                       Read More

Tower Crane Failure

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Bavaria, Germany A tower crane broke in two on Friday, landing on a house under construction in the town of Kreuth –Plötzlich, Southern Bavaria, in Germany. The tower of aging self-erecting crane – which has a two section tower and a jib of around 25 meters – appears to have Read More

Climbing Collapse

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Melbourne, Australia A large luffing jib tower crane dropped onto the top of the lift shaft of the building it was working on this morning in Melbourne, Australia, after something failed while it was being climbed and tower sections added. The crane has remained upright and within the building, but Read More

Operator Succumbs to Heart Attack

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 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma A tower crane operator died yesterday after suffering from a heart attack on a site in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The man was around 30 meters up the tower yesterday morning, when he complained of chest pains, co-workers came to his aide but struggled to help him back Read More

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