Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A crane weighing 90 tons comes crashing down at the Devon Tower construction site, Tuesday morning, in downtown Oklahoma City. Officials say no one was injured, not even the crane operator. The crane was hoisting wooden forms that are used to form concrete walls when it tipped forward. It crashed into the basement level of what will be a 50-story building.
The construction contractor, Holder-Flintco, says they don’t know what caused the crane to fall over.
“Right now we’re just assessing the situation,” says Senior Project Manager Pete Pemantell. “We’re gathering more information with some of the witnesses and any of the people that were involved. We just don’t have enough information to figure out exactly what happened. It’s unfortunate, but we’re following our protocol. Unfortunately, things like this do happen in construction.”
This is the second accident at the site this year.
In February, a concrete pillar from a parking garage tumbled to the ground.
“It’s a large project; it’s going to have a long schedule,” Pemantell says. “We’re obviously going to do the things that we need to do to prevent them (accidents), going forward.”
The crane collapse caught the ears of nearby workers.
Attorney Michael Rogalin, who had a 10th floor view of the accident’s aftermath from his office, says it sounded like “a lot of metal, hollow metal crashing.”
“When something goes wrong, everyone has a tendency to run like ants,” Rogalin says, “and that’s pretty much what happened. They were running around pretty fast. Things are going to happen. It’s construction.”
Devon Energy officials did not want to comment at this time.
Holder-Flintco does not believe the accident affects the Tower’s completion deadline, set for the end of 2012.
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Category: Accident Report