Crane Accidents

Crane Falls into Water in Twin Span Construction Site Accident


New Orleans, Louisiana

01/07/09 Update: Worker dies two weeks after accident on the new Twin Spans construction

A Coast Guard official said that a crane fell into the water Tuesday afternoon on the under-construction portion of the Twin Span.

The St. Tammany Fire Department added that a person fell into the water as well, and has since been rescued and transported to a nearby hospital. The extent of the injuries is unknown.

The incident happened just after 1 p.m. near the Orleans Parish and St. Tammany Parish lines.

An eyewitness said that as he was crossing the Twin Span he saw tires in the water, as well as a person lying on the ground. He added that there were first responders on the scene.

It is not yet clear whether there are any traffic concerns, but Eyewitness News has a crew heading out to the scene.

The accident comes after construction worker Eric Blackmon, 44, was killed in October when a 70-ton, 135-foot concrete girder broke free from a section of the new Twin Span, crashing more than 30 feet below. Nine other workers were thrown into the water, and three were taken to the hospital for injuries.

Blackmon’s family has filed a suit against two companies, the “Gulf Coast Pre-Stress” and the “Volkert Construction Services,” which oversaw the project. Boh Brothers performed the construction on the bridge in that accident.

Category: Accident Report


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